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Australia (Freight Rail) : Fully Autonomous Freight Train

■ Rio Tinto & Hitachi Rail – Project
o 2019: Commissioning (2017: Test + Authorization)
o 12/2018: 1st Train in service:
• 28,000 Tons: Load
• 280 km: route (Autonomous)
o Rio Tinto: Mining company
• 200 locomotives
• 1,600 km: rail line
• 800 km: Mine – Port (Average Distance)
• 6 mines
o Development: 6 years
• Rio Tinto + Hitachi Rail
• Cost: $940 million (Signaling + Automation)

■ SYSTEM – TECHNOLOGY
o Automatic Train Operation (ATO):
• Grade 4: GoA 4
• Automatic Driving (Driverless) : AutoHaul (Hitachi Rail)
o European Train Control System (ETCS):
• Level 2 (ERTMS)
• Continuous Communication by Radio (GSM-R)
• Train detection by Beacon
o Automation:
• Centralized Command Center
• Camera + Sensors (Train + Level Crossing)
o Manufacturer / Supplier : Hitachi Rail

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