Will autonomous material transportation become part of the mining industry? One Australian mining company is already on the way to making it happen.
According to reports in “Smartrail World” and “Business Insider,” Australia’s National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) has officially approved the AutoHaul technology that mining company Rio Tinto used to complete a 62 mile train trip in October. The train was monitored by crews throughout the process. The company plans to use the trains to haul iron ore from the company’s 16 work sites to ports.
The autonomous trains will operate on the company’s 1,056 miles of track. They plan on having the technology completely rolled out by the end of 2018.