Emerging technology analysis articles brief you on cutting edge developments over a range of different fields. In each article, we succinctly summarise what the technology is, what it is used for, and consider how it may impact the rail industry. Click the links below to view our emerging technology analysis (ETA) articles by series.
Emerging Technology Analysis Series
Advances in manufacturing and engineering are producing stronger, lighter, or more flexible materials. New properties are also being integrated into materials, including self-healing or self-cleaning capabilities. This series introduces materials which could improve the efficiency, resilience or versatility of the physical components of the railway.
Encompassing alternative energy and fuel sources such as biofuels and natural gas and technologies such as wireless charging and supercapacitors. The series considers the potential of these innovations to help rail combat climate change and achieve its sustainability goals.
The intelligence series explores technologies rail could leverage to better use of data. The ability of tools such as AI and Network Optimisation Algorithms to process and intercept information may allow smarter, faster and safer decision-making. However, this is contingent on using the appropriate tools in the appropriate way.
Digital connections and sensing technologies to improve the availability, speed, volume, and quality of data we can collect about, and act on, in rail. The series covers developments in technologies already implemented on rail, or which could be introduced in the future such as LIDAR, 5G, The Internet-of-Things, and Remote Condition Monitoring (RCM).
Technology focus covers technologies we consider highly significant to the future of rail, but outside the categories above. Technologies including virtual and augmented reality, driverless cars, drones and quantum computing are all evaluated for the threats and opportunities their current or future use will present to the rail industry.