World’s biggest robots delay dims zeal to automate mine trains

June 16, 2016

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Creating the world’s largest moving robots to transport iron-ore across the vast Australian Outback is proving more complex and time-consuming than expected for Rio Tinto, fuelling doubts the technology can deliver promised returns as major rivals defer similar investments.

Rio, which gets more profit from iron-ore than anything else, is already two years behind schedule with a $518-million effort to deploy automated trains on its 1 700-km of track.

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