Recently, the first trials on India’s first driverless train were conducted on the Magenta Line of Delhi metro. Kalindi Kunj depot and Okhla Vihar metro station are the posts between which the trials were conducted.
The Magneta Line stretches the distance of total 38kms between the Janakpuri West Station to Botanical Garden station. Moreover, the line is also expected to carry up to 4 lakh passengers on a daily routine.
In a statement, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) also said that said 3 sets of the driverless train were tested successfully, “During these trials, the interface of the Metro train will be checked to ensure that there is no physical infringement with civil infrastructure during the movement of the train on the track and also testing of various subsystems of coaches shall be done,” a spokesperson said.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Also Approved This India’s First Driverless Train Project
The DMRC has also made a presentation of the fourth phase trial of the driverless train. The presentation was showed to the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal who has also approved this trial.
The highly advanced driverless train arrived in New Delhi on last Thursday and are expected to be operational by the end of the year. The information also says that at first, the train would be run with drivers for a very short period.
The train has six coaches and was ferried by the sea at Mundra port in Gujrat. Specially made trailers were used to carry the train to Delhi so that the trials could run. “A total of 20 such train sets of Hyundai Rotem will be manufactured in South Korea’s Changwon by the end of this year while the remaining 61 are being manufactured at the Bharat Earth Movers plant in Bengaluru,” said a DMRC statement.
“These trains are significantly upgraded and eco-friendly. They also have additional features to increase passenger comfort and are designed for a maximum speed of 95 kmph and operational speed of 85 kmph,” a DMRC official added.
Indians first driverless train really have some good additional features to qualify it as a smart train.
Some of those smart features include:
1. Proper CCTV surveillance of outside and inside view of the train.
2. Dynamic Route-Maps in the doors to let the passengers know their journey status.
3. Better energy regeneration during brakes and energy efficient LED lights and air-condition systems.
4. The each and every coach of the train has given an 18.5 inch LCD screen for audio-video presentation and commercials.
and many more.