All Automation articles

  • Impression of Stadler railcar for Appenzeller Bahnen's Rheineck – Walzenhausen line (1)
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    Rack railway to be converted to driverless operation

    2022-09-28T11:03:00Z

    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

    2022-09-13T14:10:00Z

    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
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    Driverless heavy haul railway expanded to serve automated iron ore mine

    2022-08-15T10:00:00Z

    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)
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    Lyon metro Line B goes driverless with GoA4 upgrade

    2022-06-28T09:00:00Z

    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.

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    Installation robot to accelerate ETCS roll-out

    2022-06-24T14:25:00Z

    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
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    Autonomous shunting locomotive on test

    2022-06-23T11:00:00Z

    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)
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    Driverless regional train research gets underway

    2022-06-20T11:00:00Z

    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 ...

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    Rail Business UK

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

    2022-05-03T05:12:00Z

    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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    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.
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    Autonomous freight project awarded US government funding

    2022-02-15T14:00:00Z

    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

    2022-02-11T12:00:00Z

    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 ...

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    Moscow plans driverless tram test

    2022-02-08T15:23:00Z

    RUSSIA: Driverless trams could be tested in Moscow by the end of this year, according to Deputy Mayor for Transport Maksim Liksutov. The city is currently working with technology company Yandex on a driverless tram project, Liksutov told delegates at a conference on Robots in the ...

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    Space engineers rethink rail freight with autonomous battery-electric vehicles

    2022-01-26T12:01:00Z

    Prototype autonomous battery-powered container wagons are being developed by engineers at California start up Parallel Systems. Co-founder, CEO and former SpaceX engineer Matt Soule explains how the company aims to bring new thinking to rail freight.

  • fr-Paris metro Line 4 extension opens-J Anne (7)
    Metro Report International

    Paris Line 4 reaches Bagneux as driverless conversion moves forward

    2022-01-14T10:28:00Z

    FRANCE: Paris transport authority Île-de-France Mobilités and operator RATP opened the southern extension of metro Line 4 to Bagneux-Lucie Aubrac on January 13.

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    Shanghai metro passes 800 km as another driverless line opens

    2022-01-05T14:59:00Z

    CHINA: The total length of the Shanghai urban rail network reached 831 route-km with the inauguration of the city’s fifth fully-automated metro line on December 30.

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    Wuhan goes driverless as three more metro lines open

    2021-12-29T12:11:00Z

    CHINA: Wuhan’s third driverless metro line was one of three expansion projects totalling 73 route-km to be inaugurated in the Hubei provincial capital on December 26, taking the city’s operational network to 435 km and 282 stations.

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    Nanning opens driverless Line 5

    2021-12-23T05:00:00Z

    CHINA: Nanning’s fifth metro line was opened for revenue service on December 16. Designed for unattended train operation to Grade of Automation 4, the 20·2 km line looping around the western side of the city centre links Jinqiao Coach Station in the northeast to Guokai Dadao ...

  • Glasgow Subway new train testing (Photo: SPT)
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    Glasgow Subway train testing gets underway

    2021-12-17T13:53:00Z

    UK: Preliminary testing of the new Stadler trains for the Glasgow Subway has begun, in what Strathclyde Partnership for Transport said marks a ‘major milestone’ for the modernisation of the 10·5 km circular underground line. In March 2016 SPT awarded a consortium of Stadler and Ansaldo ...

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    ATACS to support ATO on Tokyo suburban routes

    2021-12-16T05:37:00Z

    JAPAN: East Japan Railway has confirmed plans to install its ATACS radio-based train control on Tokyo suburban lines over the next decade, in order to support an expansion of driver-only and automatic train operation.

  • Automated operation of Delhi Metro’s 59 km Pink Line between Majlis Park and Shiv Vihar was launched on November 25.
    Metro Report International

    Delhi Metro’s Pink Line goes automatic

    2021-11-26T12:07:00Z

    INDIA: Automated operation of Delhi Metro’s 59 km Pink Line between Majlis Park and Shiv Vihar was launched on November 25. A train operator will initially be retained onboard ‘to instil a sense of confidence and assistance’, Delhi Metro Rail Corp said. Delhi’s first driverless line ...