First driverless subway line to open in HK
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.