One also wonders if Rio Tinto are now "quietly" looking at their ATP interface for their autonomous trains.
No driver to not apply Westinghouse over the top of ECP during an incident.
I remember back when QR were testing ATP on freighters.
Allowing the "black box" to control a train descending a hill approaching a crossing loop.
NO ECP brake system naturally, just good ole Westinghouse.
The train ran out of air due to the repeated applications and release in an attempt to control the train at nominal speed.
The boffins had to adjust the black box software a number of times.
I also remember the Hamersley Iron Epic brake system problems during initial introduction in the mid 1990s.
The "black box" suddenly putting the train into emergency, and locos needing to be exchanged as a result.
The only "black box" that I had to endure while driving trains was the 82 class computer.
The 81 class "black box" being very limited in capacity.
And, you could "tinker" with the module circuit board reset switches etc.
The 82 class black box created a number of problems, thankfully not in regard to braking.
To this day, I don't know what a Code 66 shut-down is, nobody at Ready Power could enlighten.
The last ditch resort of pulling the battery knife switch to reset the stupid computer did not work.
I discovered one night that if you need to isolate the Main Res tank on an 82 due to an air leak, you LOOSE the loco brakes.
Naturally within a multiple unit lash-up, so not a drama in that I had loco brakes functioning on the others, including lead unit.
Had the 82 class possessed a standard 26L control valve, then the loco brakes would have still functioned on that unit.
It was either continue with the loud air leak and possibly cooking the compressor, or isolate the main res and not have loco brakes on that unit.
A feed pipe had broken loose from the tank.
I had to laugh at the instructions issued to me; jam something into the air leak pipe.
I utilize a computer every day, but I still DETEST the things.
Nothing will ever be perfect, and we just hafta put up with the occasional glitches.