Research project on digital rail operations in “Siemensstadt²”

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Automated rail vehicles could be running in the new research, industrial and residential area “Siemensstadt²” in Berlin in a few years. The Senate is subsidizing a corresponding research project with 7.6 million euros, as Senator for Economic Affairs Ramona Pop (Greens) announced on Sunday. Overall, the project has a volume of around 13.7 million euros and is expected to last four years. New technologies for automated driving on the rails are to be researched and tested. One question is, for example, how artificial intelligence can help detect obstacles in the track or a risk to passengers on the train. The basis for this are high-performance sensor systems.

“Automation and networking are central issues for the traffic and mobility turnaround,” explained Pop. “With our funding, we support Siemens Mobility in testing and using new technologies with the aim of highly automated rail operations.” Digital rail operations are a very important building block for improving future mobility, added Albrecht Neumann from Siemens Mobility. “It increases capacities, improves the safety of rail traffic and reduces emissions through optimized operation of the vehicles.”

The electronics group Siemens is planning new buildings for research and production facilities as well as apartments on its traditional site in the Siemensstadt district of Spandau. Up to 600 million euros are to be invested. It is the largest single investment in the company’s history. Siemens envisions a real laboratory for the future of work in combination with living.


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