AI system to end 'leaves on the line' by predicting buildups before they delay trains

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Trains delayed by'leaves on the line' might soon be a thing of the past as an AI system is trialled to predict build ups on the line and warn of encroaching plants. The artificial intelligence studies footage of plants near the line taken from trains and attempts to spot when leaves change colour, indicating that they might fall. It can also warn of fallen trees and when vegetation growth might soon obstruct the path of trains and lead to delays. The project is one of 24 high-tech schemes that have today been funded a total of £7.8 million ($9.9 million) by the UK government to improve the nation's railways. Trains delayed by'leaves on the line' might soon be a thing of the past as an AI system is trialled to predict build ups on the line and warn of encroaching plants (stock image) Slippery rails -- commonly referred to as'leaves on the line' -- result when build ups on the track led to trains not being able to grip the rails properly.


Metrolink riders: Expect delays

Los Angeles Times

The strongest storm to hit Southern California in several years is expected to bring torrential rain, flash flooding and powerful winds Friday. A flash flood watch has been issued for Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties from Friday morning through Saturday morning. Powerful winds could result in downed trees and power lines. A flash flood watch has been issued for Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties from Friday morning through Saturday morning. Powerful winds could result in downed trees and power lines.


Italy train crash: Deaths in head-on collision

Al Jazeera

At least 10 people died and dozens were injured when two passenger trains collided head-on in southern Italy on Tuesday, according to fire service officials. The crash on Tuesday happened on a single stretch of track in countryside between the towns of Corato and Andria. An aerial image showed carriages smashed and crumpled by the force of the impact, with debris flung out amongst olive trees which flanked both sides of the track. Both rains were made up of four carriages. "We are working with dozens of rescue teams to open up the carriages," said Luca Cari, a fire service spokesman, adding they had saved a young boy from the wreckage.


Ferocious gale lashes Europe, leaves at least seven dead and traffic chaos

The Japan Times

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS – A powerful storm pummeled Europe with high winds and snow Thursday, killing at least seven people in three countries, grounding flights, halting trains, ripping roofs off buildings and flipping over trucks.


High-Speed Autonomous Trains Will Carry Passengers By 2023, Testing Will Start In 2019

International Business Times

We've seen companies looking into high-speed trains transportation that will take people from New York City to Washington, D.C., faster, but France is taking it up a step: driverless high-speed trains. France's railway system, SNCF, said it's working on a TGVs (high-speed trains) that are autonomous, according to FranceInfo. The TGVs can also transport people to other countries, like Belgium, Spain and Italy. SNCF is reportedly working on a "drone train" project, which will be equipped with autonomous technology. The system will include external sensors that will anticipate obstacles on the track and automatically brake, if necessary.