This Train Does Not Need Any Rails

Sensors, which are based on a white dashed line and the autonomous Rapid Rail Transit in China safely travel on that line. The train can 300 passengers and has space in the combination of bus and train.

China is one of the most developed countries in the world. The engineers are especially interested in innovations in local transport. Now a combination of bus and train was presented, which can drive autonomously. Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART) is the new means of transport, as the state news website Xinhua.net reports.

The CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co., Ltd., is about 30 meters long and can carry more than 300 passengers. After a 10-minute recharge time, the “Smart Bus” can travel 25 kilometers with a speed of up to 70 kilometers per hour.

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Sensors, which are based on a white dashed line and the autonomous Rapid Rail Transit in China safely travel on that line. The train can 300 passengers and has space in the combination of bus and train.

China is one of the most developed countries in the world. The engineers are especially interested in innovations in local transport. Now a combination of bus and train was presented, which can drive autonomously. Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART) is the new means of transport, as the state news website Xinhua.net reports.

The CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co., Ltd., is about 30 meters long and can carry more than 300 passengers. After a 10-minute recharge time, the “Smart Bus” can travel 25 kilometers with a speed of up to 70 kilometers per hour.

In addition, ART does not need any rails. Instead, it is based on built-in sensors only on a white dashed line on the ground. This is also the decisive advantage of this new type of track.

The construction of a metro including rails costs between 400 and 700 million yuan (52.29 million and 91.5 million euros) per kilometer. The construction of an ART costs only about 15 million yuan (1.96 million euros).

“There is a huge demand for urban transit systems,” the company said. One reason for this is the steadily growing urban population. The first real use of ART is planned in 2018 on a 6.5 kilometer stretch in Zhuzhou, north of Hong Kong.