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Volume 314, 2020International Cross-Industry Safety Conference (ICSC) – International Symposium on Aircraft Technology, MRO and Operations (ISATECH) (ICSC-ISATECH 2019)
|Number of page(s)||19|
|Section||International Cross-Industry Safety Conference|
|Published online||29 May 2020|
Expediency of ATO in heavy rail: A survey for the Dutch Railways
Master student, (University of Twente, ME, the Netherlands)
2 Consultant Railway Signalling and Safety, (Mott MacDonald, the Netherlands)
3 Senior Rail Manager, (Mott MacDonald, the Netherlands)
4 Assistant Professor, (University of Twente, ME, the Netherlands)
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Automatic train operation (ATO) is a relatively new trend in heavy rail. While technical specifications define system and function requirements, implementation and adoption of ATO requires a business case. In this research we have developed a framework which could indicate if a corridor is suitable for automatic operation or not. We have approached this challenge by using product development methods such as QFD (Quality Function Deployment) and methods developed specifically for this study. The results indicate that ATO could influence performance, time to market and costs with respect to manual operation. The influence depends on the characteristics of a corridor, corridor segmenting as well as the operational procedures. The positive influence of ATO, considering the current state of the Dutch railways, could be limited and there may be additional challenges.
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