Assisted and driverless train operation
The New Era of assisted and driverless train operationGrowing urbanization accelerates the demand for more mobility – and reinforces an unstoppable trend: the shift of transport from road to rail. But it faces a coming shortage of competent drivers. The key to counteract is assisted driving and driverless trains and trams. Driverless train operation for metro systems is already state-of-the-art. Examples include the automation of subway line 1 in Paris, the subway in Nuremberg, as well as many other new metro lines in the world. But mainline and tram operators plan to increase the capacity, flexibility, and energy efficiency of rail operations using higher levels of automation. It starts with assistance systems that continuously support drivers in their tasks. And continues with a key building block for future train automation – automatic obstacle detection based on a rail perception system. Our Rail Perception System combines sensors and data analytics technologies on vehicles to automatically perceive the surrounding and to trigger actions. Automatic obstacle detection based on the Rail Perception System can assist your drivers in avoiding collisions on the track. Combined with train control and rail infrastructure it enables assisted and driverless train operation (GoA Level 3 and 4).
Your benefits of assisted and unattended train operation:
Lower repair costs and higher availability of your trains by avoiding or reducing damage from accidents
Increased punctuality and flexibility by driverless train operation
Improved safety and throughput
More comfort for your passengers by smooth acceleration and braking
How a rail perception system works
Thanks to automatic perception of the train´s surroundings, driving, warning and braking actions are triggered, to enable assisted or driverless train operation.
- Driver assistance: (automatic) train operation with collision avoidance support
- Driverless depot operation
- Driverless vehicle stabling and provision
- Driverless operation on specific sections and on entire lines
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Digital Train Operations from Siemens Mobility use secure and seamless IT solutions to create more value for passengers, operators and maintainers.