China unveils world’s first train that runs on virtual tracks

China has unveiled world’s first train that runs on a virtual track making use of sensor technology instead of metal rails. It may not look as cool as its crazy car straddling bus, but China has unveiled what is purported to be the world’s first train that operates on a virtual track using sensor technology instead of metal rails. The new trains are battery powered and are said to be nonpolluting, according to the China’s People’s Daily Online. The train’s top speed is 70 kilometres per hour, and it can travel 25 kilometres in distance after just 10 minutes of charging. The unique public transport initiative was announced on June 2 in Zhuzhou, in China’s southern Hunan province. he train can reportedly carry up to 307 passengers despite the fact that it is only about 32 metres long. The vehicle is fitted with sensors that detect the dimensions of the road allowing it to follow routes without the need for metal rails, according to the project engineers. The company, which has been testing the ART technology since 2013, announced that the train will be ready to roll out to the public by 2018. But this isn’t the first of China’s incredible innovations in the world of transportation. A Transit Elevated Bus, known as Batie or “the straddling bus”, was brought to the attention of the world for the first time in 2010, and then “relaunched” in 2016 to much criticism.

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