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The World's First 'SMART Train': Track-less Train That Runs On 'virtual Railways' Begins Operating In China
Jan 26, 2018
  • High-tech trains have been designed to run on visible rail lines and are being tested in Zhuzhou, China

  • The futuristic transport is more efficient than buses and cost much less to built than a tram system

  • The smart transit system is set to open officially next Spring and the trains are expected to be automated

 

A futuristic rail system featuring track-less trains and virtual lines was launched in a Chinese city yesterday.

Billed as the world's first 'smart train', the vehicle runs on virtual rail lines through the bustling streets of Zhuzhou in China's Hunan Province, reported People's Daily Online.

The train could travel as quickly as 70kmh, or 43 mph, and carry as many as 300 passengers.

 

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Cutting-edge: The Chinese city of Zhuzhou has launched a futuristic railway featuring track-less trains and virtual lines

 

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Transport of the future? The high-tech transit system started operating on a trial basis yesterday on Zhuzhou's busy streets

 

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Modern and bright: Each train could  carry as many as 300 passengers and travel at a top speed of 70kmh, or 43 mph

 

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Better solution for a city? The light rail system has been developed as an effort to speed up the public transport in the city

 

The rail system, called ART or Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit, has been developed by China's CRRC Corporation Limited, one of the world's largest train manufacturers. 

It's set to speed up public transportation of Zhuzhou, a city with about four million residents, before being popularised to other parts of China.

 

The train, sporting sleek livery, is somewhat a hybrid between a long bus and a traditional tram. It could carry much more passengers than a bus and unlike a tram, it doesn't run on physical railway tracks.

The invisible railway measures 3.75 metres (12.3 feet) wide and is embodied by dotted lines painted on the road.

According to Feng Jianghua, chief engineer of the train, the virtual railway system is much cheaper to build compared to a tram or subway system.

Mr Feng said it would cost 150 to 200 million yuan (£17 to 23 million) to build one kilometre (0.6 miles) of tramway in China, but with the high-tech virtual line, the cost would be reduced to 50 to 100 million yuan (£5.7 to 11.4 million) for the same distance. 

Mr Feng also said the train identifies the pavement and has various sensors to collect travel information.

Three 'smart trains' are being tested on the road of Zhuzhou.

The rail line is set to open officially next Spring. The trains are expected to be automated in the near future. 

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Passengers in Zhuzhou queue up to take a ride on a rail-less train, developed by China's CRRC Corporation Limited

      

The line was docked with the  mid-low speed maglev train in Zhuzhou and is is much cheaper than ordinary subway

 

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The high-tech transit system, featureing 'smart trains', has a virtual railway which is embodied by dotted lines on the road

 

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The train, which could carry 300 people, identifies the pavement and has various sensors to collect travel information

 

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The rail line is set to open officially next Spring and the trains are expected to be automated in the near future.