Published On: Wed, Jun 14th, 2017

Beijing Test Runs Its First Driverless Train

Beijing is preparing to start service of its first driverless subway line by the end of this year having maximum speed on the line 80km per hour and trains will have a capacity of 1,262 passenger. The test run of the driverless trains has started on Monday.

The Yanfang line will serve the southwestern suburb Fangshan and be the first domestically developed automated subway on the mainland, according to First Engineering Co. Ltd. of China Railway Electrification Bureau Group.

Operations on the line will be fully automatic, including train departures, door opening and closing, and cleaning, said the report.

According to the city’s five-year plan on rail construction, the total length of operational rail in the city will exceed 900 km by 2020.

Up to 90 percent of the city will have at least one subway station within 750 metres, and rail access will reach all of the capital’s 16 urban and rural districts by 2020.

Driverless trains are scheduled to be used on more planned  lines, including an express line to the new airport being built in Daxing district.

It will be the first domestically developed automated subway on the Chinese mainland.  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.

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