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September 23, 2013

Bombardier and AIT develop new optical 3D sensor system for trams

Germany-based rail-equipment maker Bombardier Transportation, in partnership with Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), has developed a new optical 3D sensor system for light rail vehicles to lower the risk of collisions.

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Germany-based rail-equipment maker Bombardier Transportation, in partnership with Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), has developed a new optical 3D sensor system for light rail vehicles to lower the risk of collisions.

The system, named ‘3D Stereo Vision Technology’, is designed to alert the tram drivers with an acoustic warning signal upon detecting vehicles, people and other objects.

The sensor system has the ability to automatically evaluate potential risk and respond accordingly.

Researchers at the AIT Safety & Security Department have developed special algorithms for the evaluation of stereo images with very high spatial resolution to accurately monitor the path in front of the rail vehicle to a distance of over 60m.

"The sensor system has the ability to automatically evaluate potential risk and respond accordingly."

Test runs conducted so far have found that the system automatically identifies and pinpoints potential hazards.

The interference-proof system has a large range, high resolution and is cost efficient to deploy.

In the near future, Bombardier Transportation intends to further develop the technology to protect pedestrians and cyclists.

A Bombardier Flexity tram equipped with a prototype of the 3D sensor system will be operational on the Frankfurt Transport network in the coming autumn.

Bombardier Transportation, which has a diverse customer base with products or services in over 60 countries, has an installed its system on over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.

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