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Fully automated rail network hailed as the world’s “largest robot” launches in Australia

Australia can now lay claim to having the largest robot in history. Fortunately for us humans, it is just a bunch of boring driver-less trains that haul iron ore instead of, say, a bunch of killer robot trains that can transform into a giant killer robot.

The news comes from Anglo-Australian mining group Rio Tinto, which operates mines around the world and hauls the ores across vast distances for processing into iron and other useful materials. The company is proud to announce the debut of its AutoHaul rail network, which does not carry a single human aboard any of the trains.

The fully automated transport system is found in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Rio Tinto operates 16 iron mines and four independent port terminals that load the products aboard waiting cargo ships.