Prose and Ricardo to join forces for ATO research project on Betuweroute

Railway engineering company Prose and consultancy Ricardo will join forces in developing a new set of requirements for Freight Automatic Train Operation (ATO) for DB Cargo, the two entities announced earlier this week.

Prose and Ricardo will also be developing functional and non-functional Requirements for the ATO
onboard, as well as those for remote supervision & control.

The requirements will be used by DB Cargo and Dutch infrastructure managers ProRail to evaluate its future technology partner for the development, installation, integration, commissioning, certification and testing of ATO, as the two firms continue their tests with the technical and operational feasibility thereof.

Government support through funding

DB Cargo and ProRail aim to conduct a 1-year test trial operation of GoA2 and GoA4 in shadow mode. The tests for this program will take place on the Betuweroute section between Kijfhoek and Valburg and continue until 2025. The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure has earmarked 18,9 million euro’s for funding.

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

Editor RailTech.com

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