From cars to buses, automated driving is now a significant trend. Siemens Mobility is taking up these technologies and developing smart, autonomous trams. Jointly with ViP-Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam GmbH, Siemens Mobility has already showcased a research project for the world's first autonomous tram at the international tram fair InnoTrans 2018 and tested a research prototype under real traffic conditions. October 2019 saw the start of a new project for joint research at a fully automated tram depot.
The research project is named AStriD ("Autonomous Tram in Depot") and is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) under the Modernity Support Fund ("mFund"). A consortium, consisting of Siemens Mobility, ViP and further partners are realising the project at the depot of the Potsdam Municipal Transport Authority. The aim is to develop a digital depot on the basis of an autonomous tram. Technical feasibility is being demonstrated by autonomous service journeys, for example through a washing system to a siding. In the medium term it is intended to roll out depot automation as a first stage in autonomous operation.
At Hypermotion 2019, Siemens Mobility (Stand E11) is showcasing not only the research project in detail, but is also showing the technologies behind it. The focus of this year's presentation at the fair is above all on efficient and environmentally friendly mobility.