Ecology, AI, Tunnels and Transportation Futurism

Ecology, AI, Tunnels and Transportation Futurism

06 September 2018 3083

The International exhibition Innotrans is one of the major events in the transport sector. This year it is promised (in Russian) to showcase a huge number of new products – 130 world premieres in the field of transportation technologies are expected. The exhibits will include new models of rolling stock on rails and trackless communications, innovative carriages for container transportation, passenger cars, regional trains, double-deck cars, trams, trains and equipment for metro, repair trains, tunnel cleaning rolling stock, repair and evacuation trains, hybrid locomotives, motor-coach trains and much more.

Innotrans 2018 will feature such companies as Stadler, Siemens, Alstom, CRRC, Skoda and Hitachi. In total, the exhibition will show developments and concepts of companies from 60 countries – from Egypt, Bahrain and Malaysia to Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.

As it was announced earlier, new samples of rolling stock – high-speed unibus and eighteen-seat unicar – will be delivered from SkyWay to Innotrans 2018. SkyWay transport takes place among innovative projects at this exhibition – last time the company presented its vision of the future at the Mobility Vision Lab, alongside with such projects as Hyperloop, Moon and NEXT.

Innotrans outlines the main trends, and judging by the numerous press releases from the participants, as well as the statements made by SkyWay management, the company will reflect all the most crucial trends in the transport sector – let us consider them in detail.

Ecology and electricity

Developments in the field of electric transport attract a lot of attention throughout the world. A new stage in the development of electric transport is caused by the fact that recent achievements in the field of electronics and power industry have made it profitable and environmentally friendly. It is only natural that this trend is reflected at Innotrans exhibition, where many new models of electricity-powered equipment from manufacturers of the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and other countries are waiting for visitors.

SkyWay transport systems are designed based on the principle of maximum environmental friendliness, and the use of renewable energy sources is integrated into the entire architecture of SkyWay routes. SkyWay electric rolling stock not only helps to save the environment, but also allows to save energy due to excellent aerodynamic features, efficient motors and high efficiency factor of “steel wheel-steel rail” couple, which is an order of magnitude superior to all the existing alternatives – from a pneumatic tire to magnetic levitation.

Artificial Intelligence and Information Technology

Many participants of the exhibition announced presentation of innovations related to digitalization of transport. For example, a project to simplify travel fare payment will be shown by INIT – one of the major IT companies dealing with ticket sales services. Another important aspect of integrating information technology into transport is the use of artificial intelligence. It seems only logical that railroad workers got engaged with AI ​​against the background of an active development of this direction in the automotive industry. Siemens will exhibit its unmanned tram at Innotrans (in Russian) – although, the system will work in the test mode so far; it takes time to check and refine the algorithms.

SkyWay transport operates under “hothouse” conditions of the second level, where the modules do not need to take into account the movement of other vehicles controlled by man, not by automation. Nevertheless, the automated control system is still needed – it will allow to reduce operating costs, improve control accuracy and exclude the human factor. In addition, collection and analyses of data on the operation and condition of transport in SkyWay will allow the control system to self-learn.

Tunnels and infrastructure development

A separate segment at Innotrans 2018 will be provided for exhibiting tunnels – novelties of this industry will be presented there: engineering solutions, geoinformation systems, equipment and much more. Attention to this sector may be caused by the fact that it becomes necessary to search a new dimension for new modes of transport and growing traffic with the same level of infrastructure development –underground or above the ground.

From the very beginning SkyWay has chosen a variant of overpass transport of the second level – due to innovations in infrastructure construction, SkyWay tracks are not inferior to tunnels in terms of safety and throughput, and they are even less-costly. In addition, at the current stage, work is underway to create an underground and even underwater version of SkyWay – Hyper-U. Infrastructure for it will be built by a special technology including a number of innovative solutions and know-how. Additional advantages to this system will be the creation and maintenance of forevacuum in them, reducing environmental resistance.

Artsiom Sapryka

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