Innovation drives our growth
Innovation is part of our Alstom in Motion 2025 strategy. It has brought us to where we are today, and we want to go even further. With the new scale and combined expertise, Alstom has doubled its innovation capacity and we will support this growth by doubling the financial investments in R&D, up to 600 million euros (875 million Canadian dollars) per year by 2024.
Alstom has long been a leader in smart and green mobility. This leadership has been further validated by our customers who choose solutions such as the Coradia iLint , a hydrogen-powered train, or our driverless automatic metro solutions managed by reliable, high-performance digital signalling. The mobility of the future must also meet the needs of all passengers, regardless of their circumstances. Finally, it must provide a healthy environment, both for our customers, the operators, and for their customers, the passengers. This is Alstom’s innovation roadmap for creating the mobility of the future, today.
Green Mobility, Smart Mobility and Inclusive & Healthier Mobility™
We anticipate and respond to the needs of our customers. Today, that means we need to create solutions for tomorrow that are green, smart, inclusive and healthy and these three key innovation priorities go beyond the innovation of products per se.
Green Mobility: Lead societies to a low carbon future
Green Mobility is strongly embedded into Alstom’s strategy, with innovation in all product lines for green traction, energy management and eco-design. To make mobility even greener, we are looking at the full value chain of rail mobility to identify areas of improvement. This involves new solutions and business models for mobility systems that are complementary to established product lines and supporting regions and customers with end-to-end systems analysis and optimization.
The Coradia iLint™ is the world’s first passenger train powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, which produces electrical power for traction. This zero-emission train emits low levels of noise, with exhaust being only steam and condensed water. The Coradia iLint™ is special for its combination of different innovative elements: clean energy conversion, flexible energy storage in batteries, and smart management of traction power and available energy. Specifically designed for operation on non-electrified lines, it enables clean, sustainable train operation while ensuring high levels of performance.
Smart Mobility: Make mobility simple to operate and ride
Mobility data innovation team
At the core of smart mobility are data: capturing them, interpreting them and acting on the insights they deliver. Leveraging the expertise of 200 experts in data architecture, data science and computer vision, Alstom’s Mobility Data Innovation Unit is a key enabler of our smart solutions.
Covering a range of end-to-end solutions in Operations, Maintenance, Security, City Flow and Digital Twinning, our Mobility Data Platform is a prime example of Alstom’s innovation in action. This platform allows us to manage data flow across our installed base both onboard and on the wayside, and also enables integration into the broader mobility ecosystem. Data innovations like Mastria enable us to support our clients with passenger flow and multimodal orchestration, two issues with increasing importance in a post-pandemic world.
Autonomous mobility: digital driving is a reality
While mass transit rail has enjoyed driverless operation for some time based on signalling, advanced safety technologies in perception, obstacle detection, artificial intelligence (AI) and more are enabling the march towards autonomous mobility for road as well. This is an area of active exploration for Alstom with an ongoing partnership with EasyMile on autonomous shuttles. Building on our safety expertise in rail, Alstom is supporting autonomous mobility on the road through V2X digital technologies allowing the vehicle to communicate with infrastructure such as a traffic light or a crosswalk. We are actively building digital tools to increase the autonomous level and be an enabler of the broader deployment of this market
In railway, we have different solutions from driving assistance from the yard to the mainline, for example, through to digital technology allowing full autonomy “as the eyes of the better driver”. Our goal is to see both autonomous passenger trains and autonomous freight trains deployed for testing in the next few years and for commercial operation by 2025.
Inclusive and Healthier Mobility™
Building on smart and green mobility are two key trends where we are already delivering solutions and actively innovating to design more.
Mobility is a fundamental right and transport systems must be accessible to everyone. Public transportation must be inclusive and accessible for every passenger. Innovation in this space means empowering every passenger to enter and exit railcars without difficulty, whether they are in a wheelchair, walking a bike or pushing a stroller. Or making every passenger feel welcome during the whole time aboard through priority seating, visual and auditory information and emergency precautions.
Inclusive mobility is at the heart of Alstom’s Mobility strategy that is why we are looking for innovative solutions to meet the needs of every passenger on ever trip.
Healthier Mobility™ is an area where Alstom is quite advanced with commercially available solutions cutting across three categories: Cleaning & Disinfection; Contact Surfaces; and Air Treatment.
We are looking at a series of innovations such as:
- Disinfection by robotized nebulizer
- New anchoring tools for contactless ridership
- Cleaning without chemicals
- Coatings without mutations and with bacterial resistance
Like smart, green and inclusive, Healthier Mobility™ is a continuously evolving area ripe for innovation such that Alstom can move the world towards sustainability.