Virtual Coupling Roadmap

Thank you for taking part in the MOVINGRAIL Virtual Coupling (VC) Roadmap survey. This survey is part of the EU funded MOVINGRAIL project, and the results of this survey will support Work Package 4 on the Business Analysis of Virtual Coupling.

Please fill the questionnaire below by assigning a number from 1 to 20 for the priority and time order of each listed item/step.
When answering, please use the rules below:
• The highest priority is represented by number 1 while the lowest priority is assigned a value of 20.
• For time order, rank the steps by starting with number 1.
1) The same number can be used more than once.
2) You do not need to use all numbers.
3) Please consider the steps in all the categories/questions before assigning the priority and time order for each step.

Questions marked with a * require an answer. 
If you would like to highlight additional steps, please use the comment box in each question. 

Please note that the steps listed below are already included in the MOVINGRAIL project and will not be assessed in terms of priority and time order.

• Definition of VC, scope and boundaries
• Identification of operational scenarios
• Market analysis and use cases
• Cost-effectiveness analysis, including capacity analysis
• Technology roadmap to develop VC
• Business risk analysis
• Analysis of communication solutions for Virtual Coupling
• Proposals for Virtual Coupling communication structures 

We will not be collecting any personal data in this survey. Question 6 concerns your professional expertise in the field but will not be linked to any names or email addresses. All answers are therefore both confidential and anonymous. The statistical results from this survey will be used in the elaboration of a report that will be available on the MOVINGRAIL website:

Please fill the survey by the 25th June at 5:00 PM (CET).

We really appreciate your participation in this review of the Virtual Coupling Roadmap.

1. Research and Innovation *

PriorityTime order
Research on longitudinal motion control systems within train convoys, including convoy stability and relations to ATO
Research on operational procedures (convoy formation on-the-run, platooning, cooperative merging, cooperative departing)
Research on integrated traffic management and train control for train convoy management
Innovation in high-precision train positioning (if assumed critical for VC)
Innovation in switch technology (removing the need for absolute braking distance in rear of moving switches) (if assumed critical for VC)
Concept of Operations

2. Requirements *

PriorityTime order
System Requirements Specification of VC
Initial RAMS analysis of VC
Initial Risk Assessment of VC according to Common Safety Method
Operational and Engineering rules for VC (operational configurations and scheme design)

3. Specifications *

PriorityTime order
Specifications of operational procedures in interlocking areas
Specifications of operational procedures for coupling, coupled running and decoupling
Specifications of systems architectures for VC (integrated communication and control architecture intra & inter convoys)
Specifications of communication protocols including safety and security aspects
Specifications of communication models for VC: train-to-train and RBC-train
Standardization (e.g. within ERTMS)

4. Design, Develop and Build *

PriorityTime order
Develop ATO for VC
Upgrade RBC and EVC software for VC
Develop communication systems for VC
Develop testing methods for VC
Early deployment and trial of VC
Safety case and safety approval
Final RAMS analysis of VC
Final Risk Assessment of VC according to Common Safety Method

5. Deploy *

PriorityTime order
Regulatory approval process (inclusion in TSI)
Deployment of ETCS Level 3 Moving Block (assumed ready for deployment when required for VC)
Deployment of Virtual Coupling in the real-world

6. How would you describe yourself in terms of expertise in railway signalling and control? *


7. Any comments you wish to add:

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