The test period of automated control, began on Budapest’s new metro line 4 in mid-March, has entered its final phase. In the two-week beginning from next Monday, experts from the national transportation authority, the Centre for Budapest Transport (BKK) and Siemens, the company which developed the system, will test the operation of the driverless system amid regular passenger traffic. This will include how fast telephone operators based at stations and the control centre will be able to locate errors on the autonated trains. Stewards will continue to be present on the trains but will only interfere after a certain period of time because solving any possible errors will be the task of the dispatchers.
Careful testing is necessary for the final permit to be issued. According to the Centre for Budapest Transport, the trains will be controlled by a central, automated system which complies with the strictest security standards, elaborated with the assistance of highly-acclaimed international and domestic companies. The final permit will be issed after evaluations have come to a close, some time at the end of the year. Following this, temporary driver’s compartments on trains will be dismantled.
Minor interruptions in traffic on the line are possible in the final phase of testing, BKK added.
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