Australian Autonomous Train is Being Called The 'World's Largest Robot'
Tuesday January 1, 2019. 06:01 PM , from Slashdot
schwit1 shares a report: Mining corporation Rio Tinto says that an autonomous rail system called AutoHaul that it's been developing in the remote Pilbara region of Australia for several years is now entirely operational -- an accomplishment the company says makes the system the 'world's largest robot.' 'It's been a challenging journey to automate a rail network of this size and scale in a remote location like the Pilbara,' Rio Tinto's managing director Ivan Vella told the Sydney Morning Herald, 'but early results indicate significant potential to improve productivity, providing increased system flexibility and reducing bottlenecks.' The ore-hauling train is just one part of an ambitious automation project involving robotics and driverless vehicles that Rio Tinto wants to use to automate its mining operations. The company conducted its first test of the train without a human on board last year, and it now claims that the system has completed more than a million kilometers (620,000 miles) of autonomous travel.
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