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Matthias Hofmann holds the position of Product Manager for Light Rail Vehicles within Siemens Mobility GmbH and is responsible for the development program for assisted and autonomous driving for trams. He studied Electrical Engineering at the Friedrich-Alexander-University in Erlangen, Germany, and joined Siemens in 1994. His background encompasses 25 years of experience in the Light Rail Sector. He worked internationally comprising strategic, sales and project management positions, including sales and bid management for large light rail vehicle projects worldwide.

Sessions

  • June 11: UITP Awards 2019 Finalists Poster Session 4

    The world's first autonomous tram in Potsdam

    At InnoTrans 2018, Siemens, together with its development partner Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam GmbH, presented a common research project on the world's first autonomous tram. Demonstrating an experimental vehicle in real-life traffic marked an essential milestone of this project. A Combino has been equipped with multiple lidar, radar and camera sensors as "digital eyes" to capture up to 270° of the environment in front of the tram. Onboard computer function as a "brain" by combining, evaluating and interpreting the data from the operational environment to independently operate the vehicle. The algorithms behind it are continuously expanded by training the correct behavior in traffic situations with other cars, persons and obstacles. The trials with the research prototype aim at identifying the technological challenges of autonomous driving in an open infrastructure, then developing and testing solutions for them. Target is an autonomously driving tram which controls itself.
  • June 10: Dating vs marrying: PT’s new relationship with automation

    Demonstration of the world’s first autonomous tram in Potsdam – Challenges and experiences

    From cars to buses, automated driving is on the rise. Siemens is leveraging these technologies and pioneering the way towards smart and autonomous trams. At InnoTrans, 2018 Siemens, together with ViP Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam GmbH, presented a common research project on the world's first autonomous tram. Demonstrating an experimental vehicle in real-life traffic marked an essential milestone of this project. Here, a system completely developed for autonomous driving trials took control of the tram on a on a six-kilometer section of Potsdam's network. Tasks included interpreting traffic lights, halting at the stops and independently reacting to possible dangers, such as crossing vehicles and pedestrians. The trials with the research prototype aim at identifying the technological challenges of autonomous driving in an open infrastructure, then developing and testing solutions for them.
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