Moscow Central Circle Takes Step Closer to Introducing Unmanned Trains

The Lastochka, operating at GoA 3 and equipped with optical cameras with different focal distances, lidars and sensors that detect obstacles, is currently being tested on the experimental circle at the Russian test site Scherbinka. With this equipment, the train will start braking automatically should a person be on the tracks for example. The obstacle-detection technology allows the train to detect people and objects from a distance of more than 600m. During the test period, mannequins will be used to put the obstacle-detection equipment through its paces. Currently, the trains operating on the Moscow Central Circle feature GoA 2, which means they can brake and start running automatically.

Designs for GoA 4 are currently being developed and in parallel to normative documents that will allow automatic train operation.