Where will the first in­vis­i­ble train travel?

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For any­one who has ever been wor­ried that trains dis­turb the idyl­lic land­scape through which they pass, a new high-tech project in Ja­pan should be good news. The first “in­vis­i­ble trains” should start tak­ing to the tracks there in 2018. The trains are in­tended to blend into the land­scape like chameleons do. But just how ex­actly does that work? Thanks to a mix­ture of trans­par­ent and re­flec­tive ma­te­ri­als, the trains can mir­ror the col­ors of their sur­round­ings as they streak through the land­scape. Seven trains each with eight wag­ons will be­gin oper­at­ing in Tokyo be­tween 2018 and 2019. The in­vest­ment sum re­quired by the project amounts to more than $86 mil­lion.

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