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Siemens Mobility launches AStriD project in Potsdam, Germany [free access]

October 8, 2019

Siemens Mobility has announced a three-year AStriD (Autonomous Tram in Depot) project in Potsdam, Germany. The project is being funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure’s mFUND research initiative.


AStriD is involves research and development of a ‘digital depot’, where trams can be moved between the stabling roads, washing plant, and workshops in driverless mode. The key players of the joint research project comprise Siemens Mobility (leader), the ViP Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam GmbH (ViP), the Karlsruher Institute of Technology (KIT), the Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility (IKEM), Codewerk GmbH and Mapillary.


Siemens Mobility will be responsible for development of the automated tram technology and integration of the vehicle into a data hub, which will be provided by Codewerk. In addition, Codewerk will also provide the cloud and edge computing systems needed for data integration. ViP will provide the tram and depot infrastructure as well as access to required data, systems and facilities. The local authority will evaluate the results from the operator’s perspective.


Mapillary will develop the digital map for vehicle localisation, which will use a cloud-based platform for the collection and analysis of street images and relevant information and will be processed through artificial intelligence.


The Institute for Information Processing Technology at KIT will support the project through its specialisation in automation. IKEM will assess the legal issues around driverless operation as well as the impact on operating costs.


In September 2018, Siemens Mobility conducted test for the world's first autonomous tram on a 6-km long section of the Potsdam Tramway network.