MTA gets $2m grant for autonomous railcar inspection pilot

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York, US will begin a pilot programme testing an autonomous railcar inspection system after receiving a $2m grant.

The Department of Transportation (DoT) funded grant is supporting the pilot that will aim to improve the efficiency of daily rolling stock inspections on the Metro-North Railroad.

The DoT’s grant is part of the Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionising Transportation (SMART) programme which provided more than $50m to 34 tech focussed projects during its most recent round of funding.

Catherine Rinaldi, Metro-North Railroad president, said: “Metro-North is always looking for opportunities to innovate and be more efficient in how we maintain our systems and equipment and provide service to our customers.

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