There’s beens so much news about self-driving cars that we haven’t heard much on self-driving trains. The first self-driving train took off in Australia when the driver got down from his cab to carry out an inspection.
Like something out of a movie, the train took off and was eventually traveling at 68 miles per hour. The mining company which owns the locomotive train allowed the train to derail before it reached the nearest town, Port Hedland. The train’s eventual crash damaged 1600 yards of tracks and left no one injured.
The owners of the train clearly did not watch the movie, “Unstoppable,” starring Denzel Washington (who miraculously does not wear a suit in this movie) and Chris Pine. The description for the movie is:
With an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train barreling toward a city, a veteran engineer and a young conductor race against the clock to prevent a catastrophe.
Does that not sound like what this real-life situation could have been? What a missed opportunity. By the way, if you haven’t seen the movie, click here to watch it on Amazon.