Author | Patricia M. LicerasAutonomous driving technologies continue to develop, but despite what we may think if we were to read the newspapers, cars are not the only form of transport under the spotlight. If in 2018, Germany launched the first driverless tram in Potsdam, one year later, it has continued with this same line with the development of a totally automated depot, also in this city, for managing autonomous trams.The project, which has been funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, was launched by a consortium of companies and research centres last October and it will last for three years. The AStriD partners (Autonomous Tram in Depot), as it is called, consider it to be a “key step” in the road towards the autonomous tram.According to Sabrina Soussan, CEO at Siemens Mobility, which is behind the initiative, along with the transport operator Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam (ViP), the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility (IKEM), Codewerk and Mapillary, “By automating time-consuming shunting operations in the depot, we want to better support our customers”.The project’s technical feasibility will be demonstrated with autonomous service operations in Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam’s depot with fullyautonomous service operations in the depot, such as running trams through a washing bay onto a siding
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