How is augmented reality changing the way the railways work?
Augmented reality technology is spreading in the railway industry as a key tool to simplify operations and improve the passenger experience.
The augmented reality (AR) market has grown exponentially in recent years, as shown by a recent study published by market research firm MarketsandMarkets which estimates growth in this specific market from $10.7 billion in 2019 to $72.7 billion by 2024.
One of the most popular technologies of the last decade, AR is also showing considerable potential for railway applications, providing a necessary three-dimensional approach to segments of the sector that have long been limited, such as maintenance and training.
Staff training and education
In the railway sector, as in many other sectors, the AR is making staff training more dynamic, engaging and efficient, helping to simplify and speed up processes by simulating realistic scenarios that give employees the opportunity to gain field experience in a variety of situations.
On a practical level, the technology is already being used by engineers at HS2, the UK's next high-speed railway line currently under construction. During the summer, the company launched immersive AR technology that created a replica of its new London hub, Old Oak Common station.
Prior to opening, staff are using this solution to test the passenger experience, security and maintenance of the station, which is set to handle 275,000 commuters a day.
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