French rail tests remote-controlled train
In April, the French railway company, SNCF, has tested a remote-controlled train in the Paris’ surroundings. The train was guided along a 4-kilometer long distance between Villeneuve-Saint-George (Val-de-Marne) and Juvisy (Essonne) and was controlled by a command post in Vigneux-sur-Seine (Essonne).
The successful experiment has demonstrated the technical feasibility of the self-driving train, as is the conclusion of the SNCF’s announcement. Earlier, in September 2018 to be precise, the company already announced plans for autonomous trains.
For the test ride, some cameras were installed on the roof of the locomotive. They had to determine when the train needed to accelerate or brake. All data were collected and sent via satellite and an LTE network.
By running trains from a distance, it should be possible to take over control when necessary and to ease maneuvers.
“This successful experiment is a fundamental step in the future train service,” Luc Laroche, director of SNCF’s project, concluded. SNCF is not planning crewless passenger trains shortly, but the company believes in the advantages of remote-controlled trains.