The World’s First Fully Autonomous Train Is Officially in Operation
Mining corporation Rio Tinto, which also developed the train, announced earlier this week the train had successfully completed its first uncrewed mission, traveling nearly 100 kilometres (62 miles) without a person on board.
“New roles are being created to manage our future operations and we are preparing our current workforce for new ways of working to ensure they remain part of our industry.”
It’s used autonomous trains since early 2017, with about 50 percent of its train operations being completed autonomously, but with drivers present at all times.
Rio Tinto hopes to have a fully autonomous train network by late 2018, but will have to meet Australia’s safety and acceptance criteria first, as well as acquire the necessary regulatory approvals.
Dr. Hans C. Mumm