France plans high-speed driverless trains by 2023

Jun 21, 2017, 8:03 AM EDT
(Source: Dennis Jarvis/flickr)
(Source: Dennis Jarvis/flickr)

France’s national railway operator, the SNFC, plans to roll out the world’s first autonomous high-speed TGV trains by 2023, a move that the company believes would help it run 25 percent more trains on its existing rail line networks.

The so-called “drone trains” will be equipped with sensors for automatic halt should they detect any obstacle, writes Engadget. Also, complex maneuvering such as attaching all cars before departure could be achieved by automation.

These trains would touch up to 200 mph and will be put to first stage of trials somewhere in 2019, notes The Verge