* The trackless train can travel up to 70km/h, and 10 minutes of charging can power it through 25km
* It is now being tested in Zhuzhou, Hunan Province with full roll-out expected to other cities next year
A futuristic ‘trackless train’ system that runs on virtual rail lines has been launched in China, and it can travel up to 70km/h.
Described as the world’s first smart train, the new Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART) system can carry up to 300 passengers in three carriages.
China’s CRRC Corporation – one of the world’s largest train manufacturers – started developing the train technology in 2013, and it is now being tested in Zhuzhou, Hunan Province ahead of a full roll-out to other cities next year.
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Local news outlet, People’s Daily on Monday (October 23) reported that 10 minutes of charging can power the train through 15.5 miles (25km) range, and each train has 25-year life span.
Feng Jianghua explained that the train is fitted with intelligent sensors that judge distances by the millimetre can continually collect travel data as it moves.
Mr Jianghua believes the biggest benefit of the new system will be its low cost, estimating that it would cost one-fifth of what is required to build a tramway in China
[Featured photo: People’s Daily]