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Designs for brand-new trains that will be presented to the London Underground’s Piccadilly Line from 2025 have actually been exposed, in the most recent example of how mass transport systems in significant cities are altering and integrating brand-new functions and innovations.
Details of the trains, which will change rolling stock from the 1970s, were launched by Transport for London and Siemens Mobility on Thursday.
They will utilize underfloor a/c systems, take in 20% less energy compared to the present fleet and be “significantly lighter” than existing systems — which will in turn decrease damage to tracks.
In addition, the trains will have larger doors, deal 10% more capability for guests and will be walk-through, suggesting that no internal doors will be utilized to separate carriages from one another.
According to a file from Siemens Mobility, the trains will likewise harness “smart remote monitoring and digital services” utilizing an application suite called Railigent.
The London Underground goes back to 1863, when the world’s very first below ground train was opened in between Paddington and Farringdon Street. The Piccadilly Line traces its roots to 1906. Given its age, authorities in the city have actually presented a variety of developments concentrated on improving the network recently.
These consist of the capability to “tap in and out” of ticket barriers utilizing a smart device, debit or charge card and the intro of Wi-Fi services to more than 250 stations on the network, which allows clients to search the web on platforms and escalators in addition to in ticket halls and passages.
An international shift
The method trains run is altering, with numerous cities all over the world now running driverless services. Examples of this consist of the 24/7 Copenhagen Metro in Denmark and an area of the Delhi Metro’s vast network, which operators refer to as being “fully automated.”
London is among numerous cities seeking to upgrade the trains utilized on its city service. Last December, the Australian city of Melbourne began to present a fleet of 65 brand-new trains on its urban rail network.
These trains have 20% additional capability, are walk-through and deal guests real-time details by means of info display screens and “dynamic route maps.”
While the trains which transport guests to and from their locations are altering, the facilities which underpins public transportation is likewise in the middle of a considerable, technology-driven shift.
Last November, SNCF Reseau — which handles French train facilities — and Capgemini revealed a collaboration that will see them release brand-new innovation in an effort to enhance the method problems on the network are kept track of and solved.
The concept is that it will utilize geolocation innovation to determine issues on the train in genuine time.
Among other things, the system allows groups at SNCF Reseau to “localize incidents” on a map showing facilities information, assisting employees to the precise location they require to be to repair the issue.
These on-the-ground personnel can then communicate with their coworkers, supplying updates on the issue and when it will be solved.
At the time, Capgemini stated SNCF Reseau had actually been utilizing the innovation in the Auvergne Rhone-Alpes area considering that the summertime of 2020. The concept is for the system, called “New Generation Supervision,” to be presented to other parts of the nation in 2021 and 2022.