Xiamen plans to introduce ART
厦门考虑引进智轨列车
2018-06-13 00:00来源:双语周刊

  The 2018 Cross-Strait Transportation Forum held last week announced that Xiamen is planning to introduce an Autonomous Rail Transit (ART) system of electric self-driving vehicles along portions of the current BRT route.

  According to officials from the local transport department and the CRRC Zhuzhou Institute Company, Xiamen's BRT system is well-suited for conversion into an ART system. An experimental route segment is slated to be tested this year.

  ART vehicles use rubber wheels on a plastic core rather than steel wheels to run quietly without a rail line. The world's first ART unveiled in Zhuzhou, Hunan, last year with a construction cost of 30 to 40 million yuan per kilometer. Traditional subway systems typically cost at least 100 million yuan per kilometer.

  A standard three-carriage ART unit is 31 meters in length and features a maximum passenger load of more than 300 passengers. The autonomous driving system includes an array of digital road sensors. The current generation of ART vehicles has a top speed of 70 kilometers per hour and can travel up to 25 kilometers after 10 minutes of charging.

  By Vivian Zhang

  Photos by Wang Xieyun

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