On April 29th, the Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) of China’s State Council announced that China Railway Signal & Communication Corp (CRSC) had completed lab testing of their high-speed rail self-driving system (C3 + ATO), and is preparing for field testing. The system will be deployed in Fuxing Hao trains, which are the world’s fastest with an operating speed of 350 km per hour.
The new self-driving high-speed rail system integrates various technologies, including cloud computing, IoT, artificial intelligence, big data, etc. The rail system infrastructure will include facial recognition for check-in, robot porters and other intelligent services.
CRSC is a world-leading rail signal and communication service provider. It owns the world’s biggest rail technology lab, and developed the Chinese Train Control System (CTCS).
CRSC says they will complete assembling the smart train by the end of 2018, finish rail tests and adjustments by early 2019, and then officially open the “Beijing-Zhangjiakou Intelligent Rail Line” in late 2019, enabling passengers to complete the over 200 km journey in just 50 minutes.
Author: Victor Lu| Editor: Tony Peng, Michael Sarazen