“Unmanned urban trains, a reality in 5 to 10 years”

Interview with Burkhard Stadlmann, Professor, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

Burkhard Stadlmann is Professor of Automation Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. He will speak at the Unmanned Cargo Ground Vehicle Conference, on June 14, 2017, in Venlo, The Netherlands. His speech gives an overview of the different applications of automatic train driving and their challenges for automatic driving on rails. The biggest challenge autonomous trains are open access tracks, which can be found in populated areas which need a high level of sense and avoid.

There are already a great number of autonomous trains in the world, think of the underground services in many large cities. Here these trains are driving on one tracks which and they tracks are completely sealed of from the public. “These urban networks are state of the art and can be quite easily introduced. In those tubes the biggest challenge is the safety of passengers in case of disturbancesmobile communication, which is mostly done by radio. But this can be solved,” Stadlmann explains. “With the driver aboard it is not such a problem, but without a driver, it takes extra input to get the homologation of the government.” Tracks running outside a tube can be closed off from the public by fences, which is more and more often done in various countries.

Stadlmann will describe the advantages and challenges of unmanned trains in his speech on June 14.

Read the complete interview here.