In modern times, the transport volume grows steadily. This results in an increasing density of existing traffic routes. The available rail transportation systems reach their limits and fail the customer needs of a demand driven transport. The system New Rail Technology Paderborn (NBP), however, combines the advantages of individual and railway transport. The system is characterized by small, autonomously driven vehicles, which are traveling on demand instead of trains in accordance with a fixed schedule. The rail vehicles, so-called RailCabs, can align with others without mechanical coupling. The aim of this thesis is the development of the necessary operation and control strategies for convoy mode and the validation in real life tests.The first step is an analysis of the system concept and a function-oriented structuration. In another step, the operation control system is expanded for the convoy mode. This is the basis for the coordination and organization of locally distributed systems and considers changing environmental conditions, as well as incidents and emergencies.For driving and braking, as well as for power transfer, a doubly-fed linear motor is used. In case of convoy mode a motor-side coupling between the vehicles results from the common stator. Therefore a cooperative energy management is developed to control energy flow between RailCabs and stator. For the distance-controlled mode and for forming and dissolving convoys, operating and control strategies are developed. In addition, an incident management is created, which is used to monitor the operation and to automatically initiate state-related safety routines.In real life tests, the operating and control strategies are tested and verified. The proposed methods allow automatic and dynamic operation of vehicle convoys. Through a holistic view of the required functions for the convoy mode safe and reliable operation is ensured.