The world's first driverless train, which can travel 350 kilometers per hour, was put into service in China. The train will serve between the capital city of Beijing and the city of Zhangjiakou, where the 2022 Winter Olympics will take place.
The People's Republic of China has set a new milestone in high-speed train technology. 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics countdown begins, 350 kilometers per hour at the speed of the world's first driverless train was put into service. The train will run between Beijing and Zhangjiakou, the host city of the Winter Olympics. With the new train, the travel time between the two cities will be reduced from 2 to 3 hours to 47 minutes.
The train, a new product of China's Fuxing series, will operate on the world's first intelligent high-speed railway. The construction of the railway, also known as Jing-Zhang high-speed rail, took 4 years. The railway will connect Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou, the Olympic cities. The route will consist of 10 stations, including Badaling Chang Cheng, the most popular part of the Great Wall of China.
The Chongli railway, which is part of the Jing-Zhang railway, 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 railway was put into service on December 30th.
30 high-speed trains run between Beijing and Zhangjiakou daily, but only 6 are 'smart trains'. Regular high-speed train tickets range from $ 11 to $ 33, while smart train ticket fares range from $ 12 to $ 38. Smart train tickets need to be purchased 2 days in advance.
Features that make smart trains 'smart' include 5G technology, intelligent lighting, and 2 sensors that detect real-time data and detect any operational abnormalities. In addition, each passenger seat has a touch screen control panel and a wireless charging dock.
While intelligent trains can reach various speeds between stations and move and stop without a driver, a surveillance driver is on the train at all times. At the stations, robots and facial recognition technologies help passengers get where to go, baggage and electronic check-ins.
Smart trains are also designed for athletes who will participate in the Winter Olympics. Some wagons feature larger warehouses that are accessed with a QR code that is suitable for winter sports equipment. There is also a special section on the train where athletes can carry stimulating test samples. The train restaurant will be transformed into a media center during the Olympics. There are live broadcast services and charging outlets under each table in the car.
The Jing-Zhang railway has a different meaning for China. The line of the same name, which was built in 1909 and is currently unused, is the first railroad designed and built independently by China. This line connects Beijing and Zhangjiakou. At that time the journey was 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 of 35 kilometers. It is the fastest commercially operating train in the world at 431 kilometers per hour to the magnetic rail train operating between Shanghai Pudong Airport and Longyang Road on the east side of Shanghai. (Webtekno)