Lineas supports Alstom and Prorail in ATO testing

Lineas is supporting Alstom and Prorail to test automatic train operations (ATO) in shunting activities.

ATO has been identified as one of five technologies that will enable rail freight companies to double rail volumes in Europe and thereby help deliver on the EU Green Deal’s target for smart and sustainable mobility.


Geert Pauwels, chief executive officer, Lineas, explained: “Technologies like ATO can increase safety and efficiency for both our train drivers and our customers. This will be key if we want to capture the 30% transport growth on rail instead of on already saturated roads.”


The tests will see a Lineas diesel-hydraulic shunting locomotive being equipped with Alstom’s automatic control technology, intelligent obstacle detection and recognition. The project will first focus on the development of the software for automating tasks such as starting and stopping, coupling of wagons, controlling of traction and brakes, and the handling of emergencies (obstacle detection). Tests will start in 2021 under the supervision of authorized train staff.

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