Equipped with advanced features and latest techniques, Delhi is going to introduce driverless metro trains that will run on sections of the Phase-III network. This new slot of trains are expected to be operational by next year end. According to a statement by DMRC, 20 such trains will be manufactured in South Korea’s Changwan by the end of 2016, while the remaining set of around 61 trains are being manufactured at Bengaluru’s Bharat Earth Movers plant.
DMRC stated that these trains will run on over 58 km-long Majlish Park-Shiv Vihar and over 38 km-long Janakpuri (West) – Botanical Garden (Line 8) corridors of the Phase-III project. These eco-friendly trains are equipped with additional features for the comfort of passengers and are designed to run at a speed of maximum 95 kmph and operational speed of 85 kmph. The coaches will come with latest facilities like digitial route maps, LCD screens with videos, graphics, live-streaming and WiFi. Train operators will not be required to run these trains and Operations Control Centres (OCC) of the Delhi Metro system will regulate their operation.
Though these new set of metro trains will be operated by drivers for a year, once DMRC declares these safe, their full fledged driverless operation will be introduced in the capital for a smoother and comfortable journey across.