German rail company Deutsche Bahn collaborated with industrial group Siemens on Monday to unveil the world’s first automated driverless train in Hamburg, claiming to be more punctual and energy efficient than traditional human-drawn trains.
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First reported by AFP, the rail company will operate four such trains on its S-Bahn rapid urban rail network and start carrying passengers from December and run on existing rail lines.
While Paris has a driverless metro network and several airports use driverless monorail shuttles, Hamburg’s driverless train will be the first to share tracks with other regular trains. unlike the former which run on their own dedicated tracks.
This automated rail service is part of Siemens and Deutsche Bahn’s € 60 million project to modernize Hamburg’s rapid urban rail system.
The train, even if it is fully automated and does not require human intervention during its movement, it will always be accompanied by a human driver whenever there are passengers on board., according to Deutsche Bahn and Siemens in a statement.
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According to Deutsche Bahn CEO Richard Lutz, automated trains will provide more reliable service without the need to trace even a single kilometer of new track, thus improving efficiency. without adding too much cost.
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Roland Busch, CEO of Siemens, added: “We are making rail transport smarter”, while estimating that automated trains can carry “up to 30% more passengers, dramatically improve punctuality and save more than 30% of energy ”.
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