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World’s first autonomous tram to take to streets

autonomous tram

The world’s first autonomous tram is to be launched by Siemens on a 6km section of city tracks in Potsdam in Germany this month.

The tram has been equipped with a series of lidar, radar and sensors to survey the environment, while using algorithms to assess and respond to situations.

Siemens said that this artificial intelligence means the tram can respond to trackside signals, react to hazards such as people crossing the street and other cars.

The tram is not yet ready for passenger use. The trial aims to identify issues so that solutions can be designed and tested.

Siemens Mobility chief executive Sabrina Soussan. said: “Our autonomous tram can already master essential operating tasks in real road traffic at this stage of development.

”By relying on the Siemens Tram Assistant collision warning system being used in, among other places, our Avenio M tram operating in Ulm, Germany, we have already reached series maturity – an important milestone on the way to autonomous driving. By making trains and infrastructure intelligent, we can guarantee availability and enhance safety in local and long distance travel.” 

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