Could the Worlds First Virtual Track Train that moves on road without rails be the answer to China’s increasing traffic woes. China is known for developing the most advanced transport systems like the bullet train or the bus which hovers over traffic. Can this new age mode of transportation prove to easily change the way we commute. It was unveiled by the Automatic Rapid Transit known as ART in city of Zhuzhou, Central China on 2nd June.
Worlds First Virtual Track Train
It measures 32 meters in length and 3.4 meters in height; and is fitted with sensors that detect dimensions of the road. This enables the train to travel on road without the need of actual metal rails. It’s Lithium Titanate batteries lets the train run for a distance of 25km after 10 mins of charging.
Each vehicle can accommodate up to 307 passengers and can travel up to speeds of 70 kmph. The vehicle can easily adapt to the road than a bus and still run better than a train. Instead of using metal rails, it uses rubber wheels attached to a plastic core of vehicle which is linked to it’s specially designed guiding technology that follows path in the form of painted tracks on road.
The technology behind the Worlds First Virtual Track Train known as ART was developed by Chinese Rail maker CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive which also designs parts of the country’s high speed railway. It’s creator believes it will cost much lesser to build approximately 15 million Yuan($2 million) as compared to 400-700 million Yuan cost for building a metro service.
Hyperloop One was initiated in the US in 2012 by Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk. Its a proposed mode of passenger and freight transportation that would propel a pod-like vehicle through a reduced-pressure tube at high speeds. The vehicle will move on an air cushion driven by linear induction motors and air compressors to travel faster than a plane and priced at the cost of a bus ticket.
The Chinese Rail firm has been working on the ART(Automatic Rapid Transit) since 2013 and hopes to roll out the trains by 2018. We definitely loved the concept and waiting to have a ride in it. What do you think, will it be a successful futuristic mode of transport that can replace train & bus. Have a look at video representation of how the ART – Worlds First Virtual Track Train run along the road and how it’s controlled.