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November 03, 2010

Driverless operation without passengers proposed at CBTC Congress

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IRJ at the CBTC World Congress in Paris: Mr Gérard Yelloz, a vice-president with Siemens Mobility, has suggested a way of realising some of the benefits of CBTC without the expense of going to full driverless operation which usually requires platform screen doors, a full safety case, and changes to operating rules.

Yelloz says that introducing driverless operation without passengers on board trains would enable metro operators to automate such things parking trains, turning trains round at terminals, waking up trains at the start of service and depot operations such as cleaning trains. He also says recovery after disruptions would be faster than with conventional manual operation.
 
"Some metro operators want to upgrade their system but are not ready to go to full driverless operation," Yelloz told IRJ in Paris. "This would be a first step to upgrading to full driverless operation with passengers on board in the future."

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