A better ETCS onboard, no more, no less
Over the past two decades, the idea of an open railway network across Europe has made significant progress.A tipping point has been reached. All European countries are now planning the roll out of ERTMS. The system is not only seen as enabling an open market, but also as a necessary technology for maximizing both passenger and freight capacity, and reducing the environmental impact of European transportation. Among all modes of transportations, trains offer a unique combination of environmental and capacity efficiency. In the coming battle against climate change, they can offer a great contribution, especially if they can circulate across Europeas easily as road trucks or buses currently do. Furthermore, rail offers already safe automation opportunities (e.g. driverless modes) that can be leveraged to increase capacity even more.But as the urgency for deploying ETCS grows every day, railway operators struggle.