France wants to put driverless 'drone trains' on tracks by 2023

Technology 16-6-2017 Mashable 47
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France's state-run railway operator SNCF is working to develop driverless high-speed trains for its national rail system, effectively putting "drone trains" on the tracks.

The conductor-free TGVs (the French acronym for high speed trains) would bring self-driving tech to some of the fastest vehicles in the world, which regularly travel at speeds around 200 mph.  The trains are projected to hit the tracks in 2019 for prototype testing, according to a FranceInfo report, and will only transport cargo to start. The TGVs could take on passengers by 2023 for routes between Paris and southeast France.  Read more...

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