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

FMCSA permanently bans commercial drivers convicted of human trafficking

The new rule revises the list of offenses permanently disqualifying individuals from operating a commercial motor vehicle.

NTSB completes Las Vegas autonomous shuttle crash investigation

There were no injuries to the seven passengers and one attendant aboard the shuttle or to the driver of the truck.

NJ TRANSIT advocate to aid employees who have been assaulted

Newly hired attorney's role includes reviewing victims cases and helping them understand their legal rights.

USSC president/CEO named 'Entrepreneur of the Year'

Joseph Mirabile was awarded the business-based award for security and safety category.

S.F.'s Salesforce Transit Center re-opens after 9-month closure

Hub was temporarily closed last September as a precaution after fissures were found in two beams on a third level bus deck.

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