The world's first driverless train, which can travel at a speed of 350 kilometers per hour, entered service in China. The train will operate between Beijing and the city of Zhangjiakou, where the 2022 Winter Olympics will take place.
The People's Republic of China has created a new milestone in high-speed train technology. As the countdown to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics begins, the world's first driverless train, which can travel at a speed of 350 kilometers per hour, is put into service. The train will run between Beijing and Zhangjiakou, one of the host cities of the Winter Olympics. With the new train, the travel time between the two cities will decrease from 2 to 3 hours to 47 minutes.
A new product of China's Fuxing series, the train will operate on the world's first smart high-speed train railroad. It took 4 years to build the railway, also known as the Jing-Zhang high-speed railroad. The railroad will connect the Olympic cities, Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou. The route will consist of 10 stations, including Badaling Chang Cheng, the most popular section of the Great Wall of China.
Chongli railway, which is part of the Jing-Zhang railroad, will also transport passengers from the capital to Taizicheng Station. This station is a stone's throw from the Olympic Village and skiing areas. The new train track became operational on December 30.
There are 30 high-speed trains daily between Beijing and Zhangjiakou, but only 6 of them are 'smart trains'. Normal high speed train tickets range from $ 11 to $ 33, while smart train ticket prices range from $ 12 to $ 38. Smart train tickets need to be purchased 2 days in advance.
Features that make smart trains 'smart' include the fact that they are equipped with 5G technology, smart lights and real-time data, and 2 thousand 718 sensors that detect any operational abnormalities. In addition, each passenger seat has a touch screen control panel and a wireless charging dock.
While smart trains can travel at various speeds between stations and can move and stop without a driver, a surveillance driver is on the train all the time. At the stations, robots and facial recognition technologies assist passengers on where to go, their luggage, and electronic check-ins.
Smart trains are also designed for athletes who will participate in the Winter Olympics. Some wagons have larger warehouses that are accessed with QR code suitable for winter sports equipment. The train also has a special section where athletes' stimulating test samples can be carried. The restaurant of the train can be turned into a media center during the Olympics. Live broadcast services and charging sockets are also located under each table in the vehicle.
Jing-Zhang railway has another meaning for China. The line of the same name, built in 1909 and not currently used, is the first railway designed and built independently by China. This line also connected Beijing and Zhangjiakou. The journey to this line at that time took 8 hours. The last remaining original stations of the line were closed in 2016 for the construction of the new line.
The People's Republic of China has the world's longest high-speed rail network, with 35 kilometers. The magnetic rail train, which runs between Shanghai Pudong Airport and Longyang Road on the east side of Shanghai, is the world's fastest commercial train at a speed of 431 kilometers per hour. (Webtekno)