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17 09, 2015

How avionics software technology can help prevent train accidents


In the wake of the May 2015 Philadelphia train accident many discussions have ensued as to whether automatic safety technology could have prevented the accident and saved lives and injuries. The crash was caused by a train travelling at over twice the speed limit for a section of track, and although the emergency brake was applied by the engineer, the train still derailed. It is strongly suggested that if both the train and section of track had a PTC system installed and active, then the train would have been automatically slowed and the derailment averted.

The intent of Positive Train Control, or PTC, is to increase the safety of railroad transportation of passengers and hazardous materials, as well as increase […]