World first smart train: The world’s first track-less trains have begun the test runs in China. China had unveiled the train that runs on “virtual tracks” in the city of Zhuzhou and the rail system successfully began the test runs in the Chinese city yesterday. Promoted as the ‘World’s First smart train,’ the vehicle operates on virtual rail lines and could travel as quickly as 70 km/hr.The smart train is called Autonomous Rail Transit (ART) and was created to cope with the urban traffic problems. According to the information, the world’s first track-less trains began operations on October 23. The sporty train was first shown to the world in June and has been developed by one of the world’s largest train manufacturers, CRRC Corporation Limited.Being cited as a hybrid between a bus and tram, the train runs on virtual railways that are represented by white lines and is 3.75 meters wide. The virtual train system is said to be much cheaper than the tram and subway system and the engineers are expecting this chic ride option to help beat the urban traffic. The train itself endorses a sleek body with comfortable seating and runs on rubber wheels with a plastic core. World first smart train begins test run in China.The sensor technology helps the train in understanding the roads and helps the train to glide through. The operations on the road of Zhuzhou is a way of testing the smart trains, and several passengers were seen boarding the vehicle. The vehicle will begin full fledged operations in spring and the three compartment train can carry as many as 300 passengers comfortably through the city.Feng Jianghua, chief engineer of the train was quoted saying that it would cost around 150 to 200 million yuan (Rs 147 to Rs 196 crore) to build one kilometer of the tramway in China while the virtual railway line would reduce the cost to 50 to 100 million Yuan ( Rs 49 to 98 crore). While these trains are currently run by motormen, the project also aims at making them automated in the near future.
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