India's first driverless train to hit tracks today

India's first driverless train to hit tracks today

It is designed for maximum speed of 95 kmph and an operational speed of 85 kmph

India's first driverless train to hit tracks today

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is all set to conduct the trial run of India’s first driverless train at Mukundpur depot here on Tuesday.

A train running on “Unattended Train Operations” mode will be flagged off at 5.30 pm on Tuesday from Mukundpur Metro depot by Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

The first driverless train for the Delhi Metro’s phase 3 project was manufactured at Changwon in South Korea. It arrived by sea at the Mundra port in Gujarat and was brought by road to Delhi on specially-made trailers.

New corridorsThese trains will ply on the upcoming 58-km Majlish Park-Shiv Vihar (Line 7) and 38-km Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden (Line 8) corridors. Both these corridors are expected to be operational by the end of 2016.

Twenty six-coach trains will be manufactured in South Korea and the remaining 61 are being manufactured at the Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) plant in Bengaluru.

“These new trains of Delhi Metro have undergone significant technological as well as eco-friendly upgrades and many additional features have been added to increase passenger comfort,” the DMRC said.

“Initially, the train operators will be deputed for operation and gradually withdrawn to move to Unattended Train Operation (UTO). Each coach can accommodate maximum 380 passengers, which translates to 2,280 passengers in each six-coach train. The trains would be able to accommodate 40 commuters more in a six-coach train as the driver’s cabin will not be required,” it added.

An average speed of over 35 kmph will be achieved by these trains. Other trains run at an average speed of 32 kmph. The new trains are designed for maximum speed of 95 kmph and an operational speed of 85 kmph.

CCTV cameras have been installed on the train for an inside and outside view. The CCTV images can be directly accessed by the control centre when the train is in driverless mode.

These trains will be more energy-efficient than the earlier trains with Delhi Metro because of improved design features such as better regeneration of energy during braking, energy efficient sub-systems like LED lighting and air-conditioning, the DMRC said.

Each coach is also fitted with four 18.5 inch LCD screens to run audio-visual messages and commercials. 

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