Rio Tinto launches the world's first automated carts that will increase safety but cost over 500 workers their jobs.

Iron-ore mining company Rio Tinto has revealed plans for a fully automated train network in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. The project, which is estimated to cost $US 518m, will be the world’s first automated long-distance heavy-haul rail operation. Rio Tinto’s chief executive Sam Walsh said automated trains and trucks would help the company address significant skills shortage facing the industry while improving productivity at its iron ore operations. At the same time, however, the project will displace as many as 500 train drivers from their jobs. Mr Walsh said of the plans:

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