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Automated Train Operations (ATO) Safety and Sensor Development

Document Series
Research Results
Federal Railroad Administration
Report Number
RR 20-21
Subject Autonomous
Automated train operations, ATO, sensor platform, SP, locomotive onboard sensor platform, locomotive-borne sensor platform, autonomous, train, sensors
ATO-A.pdf (289.72 KB)

In support of industry and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) objectives to develop methods to increase automation in freight rail operations, Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) performed a requirements analysis and initiated a safety analysis for a locomotive-borne sensor platform (SP) to support automated train operations (ATO). In addition, TTCI conducted research into sensor types for use by the SP, which showed that a suite of sensors working in concert is needed to meet SP requirements.

Last updated: Friday, November 6, 2020