GoA4 passes the test
Manufacturer Alstom has demonstrated the highest grade of automation on a shunting locomotive near Breda, the Netherlands, in partnership with Dutch infrastructure manager Pro Rail and Belgian railfreight operator Lineas.
This grade of automation, known as GoA4, includes fully automated starting, driving, stopping, and the handling of unanticipated obstacles or events.
For the demonstration, a diesel-hydraulic shunting locomotive owned by Lineas was equipped with the Alstom technology. The locomotive, running autonomously, was presented with various obstacles – a person, a car, a rail wagon, and an incorrectly-positioned switch – and reacted entirely autonomously, without any employee aboard having to intervene. (ben)