Webinar: Automating the railway

Webinar: Automating the railway

Automating the railway: The business case for increased automation in rail based on the experiences of other sectors.

Original broadcast date: June 10th 2021

Presenter: Tom Jansen, Global Domain Leader for Connected and Automated Vehicles

What has been holding back the wider adoption of automation in the rail industry? And what can be learnt from recent advances in driverless technology made by the automotive sector?

How far, for example, should we be prepared to replace human drivers and controllers with computers? How can we demonstrate the safety and integrity of increased automation on our railways? How comfortable is the travelling public with driverless/unattended transportation?

In this webinar from Ricardo, Tom Jansen, Global Domain Leader for Connected and Automated Vehicles, outlined the key challenges for automation in rail operations and explained how lessons from other sectors could help strengthen the business case for automation in rail.

This webinar extended a presentation given by Tom to the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers’ 2020 series of invitational Presidential Lectures.

About our host

Tom Jansen is a rail safety engineering consultant who specialises in commission and verification of complex electronic safety systems such as signalling and automated driving technologies.

He has extensive experience in the specification and procurement of interlocking (and similar safety) installations; interfaces between (sub) systems and their contracts, and all associated issues and risks. He is also a certified Independent Safety Assessor.

He has performed the role of Safety Advisor or Safety Officer on the implementation of automated transit technologies on both guided rail and mixed road traffic environments, including truck platooning projects (in the Netherlands, Belgium and UK), autonomous shuttle schemes such as Brussels Airport, WEpods (Wageningen), ParkShuttle Rivium (Rotterdam) and Bluewaters Island (Dubai), and supported various conventional rail ATO pilots.

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