EU Funding Programme

Paradigm shifts for railway

Current activities in S2R are developing the fundamental building blocks that will allow in the future producing interoperable and autonomous passenger or freight trains that can run at a short distance from each other and have the ability to virtually couple and decouple as they travel on existing infrastructure. Arising and promising disruptive technologies (e.g. A.I., robotics) will also contribute to shaping the way how future rail automation and maintenance will be organised and the subsequent strategic industrial developments on rolling stock and infrastructure. The study (up to TRL 2) should formulate technological concepts tackling all of the following work streams and their interconnection:
a) Concepts for the future autonomous railway vehicles “train-centric”
b) Promising disruptive technologies impacting automation systems and maintenance concepts
c) Railway 4.0
Some of the expected impacts are: Simplified supervision and fast problems resolution; Reduced complexity, simplified and interoperable interfaces; Reduced wayside architecture; Reduced efforts for V&V and further bug fixing; Improved flexibility.