All aboard! A futuristic transport system which features “trackless trains” has launched in Zhuzhou, Hunan Province, of China. The electric mode of transportation runs on virtual rail lines and is the world’s “first smart train.”
The new Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART) system was first unveiled in June 2017. Finally, it’s best being tested. According to Channel News Asia, the ART system has a maximum speed of 70kmh and can carry up to 300 passengers in its three carriages.
The smart train was developed by China’s CRRC Corporation, one of the largest train manufacturers in the world. The goal list o use the system to improve and speed dup public transportation in Zhuzhou. Eventually, the ART system will be expanded to other cities in China.
Reports describe the train as a hybrid, something between a tram and a bus. Each virtual “railway” track is dotted and measures 3.75 meters wide. These guide the train which has rubber tires instead of steel wheels.
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In just 10 minutes, the ART system can be charged and ready to go. When fully-charged, it can run for more than 25 km and is reported to have a life-span of 25 years. Using sensors, the train collects traveling information and, over time, becomes more efficient in identifying pavement on the roads.
An additional benefit is that the ART system is much cheaper to ride than an ordinary subway. In China, a subway ride costs approximately 400 million yuan ($82 million) to 700 million yuan per kilometer in China. In contrast, an electric streetcar costs 150 million yuan to 200 million yuan per kilometer. A report published by Online People’s Daily established the ART system to be just one-fifth the cost of riding the subway.
Within the next year, the ART system will be open to the public in Zhuzhou. For now, they are just being tested.
Electric Transportation Is The Future
Believe it or not, convention automobiles are expected to become obsolete. To prevent climate change from worsening, countries are setting ambitious carbon emissions goals which, more often than not, include a timeline in which cars and trucks that run on petrol and diesel are to be phased out.
Recently, the Scottish government announced that it plans o phase out petrol and diesel cars by 2032. And in July, the UK government shared plans to halt the production of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040. Norway also aims to phase out petrol and diesel cars by 2025. Clearly, green technology is the future — and that’s a good thing.
According to research conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), nine out of 10 of the world’s population (92 percent) lives in places where air pollution exceeds safe limits. By investing in green transportation — such as the ART system — emissions will be reduced which will prevent climate change from worsening.
Source: Channel News Asia