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Technologies for Autonomous Rail Operation

Project description

Developing the future of autonomous rail transport

Throughout the history of transportation, very few inventions have had the same impact as rail transport. One of the oldest and most established means of transportation, railways still provide efficient transportation of freight and passengers, but they stand to benefit from cutting-edge technology. The EU-funded TAURO project will shape the future of European rail transport by developing the technologies required to make autonomous rail transport a reality. It will achieve this by working on state-of-the-art systems for environmental perception, remote operation, automatic monitoring and diagnostics, and easing the transition to these new autonomous control systems. The goal is to shape the future of rail services in Europe.


The high-level objective of TAURO is to identify, analyse and finally propose suitable founding technologies for the future European automated and autonomous rail transport, to be further developed, certified and deployed through the activities planned for the European Partnership for Transforming Europe’s Rail System.

To achieve this, TAURO is divided into four technical WPs, following the scope of the call, that each deal with separate system elements, with each contributing to the overall goal of the project. These four areas of work are;
• Environment perception for automation
• Remote driving and command
• Automatic status monitoring and diagnostic for autonomous trains
• Technologies supporting migration to ATO over ETCS

These technical WPs will be supported by a comprehensive dissemination and exploitation WP that will guarantee the results from TAURO are communicated to the necessary stakeholders, standards and regulatory bodies to ensure that the future policy and technical decisions are taken on the basis of the science and research performed in TAURO, and more important, who guarantee the coherence with other Shift2Rail ongoing activities and assure a seamless bridging between TAURO and the next initiative within Horizon Europe, Transforming Europe’s Rail System.

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Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, S.A.
Net EU contribution
€ 118 084,38
José miguel iturrioz 26
20200 Beasain

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Noreste País Vasco Gipuzkoa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00

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