Digital Automatic Coupling Project Enters Test Phase

The digital automatic coupling project launched by the German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure earlier this year has entered the test phase.

Following the initial phase of fitting 12 freight wagons with four different DAC prototypes, the wagons will now undergo 440 individual tests, which will inform which of the prototypes is best in March 2021.

The consortium responsible for implementing the German Transport Ministry’s project is DAC4EU, comprising of consortium leader Deutsche Bahn AG, OEBB Rail Cargo Group, DB Cargo, SBB Cargo and the wagon keepers Ermewa, GATX Rail Europe and VTG.