The Netherlands and Germany to test cross-border self-driving trains

Energieeffizientes Fahren mit mehr Anspruch und Spaß beim Spielen • DB-Lokführer an Weiterentwicklung beteiligt

(Berlin, 10. November 2016)  Die DB Zug Simulator-App wurde seit ihrer Einführung im Mai bereits über 450.000 Mal auf Tablets und Smartphones geladen. „Man sitzt vorne im Führerstand, darf einen ICE fahren und kann damit gleichzeitig Energie sparen. Das ist Klimaschutz, der Spaß macht“, sagt Andreas Gehlhaar, Leiter Umwelt bei der DB. „Das Spiel kommt dem wahren Leben nah: Ein Lokführer kann auf der Fahrt Hamburg-München-Hamburg mehr Strom einsparen, als eine vierköpfige Familie im Jahr insgesamt verbraucht.“

Seit Anfang der Woche ist das neue Update zur DB Zug Simulator-App kostenlos im App Store und bei Google Play erhältlich - in deutscher und englischer Sprache. Ziel ist es, durch geschickte Fahrweise möglichst stromsparend zu fahren und pünktlich am virtuellen Zielbahnhof anzukommen.

The Netherlands and Germany are going to work together to create more attractive conditions for cross-border rail freight transport. Dutch State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven (Infrastructure and Water) and her German colleague State Secretary Enak Ferlemann signed a Joint Declaration of Intent on Tuesday 9 April in Berlin.

The Netherlands and Germany will cooperate in a joint working group in areas such as digitisation and automation of the sector. For example, innovations such as testing with self-driving trains will soon be tested across borders. Making targeted investments and making more efficient use of the rail network and making work processes more compatible with each other should make it possible to run longer trains (740 meters) faster.

Improving conditions

Van Veldhoven: “Germany is our most important trading partner. And whoever knows that one train can carry as many as 56 trucks, also knows how important the rail freight sector can be for our sustainable future. That is why my colleague Ferlemann and I want to further strengthen this future-proof sector together.”

State Secretary Enak Ferlemann: “Germany and the Netherlands both want a larger share for rail freight operators in the transport sector. We are happy that our cooperation across borders is now being strengthened and we want to offer optimum conditions to freight operators. We will now work together on this. ”

National programmes

Both countries are already working at a bilateral and European level to improve cross-border rail connections. In both the Netherlands and Germany, ambitious packages of measures were adopted last year to improve the competitive position of rail freight transport. In the Netherlands it was also recorded that freight transport operators are involved in various ways to reduce the nuisance caused by vibrations and noise for people living near the railways.

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The Netherlands and Germany to test cross-border self-driving trains

Energieeffizientes Fahren mit mehr Anspruch und Spaß beim Spielen • DB-Lokführer an Weiterentwicklung beteiligt

(Berlin, 10. November 2016)  Die DB Zug Simulator-App wurde seit ihrer Einführung im Mai bereits über 450.000 Mal auf Tablets und Smartphones geladen. „Man sitzt vorne im Führerstand, darf einen ICE fahren und kann damit gleichzeitig Energie sparen. Das ist Klimaschutz, der Spaß macht“, sagt Andreas Gehlhaar, Leiter Umwelt bei der DB. „Das Spiel kommt dem wahren Leben nah: Ein Lokführer kann auf der Fahrt Hamburg-München-Hamburg mehr Strom einsparen, als eine vierköpfige Familie im Jahr insgesamt verbraucht.“

Seit Anfang der Woche ist das neue Update zur DB Zug Simulator-App kostenlos im App Store und bei Google Play erhältlich - in deutscher und englischer Sprache. Ziel ist es, durch geschickte Fahrweise möglichst stromsparend zu fahren und pünktlich am virtuellen Zielbahnhof anzukommen.

The Netherlands and Germany are going to work together to create more attractive conditions for cross-border rail freight transport. Dutch State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven (Infrastructure and Water) and her German colleague State Secretary Enak Ferlemann signed a Joint Declaration of Intent on Tuesday 9 April in Berlin.

The Netherlands and Germany will cooperate in a joint working group in areas such as digitisation and automation of the sector. For example, innovations such as testing with self-driving trains will soon be tested across borders. Making targeted investments and making more efficient use of the rail network and making work processes more compatible with each other should make it possible to run longer trains (740 meters) faster.

Improving conditions

Van Veldhoven: “Germany is our most important trading partner. And whoever knows that one train can carry as many as 56 trucks, also knows how important the rail freight sector can be for our sustainable future. That is why my colleague Ferlemann and I want to further strengthen this future-proof sector together.”

State Secretary Enak Ferlemann: “Germany and the Netherlands both want a larger share for rail freight operators in the transport sector. We are happy that our cooperation across borders is now being strengthened and we want to offer optimum conditions to freight operators. We will now work together on this. ”

National programmes

Both countries are already working at a bilateral and European level to improve cross-border rail connections. In both the Netherlands and Germany, ambitious packages of measures were adopted last year to improve the competitive position of rail freight transport. In the Netherlands it was also recorded that freight transport operators are involved in various ways to reduce the nuisance caused by vibrations and noise for people living near the railways.

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