SBB train simulator, source: SBB

Webinar: the challenges in implementing Automatic Train Operation

SBB train simulator, source: SBB

Every railway undertaking should have a ten year roadmap for the implementation of Automatic Train Operation (ATO). This is not an easy task and there are many challenges that have to be faced, sees Jack Schneider, Head of International Standardisation ATO & CCS Onboard at SBB. Together with Baseliyos Jacob (DB Cargo AG), he will talk about ATO in a RailTech webinar.

According to Jack Schneider, every railway operator should have a roadmap for the implementation of Automatic Train Operation. He will talk about the challenges of implementing ATO and the TSI 2022 (EU Technical Specification for Interoperability) the European railway sector is working on in a RailTech webinar on Tuesday the 8th of March from 14.00 – 14.40 (CET).

Register for the webinar here.

First steps to driverless operation

Schneider believes that the TSI 2022 specification is the first step towards driverless operation, because it makes it possible to gain experience with Automatic Train Operation Grade of Automation 2 (GoA2). “We need to test the system in the operation, drive in rush hours, in four different seasons and so on.” After that the railway sector can make the next steps towards GoA3 and GoA4.

This webinar is in the lead-up to the exhibition and conference RailTech Europe 2022. On the first day (21 June), topics surrounding the Digital Railway such as ATO, ERTMS and digital communication systems are on the programme. 

Author: Marieke van Gompel

Marieke van Gompel is editor-in-chief of, and, online magazines for railway professionals.

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