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The Railway of the Future

Andreas Pottharst (University of Paderborn), 
Company: Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives, University of Paderborn, Germany
Published: dSPACE NEWS 2005/1, Mar 2005

A completely new railway system using individual RailCabs is being developed at the University of Paderborn in Germany (see dSPACE NEWS 2/2002). The project was initiated by the research initiative Neue Bahntechnik (New Rail Technology) Paderborn, or NBP for short, some years ago. The control technology for the new rail system is supported by dSPACE hardware. The RailCabs are driven by a linear drive similar to that of the Transrapid. The aim is to utilize existing rail track to run automated, driverless cabs for both passenger and freight transportation.

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