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China launch Worlds first driverless Railway subway line

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China to launch Worlds first driverless Railway subway line

China driverless Railway subway line
The Peoples Daily recently reported that the worlds first driverless subway line will commence service in late 2017 on the Yanfang line in southwest Beijing, China. 


Operations on the line will be fully automatic, including train departures, door opening and closing, and cleaning, said the report. The trains will only use domestic technology.

China started developing its own fully automatic subway system in 2010 and has mastered the core technologies, said the report.

Beijing subway lines 3, 12, 17, 19 and the new airport line are all under planning and will also operate with completely automated, driverless trains.

It is expected that the total length of fully-automated subway lines in Beijing, will reach 300 km by 2020.

The development and use of domestic operation systems is part of the “Made in China 2025” initiative, which aims to comprehensively upgrade Chinese industry.

The move will also help strengthen China’s presence in the global rail transport industry and ensure the security of the country’s key infrastructure facilities.

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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