Rail Rover for Queensland Rail

2010 – 2014

  • prime contractor for remotely controlled rail track/corridor inspection vehicle
  • repurposed section car rebuilt with single cylinder diesel engine and hydrostatic transmission
  • remote control over 4G cellular network that also provides real-time video feed back to operator
  • laser scanners and ultrasonic sensors detect obstacles without operator intervention
  • low-level safety functions in addition to stopping and smooth driving managed by Omron PLC
  • supervisor computer programmed in Ada manages communications link and decision logic on whether to proceed
  • registration for operation on rail network required extensive due diligence engineering and exhaustive safety case development