First driver­less sub­way line to open in HK

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Driver­less trains de­vel­oped by a do­mes­tic com­pany will start op­er­at­ing on a new sub­way line in Hong Kong on Dec 28, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

The CRRC Changchun Rail­way Ve­hi­cles Co man­u­fac­tured the trains us­ing tech­nolo­gies de­vel­oped by China. The first driver­less train was pro­duced at a fac­tory in Hong Kong on March 18 this year.

A tech­ni­cian from China Rail­way Rolling Stock Corp said the line is the first one to use do­mes­ti­cally de­vel­oped and pro­duced driver­less sub­way trains in the coun­try.

“Com­pared with the nor­mal sub­way trains, the driver­less trains have a fully au­to­matic con­trol sys­tem,” the tech­ni­cian said.

Three “driver­less” lines have been in op­er­a­tion in Guangzhou, Bei­jing and Shang­hai, but the tech­ni­cian said these lines still needed op­er­a­tors in driv­ers’ cabins, and the trains were de­vel­oped by a for­eign com­pany.

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