Will we be seeing autonomous rail soon, and will driver-less freight have advantages? (Tony Hatch)

Tony Hatch (4)

The ability of rails to run automatically (“zero-to-zero”) will come soon given PTC, Trip Optimizer/Leader, and other technologies – but the rails need to wait for politics and regulations to catch up.

Most have thought of this in terms of cost savings (labor, safety, etc) and that is a great possibility, keeping mind that from here, driver-less freight across all modes is a big advantage for truck (given rails’ current large labor advantage, one of my “5 Structural Advantages” along with energy, emissions, financial power and, mostly the private network).