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Autonomous Track Geometry Measurement Technology Design, Development, and Testing

Document Series
Technical Reports
Author
Federal Railroad Administration
Report Number
DOT/FRA/ORD-18/06
Office
RPD-31
Subject Autonomous
Keywords
Track geometry inspection, autonomous, unmanned, ATGMS, autonomous track geometry measurement systems, track assessment
Abstract/Summary
The Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Office of Research, Development and Technology has long advocated for the development and advancement of autonomous track geometry measurement systems (ATGMS) and related technologies to improve rail safety by increasing the availability of track geometry data. FRA’s ATGMS research program has demonstrated the potential benefits and uses of the unmanned inspection approach as well as the requirements for information management. This report provides an overview of FRA’s ATGMS research and development program with emphasis on its evolution from a proof-of-concept prototype to a fully operational measurement system. The report also provides a summary of lessons learned from the development of this approach and highlights FRA’s vision for the role of autonomous technology in track inspection and safety assurance.
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Last updated: Friday, March 9, 2018
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