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Transport Overview No. 54

Transport Overview No. 54


A unique overview by the Centre d’analyse stratégique written by Christine Raynard, Department of Sustainable Development 

1) Rio Tinto, an Anglo-Australian mining group, will introduce driverless and automatic trains for its delivery of iron ore to ports in Western Australia. It will be the first of its kind in the field of heavy goods transport over long distances. The first automatic trains will enter into service in 2014 and investments are estimated at $ 518 million (385 million euros).

The automatic trains will improve efficiency and will allow the group to meet growth targets, particularly because of the increasing demand from emerging countries. Rio Tinto is expected to increase its production capacity of iron ore in Western Australia, rising from 230 million tons at present to 283 million by mid-2013 and 353 million in 2015.

The mining giant now has 1500 kilometers of rail network and 41 trains to carry the ore runs.

2) Finland is testing a prototype of a new single-seat aircraft, the FlyNano. This extremely lightweight plane (70 pounds), made entirely out of carbon fiber, takes off and lands on water. With a wingspan of nearly five meters, it can fly at up to 140 km/h and travel distances of up to 70 kilometers.

In most countries, the FlyNano would not require a pilot license since it is not considered a plane due to its light weight.

The electric plane should be available within six months at a price of 27 000 euros.

3) In Helsinki (Finland), tables at nearby restaurants can be reserved and orders can be placed from kiosks installed in bus shelters and tram stops.

Designed as a cabinet, the touch screen indicates the address of the restaurant and lets the user browse the menu and choose a meal. Once the reservation is made, the customer receives a confirmation SMS by phone.

Through this type of "call to action" advertising, restaurants reach new customers and can also optimize its organization (food preparation, table service etc.). Diners can thus have lunch or dinner more quickly. They will receive a SMS for feedback, opinions and suggestions about the restaurant and will be encouraged to return to the restaurant by receiving promotions sent to their phone.

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