If your drivers keep going on strike, what do you do?
“SNCF targets autonomous trains in five years”
An autonomous locomotive in northern France is controlled by a “téléconducteur” at the control centre in Lyon. Strike-hit French Railways is rapidly developing “drone trains”, with the aim of running fully-automatic services within five years – and “semi-autonomous” trains by 2020.
According to Railway Gazette, the president of the national rail operator, SNCF, wants train drivers to become more like pilots, monitoring the journey while technology optimises performance.
Perhaps there are some ideas for the UK here (no railway companies mentioned….)