The world’s first railless train has been tested in Zhuzhou, Central China’s Hunan province. The 30-meter train has three carriages and is developed by CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co Ltd. The train can move at a speed of 70 km/h and can carry up to 500 passengers. Powered by electricity, the train can travel 25 kilometers with a 10-minute charge. With sensors equipped onboard, it is able to plan its own routes and operate without a driver.
The ‘rail bus’ follows markings painted on the road, instead of using conventional rail tracks that a train or tram would use. By scanning the road markings using sensors on the bottom of the carriage, the vehicle can identify the road layout and send travel information to the train whilst in motion.
This innovation is expected to significantly reduce traffic congestion and increase overall transport efficiency on roads in the region.