Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and Deutsche Bahn collaborate on ‘augmented reality’ windows and more

The Innovation Train Project Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc. and Deutsche Bahn have partnered to implement cutting edge technology that has been developed by HTT engineers in the new ‘Innovation Train’ project. The technologies that have so far been announced as part of the Innovation Train project are not, however strictly do with the famous Hyperloop […]

Deutsche Bahn launch new lab for innovative start-ups

Deutsche Bahn have opened an innovation lab in Jannowitzbrücke, Berlin. DB’s Mindbox lab is an accelerator that works with innovative start-ups to provide solutions to the biggest problems that the railway industry is facing today. DB’s new lab provides a venue for collaboration and support for start-ups that are addressing engineering problems and service improvements […]

Are the railways safe from cyber attacks? 3 things you need to know

San Francisco’s subway services were recently the target of a cyber attack by the hackers known as “Andy Saolis”. The attack on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) resulted in the hackers taking control of 2,112 out of 8,500 devices, shutting down workstations, ticket machines and computers. The hackers demanded a ransom of around […]

Hyperloop One announce designs for 12 minute Dubai to Abu Dhabi route

Hyperloop One and the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) have agreed to jointly evaluate a Hyperloop One system in greater Dubai and the UAE. The RTA are sponsoring a feasibility study, on which Hyperloop One will be working with McKinsey & Co. and the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Hyperloop One have also announced designs […]

HackTrain 3.0 harnesses big data to drive innovation

On November 4-6 HackTrain 3.0 saw over one hundred top developers, designers, and entrepreneurs come together to build apps, websites, and hardware to tackle some of the biggest challenges in the railway industry today. HackTrain host the railway industry’s ‘hackathon’ – a concept made popular in Silicon Valley – for a dedicated time of collaborative […]


The top innovations of InnoTrans 2016 – report

Through technology and innovation we create an ever safer, more efficient, and more effective railway industry. It is with this in mind that the team headed to InnoTrans in Berlin, in search of the most innovative and ground-breaking developments that are set shape the future of the railways. We spoke to hundreds of companies […]

World’s first zero-emission trains coming to Germany

A fleet of the world’s first zero-emission passenger trains are to be introduced in Germany. Alstom’s Coradia iLint trains are powered by hydrogen and only emit steam into the atmosphere, providing a zero-emission alternative to the country’s 4,000 diesel trains. According to Die Welt, tests will be carried out by the end of the year, with the trains […]

How Austria’s biggest rail operator is transforming passenger experience with high-speed Wi-Fi

Austria boasts one of the most advanced railway systems in the world. ÖBB, who operate the majority of Austria’s railways, work to consistently high standards to ensure passenger comfort and satisfaction. This means that when faced with the challenge of connectivity, a solution that provides consistent and reliable high-speed Wi-Fi is paramount. Today, people expect […]

Why is the railway industry so slow at adopting new innovations and technology?

Over the past twenty years we have seen tremendous technological evolution driven by innovation in the consumer electronics sector, alongside the rise of digital connectivity and the Internet of Things. Yet unlike other dynamic industries, transport companies are struggling to adopt new technological innovations, and this is hindering the growth of the industry itself. Passenger […]

Microwave technology being developed to clear leaves from tracks

Every autumn, railway operators have to deal with the problem of fallen leaves on tracks. Leaves that fall on tracks and get compressed by heavy passing trains form a thin film on the track, which impacts braking and acceleration. The need for more gradual braking and slower acceleration ultimately delays services. The Rail Safety Standards […]