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Self-propelled trains are very important for the future of the spoorbranche

There is no reference in the Netherlands, fully tested with automatic controlled traction. This will happen as part of the Automatic Train Operation program, or

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Self-propelled trains are very important for the future of the spoorbranche

There is no reference in the Netherlands, fully tested with automatic controlled traction. This will happen as part of the Automatic Train Operation program, or the cabinet office. After testing reizigerstreinen is the transport of goods in the act. The following year Dutch rail infrastructure provider ProRail, technical, supplier, Alstom, and the carrier Lineas a test, with automatic switching.

to this End, the three parties in June, an agreement was signed. With the test, it should be clear whether an engine and automatic operation of this can be run, and what is needed.

the Operation is at low speed, moving the equipment, such as rolling over a short distance. It is by this process of automation can be in accordance with Dutch rail infrastructure provider ProRail, time can be saved. In addition, it should be ATO assist in the operation of this safe.

"With the conduct of the various tests, we try as much as possible, questions to answer, and to learn as much as possible of the options that ADT provides for the spoorbranche. From the Pharos, we have several research all around the cabinet office. Along with the carriers to determine ProRail, the tests to be carried out and when," says a spokesperson at NU.nl.

Clever software and some situations, it is possible to recognize
The next year, the planned experiment consists of a number of stages. First of all, it is with a camera in the locomotive to the test site (s) in the picture, from the point of view of the driver. On the basis of these images, intelligent software and then in the area of learning and in different situations to respond to, for example, if there is something on the track that, on the basis of the original images will not be heard.

In the next phase, the system should be so adjusted that the rijadviezen of the engineer, be given to them. Ultimately, it is the system that the engine is entirely independent operation.

Here, without the need for the operator to be in the back of his mind. (Photo: Dutch rail infrastructure provider ProRail).

the First tests are already behind us

Just as in the automotive industry, there is spoorbranche worked with various levels of autonomous driving. These steps are also referred to as the Test or Automation (GoA) is mentioned. The level 1 controls, the engine driver of the train, and he or she will have the disposal of a security and advisory systems.

if you are GoA2 drive the train automatically, but the operator is present and responsible for them. At level 3, the engineer behind the controls, while on the GoA4 all of the staff in the train will be required.

in the Meantime, it is in GoA2-level, are tested with a goederenlocomotief, and this past February, with a reizigerstrein. "The first test is at level 2, we have carried out a goederenlocomotief, in co-operation with the goederenvervoerder Rotterdam Rail Feeding on the betuwe route. The second is the cabinet office-the test under the GoA2 has been carried out with the reizigersvervoerder Arriva in Groningen, the netherlands," according to a spokesman of the Dutch rail infrastructure provider ProRail.

the train was set up in February as a test run. (Photo: Dutch rail infrastructure provider ProRail).

the New regulations, the need for a breakthrough

the Dutch rail infrastructure provider ProRail has high hopes for the cabinet office, because of this technology, and it is expected to be possible to have more trains per hour to run. "This development is not in isolation, but in conjunction with other developments, on the trail, such as the IT-systems of the Dutch rail infrastructure provider ProRail, but also with the treinbeveiligingssystemen. In order for the coherence to understand it, is to conduct thorough research necessary to. In addition, it is important to have a clear picture of the costs," the spokesman said.

There is close co-operation with the ministry of Infrastructure, public Works and water management and the transport operators. These parties are, ultimately, the decision as to whether or not, without the chief engineer to go for a drive, and the time within which that can happen.

as the auto industry has the technology and the track is further than the legislator. "For GoA to have 2 similar legislation is not adapted to the need, but for level 3 and higher are likely to be," said Pharos.

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