|  Christine Marie Nielsen

AAR Sees PTC as Priority to Cut Human Error; Cybersecurity Noted as “Challenge,” but Not “Obstacle”

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) the week of May 7 filed comments with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), saying that emerging automated technologies such as Positive Train Control (PTC) make it possible to build a transport future free of human error. The AAR wrote that cybersecurity risk “is a challenge, but not an obstacle, to autonomous rail operations.”

“We are confident that cybersecurity can be addressed through proper design and constant vigilance, such as railroads currently employ” wrote the AAR in the comments. “We note that conventional security approaches will remain an essenti...

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