We are living in a time of innovation and massive technological advancement, and it is clear that the ever-increasing pace of technological advancement will be a major driver of change in the rail industry in the coming months and years.
What’s more, the history of technology teaches us that technological progress is not just linear, but exponential. Today, we are witnessing huge advances in the fields of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and the cognitive sciences (known as the NBIC fields). Developments in nanotechnology and material science are leading us towards lighter, stronger, and greener materials, while innovations such as 3D printing are set to transform the supply chain, drastically reducing the need for mass-produced manufacturing, transportation and storage.
The implications of such developments for the railway industry are significant. In this paper, the expert team at RailwayInnovation.com present five of the ways that recent developments will shape the future of railway maintenance.