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Universal Train Driving Robot

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000201647D
Original Publication Date: 2010-Nov-17
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Nov-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 63K

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Abstract

Rail vehicle automation promises the advantage of reducing the train driver personnel or, e. g., in case of a strike, even replacing it. Currently rail vehicle automation is realized by vehicle specific extensions and modifications. In the following a novel solution for rail vehicle automation is proposed which works without modifying the locomotive itself. It is proposed to place universal humanoid robots in existing driver’s cabs. These robots have actuators, e. g., in the form of arms and fingers, to operate the locomotive by its applicable mechanical interfaces, and sensors to monitor the existing locomotive driver interface like meters, displays and indicators. Vision sensors are used to monitor obstacles and signal aspects. Walking is not required from these robots.

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Universal Train Driving Robot

Idea: Dr. Peter Faubel, DE-Braunschweig; Dr. Rolf Detering, DE-Berlin; Wolfgang Windolf, DE- Braunschweig; Dr. Wolfgang Trumler, DE-Erlangen

Rail vehicle automation promises the advantage of reducing the train driver personnel or, e. g., in case of a strike, even replacing it.

Currently rail vehicle automation is realized by vehicle specific extensions and modifications.

In the following a novel solution for rail vehicle automation is proposed which works without modifying the locomotive itself. It is proposed to place universal humanoid robots in existing driver's cabs. These robots have actuators, e. g., in the form of arms and fingers, to operate the locomotive by its applicable mechanical interfaces, and sensors to monitor the existing locomotive driver interface like meters, displays and indicators. Vision sensors are used to monitor obstacles and signal aspects. Walking is not required from these robots.

The robots can be trained to operate any type of locomotive. They can also be used to support remote handling of locomotive incident situations or defect and disturbance handling, e. g., fuse resetting, remotely controlled from the maintenance. The robots are universal usable for automating different types of locomotives including legacy ones. They have to reach at least the same safety level as humans and be comp...