Digitale Schiene Deutschland

On track for the future

Less is more

Less traffic, less congestion, less particulate matter – and more people and more goods on the rails: Digital Rail benefits not just passengers, but also the environment, and Germany as a business location. And all this without having to construct a single new track.

Rauten stehen symbolhaft für die Digitalisierung der Schiene

Powered by tomorrow

Trains controlled in real time, fully automatic driving and precise positioning: a digital railway operation needs digital technologies that interact smoothly with each other – some of which are already in use today.

Artificial intelligence in traffic and incident management

Automatic train operation

Digital signalling system

Location sensing and digital map

Sensors for environmental perception

FRMCS/5G data communication

Cloud technology

IT security

Digital rail will make rail travel in Germany much more attractive. It leads to more punctuality and expands the capacities of the existing infrastructure. This will make it possible to better dovetail local and long-distance trains. If, in addition, the urgently needed additional train paths for regional rail transport are created, the number of passengers can also be increased in regional rail transport.“

Susanne Henckel
President of the Federal Working Group for Local Rail Passenger Transport

ETCS can significantly minimise the obstacles to competition in national and cross-border traffic. That is good – also for the jobs in this sector. Because as a trade union we demand that the introduction of new technologies must also have an advantage for the employees."

Alexander Kirchner
Former chairman of the Railway and Transport Workers' Union

We will realise an unprecedented development push: more trains, more punctual and even more environmentally friendly. This is a central building block for implementing the transport policy goal of getting more traffic onto the railways."

Ronald Pofalla
Member of the Executive Board Infrastructure Deutsche Bahn