A committee of experts in China has approved a design scheme for high-speed train that could run at a speed of 400 kilometers an hour, and the train will be launched before 2022 to serve the Beijing Winter Olympic Games. An intelligent train linking Beijing to Zhangjiakou, North China's Hebei Province, will use the new speed train, a Chinese official said on Tuesday.
This marks the first driverless high-speed train in the world which can run above a maximum speed of 350 kilometers an hour, said Bayin Zhaolu, an official of Northeast China's Jilin Province, at a press briefing of the State Council, China's cabinet, on Tuesday.
The train, developed by local companies in Jilin, will adopt China's own BeiDou Satellite Navigation System for the first time and has "impressive functions" in intelligent driving, intelligent service and intelligence maintenance, Bayin said. The train is expected to have the capacity to begin mass production at the end of the year.
Local companies in Jilin are also developing a new generation of subways which use international leading unmanned operating systems, Bayin disclosed. "The subway train, made by carbon fiber, could automatically complete self-inspection, dispatching, driving, stopping, pulling back and self-washing," he noted.
The windows installed in the train operate a touch-screen display system that will allow passengers to watch television and send texts and picture messages, according to Bayin.