France to introduce driverless trains

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France’s national railway operator SNCF has announced that it will introduce driverless long-distance trains in the country by 2023.

To be operationalised in a harmonised way and at the same speed, such trains are expected to cut energy consumption and allow the operator to run more trains.

SNCF will partner with consortia led by Alstom for freight and Bombardier for passenger traffic.

Currently, the country has driverless trains in its metro systems. Countries such as Australia, China and Japan are already experimenting with driverless trains.

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