National French railway operator SNCF and JSC Design&Research Institute for Information, Technology, Signaling and Telecommunication on Railway Transport (JSC NIIAS) came to agreement to commonly develop unmanned technologies. In five years SNCF intends to purchase fully autonomous train. So, now it chooses a producer who fully corresponds to the requirements.
Three unmanned motive power units were represented to the French experts that are in operation in a gravity hump yard. Motive power units (unmanned vehicles) are nowadays tested in the Luzhskaya testing area that belongs to the Russian Railways structural subdivision Oktyabrskaya. These motive power units will be prepared for operation in railway yards throughout the country. Beside this, pilot tests of high-speed coach trains will be performed on the Moscow central cycle in the end of 2018. For this purpose installation of the equipment is carries out now.
Igor Rosenber, General Director of JSC NIIAS believes that cooperation with the French operator will promote to speed up the dawning of the age of unmanned vehicles on railways due to interchange of technologies. At that he noted that Russian specialists are ahead of foreign partners in handling the problem of unmanned and remote control of trains.
According to Rosenberg’s words SNCF’s partners and his institute move in one direction but Russian specialists may already demonstrate some results although Russian investments in the project are much smaller in comparison with investments made by foreign colleagues in similar designing. Nevertheless, the expert believes the problems of unmanned control within the framework of digital revolution will be settled by players of railroad industry and the race for the introduction of unmanned technologies is just in the very beginning.

Source of information: «Gosudarstvennuye vesti»