Rio Tinto units in service

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Allen Hazen
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Rio Tinto units in service

Post by Allen Hazen » Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:43 pm

https://www.sciencealert.com/australian ... gest-robot" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
is a short and not terribly informative article about driverless operation on the Rio Tinto iron ore railway in Western Australia(*), but it has a nice overhead photo of two of the new (modified) GEVO units that pull the trains.
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(*) Driverless operation should be easier to implement on railroads than on highways (no steering!)... and an isolated system in a desert, with few if any grade crossings, seems like an ideal place to work the bugs out of the technology.

es80ac
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Re: Rio Tinto units in service

Post by es80ac » Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:36 pm

Given that there was an article in Bloomberg a couple of years ago stating that Australian iron ore locomotive engineers make more money that surgeons, it does not surprise me that automation is being pushed to save cost

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