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Škoda Group's Autonomous Technology: A Solution to Cut Costs

Škoda Group's Autonomous Technology: A Solution to Cut Costs
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25 / 09 / 2023

Public transport operators are grappling with a mounting challenge: the substantial rise in energy prices and the subsequent need to optimize their operations. Every penny wasted on inefficient operations translates into fewer resources for enhancing services and broadening the transport network. Additionally, transport operators are contending with escalating repair costs for vehicles damaged in collisions. There's a growing emphasis on ensuring safety both within and around vehicles. The Škoda Group has introduced solutions that empower transport companies to elevate their services through integration. These solutions encompass features like automatic train guidance and an anti-collision system. The Group showcased its digital systems at a press conference during the Trako 2023 trade fair in Gdansk, Poland.

Train operators are exploring ways to optimize energy consumption across their extensive rail networks. The Škoda Group's ATO system automatically directs the train. Its purpose is to handle the driver's responsibilities and schedule the journey with the timetable and energy conservation in mind. This system can adjust to the real-time conditions on the route, thereby minimizing energy wastage. However, the driver's presence remains crucial for addressing unexpected events.

"Intelligent digital solutions offer immense advantages for transport companies and their passengers," remarks Jiří Liberda, President of the Business Unit Digital at the Škoda Group. "By leveraging smart technologies, energy consumption can be reduced by up to 15%, thereby optimizing financial outlays. Additionally, thanks to the ATO system, trains adhere more consistently to their timetables, enhancing overall service quality. This makes transportation greener, safer, and more seamless in day-to-day operations."

Reducing Costs on Railways and in Cities

Meanwhile, urban transport companies bear substantial costs in repairing vehicles post-collisions. These incidents aren't confined to on-road occurrences; they also take place in depots. The Anti-Collision System (ACS) by the Škoda Group is designed to mitigate collision impacts. Incorporating a blend of LiDAR technology, cameras, and precise localization via HD maps and odometry, the system can establish a virtual tunnel. Within this tunnel, vehicles can identify obstacles, issue early alerts, and activate emergency braking. By incorporating the ACS, operators can notably curtail costs related to accident aftermaths and decrease the incidence of severe injuries.

The Škoda Group isn't merely pioneering innovative solutions. They envision a future where autonomous technologies become pivotal in public transportation. Their recent project builds upon current digital platforms, amalgamating them into a cohesive smart depot ecosystem. The rationale is straightforward: augmenting efficiency and safety leads to cost savings, more contented passengers, and a more sustainable environment.

Source: Škoda Group