While Singapore is repairing train tracks, China is removing them

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In Zhuzhou city of Hunan, China has just tested out an unmanned train that doesn’t run on rails.

The Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART), dubbed by Chinese state media as “world’s first smart rapid rail bus”, was tested on 23 Oct. The train was first made public in June this year.

The sensors installed keep the train running on a virtual track, determining the dimensions of the road.

China’s CRRC (Chinese publicly traded rolling stock manufacturer) began developing the ART back in 2013 as yet another way to ease hellish congestion in China’s crowded urban space. It is believed to be a cheaper alternative to metros or trams, while also being more environmentally-friendly.

The city plans for the completion of a longer, 6.5-kilometer track through downtown next year.

The battery-powered ART is capable of holding up to 307 passengers and hitting speeds of up to 70 kilometers per hour.

The idea of having a train running on virtual rails, instead of actual rails, will probably set a future direction for train systems.

A video has been uploaded to feature it in action:

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    China transport minister is wiser to implement autonomous rail rapid transit (ART) without tracks that are cost-effective
    Since our government love to recruit foreign talents, then our transport minister should be replaced by China transport minister which is very cost-effective!
    Our Harvard mathematician should send manpower headhunter to China to recruit their maintenance manager and CEO

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    So China are making… longer buses. That are subject to traffic.

    How stupid is that. Wow. Longer buses.

    If your article, they’re even called rapid rail BUSES. Even though there is no rail.

    People need to learn to see beyond novelty and appreciate just wth are they seeing.

    One of her biggest advantage of our mrt system is that they go above and under traffic. Is not subject to it.

    This only makes sense is you’re proposing a totally new way to make this trains – without tracks, not so that it can work on roads which would defeat its purpose, but because using wheels on the trains would reduce problems and maintenance costs.

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      CHINA’s lies and fakes about “WORLD First” total bullshit>, Taiwan , Brazil , France and all countries had been using this system of articulated Buses , it Is just called Bus Rapid Transit System , Stop the misleading and bullshit lies , RED Fascist CHINA ! >>>>
      Typically, a BRT system includes roadway that is dedicated to buses, and gives priority to buses at intersections where buses may interact with other traffic; alongside design features to reduce delays caused by passengers boarding or leaving buses, or purchasing fares. BRT aims to combine the capacity and speed of a metro with the flexibility, lower cost and simplicity of a bus system.
      The first BRT system was the Rede Integrada de Transporte (‘Integrated Transportation Network’) in Curitiba, Brazil, which entered service in 1974. This inspired many similar systems around Brazil and the world, such as TransMilenio in Bogotá, Colombia, which opened in 2000. As of November 2016, a total of 207 cities in six continents have implemented BRT systems, accounting for 5,468 km (3,398 mi) of BRT lanes.[
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus_rapid_transit

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    CHINA’s lies and fakes about “WORLD First” total bullshit>, Brazil , France , Taiwan and many other countries had been using this system of articulated Buses in dedicated lanes without rail but ordinary rubber wheel for decades at least , it Is just called Bus Rapid Transit System , Stop the misleading and bullshit lies , RED Fascist CHINA ! >>>>
    “ A train that runs on virtual tracks debuts in central China’s Hunan. It’s the 1st of its kind in the world #XinhuaTV”
    https://twitter.com/XHNews/status/870612942630383619

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    Taiwan , Brazil , France and all countries had been using this system of articulated Buses , it Is just called Bus Rapid Transit System , Stop the misleading and bullshit lies , RED Fascist CHINA ! >>>>

    Typically, a BRT system includes roadway that is dedicated to buses, and gives priority to buses at intersections where buses may interact with other traffic; alongside design features to reduce delays caused by passengers boarding or leaving buses, or purchasing fares. BRT aims to combine the capacity and speed of a metro with the flexibility, lower cost and simplicity of a bus system.

    The first BRT system was the Rede Integrada de Transporte (‘Integrated Transportation Network’) in Curitiba, Brazil, which entered service in 1974. This inspired many similar systems around Brazil and the world, such as TransMilenio in Bogotá, Colombia, which opened in 2000. As of November 2016, a total of 207 cities in six continents have implemented BRT systems, accounting for 5,468 km (3,398 mi) of BRT lanes.[
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus_rapid_transit

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    不就是 用轮子但外形像 轻轨的轻轨吗?有什么好大惊小怪的。。,又不是采用什么世界从来没发明过的移动科技什么的,如浮动在空气上什么的。。。哈哈哈,就会吹嘘 〉〉(引述)“ 採用膠輪取代傳統的鋼輪鋼軌,因此不需要鋪設軌道,只要將道路簡單改造一下,就能讓電車在上面跑,由於不需要建軌道,投資成本僅是地鐵的1/5”
    大陸「無軌列車」首曝光 網友批:跟公車有什麼兩樣?
    http://www.setn.com/News.aspx?NewsID=260126

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    Shame on our SMRT. We are way behind the world in transportation.

    Stop all MRT work, go for the latest.
    Our +30 year old train can write off. Costly to maintain n frequently breakdown.

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    Expect dishonourable son will quickly “remove” all the MRT track just like out of sudden SG needs to catch up with China on cashless system!

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    Singapore is backwards while others are moving forward even a dumb copycat country are smarter then our brainless & incompetent incorrigible finger pointer idiots who earn our millions hard earn cpf money for futt-ing thru their mouth whenever they make mistake and and looking for scapegoating others with their lies

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      CHINA’s lies and fakes about “WORLD First” total bullshit>, Taiwan , Brazil , France and all countries had been using this system of articulated Buses , it Is just called Bus Rapid Transit System , Stop the misleading and bullshit lies , RED Fascist CHINA ! >>>>
      Typically, a BRT system includes roadway that is dedicated to buses, and gives priority to buses at intersections where buses may interact with other traffic; alongside design features to reduce delays caused by passengers boarding or leaving buses, or purchasing fares. BRT aims to combine the capacity and speed of a metro with the flexibility, lower cost and simplicity of a bus system.

      The first BRT system was the Rede Integrada de Transporte (‘Integrated Transportation Network’) in Curitiba, Brazil, which entered service in 1974. This inspired many similar systems around Brazil and the world, such as TransMilenio in Bogotá, Colombia, which opened in 2000. As of November 2016, a total of 207 cities in six continents have implemented BRT systems, accounting for 5,468 km (3,398 mi) of BRT lanes.[
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus_rapid_transit

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      CHINA’s lies and fakes about “WORLD First” total bullshit>, Taiwan , Brazil , France and all countries had been using this system of articulated Buses , it Is just called Bus Rapid Transit System ,
      Stop the misleading and bullshit lies , RED Fascist CHINA ! >>>>

      Typically, a BRT system includes roadway that is dedicated to buses, and gives priority to buses at intersections where buses may interact with other traffic; alongside design features to reduce delays caused by passengers boarding or leaving buses, or purchasing fares. BRT aims to combine the capacity and speed of a metro with the flexibility, lower cost and simplicity of a bus system.

      The first BRT system was the Rede Integrada de Transporte (‘Integrated Transportation Network’) in Curitiba, Brazil, which entered service in 1974. This inspired many similar systems around Brazil and the world, such as TransMilenio in Bogotá, Colombia, which opened in 2000.

      As of November 2016, a total of 207 cities in six continents have implemented BRT systems, accounting for 5,468 km (3,398 mi) of BRT lanes.[
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus_rapid_transit

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    Singapore should adopt the smart ART “train bus” … but put these on existing SMRT track network without the tracks. No track maintenance and can operate unmanned. Overall cost less the track maintenance should then be cheaper after the complete system overhaul.

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    Ya..while its a good idea..it isnt for singapore infastructure. Imagine this have to stop at every traffic light because its on the road. Then not much difference than taking a bus what..our mrt runs above and underground for faster travelling. Just because not need tracks, looks cool, no driver. People suddenly all think its a good idea

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    Meanwhile our mot is stuck in antiquated mode. Our ah cow blaming the maintenance team and the smrt top management high fiving..”heng ah!! bo tai chi”…

    while ahleebaba trying his best to carry both ah xi and donald duck balls…and create 70k jobs for the yanks…huat ah!!!

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    CHINA’s lies and fakes about “WORLD First” total bullshit>, Taiwan , Brazil , France and all countries had been using this system of articulated Buses , it Is just called Bus Rapid Transit System , Stop the misleading and bullshit lies , RED Fascist CHINA ! >>>>

    Typically, a BRT system includes roadway that is dedicated to buses, and gives priority to buses at intersections where buses may interact with other traffic; alongside design features to reduce delays caused by passengers boarding or leaving buses, or purchasing fares. BRT aims to combine the capacity and speed of a metro with the flexibility, lower cost and simplicity of a bus system.

    The first BRT system was the Rede Integrada de Transporte (‘Integrated Transportation Network’) in Curitiba, Brazil, which entered service in 1974. This inspired many similar systems around Brazil and the world, such as TransMilenio in Bogotá, Colombia, which opened in 2000.

    As of November 2016, a total of 207 cities in six continents have implemented BRT systems, accounting for 5,468 km (3,398 mi) of BRT lanes.[
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus_rapid_transit

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