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VIRTUAL OPERATOR FOR DRIVING A LOCOMOTIVE IN REVERSE DIRECTION

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249059D
Publication Date: 2017-Jan-31
Document File: 3 page(s) / 175K

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Abstract

A virtual operator for driving a locomotive in reverse is proposed. The virtual operator comprises cameras and display screens associated with a main operator cab. The locomotive has a first end facing the direction along which the main operator cab is driven, and a second end facing the direction reverse or opposite to the direction along which the main operator cab is driven. According to the proposed technique, multiple cameras are mounted at the second end. These cameras capture the view of track and signaling system. Information regarding the track and signaling system captured by the cameras is broadcasted to the main operator cab. An operator sitting in the main operator cab uses the broadcasted information to drive the locomotive in reverse direction.

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VIRTUAL OPERATOR FOR DRIVING A LOCOMOTIVE IN REVERSE DIRECTION

BACKGROUND

 

The present disclosure relates generally to railroad systems and more particularly to a virtual operator for driving a locomotive in reverse using cameras and display screens associated with a main operator cab.

Generally, an auxiliary operator cab is used to enable a locomotive operator to drive the locomotive in the opposite or reverse direction when required. Though all the main controls for driving the locomotive are present in the main operator cab and the operator may drive the locomotive in reverse direction while sitting in the main operator cab, the auxiliary operator cab is still required as it provides the operator with a direct view of the tracks and signals ahead.  However, an auxiliary cab only for the purpose of gathering information regarding the tracks and signals is not economical, both with regard to space and cost.  

It would be desirable to have an improved technique for driving the locomotive in reverse direction.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

Figure 1 depicts use of cameras and display screens associated with a main operator cab for driving a locomotive in reverse direction.

Figure 2 depicts the screens mounted in the main cab such that the operator is facing the screens and the reverse direction while reversing the locomotive.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

A virtual operator  for driving a locomotive in reverse is proposed. As depicted in Figure 1, the virtual operator comprises cameras and display screens associated with a main operator cab. The locomotive has a first end facing the direction along which the main operator cab is driven, and a second end facing the direction reverse or opposite to the direction along which the main operator cab is driven. According to the proposed technique, multiple cameras are mounted at the second end. These cameras capture the view of track and signaling system. Information regarding the track and signaling system captured by the cameras is broadcasted to the main operator cab. An operator sitting in the main operator cab uses the broadcasted information to drive the locomotive in reverse direction.

Figure 1

According to one embodiment, the screens broadcasting visuals captured by the cameras are large and provide real life size images. Further, as depicted in Figure 2, the screens may be mounted in the main cab, for exa...