Siemens Intros Autonomous Tram
Siemens Mobility, together with ViP Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam GmbH, will be presenting their research project on the world's first autonomous tram at InnoTrans 2018. On a six-kilometer section of the tram network in Potsdam, Germany, Siemens Mobility will be demonstrating a test tram driving autonomously in real traffic on September 18 through 21.
ViP has provided a Siemens Combino tram for the project. This
experimental vehicle is equipped with multiple lidar, radar and camera
sensors that serve as "digital eyes" by capturing the tram and its
traffic environment. At the same time, complex algorithms function as a
"brain" by interpreting and evaluating data from the momentary operating
situation, providing a prognosis for further development of the
situation, then triggering an appropriate response by the tram. Thanks
to its artificial intelligence capability, the tram responds to
trackside tram signals, stops at tram stops, and reacts autonomously to
hazards such as crossing pedestrians and other vehicles. Siemens
Mobility is the first company to launch an autonomous tram for research
and development purposes.