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What is ATO?  
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Aug 31 2011 (11:34)

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What is ATO?

Aug 31 2011 (11:33)
News Entry# 36317  The Future of Rail Technology  
Posted by: rdb*^   Added by: rdb*^  Aug 31 2011 (11:34)
China is the latest country to adopt fully automated #driverless train systems with #CNR Changchun securing a HK$ 1.4bn contract to supply #rolling stock for Hong Kong MTR’s future West Island and South Island lines.The technology which was first implemented in Singapore in 2003 is gaining immense traction across the globe as rail operators are now opting for the fully automated and driverless metro systems (ATO) in an effort to maximize operational performance, increase customer service and safety, and effectively reduce operational costs.  Copenhagen was among the first European cities to fully adopt the ATO system and Metro Chief Piero Marotta explains, “The big benefit of having a driverless system is the safety – the element of human error is taken completely out”.Automated networks provide more predictable running times, energy optimization and automated failure detection and response systems.  “There are mostly advantages for the passengers," says Siemens Mass Transit General Manager Frank Gerken....
"Experience shows that passengers appreciate the higher quality of service that comes with automation so the overall passenger traffic increases together with the degree of automation."With the evolution of this technology comes the potential for increasing system networks and performance. If these ATO systems continue to provide such benefits it seems inevitable that they will make their way into the markets of main line and high speed railways.  In light of such opportunities and developments Asia Pacific Rail 2012 is focusing the agenda on Smart Rail, Rolling Stock Innovation and Signaling and Metro Safety. To find out more about the event please click here.
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