Practically-oriented research and development
Here, the areas requiring special attention from the rail freight sector include vehicle technology, digitisation, and automation – with all the innovations listed in the previous chapters.
Long-term operational testing
Mobile and digital test platforms, e.g. demonstrator trains, are needed to test the functionality of innovations and their impact on economic viability, noise, and energy. Applications for the digitisation and automation of operational procedures also require test runs.
Examples of best practice send an important message to the sector. Positive practical experiences in real transports provide persuasive arguments and can make a key contribution to the advancement of important areas of innovation, such as the digital automatic coupling.
Migration of innovations
As a rule, the migration of innovations in rail freight transport is associated with a high level of initial investment. For companies operating in the sector, these costs are often not economically feasible. Additional costs incurred by the use of innovative components require funding to cushion the financial impact – with both existing and new wagons.