Russian Railways Tests First electric Train with Unmanned Driving System

Russian Railways for the first time demonstrated the unmanned high-speed electric train “Lastochka” in motion on the experimental ring of the All-Russian Research Institute of Railway Transport in Shcherbinka, TASS correspondent reports.

During the test run, “Swallow” automatically stopped in front of a mannequin, which was specially put in the way to show how the train copes with emergency situations.

“Dear colleagues, we just made the first journey through our technological range on the Lastochka train in an absolutely unmanned mode. Having worked out not only the communication technology of the rolling stock with the road, all the technologies that involve technical vision, controlling the movement of the train absolutely without human intervention , but also remote control technologies.

“We tested the emergency situation associated with finding a person on the way, and in this case, the equipment also worked without errors, giving signals and stopping being new, ”said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov after the Swallow flight.

“From today, we have switched to unmanned technologies. According to international standards, there are four levels of unmanned operation. We currently tested the third level,” added Oleg Belozerov, Director General of Russian Railways.

At the end of June, the Ural Locomotives plant (a joint venture of the Sinara group and Siemens) handed over to the Russian Railways the first Swallow with a machine vision system that allows them to keep trains on a predetermined schedule and arrive at the station by a certain time.

The machine vision system is one of the steps towards the introduction of unmanned technologies for driving high-speed electric trains.

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