Unmanned urban trains, a reality in 5 to 10 years – Interview with Burkhard Stadlmann, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

Unmanned urban trains, a reality in 5 to 10 years – Interview with Burkhard Stadlmann, 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.

“Safety in different situations with the train is our major challenge. Even the weather can have a lot of impact on train operations. Think of high winds that can cause snapped trees over the tracks, ice and even wet tracks have a negative impact. Trains need long braking distances in an emergency, which is not always available,” explains Burkhard Stadlmann. “There are different applications regarding the various lines and the different transport modes (passenger, freight, long distance, regional, urban, etc.) that require special techniques. This is also challenging for the many different sensors aboard a train.” Continue reading “Unmanned urban trains, a reality in 5 to 10 years – Interview with Burkhard Stadlmann, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria”