First rail-less train unveiled in China

Posted: 12 June 2017 | | 3 comments

The world’s first rail-less train has been unveiled in Zhuzhou, central China’s Hunan province by CRRC Zhuzhou Institute Co Ltd.

The ART (Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit) was developed by CRRC Zhuzhou Institute Co Ltd, which produces key parts for high-speed railway.

The autonomous 30-meter train, which comprises three carriages, is part of an intelligent rail express system, and runs on rubber tyres rather than rails. It has a speed of 70km/h and can carry up to 300 passengers (a five-carriage train can hold 500 passengers) offering new options for easing modern transport pressures. The train is powered by electricity and can travel up to 40kilometres on one full charge.

The train works by reading the dimensions of the road using its onboard sensors and, furthermore, can plan its own route, which is like “having a virtual rail for the train,” CRRC says.

According to the government of Zhuzhou city in Hunan province, a 6.5-kilometer ART line will be built through downtown Zhuzhou and operations will start in 2018.