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Siemens Mobility conducts innovative research into the safety of automated railways 

“With these research projects, we are strengthening our position as a pacemaker for digitalization and automated driving,” said Gerhard Greiter, CEO of Northeastern Europe at Siemens Mobility. “We are counting on the advantages rail automation offers to passengers and operators alike. Whether it’s about punctuality, safety or energy efficiency – self-driving trains bring mobility to a new level. And we’re working on it.” 
The studies will focus on the highest levels of automation (levels GoA 3 and GoA 4) which classifies fully automated trains with and without attendants. The research findings will provide important impetus to the further digitalization of railways. Automated regional and mainline rail transport is expected to shape the future of mobility.

Focus of the research projects

One of the projects will investigate which safety requirements must be met by fully automated mainline trains. The goal is to ensure that automated trains provide at least the same level of safety as trains operated by people. Siemens Mobility will lead the project and work closely with its partners, TU Berlin and TÜV Rhineland. 
The second project will be headed by TU Berlin and focus on comparing human and technical performances. The study aims to answer the question: What must an automatic system be able to do to match the capabilities of a train driver? Partners in this project are the German Aerospace Center, DB Systemtechnik and Siemens Mobility. 

Experience and expertise 

Siemens Mobility will contribute its experience and expertise gained in various projects in the field of rail automation. These include the self-driving metros in Nuremberg and Paris as well as the findings of the company’s research on obstacle detection systems for fully automated rail operations.
Know-how gained from Siemens Mobility reference projects in Hamburg and London will also flow into the research project. In Hamburg, the company is conducting a pilot project for highly automated driving with the S-Bahn, which is scheduled to begin passenger service in 2021 for the ITS World Congress. In London, Siemens Mobility combined for the first time a system for automated train operations (ATO) with the European Train Control System (ETCS) on the ThamesLink line. 
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Siemens Mobility is a separately managed company of Siemens AG. As a leader in transport solutions for more than 160 years, Siemens Mobility is constantly innovating its portfolio in its core areas of rolling stock, rail automation and electrification, turnkey systems, intelligent traffic systems as well as related services. With digitalization, Siemens Mobility is enabling mobility operators worldwide to make infrastructure intelligent, increase value sustainably over the entire lifecycle, enhance passenger experience and guarantee availability. In fiscal year 2020, which ended on September 30, 2020, Siemens Mobility posted revenue of €9.1 billion and had around 38,500 employees worldwide. Further information is available at:
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Silke Thomson-Pottebohm

Siemens Mobility GmbH

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