“AStriD is an important milestone on the way to achieving self-driving trams.
Working with our partners, we are using valuable synergies to digitalize the
depot and reduce time-consuming on-site shunting. By automating the depot, we
can better support our customers in ensuring sustainable value growth over the
entire lifecycle and guaranteeing the availability of their trams,” said Albrecht
Neumann, CEO Rolling Stock of Siemens Mobility.
and development project is being implemented at the depot operated by Verkehrsbetriebs
“Autonomous driving along the
tram route and within the depot relieves our drivers and increases the safety
of our passengers and other road users,” said Uwe Loeschmann, CEO of ViP
Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam GmbH. “Autonomous tram operation in our depot with the
AStriD system opens up the possibility of automated cleaning, supply and
parking processes with central control and increased operational safety.”
Mayor Mike Schubert: “This is an important, future-oriented project. The
participation of the state capital and its transport company shows how the
spirit of innovation is thriving in Potsdam. If this new technology can be used
in the coming years, it could help transport companies modernize local public
transport. That’s why we’re pleased to be working as a project partner of
Siemens on what we believe is a pioneering development.”
At the InnoTrans
2018, Siemens Mobility and Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam demonstrated a test tram
operating under real road conditions on a section of Potsdam’s tram network.
The research project that resulted from this initiative aims at developing a
digital depot on the basis of self-driving trams. The technical feasibility of
the concept will be demonstrated with autonomous service functions, such as
moving a tram through a washing facility to a siding. Making depot automation
commercially viable is thus a first stage of introducing autonomous driving. Right
from the start, the project is considering the various legal and economic
conditions that must be fulfilled for the approval and operation of an
autonomously driving tram. The three-year project is funded by the Federal
Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) as part of its
Modernity Fund (mFUND).
consortium partners have divided the project into different work packages.
Mobility is developing the self-driving tram in the depot and the yard
management system (YMS) that gives the tram its driving orders. In addition, it
is working with project partner KIT to develop the digital map that is the
basis for tracking the tram’s location within the depot.
Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam GmbH
is providing the tram and the depot infrastructure, enabling access to all
required data, systems, and facilities, and evaluating the project’s findings
from the perspective of a depot operator.
Institute for Information Processing Technology (ITIV) is contributing
its expertise in the specification and digitalization of depots, the automation
of processes, and identifying the necessary data, and is supporting the
development of the digital map.
is analyzing and evaluating the legal and economic issues related to the
Codewerk specializes in industrial systems
and, among other things, develops software for data communication on rail
vehicles. In this project, Codewerk is supporting the communication between the
tram and control center and is responsible for integrating parts of the depot
About the BMVI’s
As part of its
mFUND innovation initiative, the BMVI has been funding data-based research and
development projects for Digital and Networked Mobility 4.0 since 2016. The
project funding is supplemented by active professional networking between
players from politics, business, administration, and research, and by providing
open data through the mCLOUD portal. Further information can be found at