Potsdam, a city in Germany, was the first to witness the AI-powered tram rolling down the streets during a 3.7-mile test track though the city’s traffic.
The self-driving tram is the work of 50 computer scientists, engineers, mathematicians and physicists that work for Siemens and it is fitted with radar, LIDAR and various camera sensors that help the tram monitor its surroundings, react to signals and respond to hazard accordingly.
The tram seems to have passed the test, responding well even when an empty baby carriage was pushed in front of it as a way to test its hazard response. After the situation passed, the human conductor restarted the system and the tram started running again.
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According to Siemens, though the test was a success, the autonomous tram is not viable just yet. The company will be working with the University of Karlsruhe in order to further develop the system and eventually bring the tram on the city streets in the near future.