World’s First Self-Driving Train: German rail operator Deutsche Bahn and German engineering company Siemens launched the world’s first automatic and driverless train on 11 October 2021 in the German city of Hamburg. This self-driving train was launched in the city of Hamburg.
It will join the northern city’s S-Bahn rapid urban rail network in Germany and will start operating and carrying passengers from December 2021. Germany plans to add four such trains to the northern city’s S-Bahn rapid urban rail network.
Deutsche Group has termed the driverless train as more punctual and energy-efficient than conventional trains. Four such trains will be connected to the S-Bahn rapid urban rail network by December 2021 using the existing rail infrastructure.
This self-driving train was launched in the city of Hamburg. This train is more punctual and energy efficient than the conventional trains. These trains will start carrying passengers from December on the existing rail infrastructure.
controlled by digital technology
However, this train is controlled with digital technology and is fully automated. But a driver will sit to supervise the journey of the passengers on the train.
Who developed this project
The project is being developed by Siemens and Deutsche Bahn. It is being dubbed ‘World First’. The project is part of a 60 million euro modernization of Hamburg’s rapid urban rail system.
Features of this train
These automatic trains will provide reliable service without laying a new track of one kilometer. These trains can carry 30 percent more passengers. Apart from improving punctuality, these trains will save more than 30 percent energy.
Deutsche Bahn: at a glance
Deutsche Bahn is a German railway company. Its headquarter is in Berlin. It is a private joint stock company. It is the second largest transport company in the world. Deutsche Bahn was the world’s largest railway company in 2015 by revenue.