All Automation articles

  • be-otiv-fret-sncf-prima

    Belgian start-up to test freight train ATO on Betuwe Route


    NETHERLANDS: Gent-based automation start-up OTIV has announced plans to test an autonomous train on the Betuwe Route freight corridor within the next two years.

  • Paris metro MF19 train under construction (Photo Jeremie Anne)
    Metro Report International

    Paris metro Line 13 to be fully automated


    FRANCE: Paris transport authority Ile-de-France-Mobilités and operator RATP have given the go-ahead for the automation of metro Line 13. This will be the fourth fully automated line in Paris, after lines 14, 1 and 4, and first with steel-wheel rather than rubber-tyred trains. The 24 route-km line ...

  • ATO tests in GoA4

    Autonomous shunting loco copes with the unexpected


    NETHERLANDS: Alstom, infrastructure manager ProRail and Belgian freight operator Lineas have completed testing of an automated shunting locomotive near Breda. The Lineas diesel-hydraulic locomotive was fitted with Alstom’s automatic train operation system supporting Grade of Automation 4 unattended starting, movement and stopping. ...

  • BEL signs MoU with DMRC
    Metro Report International

    Indigenous CBTC to support driverless metro and train operation in India


    INDIA: Delhi Metro Rail Corp has signed memorandum of understanding with Bharat Electronics Ltd for the joint development of Indigenous Communication-based Train Control to support driverless train and metro operation. i-CBTC is seen as ‘an important milestone in India’s journey towards self-reliance in rail and metro ...

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    Metro Report International

    KRRI’s V2X tram completes 600 km of autonomous test running


    SOUTH KOREA: Korea Railroad Research Institute has completed 600 km of test running with its V2X ‘Vehicle to Everything’ catenary-free tram.

  • fr-Alstom NEOMMA Marseille metro car (8)
    Metro Report International

    Driverless NEOMMA trainsets to operate revamped Marseille metro


    FRANCE: The first of 38 rubber-tyred trainsets being built for the Marseille metro was unveiled at Alstom’s Valenciennes-Petite-Forêt plant on November 9.

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    Freight automation technology partnership agreed


    INTERNATIONAL: Knorr-Bremse and Thales announced on November 2 that they are to co-operate on the development of ATO technology.

  • Hamburg U5 impression
    Metro Report International

    Hamburg groundbreaking marks start of U5 construction


    GERMANY: Hamburg’s Mayor Peter Tschentscher has formally launched the construction of driverless metro Line U5 with a groundbreaking ceremony exactly a year to the day after the granting of planning approval for the first phase. Described by the city government as Germany’s largest inner-city transport project, ...

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    In depth

    Viewpoint: We cannot afford another failure


    The European rail sector risks sleepwalking into an existential crisis if it cannot accelerate the funding and deployment of the Digital Automatic Coupler, argues Dr Jürgen Wilder of Knorr-Bremse.

  • Impression of Stadler railcar for Appenzeller Bahnen's Rheineck – Walzenhausen line (1)

    Rack railway to be converted to driverless operation


    SWITZERLAND: Stadler is to supply what it says will be the first fully automated adhesion and rack-and-pinion railcar for use on in an open overland railway environment, rather than in a tunnel or closed network where there is little risk of an obstacle on the line. ...

  • Paris metro Line 4 automation (Photo Jeremie Anne) (5)
    Metro Report International

    Driverless trains introduced on Paris metro Line 4


    FRANCE: Grade of Automation 4 unattended driverless operation on Paris metro Line 4 was launched on September 12. There are initially four trainsets running automatically alongside trains with drivers, and more are to be gradually introduced to achieve full automation by the end of 2023. Catherine ...

  • Rio Tinto AutoHaul driverless iron ore train in Pilbara

    Driverless heavy haul railway expanded to serve automated iron ore mine


    AUSTRALIA: A 166 km branch has been built to connect Rio Tinto’s new Gudai-Darri iron ore mine in the Pilbara to its 1 700 km heavy haul network, which is operated using AutoHaul driverless trains. The first loaded train ran in June, with production scheduled to ...

  • Lyon metro Line B (Photo: Jérémie Anne)
    Metro Report International

    Lyon metro Line B goes driverless with GoA4 upgrade


    FRANCE: Lyon transport authority Sytral Mobilités, operator Keolis and technology supplier Alstom launched Grade of Automation 4 unattended automatic operation of metro Line B on June 25.


    Installation robot to accelerate ETCS roll-out


    NETHERLANDS: Strukton Rail is to work with Trackbot robot developers AMT Group and No Man Trackwork to produce a prototype autonomous machine for the fast and accurate installation of balises and axle counters as part of the national ERTMS deployment programme. The partners hope that a prototype ...

  • A shunting locomotive retrofitted for unattended operation to Grade of Automation 4 is being tested at the Voikkaa Business Area

    Autonomous shunting locomotive on test


    FINLAND: A shunting locomotive retrofitted for unattended operation to Grade of Automation 4 is being tested at the Voikkaa Business Area as part of a project to develop an autonomous shunter for use at freight terminals, industrial sites and ports. Steelwheel has modified the Otso 4 ...

  • LNVG Alstom Coradia Lint (Photo: Alstom)

    Driverless regional train research gets underway


    GERMANY: Work has started on a project to develop and test technology for the driverless operation of regional passenger trains, and to identify the regulatory changes which would be needed to permit future use. The project is being undertaken by Alstom, the DLR aerospace research centre ...

  • Global Centre of Rail Excellence Wales plan
    Rail Business UK

    ‘Unique in Europe’ Welsh test centre to push technological boundaries


    UK: The Global Centre of Rail Excellence at Onllwyn in south Wales will be ‘unique in Europe’ when it opens in 2025, GCRE Chief Technology Officer Andy Doherty told the Railway Industry Association Innovation Conference on April 27.

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    In depth

    Cybersecurity: Intrusion detection to protect the digital railway

    2022-04-14T08:00:00Z Author Swantje Weiss Siemens Mobility

    Increasing reliance on digital technologies has made railways more vulnerable to cyber attacks. Intrusion Detection Systems can help to protect new and existing infrastructure and ensure availability.

  • The Department of Energy has awarded $4·4m from its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy initiative to support the testing of Parallel Systems’ prototype autonomous battery-electric vehicles for transporting containers by rail.

    Autonomous freight project awarded US government funding


    USA: The Department of Energy has awarded $4·4m from its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy initiative to support the testing of Parallel Systems’ prototype autonomous battery-electric vehicles for transporting containers by rail. The tests are intended to look at vehicle stability, contact-based platooning and energy efficiency. Stability ...

  • PK TS Bogatyr (Photo: Vladimir Waldin)
    Metro Report International

    St Petersburg orders trams with driverless capability


    RUSSIA: St Petersburg transport operator Gorelektrotrans has awarded PK TS a 6·9bn rouble contract to supply a total of 57 trams. The order announced on February 8 includes three three-section, 27·5 m long 71-931M Vityaz-M trams with a capacity of 188 passengers, and 54 two-section, 19·4 ...