• Ulla Metzger
  • Jochen Vorderegger


Due to European law (e.g. railway (interoperability) regulations 08/57, 04/49, and 07/59) and the abolition of border controls within Europe, new opportunities are arising for cross-border railway traffic. Trains do no longer have to stop at inner-European borders in the countries within the Schengen area for entry and customs formalities. While the time spent at the borders formerly was used for exchanging traction vehicles and drivers, railroad companies now try to save time and enter the other countries with the same vehicles and drivers. Therefore, the technical systems as well as the railroad operating rules have to be harmonized. This harmonization is a prerequisite for permitting European competitors free access to the railroad network. Currently, this is being worked on within the framework of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS). ERTMS consists of two parts: the European Train Control System (ETCS) and the Global System for Mobile Communications – Rail (GSM-R). This article is dealing with the ergonomic and human factors aspects of developing a standardized Driver Machine Interface (DMI) for ETCS.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Deutsche Bahn AG TSS - Gesamtsystem BahnMünchenGermany
  2. 2.Inspectie Verkeer & Waterstaat, Rail en Wegvervoer (Rail and Road Transport) UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands

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