Transport of the future? The world’s first “smart train” with virtual tracks begins operating on the busy streets of Zhuzhou, China.
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The futuristic system, featuring track-less trains and invisible rail lines, has been developed as an effort to speed up public transport in cities.
The rail system called Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART) can carry up to 300 passengers in its three carriages and has a top speed of 70 kilometres per hour. According to People’s Daily, its flexible design makes it ideal to navigate through city traffic.
It would cost 150 to 200 million yuan (£17 to 23 million) to build one kilometre (0.6 miles) of tramway in China, but with the high-tech virtual line, the cost would be reduced to 50 to 100 million yuan (£5.7 to 11.4 million) for the same distance.