Tech & Science We Could See High-Speed Driverless Trains By 2019

14:25  18 june  2017
14:25  18 june  2017 Source:   International Business Times

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And more are on the way, set for Aus tralia in 2019 and London in 2022. The same is true of the growing number of high - speed rail lines in Europe, Asia, and now Cali fornia, which have And then there's the matter of public perception of driverless trains , which Clarke notes is not often favorable.

French rail chiefs SNCF have revealed ambitious plans for France to become the first country in the world to roll out driverless high speed trains , according to France TV info. By 2019 , SNCF hopes to be able to test a prototype but only on trains carrying freight.

  We Could See High-Speed Driverless Trains By 2019 © Provided by IBT US We’ve seen companies looking into high-speed trains transportation that will take people from New York City to Washington, D.C., faster, but France is taking it up a step : driverless high-speed trains.

France’s railway system, SNCF, said it's working on a TGVs (high-speed trains) that are autonomous, according to FranceInfo. TGVs currently travel at about 200 miles per hour and travel to over 230 cities across France. The TGVs can also transport people to other countries, like Belgium, Spain and Italy.

SNCF is reportedly working on a “drone train” project, which will be equipped with autonomous technology. The system will include external sensors that will anticipate obstacles on the track and automatically brake, if necessary. The TGVs won’t be completely driverless, since they will be operated from a distance. The driver’s job will be mostly to manage the closing of doors and to take action in case of emergency situations.

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In effect, the driverless revolution could bring the chauffeur-driven experience to the many. No doubt we would love to have both driverless cars and faster trains , as well as HS3 for the north HS3 will cost more per mile than HS2, so a combination of the two high - speed rail lines is quite unaffordable.

France’s national railway operator aims to have autonomous high - speed TGV trains running by 2023, according to a report from FranceInfo. The train operator, known by the French acronym SNCF, will begin testing a prototype of its so-called “drone train ” in 2019 , FranceInfo reports.

SNCF is expected to test its prototype in 2019 and will transport goods on track yards. The TGV version which will carry passengers is expected to run in 2023 between Paris and southeast France. The autonomous TGV would be the first of its kind worldwide, Matthieu Chabanel, Deputy Managing Director at SNCF Réseau, told FranceInfo.

"On high-speed, we are aiming for automation in the sense of automatic steering as in aircraft. In aircraft, you always have a driver, fortunately, but you have an automatic steering system," Chabanel said.

Some railway group leaders are concerned jobs will be lost because of the driverless trains, but SNCF said human presence will still be necessary. Chabanel added that trains travel “in a completely open environment with trees, animals, people, who can enter the right-of-way,” and because of that they will “need a driver to handle all the disturbed situations."

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French rail chiefs SNCF have revealed ambitious plans for France to become the first country in the world to roll out driverless high speed trains , according to France TV info. By 2019 , SNCF hopes to be able to test a prototype but only on trains carrying freight.

Driverless Drone Trains . France is looking to automate part of its high - speed rail service by using self-driving trains to transport cargo. The first prototypes are expected to be ready by 2019 and would begin by transporting cargo before transitioning to passenger service in 2023. These trains , which can

The autonomous TGVs could improve the regularity and speed of trains, especially in the Paris region, where multiple lines intersect, and where the smallest incident on a track can lead to many consequences. SNCF said the time between trains will go from 180 seconds down to 108 seconds with the new TGVs. The number of trains traveling on a line will increase by 25 percent, since the autonomous trains will boost the system through sequences of braking and acceleration, Alain Krakovitch, the director of SNCF Transilien, told FranceInfo.

While France focuses on autonomous high-speed trains, Los Angeles-based company Hyperloop One revealed in March its first images of its test tube, the DevLoop, located in the Nevada desert just 30 minutes away from Las Vegas, The company said it was preparing for the installation of a commercial tube that will connect Dubai and Abu Dhabi, about a 100-mile stretch, in just 12 minutes. Trips with the tube between major cities in the Gulf region could take less than an hour, the company said.

Meanwhile, Tesla CEO Elon Musk launched his tunnel boring company this year. Musk plans to create a vast underground network of tunnels in California that includes 30 levels of tunnels for cars and high-speed trains, like the Hyperloop.

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