Ansaldo STS is to work with the operator of Copenhagen’s metro system to produce a prototype Dynamic Headway system.
Working with its parent company, Hitachi, Ansaldo STS has said the advanced train control solution would use sensors at stations to detect congestion and automatically adjust the headway between trains to reflect demand.
Copenhagen Metro opened in 2002 and has a fleet of 34 driverless trains. It currently operates with a headway of two minutes between trains at peak times.
Ansaldo STS has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Metroselskabet to come up with a proof of concept for the system for lines M1 and M2 of the metro.
Alistair Dormer, chairman of the board, Ansaldo STS and group chief executive of Hitachi Rail, said: “Hitachi’s Dynamic Headway Solution combined with Ansaldo STS’s driverless technology is developed based on our joint Digitalisation strategy by utilising Hitachi’s IoT platform ‘Lumada’.
“In the long term, we plan to integrate the Dynamic Headway technology in our CBTC [communications-based train control] offering.”
Ansaldo plans to produce a prototype by the end of the year and begin testing it on lines M1/M2 and the new Cityringen.
Andy Barr, chief executive of Ansaldo STS, said: “Having worked closely with Metroselskabet for 18 years now, we are delighted to sign today’s MoU for the provision of a new, passenger-focused system.
“With automation technology such as the Dynamic Headway Solution, both passengers and operators benefit from timely trains automatically adapting to demand.”