The DMV (Dual-Mode Vehicle), the world's first multi-purpose vehicle that can move both on the road and on the train track, will be put into use in Japan next month.
In the statement made by the Asa Beach Railway company in Tokusima state, it was stated that the vehicle, which can move both on the road and on the train tracks, will start to carry passengers on December 25 after the security checks of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism are completed.
The vehicles, which will run on a 50-kilometer track that will connect the town of Kaiyo and the city of Muroto in Kochi province, will cover 10 kilometers of the line on the train tracks.
At the first stage, 23 of the vehicles with a capacity of 3 passengers will be put into service, and it is expected that the vehicles will also benefit if the railway lines become unusable in natural disasters.
DMV, which is produced as a diesel-powered bus, has a special wheel system that can be opened in 15 seconds and integrated into the train tracks. DMV, which is easier to maintain than traditional trains, also provides fuel savings due to its lighter weight. The operating company hopes that the DMV will also turn into a tourist attraction.