In a major push towards automation, Delhi Metro trains will soon go driverless as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is launching new swanky ‘driverless trains’ that will accommodate passengers end to end.
The trial runs will start in July but driverless operations will start in 2017. The trains have been acquired from a Korea-based firm and are being assembled in India.
A closer look at the new driverless Delhi Metro trains, which are may offer the passengers on a world-class treat:
HOW WILL THE DRIVERLESS METRO RUNThe trains will be controlled from a control room and operations will be automated. Initially, they will be run by operators and trials for unattended operations will be heldTwo-way communication between operation control centre (OCC) and train Live streaming from inside car CCTV system to operation control centreObstruction deflection device to remove small obstructions on track to avoid derailmentTwo front-facing cameras to keep a tab on the tracks and prevent suicides
The new trains will operate on the upcoming line 7 (Pink line: Majlis Park – Shiv Vihar) and 8 (Magenta: Janakpuri West – Botanical Garden) of Phase 3. The trial run is likely to start in July.
WHEN WILL THE TRIAL RUNS OF THE METRO BEGINBY JULY 2016Botanical Garden to Kalkaji - 13.5kmTerminal 1 IGI Airport to Janakpuri (West) - 9.86kmITO to Kashmere Gate - 5.00kmBY SEPT 2016Terminal 1 IGI Airport to Kalkaji - 14.87kmIndraprastha Extension to Shiv Vihar - 14.00kmBY OCT 2016Majlis Park to Lajpat Nagar - 19.00kmBY DEC 2016Lajpat Nagar to Indraprastha Extension - 15.00km
With new colour-coded seats and change in design, the capacity of six-coach trains has been increased to 1,866 from 1,780 people per train.
COLOUR CODINGSix coaches with coloured seats in each trainSeats of first and last coach, dedicated for women, will be pinkReserved seats darker in colour. If seat colour is blue, colour of two reserved seats will be dark blueStrap outside coach based on colour of line. For example, in phase 3, line 7 is pink and line 8 is magenta
The Delhi Metro’s latest update will be both more efficient as well as cost effective. Here are all the features of the upgrade:
How are they betterMORE CAPACITY 60 additional passengers to be accommodated once driver’s cabin is removedFASTER 10% increase in speedENERGY EFFICIENT 20% lower energy consumptionWIDER COACHES 3.2m wide coaches against the existing 2.9mMORE SPACE Equipment placed beneath the seats to release additional space (2.0 sqm) for 12 more passengersSTAY CONNECTED Wi-Fi facilityDIGITAL ROUTE MAP - 37 inch LED type, fully programmable with dynamic change of split screens. Also LCD screens with videos, graphics, animations, real-time video streamingBREATHE BETTER Improved air circulationMORE POWER TO YOU Charging points + USB port facilityCONVENIENCE Lumbar support, backrest near wheelchair area, with redesigned grab rail/pole layoutBETTER DESIGN Improved floor design with high density ceramic wool insulationQUIETER Wheels with noise dampers
Delhi first driverless metro trains at Mukandpur DMRC Depot .
With this, Delhi will soon be among those few cities of the world with driverless Metro trains. Driverless train systems in other cities are:
Rome Metro Line C
Milan Metro Line 5
Paris Metro Line 1
SkyTrain in Vancouver
Lima Metro Line 2