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Connected and self-driving vehicles are on the horizon. Autonomous taxis and minibuses could cover the last mile between homes and public mass transit and long-distance transport hubs, helping make private cars superfluous in cities and relieving congestion. In rail transport as well, fully automated systems and connectivity can help satisfy the rapidly growing demand for mobility. Making vehicles and infrastructure more intelligent can ensure better availability and make mobility safer. All this adds up to vastly improved urban environments.

Siemens is working with municipalities, public transit authorities and research institutes to develop these transport concepts. 

Siemens Mobility and partners launch “Autonomous Tram in Depot” research project 

08.10.2019: Siemens Mobility, ViP Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam GmbH (ViP), the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility (IKEM), Codewerk GmbH, and Mapillary are planning to undertake joint research on a fully automated tram depot. The project, called “AStriD” (Autonomous Tram in Depot), is being funded by the Federal Ministry for Transportation and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) as part of its “Modernity Fund” (mFUND) research initiative.
“AStriD is the next big milestone on the way to autonomous trams. By automating time-consuming shunting operations in the depot, we want to better support our customers in ensuring sustainable value creation over the entire lifecycle as well as guaranteeing availability,” said Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens Mobility. 
The research and development project will be carried out at the depot operated by Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam and aims at developing a digital depot based on the operation of autonomous trams. The project’s technical feasibility will be demonstrated with autonomous service operations in the depot, such as running trams through a washing bay onto a siding. Depot automation is to be made commercially viable over the medium term as the first stage of autonomous tram driving.
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Press Release08 October 2019

Siemens Mobility and partners launch “Autonomous Tram in Depot” research project 

First autonomous shuttle bus in Hamburg

31.07.2019: It’s here – the new minibus for HEAT (Hamburg Electric Autonomous Transportation), Germany’s unique research and development project. Five meters long, weighing just under four tons, powered emission-free with electricity: The minibus will provide space for up to ten passengers traveling through Hamburg’s HafenCity as of mid-2020. The youngest member of the city’s HOCHBAHN fleet will drive autonomously. In order to safely find its way along the test route, the minibus will communicate continuously with sensors installed along the route and with the central HOCHBAHN control center. The minibus will begin test operations this August. 
Press release: First autonomous shuttle bus

Press Pictures: First autonomous shuttle bus

It’s here – the new minibus for HEAT (Hamburg Electric Autonomous Transportation), Germany’s unique research and development project to integrate an autonomous shuttle bus into regular street traffic. 

From left to right:- Markus Schlitt, Head of Intelligent Traffic Systems at Siemens Mobility GmbH- Matthias Kratzsch, Managing Director of IAV- Michael Westhagemann, Hamburgs Senator for Economics, Transport  and Innovation- Henrik Falk, CEO of Hamburger Hochbahn AG (HOCHBAHN). 
Five meters long, weighing just under three tons, powered emission-free with electricity: The minibus will provide space for up to ten passengers traveling through Hamburg’s HafenCity as of mid-2020. The youngest member of the city’s HOCHBAHN fleet will drive autonomously. In order to safely find its way along the test route, the minibus will communicate continuously with sensors installed along the route and with the central HOCHBAHN control center. The minibus will begin test operations this August. 

Siemens campus in Munich-Perlach to field-test autonomous driving

Siemens Mobility is starting a field test for autonomous driving at the Siemens campus in Munich-Perlach, Germany, and has initiated a research project and set up a field test. The test route runs through the campus and enables the simulation of a variety of traffic situations under real-life conditions. Together with the project partners IAV GmbH, the Institut für Klimaschutz, Energie und Mobilität (IKEM) e.V., emm Solutions GmbH, UTB Projektmanagement GmbH and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) Siemens Mobility will work together testing the interaction of roadside infrastructure, cloud-based software services and autonomous electric vehicles.

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Siemens campus in Munich-Perlach to field-test autonomous driving

The project partners IAV GmbH, Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility (IKEM) e.V., emm Solutions GmbH, UTB Projektmanagement GmbH and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Siemens Mobility will work together testing the interaction between roadside infrastructure, cloud-based software services and autonomous electric vehicles. Two types of vehicles will be used to research the interplay of intelligent infrastructure and vehicles: a highly automated single-seat car (ILO) and a shuttle bus (IAV). For the tests, utility poles along the route have been equipped with laser scanners, radar units and cameras to monitor the overall traffic environment and precisely locate the vehicles.

Siemens campus in Munich-Perlach to field-test autonomous driving

Working with partners IAV GmbH, the Institut für Klimaschutz, Energie und Mobilität (IKEM) e.V., emm Solutions GmbH, UTB Projektmanagement GmbH and the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Siemens Mobility has initiated a research project and set up a field test and is starting a field test for autonomous driving at the Siemens campus in Munich-Perlach, Germany. The test route runs through the campus and enables the simulation of a variety of traffic situations under real-life conditions. 

Research project for autonomous driving

How autonomous electric vehicles can improve road safety and efficiency while operating with the highest Level 5 autonomy, with no driver intervention, is the aim of a research project. The intelligent infrastructure from Siemens Mobility plays an important role. It continually feeds vehicles with comprehensive information, such as general traffic conditions and data about other vehicles operating along the same route. With this external support, the monitored operating radius of a self-driving vehicle can be significantly expanded. In particular, this approach supports autonomous vehicles in complex traffic situations and in areas the vehicle itself cannot monitor, regardless of prevailing weather conditions. 

Research project for an optimized transport system (OTS)

For the tests at the Siemens campus in Munich-Perlach, Germany, masts along the route have been equipped with laser scanners, radar units and cameras to monitor the overall traffic environment and precisely locate the vehicles. The intelligent infrastructure enables vehicles to quickly identify potential risks and respond accordingly. All in all, the integrated system helps optimize traffic flows. The system’s vehicle-to-infrastructure communication (V2I) operates via the standardized and extensively tested WLANp (ITS-G5).

Car-to-Infrastructure (C2X): Field-test for autonomous driving in Munich

The project partners will work together testing the interaction of roadside infrastructure, cloud-based software services and autonomous electric vehicles. Two types of vehicles will be used to research the interplay of intelligent infrastructure and vehicles: a highly automated single-seater and a minibus. For the tests, masts along the route have been equipped with laser scanners, radar units and cameras to monitor the overall traffic environment and precisely locate the vehicles.

Autonomous Driving: Testing of a Mobility offering for the first and last mile

At the Siemens campus in Munich-Perlach, Germany, a test field was built to research the interplay of intelligent infrastructure and vehicles for autonomous driving. For the tests, masts along the route have been equipped with laser scanners, radar units and cameras to monitor the overall traffic environment and precisely locate the vehicles.

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Autonomous driving closes the mobility gap on the first and last mile 

Intelligent digitalization of road networks is of critical importance for economic growth and quality of life. This is why Siemens Mobility has developed the Vehicle2x technology, which is a secure, cooperative technology for communication between all kinds of vehicles and the infrastructure. Vehicle2x is part of the growing “Internet of Things”. The Road Side Units provide key data for a more precise picture of the current traffic situation, enabling more efficient traffic control, a significant reduction in accident numbers and an even greater cut in emissions than possible up to now. Siemens’ cooperative traffic management system allows vehicles to connect with the infrastructure and the traffic control centers. The result: more effective prevention of congestion and accidents and a stronger reduction in pollutant emissions – essential factors for cities and other municipalities aiming to improve quality of life and boost economic growth                                         

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Volkswagen and Siemens to test the local exchange of information between vehicles and digital transport infrastructure in the city of Wolfsburg

Volkswagen and Siemens want to further improve road safety especially at crossroads. To achieve this, new functionalities have been developed for the local exchange of information between vehicles and digital transport infrastructure. The overall system uses the Car2X technology WLANp (ITS-G5) and is currently undergoing tests on Wolfsburg roads.

Siemens Mobility presents world's first autonomous tram

Siemens Mobility, together with ViP Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam GmbH, presented their research project on the world's first autonomous tram. On a six-kilometer section of the tram network in Potsdam, Germany, Siemens Mobility demonstrated a test tram, a modified Siemens Combino tram, driving autonomously in real traffic.

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Siemens Mobility presents world's first autonomous tram

This experimental vehicle is equipped with multiple lidar, radar and camera sensors that serve as "digital eyes" by capturing the tram and its traffic environment. 

Siemens Mobility presents world's first autonomous tram

From left to right: Oliver Glaser (Director ViP), Christoph Klaes (Segment Head Light Rail Vehicles Siemens Mobility GmbH), Mayor of Potsdam Jann Jakobs and Martin Grießner (Director ViP) introduce the world's first autonomous tram.

Siemens Mobility presents world's first autonomous tram

Siemens Mobility, together with ViP Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam GmbH, is presenting a research project on the world's first autonomous tram at InnoTrans 2018.

Siemens Mobility presents world's first autonomous tram

Siemens Mobility, together with ViP Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam GmbH, will be presenting their research project on the world's first autonomous tram at InnoTrans 2018. On a six-kilometer section of the tram network in Potsdam, Germany, Siemens Mobility will be demonstrating a test tram driving autonomously in real traffic on September 18 through 21.

Siemens Mobility presents world's first autonomous tram

ViP has provided a Siemens Combino tram for the project. This experimental vehicle is equipped with multiple lidar, radar and camera sensors that serve as "digital eyes" by capturing the tram and its traffic environment. At the same time, complex algorithms function as a "brain" by interpreting and evaluating data from the momentary operating situation, providing a prognosis for further development of the situation, then triggering an appropriate response by the tram. Thanks to its artificial intelligence capability, the tram responds to trackside tram signals, stops at tram stops, and reacts autonomously to hazards such as crossing pedestrians and other vehicles. Siemens Mobility is the first company to launch an autonomous tram for research and development purposes.

Siemens Mobility presents world's first autonomous tram

The experimental tram being used to demonstrate autonomous driving at the world premiere is not designed for commercial use. The current project aims at identifying the technological challenges of autonomous driving under real-life conditions, then developing and testing solutions for them. A continuation of the cooperation is already being discussed with ViP.

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World's first autonomous tram on the rails 

From cars to buses, automated driving is on the rise. Siemens is leveraging these technologies and pioneering the way towards smart and autonomous trams. Testing a research prototype in real-life road traffic in Potsdam (Germany) has marked an essential milestone on this way.

The experimental tram used to demonstrate autonomous driving at the world premiere is not designed for commercial use. The project aims at identifying the technological challenges of autonomous driving under real-life conditions, then developing and testing solutions for them. A continuation of the cooperation is already being discussed with Local tram operator Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam (ViP). 

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Siemens Mobility and the City of Düsseldorf jointly open digital automotive test track

Siemens Mobility and the City of Düsseldorf jointly open digital automotive test track

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