China launches first smart high-speed railway
China launches first smart high-speed railway
Author: CSEBA / SEEbiz
5th January 2020
BEIJING - China has introduced its first ‘smart’ high-speed trains to connect Beijing and Zhangjiakou, the two host cities of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The carriages are equipped with an automated driving system, 5G signals, intelligent lighting as well as wireless charging docks, and can travel at a top speed of 350 kilometres (217 miles) per hour.

The 8 billion euros project is the first ‘smart’ high-speed railway in the world, a Chinese expert has claimed.

Self-driving high-speed train Fuxing G8811 arrives at Taizicheng Railway Station in Chongli District of Zhangjiakou, north China’s Hebei Province, on Monday after departing from Beijing.

Passengers can put their smartphones in wireless charging docks to charge during the trip

Covering 174 kilometres (108 miles) with 10 stops, the Jing-Zhang High-speed Railway officially entered service yesterday after four years of construction.

Self-driving Fuxing bullet trains, whose name means ‘rejuvenation’, currently operate on the rail line, which is a vital part of China’s expanding high-speed transport network, according to China State Railway Group.

The trains are guided by the nation’s domestically developed global satellite navigation system Beidou. The £7billion ($9billion) project will be complete next year and has been designed to rival and eventually replace the US-developed Global Positioning System (GPS).

"The Jing-Zhang High-speed Railway has realised the missions of “smart” construction, “smart” equipment and “smart” operation, and made the history of the global “smart” railway," Li Hongxia, a senior engineer at China Railway Engineering Design and Consulting Group, told Technology Daily.

Li regarded the completion of the line a milestone in the country’s rail history.

It cost 58.4 billion yuan (8 billion euros) to build, according to a national plan, and cuts the travel time from Beijing to Zhangjiakou in neighbouring Hebei Province from three hours and seven minutes to 47 minutes.

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