First fully autonomous rail journey completed in Australia

Smart City Chirine Etezadzadeh

It seems to be that autonomous trains will ride through the Australian Bush in near future. Image source: Shutterstock (#556306903).

Mining company Rio Tinto has completed the first fully autonomous rail journey with great success in Western Australia. With not a single human on board as a failsafe, the AutoHaul autonomous train traveled for 60 miles while being observed by company officials and representatives from the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator.

“This successful pilot run puts us firmly on track to meet our goal of operating the world’s first fully autonomous heavy-haul, long-distance rail network, which will unlock significant safety and productivity benefits for the business,” Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Chris Salisbury said.

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