Knorr-Bremse begins testing DAC
Knorr-Bremse has started real-world testing of DAC on a freight train operated by Trafikverket CFL on the Swedish rail network until 2025, Railway Supply reports, citing RailwayPro.
Initially, the train will consist of six DAC test cars, with the possibility of increasing the number of cars to 20. The train is expected to cover around 100,000 kilometres a year.
Knorr-Bremse has installed its DAC with support for Automation Level 2. At a later stage, the train will be equipped with couplers that support higher levels of automation which will enable fully automated decoupling and, combined with the Knorr-Bremse Automation System, will support a wide variety of intelligent and telematic features for process automation. Operating the train in winter, including ice tests, is regarded as the ideal durability test for the coupling system, which must meet the highest standards of resilience.
The DAC tests will enable Knorr-Bremse to continue its targeted development of automated freight rail systems, with the goal of entering the market by 2025. From 2026, Knorr-Bremse aims to become the leading supplier of automated system solutions for freight transport. TÜV-Süd and the European DAC Delivery Programme have confirmed Knorr-Bremse’s status as an authorised DAC manufacturer in December 2022.
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