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    Autonomous shunting to be tested

    2020-07-16T07:01:00Z

    NETHERLANDS: Alstom, Lineas and ProRail have announced their intention to trial unattended autonomous shunting from early next year. The partners believe that this will be the first trial in Europe to use Grade of Automation 4 for shunting in freight yards. GoA4 is the highest ...

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    Automatic operation of regional passenger trains to be tested

    2020-05-27T11:03:00Z

    GERMANY: The automatic operation of regional trains in passenger service is to be tested in a ‘regulatory sandbox’ in Niedersachsen, the project partners announced on May 27. Due to launch in 2021, the project brings together Alstom, aerospace research centre DLR, the Technical University of Berlin, ...

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    Tram automation software contract awarded in Shanghai

    2020-04-22T06:03:00Z

    CHINA: A contract has been awarded for the development of a control system which is intended to pave the way for trials of autonomous tram operation in Shanghai. A consortium of the Shanghai Fuxin Intelligent Transportation Solutions Corp subsidiary of China Railway Electrification Bureau Group and ...

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    ATO tested on JR West’s Osaka Loop Line

    2020-02-25T10:08:00Z

    JAPAN: West Japan Railway has successfully tested automated train operation on a section of the Osaka Loop Line, as a precursor to introducing ATO on its busiest routes in the Osaka region.

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    Signalling supplier reopens upgraded branch line

    2019-12-23T12:57:00Z

    CZECH REPUBLIC: Regular passenger services returned to the so-called Plum Railway in the Ústí nad Labem region with effect from the December 15 timetable change, after signalling company AŽD Praha reached agreement with the local government to restore services on the Litoměřice horní nádraží – Most line U10.

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    NS tests automatic train operation

    2019-12-12T08:32:00Z

    NETHERLANDS: National operator NS carried out its first trials of automatic train operation on the night of December 10-11, when a CAF Sprinter New Generation electric multiple-unit ran under computer control on the Hanze Line. The experiment took place under Grade of Automation 2, with a ...

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    Alstom wins contract to automate Marseille metro

    2019-11-27T09:58:00Z

    FRANCE: Alstom is to supply trains and signalling for the conversion of the Marseille metro to fully driverless operation, the manufacturer announced on November 26. The €430m contract, financed by local authority Métropole Aix-Marseille-Provence, will see both lines of the city’s rubber-tyred metro move to driverless ...

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    Sydney metro second phase E&M contract awarded

    2019-11-22T11:37:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Sydney Metro has exercised an option on the Northwest Rapid Transit consortium’s Operations, Trains Systems concession to cover the line’s second phase. In 2014 the consortium of MTR Corp, John Holland, CPB Contractors, UGL Rail and Plenary Group was awarded a PPP concession ...

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    Australia: Automated operation is paying off

    2019-11-19T08:30:00Z

    Building on earlier technical enhancements, the roll-out of driverless operation under the AutoHaul project is already starting to deliver capacity and efficiency benefits that have more than justified a decade of development, Rio Tinto’s Shaun Robertson tells Chris Jackson. 

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    China poised to open 350 km/h automated railway

    2019-11-15T08:15:00Z

    Source: Wikimedia Commons/N509FZ A fleet of CR400BF high speed trains from the Fuxing family will be used in automated opeartion on the Beijing - Zhangjiakou line. CHINA: Automated operations are due to start before the end of this year on the 174 km high speed ...

  • Ioki and Regionalbus Ostbayern have launched a driverless shuttle service to Bad Birnbach station.
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    DB launches driverless shuttle to station

    2019-10-11T09:16:00Z

    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn’s autonomous vehicle subsidiary Ioki and its local bus operator Regionalbus Ostbayern have launched a driverless shuttle service using public roads to provide ‘last mile’ transport between the centre of Bad Birnbach and the town’s station. The service on the 2 ...

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    NS to test automatic train operation

    2019-10-09T11:23:00Z

    NETHERLANDS: National passenger operator NS is to test attended automatic operation on the 50 km Hanze Line between Lelystad and Zwolle by the end of this year. The tests are to be undertaken by NS in partnership with infrastructure manager ProRail and the Ministry of Infrastructure ...

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    Automated tram depot project launched in Potsdam

    2019-10-08T14:28:00Z

    GERMANY: Research into the development of a fully-automated tram depot is to be undertaken in Potsdam by a consortium led by Siemens Mobility. The three-year AStriD (Autonomous Tram in Depot) project is being funded by the federal Ministry for Transport Digital Infrastructure’s mFUND research ...

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    Driverless metro to Gimpo airport inaugurated

    2019-09-30T09:26:00Z

    SOUTH KOREA: The Gimpo Gold Line in northwestern Seoul opened on September 28. The 23·7 km driverless metro line runs north-south from the Yangchon district to Gimpo International Airport. There are 10 stations, including an interchange at the airport with metro lines 5 and 9, as ...

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    ​Automated freight loco poised to start trials

    2019-09-09T10:52:00Z

    FRANCE: A four-axle Prima freight locomotive has been delivered to Alstom’s Belfort manufacturing site to be modified for testing as part of SNCF’s Train Autonome research programme.

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    ​Shanghai driverless metro train unveiled

    2019-09-04T11:37:00Z

    CHINA: The first of 49 driverless trains to operate on Shanghai metro Line 14 was officially rolled out by CRRC Nanjing Puzhen on September 3. The eight-car Type A trainsets are equipped with Bombardier’s Mitrac propulsion and control systems, being supplied by the Bombardier NUG Propulsion ...

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    Automated train operation demonstrated

    2019-08-28T14:50:00Z

    RUSSIA: ‘This is truly a step into the future’, said Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov when automated operation of an electric multiple-unit was demonstrated at the Pro//Motion.Expo trade fair at the Shcherbinka test centre near Moscow on August 28. ‘It was made by Russian engineers, in our ...

  • Hitachi Rail Italy is supplying 47 four-car driverless trainsets to operate on Milano metro Line M4.
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    Driverless train delivered for Milano’s Linate Airport metro line

    2019-07-22T11:15:36Z

    ITALY: Hitachi Rail Italy has delivered the first driverless trainset for the future metro Line M4 in Milano to the site of Linate Airport station. HRI is supplying 47 four-car trainsets from its Reggio Calabria factory. The 50 m long sets have capacity for 600 passengers. They will ...

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    Bringing driverless technology to Wien

    Work has started on the first driverless metro line in Wien, and investments are being made in other modes as well.

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    EasyMile driverless shuttle upgraded for unattended operation

    2019-06-10T10:57:26Z

    EASYMILE: Toulouse-based EasyMile unveiled an upgraded version of its EZ10 driverless electric shuttle at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit 2019. As well as a redesigned sensor providing a wider field of vision, the vehicle has a new safety architecture that enables operation without an on-board attendant, according to ...