SIGNAL+DRAHT | Ausgabe 03/2021

Automatic train operation on traditional railway lines

März 2021 | Hans-Peter Vetsch, André Schweizer, Adrian Egloff, Markus Schindelholz

Why has automatic train operation (ATO) not yet been developed and implemented on traditional railway lines (excluding underground and tramway systems)? The Auto-Ferrivia interest group ( consists of experienced railway experts from the areas of infrastructure, rolling stock and operations. Auto-Ferrivia was founded to prove the feasibility of a low-cost ATO GoA2 (GoA: grade of automation) solution. Auto-Ferrivia is independent of the Swiss SmartRail 4.0. branch project. Auto-Ferrivia’s ATO solution involves a non-reactive extension of the existing railway system with traditional lineside signaling and automatic train protection (ATP)....