Railway giant eyes self-driving, autonomous technology
Comprehensive testing of autonomous control, mobile communications and smart substations, to be launched this year
China Railway Corporation, the country’s national railway operator, said it will renew its focus on promoting intelligent high-speed railway this year, Yicai.com reported.
Lu Dongfu, general manager of the corporation, said in order to realize new breakthroughs in smart high-speed railway transportation, comprehensive testing of key technologies, including autonomous control, self-driving, mobile communications and smart substations, will be launched in the year ahead.
Sun Zhang, a professor at the Railway and Urban Rail Transit Research Institute at Tongji University, said intelligent high-speed railways are an inevitable choice to further guarantee safety, enhance speed and efficiency and reduce costs.
The 300 to 350 kilometer per hour high-speed rail self-driving technology will likely be introduced on the Beijing-Zhangjiakou line for the first time, Sun added.