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China unveils driverless smart train

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BEIJING — China has unveiled the world’s first railless self-driving smart train in zhuzhou, in the hunan province of central China.

The train is 30 meters in length, manufactured by Chinese rail transit firm CRRC and runs on rubber tires rather than rails. Interestingly, the carriage will follow a preset path which don’t need a driver and it won’t need tracks to be laid, either.  More carriages can be added or removed if needed.

The train is equipped with sensors that’ll allow it to follow white-dotted lines on the road.

According to the manufacturer, the electric vehicle can travel up to 40 km on a full charge with a maximum speed of 70 km per hour.

Kitted out with sensors, the train can read the dimensions of roads and plan its own route. The futuristic form of public transport can move along fully autonomously and can carry up to 300 passengers, offering new options for easing modern transport pressures.

The smart bus, or Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART), is touted to be much cheaper than subway or tram systems, since it doesn’t require infrastructure to be laid down. This could prove to be the solution for many medium or small cities in China that can’t afford to build train lines.

“It is like having a virtual rail for the bus,” said Feng Jianghua, chief engineer of CRRC.

It costs up to $102 million to build a kilometre of a subway track, as compared to about $2 million for a standard length ART bus, according to Xinhua reports.

A 6.5km ART line will be built in the city of Zhuzhou, with operations starting in 2018.

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Acid attack victim Samjhana Das succumbs to injury

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KATHMANDU — 18-year-old Samjhana Das from Chandrapur Municipality, Rautahat who was undergoing treatment in Kathmandu for acid-burns, has died. Das, passed away at 11:40 pm on Sunday night at Kirtipur Hospital after infections spread to other parts of the body, according to hospital source.

Samjhana and her 16-year-old sister, Sushma from Chandra Municipality-6, Rautahat were attacked with acid while they were asleep on September 11 midnight.

Samjhana, whose 40 percent body parts were burnt was brought to the hospital in critical condition.

It was later revealed that their 50-year-old neighbour Ram Babu Paswan, in an act of unrequited love, had thrown on Das sisters, his primary target being the elder sister, Samjhana.

Ram Babu, the criminal in guise of a concerned neighbour, was later detained by the police based on circumstantial evidences.

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