Michael Meyer zu Hörste
Chief engineer of the Department Railway Systems at Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt
Fully automatic train operation: Concepts and Conditions
Fully automatic train operation is one of the major challenges for the railways today. It opens new possibilities and business cases, but brings new technical, operational and legal challenges. Different technological or business approaches are under discussion. Some technical and functional issues like safe and dependable on-board localisation or obstacle detection are still to be solved today. Operational issues need to be solved with respect to the behaviour of automatic trains in comparison to trains with drivers. The most complex question is the certification of automatic systems with respect to the comparable human controlled system like e.g. the safety certification of obstacle detection systems under different operational modes and fall-back situations.
Since 2001 Michael Meyer zu Hörste is Chief engineer of the Department Railway Systems at Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR – German Aerospace Centre), Braunschweig, Institut für Verkehrsführung und Fahrzeugsteuerung (Institute of Transportation Systems). Next he is DLR-wide coordinator for Shift²Rail related activities, Technical Manager for ETCS Tests and GNSS rail applications, Coordinator of the DLR wide “Galileo Task Force” for Transportation Applications at the same company.