Field testing in phase IIa started in July 2021 and will initially be carried out at the marshalling yard in Mannheim.
Following journeys and operational tests in Germany, tests will be carried out for four weeks in Austria and Switzerland respectively with the demonstrator train in marshalling yards, on journeys and on railway sidings from the start of February 2022.
It is hoped that the conditions in Austria and Switzerland will be wintry, so that the DAC and installed automation components can be tested once again under these conditions.
Once the tests in Austria and Switzerland have been concluded, the DAC demonstrator will be transferred to Germany again, upgraded and tested until June 2022. Tests in other European countries are planned in July and August 2022.
In September 2022, the demonstrator train will be presented at Innotrans 2022 in Berlin.
Following Innotrans 2022, tests and journeys in Germany are envisaged until the end of the year.