Soon Kolkata people may get to travel in driverless suburban trains.
“Driverless trains based on Grade of Automation 3 (GoA 3) is not a dream now in Kolkata. There is a target that all the new metro rakes in city from March 2018 would be GoA 3 grade driverless rakes,” Director, research design and standards organisations of indian railways, Yatish Kumar said.
In GoA 3, start and stop of a train is automated while human intervention is needed to operate the gates.
The new rakes will be imported from China for existing metro including new East-West and Dum Dum-Garia metro routes, he said on the sidelines of CII organised manaufacturing excellence.
Chennai, Bangalore and Lucknow already operates the GoA 3 rakes.
Whereas, Kumar said, GoA 4 doesn’t need any human intervention and one such rake is currently under trial in New Delhi Metro.