France aims to roll out world’s first autonomous high-speed trains within 7 years

June 16, 2017 by  
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High-speed trains in France could soon be driverless, if the country’s national railway operator SNCF has anything to say about it. They aim to test what they call drone trains in 2019, with the hope the TGV trains could start running around four years after that. SNCF President Guillaume Pepy said if the project is successful, they will be the world’s first operator to run a high-speed autonomous train. Here’s how high-speed autonomous trains would work: sensors would equip the high-speed drone train, which currently travel at up to 320 kmh (200 mph), to run smoothly across tracks in France. The technology would help the trains detect obstacles and brake automatically. The train could also be piloted remotely, although a conductor would still be present at least initially in case of emergency. The onboard drivers would also manage opening and closing of doors. Related: China unveils train that travels on ‘virtual tracks’ SNCF said they’re not working on the technology to reduce their staff. They told French publication FranceInfo there will always be a need for a human onboard. SNCF adjoint director Matthieu Chabanel likened the drone trains to autopilot systems aboard an airplane , telling FranceInfo, “On high-speed, we are aiming for automation in the sense of automatic steering as in aircraft. In aircraft, you always have a driver, fortunately, but you have an automatic steering system.” Through the drone trains, SNCF hopes to ramp up the frequency and speed of TGV trips, especially around Paris . They think automated trains could increase the number of trips between the country’s capital and Lyon by 25 percent. FranceInfo reported a team of ten people is devoted to the project, and they are collaborating with research institutions and other rail companies like Alstom. The first prototype tests would transport goods, with passengers possibly hopping aboard around 2023. Via The Verge and FranceInfo Images via Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia

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First China, US highspeed rail will connect Las Vegas and Los Angeles in 80 minutes flat

September 18, 2015 by  
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Travelers wanting to get from Las Vegas to Los Angeles – and vice versa – could see a drastic reduction in the amount of time needed for that trip, thanks to a high-speed train set to break ground next year . A partnership between a private US company and China Railway Group will bring a 150 mph rail that will carry passengers along the 230-mile journey in around 80 minutes. That’s a mega improvement over the four hours it takes to drive the same distance. Read the rest of First China, US highspeed rail will connect Las Vegas and Los Angeles in 80 minutes flat

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Ford’s new smartwatch app lets drivers keep (very) close tabs on their electric car

September 18, 2015 by  
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One of the best parts about electric cars is how connected they are. While some automakers have released apps connecting owners to their electric cars via their smartphone, others are taking connectedness a step further. To people’s wrists. Ford has announced a new smartwatch app called MyFord Mobile that lets drivers check important data, like available driving range, straight from their Android Wear or Apple Watch . Read the rest of Ford’s new smartwatch app lets drivers keep (very) close tabs on their electric car

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Adelaide races to beat Copenhagen as the world’s first carbon-neutral city

September 18, 2015 by  
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Adelaide is setting its sights on becoming the world’s first carbon neutral city. The government has set a goal of attracting $10 bn in green investment to South Australia in a new strategy paper, which will be available for public comment. “The federal government’s emissions targets are appallingly low, it means they are giving up on the world staying below a 2C temperature rise,” Ian Hunter, climate change and environment minister for South Australia, told the Guardian. Read the rest of Adelaide races to beat Copenhagen as the world’s first carbon-neutral city

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JR Tokai Unveils Japan’s New Blazing Fast 310 MPH Maglev Train

November 28, 2012 by  
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Japan’s JR Central Railway Company just unveiled a prototype of its new floating maglev train , which is capable of traveling at speeds over 310mph! Due to go into service in 2027, the train will be first implemented on a route between Tokyo and Nagoya, where it will cover the 160 mile distance in around 40 minutes—cutting the current travel time by more than half. The Central Japan Railway Company (JR Tokai) plans to expand the route to serve Osaka by 2045 at a total cost of around $102 billion . Read the rest of JR Tokai Unveils Japan’s New Blazing Fast 310 MPH Maglev Train Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: amtrak , bullet train , high speed rail , high speed train , japan train , JR Tokai , levitating trains , maglev train , magnetic levitation , mass transit , rail travel , tokyo rail

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China Developing Maglev Train That Can Go 1000kph

August 5, 2010 by  
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Get ready for some high speed transport action – Chinese researchers are currently developing a vacuum maglev train that they believe will run at speeds up to 620 miles per hour.

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