China is at it again as they launched the world’s first electric-powered ‘trackless train’ using virtual rail lines on the streets of Zhuzhou, Hunan Province, the new Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART) system can travel up to speeds of 43 mph.
China’s CRRC Corporation, which is one of the world’s biggest train manufacturers, started working on the new technology in 2013 The trains carry up to 300 passengers and the new system is a cheaper and greener alternative than building a new train or tram tracks. People’s Daily Online reported 10 minutes of charging can propel the train for 15.5 miles and each train will have a life-span of around 25 years.
After just 10 minutes of charging, the train can travel 25 kilometres (15.5 miles). The invisible railway uses dotted lines painted on the road and three ‘smart trains’ currently have drivers but are expected to be automated in the future. Chief engineer Feng Jianghua explained the train uses hi-tech sensors to judge distances by the millimeter and continually collects travel information as it moves.