An innovative take on public transportWhen it comes to autonomous driving, cars may be the first thing that come to mind.
Automated and driverless metros are already considered state-of-the-art. Innovative solutions such as Siemens’ Communication-Based Train Control System (CBTC) Trainguard MT help operators further improve cost-efficiency in addition to safety, punctuality, and comfort. The digital, automated metro, for example, saves up to 15 percent energy additionally.
Similar technologies are already paving the way for automated operation of long-distance trains, such as the European Train Control System ETCS. These systems even help improve conventional train control. Software-controlled products, communication, and networking are providing the decisive impetus.
However, autonomous operation of vehicles in mixed traffic is much more challenging. Radar and lidar sensors, cameras, as well as intelligent, adaptive software on board the vehicles and networked communication play a crucial role here. They enable vehicles to individually assess and manage the highly complex situations typical of today’s urban traffic. Together with local transport authority Potsdam (ViP-Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam GmbH), Siemens Mobility presented a research project for the world’s first autonomously operating streetcar at InnoTrans 2018 – with testing of the research prototype under real road traffic conditions in Potsdam (Germany). In the medium term, depot automation is to be made commercially viable as a first stage of autonomous driving.
In road transport, fleets of autonomous, electrically powered shuttle buses open up new possibilities for seamless connectivity for the first- and last-mile.