About us

We lead the autonomous revolution in rail

Our mission is to make railway operations in complex urban and industrial environments safer, more efficient, and more reliable by bringing driver assistance and autonomous systems to rail. 

At OTIV we are convinced that railway vehicles are the fastest and most scalable use case for autonomous technology. We bring this vision to life by focusing on the most challenging use cases in cities, shunting yards and industrial sites. 


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Sam De Smet

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Niels Van Damme

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Rein Petré

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Machine Learning Engineer

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Sean Nachtrab

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Software/ ML Engineer

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Marie Yahiaoui

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Machine Learning Engineer

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Pieter Moors

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Machine Learning Engineer

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Guillaume Hendrickx

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Business Developer 

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Geoffroy Sion

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Computer Vision Engineer

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Stef De Visscher

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Machine Learning Engineer

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75% of freight transport is carried out by the trucking industry, accounting for 10% of overall CO2 emissions in Europe. Transport is projected to grow by 30% in 2030 without substantial expansion of our already congested road infrastructure. The supply chain is no longer sustainable.

We need a modal shift

At OTIV, we strongly believe rail is the solution: 9x less CO2, 8x less air pollution, 6x less energy use, less deaths. 



Floris Nilting

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Head of Innovation Program - NS


Joost Vanhecke

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CFO - Teamleader


Guy Lucq

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CIO/CISO EMEA - Deloitte


Boris Bogaert

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Investor - Pitchdrive

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Want to disrupt the rail industry with an exciting team? 




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‘Rail is the perfect use case for assistance and autonomous technology’

CAF and OTIV launched a joint project in July to test advanced driver assistance features for trams. For OTIV, a Belgian provider of autonomous technology for rail, the cooperation marks the next development step towards the commercial rollout of advanced driver assistance, company founders Niels Van Damme and Sam De Smet tell

SNCF to partner with OTIV for first and last-mile operations

SNCF has signed a pilot agreement with OTIV, the Belgium-based leader in assistance and autonomous systems for rail. OTIV will support SNCF to increase safety and efficiency during shunting operations

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Mastering Complexity: OTIV and the Autonomous Revolution in Rail

Today, virtually everything we do relies on transportation. Our modern day ability to move goods and people across the world has spurred, among other things, economic development and social progress, and is as such a major driver for human development overall. However, mobility and transportation as we know it is facing a number of challenges. Two of those challenges are particularly pressing: the undeniable impact of transportation on our planet, and the clogging of our networks as they’re currently set up.