a full autonomous rail-taxi concept with the aim of lending greater appeal to the rail transport of the future
light & compact infrastructure
very high efficiecy
low cost travel
A dual-mode, fully autonomous vehicle, capable of travelling fast and efficiently on rails and maneuvering in any direction on the station’s flat surfaces with additional mecanum-wheel. RailEvo is a fully autonomous system, sharing technologies already used for autonomous metro systems and AGVs ( Autonomous Guided Vehicles ) while travelling on rails and maneuver on the surface station respectively.
RailEvo provides an on-demand and non-stop service between stations on a rail
be also used as nodes so that vehicles can autonomously change from one line to the other.
The RailEvo system allows a high station density on the lines, literally one station after the other. Conversely, conventional train/metro systems do not allow having such a high number of stations close to each other, because stopping at any one of them would slow down the entire system. Therefore RailEvo can offer an unparalleled service level, literally spread along the entire line through its many stations, which also increases land value in the areas crossed by the line.
Vehicles get into the station through the vertical rail switch. They deploy their mecanum wheels to move omnidirectionally to parking bays, where passengers can alight safely in their own time, away from the main traffic. Vehicle maneuvering speed in the station is about 5-6 km/h. The station max capacity is about 600 vehicles/h or more.
On-demand service 24/7: Since RailEvo vehicles are fully autonomous and can move independently on the network and at the stations; the service is personalized and can be offered any time 24/7 from any station to any other station on the network. Users are free to move around the RailEvo network whenever they want. This is an enormous improvement on current rail systems’ user experience, such that many more citizens will use rail instead of their private cars.
Light and compact infrastructure: the Railevo infrastructure is about 3,5m wide (similar to a cycling lane) and the maximum axle load of the RailEvo vehicles is about 25 time less than that of a conventional train.
The RailEvo System allows for many different construction possibilities, some of them with a very small footprint, so that it can be tailored to an already busy urban environment:
The railway switch system has no movable parts on the railway and allows the
vehicle to be
vertically from the main rail at any speed without previous deceleration and so without
disturbing the traffic
flow behind it.
Vehicles travelling on the main rail can have two possible configurations: one to remain on the main rail and the other to engage the railway switch, which is a railway with a bigger track gauge. The vertical deviation is very smooth and comfortable. After the vertical rail switch, the vehicle decelerates and enter the station. The vertical railway switch has no horizontal land occupation, a big advantage especially in urban environments.
DITECFER “District for Railway Technologies, High Speed, Networks’ Safety & Security” supports the development of RailEvo seeking for partnerships and business opportunities.
Traffic control logics, system safety, simulation and dependability evaluation..
RailEvo vehicle dynamics and vehicle mechanics simulations and tests.