WA Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston congratulated Rio Tinto on the successful rollout of its $940 million AutoHaul rail technology program at an official celebration in Karratha.
Known as the world’s largest robot, AutoHaul’s 2.4 kilometre-long trains deliver iron ore from 16 Rio Tinto mines to ports in Dampier and Cape Lambert.
The trains have safely travelled more than three million kilometres autonomously across the Pilbara’s 1,700 kilometre rail network.
AutoHaul’s software was completely deployed, becoming the world’s first automated heavy-haul, long distance rail network in December 2018.
Each locomotive is fitted with on-board cameras that live stream to its operation centre at Perth Airport.
The world-first project was made possible by Rio Tinto closely collaborating with its project partners: Hitachi-Ansaldo STS, Calibre, New York Air Brake and GE Wabtec.
Source: WA Government