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January 17, 2013

Rheinmetall upgrades traffic and driving simulator of BVG trams in Germany

Rheinmetall has upgraded the traffic and driving simulator for trams operated by Berlin public transport authority Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) in Germany.

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Rheinmetall's VeFaSi simulator

Rheinmetall has upgraded the traffic and driving simulator for trams operated by Berlin public transport authority Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) in Germany.

The company has also expanded the tram system to incorporate a simulator cabin for the BVG’s new Bombardier Flexity Berlin tram.

Rheinmetall’s engineers have expanded the simulator’s virtual network of tram lines, updated and advanced the computer and projection systems, and incorporated more functions into the simulator controls.

BVG’s new traffic and driving simulator, VeFaSi, is based on an interchangeable driver’s compartment concept.

VeFaSi consists of a basic system and different driver’s compartments for the three trams in service with BVG, in addition to vehicle-specific simulator software.

The basic system comprises a motion system to reproduce the forces that take place during driving, a projection system for replicating the driver’s view, a digital visualisation system for calculating the virtual scenario in real time and the virtual BVG tramline network.

"The company has also expanded the tram system to incorporate a simulator cabin for the BVG’s new Bombardier Flexity Berlin tram."

Rheinmetall said that the simulator can be reconfigured for any of the three trams run by BVG in Berlin in thirty minutes by switching the driver’s compartment.

The company said it has used its interchangeable driver’s compartment concept to integrate the new Flexity Berlin tram type in the simulator, along with the current replicas of the GT 6 low-floor vehicle and the upgraded Tatra KT4Dt-M vehicle.

In July 2012, Bombardier won a €134m order from BVG to deliver an additional 39 Flexity trams, which is part of a framework agreement for 206 Flexity trams signed in 2006 and will take the total number of models currently operating in Berlin to 142.

Delivery of the additional trams is scheduled to start in 2016 with the full order of vehicles set to have arrived by 2017.

Following final delivery in 2017, the new trams will replace BVG’s current fleet of Tatra KT4 trams, and will include 38 long unidirectional vehicles, as well as 53 short and 47 bidirectional vehicles.


Image: Rheinmetall’s VeFaSi simulator for BVG-operated trams is based on an interchangeable driver’s compartment concept and a motion system to reproduce forces that take place during driving. Photo: courtesy of Rheinmetall.

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