Security and Safety

Bombardier's anti-collision system for trams receives certification

Posted on July 21, 2015

The system uses a network of stereovision cameras to identify and track the movement of objects on or near a tram's path. Photo: Bombardier Transportation
The system uses a network of stereovision cameras to identify and track the movement of objects on or near a tram's path. Photo: Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Transportation announced their innovative Drivers Assistance System (DAS) received homologation for passenger service in Germany. Starting in August 2015, trams equipped with this innovative tram safety platform will enter service in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

The DAS is an anti-collision system that gives trams drivers advanced warning of a potential impact with pedestrians, bikers, other vehicles or objects obstructing the tram tracks. The system uses a network of stereovision cameras to identify and track the movement of objects on or near a tram's path. Should a potential collision be identified, the system issues an audio alert for the tram driver and can even perform and automatic braking function.

This new safety platform compliments the recent development of Bombardier's BodyGuard(TM), a type of external airbag for trams that prevents pedestrians from being trapped under a moving tram, which is typically the cause for the most serious injuries (also developed in collaboration with AIT). Both technologies demonstrate Bombardier's commitment to developing cutting-edge technologies that improve vehicle safety for operators, passengers and pedestrians, according to the company.

The highly-complex DAS platform was made possible with technical support from the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) and Frankfurt am Main's transport authority the Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main (VFG), who provided testing opportunities. Following approval by the technical supervisory authority, VFG's vehicle no. 272 is now the first tram in the world to operate normal service equipped with DAS. It is currently being used for training and VGF will soon equip its other 73 "S" tramcars with the DAS, making the Frankfurt fleet the first to be completely equipped with this new safety technology. This upgrade will run until December 2016.

Additional information about the Drivers Assistance System can be found in the accompanying technical documentation: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/DAS%20Data%20Sheet.pdf

View comments or post a comment on this story. (1 Comment)

More News

N.Y. transit hub explosion called 'terrorist attack'

Three civilians suffered minor injuries during the incident, which took place at 7:30 a.m.

Canada's Metrolinx enhances smart card privacy policy

Recommendations were designed to improve privacy protections and provide greater clarity to the public about how and when it will provide cardholders’ data to officers.

Noise levels during commutes could induce hearing loss, study says

Bursts of loud noise on both public and private modes of transportation could place individuals at risk of noise-induced hearing loss.

OLI's new rail safety videos aimed at educating young adults

The new materials include two animated videos aimed at risk-taking younger males and three music videos.

Winnipeg Transit to test bus operator shields

Once the pilot project is complete, the agency will prepare a report discussing the findings and recommending next steps.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (1)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close