Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the country’s first driverless metro train through video conferencing in Delhi. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is also involved in this event. The facility has been started on the 37 km long magenta line of the metro from Janakpuri West to the Botanical Garden. This will eliminate the possibility of human error in the operation of the metro. According to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) sources, the driverless metro will have a driver installed for monitoring for some time, but will be removed later.
3 key features of driverless metro
1. Its system is so safe that if two metros come on the same track, it will automatically stop at a distance.
2. During the journey in the metro, many times the experience of a jerk will not be in a driverless train.
3. Passengers will not face any problem while boarding the train.
How does its system work?
The journey of driverless metro is equipped with communication based train control signaling system (CBTC).
This system acts like a Wi-Fi. It gives a signal to the Metro from which it operates.
Receivers on the metro train push the metro forward upon receiving the signal. This system is used in many metros abroad.
Later, the entire third phase of the metro will run on all lines.
According to DMRC Executive Director (Communication), Anuj Dayal, the driverless metro will be launched on the 57 km long Pink Line after the Magenta Line. Anuj Dayal said that when the Pink and Magenta lines were built, they were equipped with communication based train control signaling system.
Automated metro trains running in 46 cities of the world
According to The International Association of Public Transport (UITP), by 2019, 64 automated metro trains were running in 46 cities of the world.