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24 June 2021 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 11:27 GMT+2

July 17, 2020

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The first railway manoeuvres will be tested in 2021 with automatic control in Europe

Project partners are French Alstom, Belgium's Lineas Dutch ProRail

Next year, the French Alstom group, the company Belgian railway line and the Dutch ProRail will carry out the Europe's first tests of automatic-controlled rail manoeuvres train movement. In announcing the important trial, three project partners pointed out that Automatic Trains Operations (ATO) have been identified as one of the five technologies that will enable rail companies to doubling the volume handled in Europe and thus contributing to eu Green Deal target for mobility smart and sustainable.

The tests will be carried out with a traction-driven manoeuvre locomotive Lineas diesel hydraulics equipped with the technology automatic control developed by Alstom. Initially, project will focus on the development of software for operations such as starting and stopping, docking wagons, traction and brake control and emergency management, including obstacle detection.

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