Becoming driverless is the new way around the world. From cars to bikes, automobiles are going driverless and the latest mode of transport that is going to lose the driver is the Metro trains.
Yes you heard it right. Come July, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will start testing driverless metro trains and here are some exclusive details as in what to expect.
The new coaches that were built were launched on Wednesday at Mukundpur depot. The new coaches have been constructed keeping driverless trains in mind.
For the first year and a half, trial runs will take place with drivers in the cabin. The trial runs will happen on line 7, that connects Majlis Park and Shiv Vihar, and line 8 that connects Janakpuri West and Botanical Garden.
When it's time for the trains to run in driverless mode, the metro will be controlled from a control room. There will also be a two-way connectivity between the train and the control room. The trains will also have live streaming with the help of CCTV cameras.
The driverless trains will also have an obstruction deflection device that will help clear small obstructions that could derail the train. The Metros will also have two front facing cameras to watch the tracks and make note of people committing suicides.
The new coaches will have wheels with noise dampers and an improved floor design with high density ceramic wool insulation.
As with convenience features, the Metro coaches will have free WiFi connectivity, 37-inch digital display of the route map, charging points with USB support, and a redesigned grab rail for passengers.
The trains will have colour coded seats which are in pink for ladies, and the reserved seats will be dark pink (for ladies) and other shades for males (if the seat is green for example, reserved seats will be dark green).
The redesigned coaches themselves will be able to occupy 60 more passengers. The train will see a 10 percent increase in speed and will consume 20 percent less energy.
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