China intends to develop a driverless high-speed train which will be able to run at speeds of 600 km/h. The new technology will be put into commercial services within the next decade, Ding Rongjun, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering said, which was involved in the development of the firs China’s bullet train, Fuxing. “In the next eight to 10 years, China will launch a 600 km/h bullet train that is suspended from a magnetic rail, nearly twice the speed of the one currently operating in Shanghai”, he said.
Artificial intelligence will be included in future trains, using gadgets such as scanners that automatically check and deduct fees when passengers board and exit trains without having to deal with tickets,
Currently, Chinese scientists are developing a new model of Fuxing that can adapt to different track widths and still run consistently at 400 km/h, Ding said. They can be used in Russia or countries along the Belt and Road Initiative that may have different track gauge.
Chinese engineers also are aiming to make future trains more comfortable, include adding more leg room in all carriages, stronger internet signals and some high-class seats that might involve adjustable interior and entertainment systems, such as windows that can change color or serve as movie screens.