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Javier Goikoetxea joined CAF in 2007. Since then he has been involved in many research activities of the company, including the development of new TCMS solutions, active suspensions and urban novel products like CAF’s catenary free tramway. Currently Javier’s position is as senior technology strategist at the technology division of the company. Among other responsabilities, he plays the role of the leader of Innovation Programme 1 of the European reserach and innovation initiative Shift2Rail. Javier’s role there is to coordinate the European technical activities on rolling stcok, including urban vehicles, where CAF is playing a major role by leading the urban demonstrator.


  • June 12: Digital tram: tomorrow technologies are already here

    Virtually Coupled Tramways

    Virtual Coupling of trains is said to be a new paradigm in railway operation, proving higher flexibility, full interoperability, reduced costs and travel times, and maximizing the capacity of lines and stations. Despite previous theoretical studies, nobody had implemented any demonstrator or proof-of-concept beyond simulations. Research activities that led to the first worldwide implementation of a fully operational virtual coupling mechanism involving two tramways, model URBOS 100 of CAF for the city of Utrecht, are presented. The presentation includes Information about the proposed architecture, physical realisation, tests results and prospective of the usage of the virtual coupling in urban environement and its potential benefits. For the first time a real prototype of the virtual coupling of tramway was successfully implemented and tested.