Where will the first invisible train travel?
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.