- Jan 21, 2015
Even if the tests overrun, seems like this will start happening within 5 years. It should be positive for the cost of running these networks. A tramline has been suggested for Galway, a chance to leapfrog?
The top three leading countries that have declared the development of autonomous tram technology are Germany, Russia and China.
PC Transport Systems and Cognitive Technologies have announced a joint project that will develop a fully autonomous tram for Russian and foreign markets by 2021-2022.
Within the project Cognitive Technologies is responsible for developing a complex autonomous driving system for a tramcar. Unlike similar solutions for self-driving cars, the system for rail has a number of simplifications that will enable trams to appear on public roads earlier.
Despite these simplifications there are only a few countries in the world that are ready for the real use of autonomous trams.
The project will begin with autonomous tram tests, held in closed facilities, with an operator situated in the cabin. Afterwards tests will be conducted on one of the Moscow tram routes.