While upgrading national systems with an eye at a unified continental system, African railways won’t be left behind in the next technological leap toward self-driving transportation.
IOA analysis in brief | Trains will drive themselves across Africa’s terrain in the near future, with the technology available today to make autonomous engines that are safer, more efficient, reliable and environmentally friendly than the human-driven type. If Africa’s rail systems do not adapt to the new technology, they will become extinct in a new age of self-driving long haul truck transportation.
- Autonomous trains are a reality today, but require massive spending on new technology
- Most African railroads are owned by governments or linked to governments, which hinders adaptability and innovation
- Africa is dedicated to its rail system, with 11,000 km of new line now being built at a cost of US$ 30 billion