Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has inaugurated, on Monday 28 December, via video conferencing, India’s first-ever driverless trains to operate on the Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line, which connects Janakpuri West and Botanical Garden. This is coming along with the fully working National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) services on the Airport Express Line.
In the virtual programme was also Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal.
While speaking at the event, PM Modi stated that the commencement of the 1st driverless metro train indicates how rapid India is going towards smart systems.
Here are some of the things to note about India’s 1st driverless train
– The driverless trains will be fully automated, this is so to reduce or cease the likelihood of human error, the Prime Minister said in a statement
– The driverless train tech was operated on the Magenta Line, which connects Janakpuri West and Botanical Garden, however, extension will be made to the Pink Line (Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar) by mid-year of 2021.
– The extension of this tech to the Pink Line is going to boost the driverless network on the Delhi Metro to about 94km, which makes up to 9% of Delhi Metro’s total network.
– This ‘driverless’ trains will possess 6 coaches, each coach accommodating a maximum passenger of 380, a total of 2,280 passengers on each train.
– The driverless train will be possess with various advanced features such as improved energy regeneration when braking, energy-efficient and sustenance subsystems like LED lighting and air conditioning appliances. These are built for a top speed of 95 kmph and a working speed of 85 kmph, the Delhi Metro affirmed.
– The driverless trains, which will be cabin-less, would conveniently accommodate 40 commuters more in a 6 coach train as the driver’s cab won’t be needed in such trains.
– With this new technology, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation will be among the elite league of 7percent of the global Metro networks, operating without the service of a driver.
It was initially set to launch in May this year, but the programme had to be shifted due to the covid-19 lockdown.