HyperloopTT takes crucial step to reality with world-leading digital signalling and traffic management system

Hitachi Rail has adapted its ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) simulators for HyperloopTT technology

Hitachi Rail and HyperloopTT have reached an important milestone towards commercial exploitation of the innovative system – capable of speeds of up to 1,200 km/h – with the completion of a proof of concept for a cloud-based ERTMS signaling system for HyperloopTT capsules.

Working from Hitachi Rail’s location in Naples, Italy, the partnership has successfully created a digital simulator that enables integrated testing of the traffic management, signaling and some physical safety requirements of the hyperloop system – and is now developing an interface with HTT’s simulators for functional integration.

By replacing the capabilities of complex physical equipment with cloud-based software, the solution provides greater reliability, greater flexibility in deployment, lower maintenance costs, and is more sustainable. The simulator can also help make HyperloopTT more efficient by automating repetitive tasks and detecting and managing potential disruptions, rather than reacting to events as they happen.

The collaboration is based on the system on ERTMS and ETCS L2 (European Train Control System Level 2) signaling technology to simulate the regulation and control of capsules moving at very high speeds. ERTMS has the advantage of being used and recognized internationally, making it highly interoperable, allowing HyperloopTT systems around the world to operate safely without the need to create new standards.

After completion of the simulation model, the next step in the process would be to digitally integrate both the signaling infrastructure and the cloud-based model for the physical capsules. This would open the door for physical testing of the entire system at HyperloopTT’s test track in Toulouse.

SOURCE: Hitachi Rail

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