It almost surreal when you discover that the metro you are boarded in has no driver at all. Well, this concept will soon take the form of actuality with the introduction of ‘DRIVER-LESS’ metro rails’ in Delhi.
The Delhi Metro Rail Cooperation (DMRC) has planned to launch Delhi’s first ever ‘Driver-less’ metro on the Pink and Magenta lines, which takes the routes of Majilis park- Shiv Vihar and Botanical garden- Janakpuri West, respectively.
This technique, called the ‘Unattended Train Operation’ (UTO) is based on a technology known as Communication Based Train Control (CBTC). Apparently, this mode of operation enables more safety and is more efficient. Among the many other plus points of CBTC, it also reduces the distance between two trains resulting in higher frequency of service.
While metro rails on the Pink and Magenta lines were already operating on the UTO system, a driver was still employed for assistance. Now, after the UTO system is successfully employed, these drivers would walk throughout the metro rails to attend to the needs of passengers.
According to S S Joshi of DMRC, trial runs are being carried out during non-revenue hours.
However, Joshi also adds that they can fully transform to the UTO system only if the passengers can completely rely on this technology.
A final inaugural date hasn’t been decided yet but officials say that once they are done with the review process, they would start operating metro with this particular technology.
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