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European Driver’s Desk Advanced Concept Implementation - Contribution to Foster Interoperability

The project EUDDplus aims at the development, in-field testing and validation of the interoperable, harmonised and modularised train driver’s desk (console). The main objective is to minimise the configuration and layout varieties for different kinds of rolling stock.

Tags: Rail


The international state of the art regarding train driver desks is characterised by many different national and operator-specific solutions which impede the interoperability of the rail system in Europe. This situation affects the seamless rail traffic across Europe and reduces the efficiency of international rail operations, as well as the competitiveness of the whole rail system with respect to other means of transport. The great variety of train driver desk layouts, applying different operational philosophies, not only concerns the railway undertakings but also the suppliers, who have to develop dedicated driver desk solutions for each of their customers and therefore could not profit from ‘economies of scale’. Besides the missing harmonisation, the layout of today’s driver desk often provides poor ergonomic conditions.

The project EUDDplus represents the first phase of a 3-phase multi system approach. It is the logical and direct successor of the former Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) project European Driver’s Desk (EUDD) and the ongoing FP6 project, Modular Train (MODTRAIN). EUDDplus provides the logical and necessary link between the achievements of MODTRAIN, taking advantage of EUDD outcomes and the exploitation of the advanced driver desk layout with all its operational (functional performance), ergonomic and economic advantages to enable them to be applied on a larger scale all over Europe.


EUDDplus project aims at the development of an innovative vehicle concept for both passenger and freight trains, characterised by interoperability and inter-connectivity, for cross-operation between different transport networks.

EUDDplus is designed as a multi-system stepwise approach involving modular and integral phases. Due its more ambitious complexity, the locomotive application has been chosen for first field-testing under real operational conditions with a pre-competitive R&D approach.

The project EUDDplus consists of the following major steps:

  • derive a specification that is compliant with Operational Requirement Specifications/Functional Related Specifications/Systems Related Specifications/Functional Interface Specifications, there will be development and vehicle integration of the new desk, including software development
  • in-field tests in cross-border operations (including the necessary certification), involving drivers from several operating companies, to justify the expected advantages
  • recommendations for broad-scale exploitation and to facilitate future certification procedures, i.e. for those countries that the vehicle platform was not designed for.
EUDD functional demonstrator during virtual reality tests in May 2003
EUDD functional demonstrator during virtual reality tests in May 2003

Description of work

Despite the progress which has been achieved by EUDD and MODTRAIN, further work is needed to achieve the full range of potential benefits in terms of ergonomics, economics, harmonisation and modularisation. The EUDDplus project is dedicated to:

  • specify the locomotive version of the European driver desk based on the MODTRAIN operational requirement specifications (ORS), compliant functional/system-related specifications (FRS/SyRS) and functional interface specifications (FIS) considering the results of the previous EUDD project
  • develop innovative control items, such as the mono master controller (combined traction/electro dynamic braking)
  • build and integrate the desk in a modern multi-system locomotive, prepare and perform in-field tests with regular services in cross-border operation with drivers from different EU Member States
  • evaluate the in-field tests and determine the economic and ergonomic benefits of the EUDD application compared with the state of the art
  • facilitate further standardisation procedures by involving responsible bodies, such as CEN/CENELEC, UIC and IEC from the beginning and provide draft product and assessment standard proposals.


The expected results of the EUDDplus project are the following:

  • to achieve a reduction of the life cycle costs (LCC) of the system driver desk by at least 15% compared with the reference case (given by the test locomotive with conventional desk)
  • to achieve field test certification for cross-border operation from Austria to other networks
  • to justify the ergonomic advantages of the EUDD desk layout during in-field operation in day-to-day conditions
  • to prove the technical and operational feasibility of the EUDD concept implementation, e.g. the shift of functions from hardware to software with enhanced flexibility, improved ergonomics and reduced costs to reduce hardware controls by 30% without any loss of operational performance, to validate the new arrangement of traction/braking operation with newly developed master controller, modularisation of remaining hardware controls according to functional and logical groupings, standardisation of component interfaces enabling interchangeability and application of drive-by-wire control concept.
  • to facilitate the future series homologation procedure of the EUDDplus desk layout for all European networks by involving the ERA and the national authorities for the entire project duration via a user platform.
EUDDplus multi-system approach involving modular and integrated phases
EUDDplus multi-system approach involving modular and integrated phases
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