On behalf of FLEX-RAIL project, a S2R JU project (received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Program Research and Innovation action under grant agreement No 826189), we would like to invite you to take part in the project`s open innovation process via the following idea platform:

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Flex-Rail Ideas

In particular the Flex-Rail project (up to TRL – Technology Readiness Level – 2) will formulate technological concepts tackling the work-streams and their interconnection as defined:

  1. Concepts for the future autonomous railway vehicles “train-centric”
  2. Promising disruptive technologies impacting automation systems and maintenance concepts
  3. Railway 4.0

The new technological possibilities and concepts must be thoroughly assessed in a system approach where the different rail system components are integrated and combined can meet the future user needs of different market segments within a competitive environment. New operational principles and industrial concepts that will be digital and service oriented (“railway 4.0”) have the potential to radically transform the railway value and supply chain and ultimately benefit the final user, being the passenger or freight forwarder. Given the radical changes that will be considered, also organisational aspects, governance, business models and the societal context and implications has to be taken into account in the assessment.