Israeli technology company Rail Vision, in which Knorr-Bremse holds a strategic stake, has received an order from Israel Railways to equip passenger trains with high-performance sensor systems. Ten systems will be delivered to the operator by the end of 2023.
By intelligently detecting potential obstacles such as people, vehicles and infrastructure at distances of up to 2 kilometres, they will help to significantly improve the safety, efficiency and punctuality of rail operations.
Nicolas Lange, CEO of Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems, comments: "For Rail Vision, this first commercial order is a milestone in the successful launch of its high-tech products. The company's powerful and highly reliable driver assistance technology has the potential to further enhance rail safety and help make rail operations even more efficient, reliable and stable. All in all, it is an important step towards creating intelligent, automated rail operations for the future".
Rail Vision systems are based on the intelligent interaction of sensor technology with artificial intelligence and deep learning. Because the technology has been developed specifically for rail transport, it can provide very effective support to train drivers and operators in a wide range of operational scenarios. The systems can detect potential obstacles such as people, animals, oncoming trains and incorrectly set points over distances of up to 2 kilometres - even in poor weather or lighting conditions - and alert the driver. Because they can also identify infrastructure, signals and vegetation along the track, they can provide rail operators with valuable information about the condition of the line, making it easier to plan maintenance work, for example.