A self-driving train traveled the first kilometers on the rail network in Hamburg on Monday. “The first of its kind in the world,” according to railway company Deutsche Bahn and technology company Siemens.
From December, four self-driving trains will run on the train network around the northern German city of Hamburg. The cost of the project to modernize the urban “S-Bahn trains” is 60 million euros.
The train uses the same tracks as regular trains and therefore does not need its own network.
When he will pick up passengers soon, the driver will be present for safety reasons, but the train performs all maneuvers independently.
With the new system, the Germans want to carry 30 percent more passengers, but at the same time consume 30 percent less energy, according to Roland Bosch of Siemens.
France is also planning to start using self-driving trains. Together with the companies Alstom, Bosch and Thales, the French railway company SNCF hopes to come out with a prototype in 2023.
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