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.
France to introduce driverless trains by 2023: French railway operator SNCF said Wednesday it was planning to introduce prototypes of driverless mainline trains for passengers and freight by 2023, and include them in scheduled services in subsequent years. https://t.co/APkSQX38fh pic.twitter.com/VRdkk37DQW
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