MONTREAL, November 24, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – As part of its five-year sustainability plan, VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) is expanding a pilot project testing the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to reduce the company’s fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions produced from its rail operations.
In partnership with Transport Canada and Innovative Solutions Canada Testing Stream, VIA Rail originally began working in 2021 with a start-up, RailVision analysisto test EcoRail, an AI-based software that provides driving recommendations to locomotive engineers to reduce fuel consumption.
The initial six-month tests were completed with locomotive engineers in VIA Rail’s simulators and confirmed a potential reduction in fuel consumption and resulting greenhouse gas emissions of up to 15%.
These positive preliminary results prompted the Corporation to expand the project to test application in real train operations.
“This AI pilot project is a perfect example of our determination to find new and different ways to reinvent the way Canadians travel from reservation to destination,” said Michael Branley, Vice President of Railroad Operations. “I would like to thank Transport Canada for their support and collaboration and RailVision Analytics for guiding us on our journey to contribute to a more sustainable future.”
EcoRail monitors driving behavior between station stops to identify improvements that enable a reduction in fuel consumption. The software analyzes various factors, such as equipment used, season and schedule, to recommend the most economical train handling behavior without affecting travel time.
VIA Rail unveiled its five-year sustainability plan earlier this year, and this pilot project is a major undertaking that will contribute to one of the company’s goals of reducing its environmental footprint. For more information about the full plan, we invite you to consult us website.
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As from Canada national rail passenger service, VIA Rail (viarail.ca) and all its employees are mandated to provide safe, efficient and economic passenger transport services, in both official languages of our country. VIA Rail operates intercity, regional and transcontinental trains connecting more than 400 communities Canadaand approximately 180 other communities through intermodal partnerships, safely transporting more than 5 million passengers in 2019. The Corporation has received nine Safety Awards and three Environment Awards from the Railway Association of Canada since 2005. Visit the “About VIA Rail” section at https://www.viarail.ca/en/about-via-rail.
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