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Driverless train on fast track for Olympics


China is developing a "driverless" high-speed train that is expected to be put into use during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, a senior railway official has said.

He Huawu, special technical adviser to the general manager of China Railway Corp, said researchers are carrying out experiments on the new train in a section of railway between Beijing and Zhangjiakou, Hebei province.

He made the remarks at Modern Railways 2017, an exhibition in Shanghai that opened on Oct 26, according to the Shanghai-based news website The Paper.

He was quoted as saying the new train will be running during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Winter Games to show that China is continuing to develop "a China model" for high-speed trains.

Beijing and Zhangjiakou will co-host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Compared with existing high-speed trains, the driverless train will be safer, with a better on-time performance, he added, without giving further details, such as the train's speed.

China Daily

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