Glasgow will fully autonomous metro trains

West Street Subway Station in Glasgow
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Trains in the metro of the Scottish city of Glasgow until the end of 2020 will become fully autonomous. As The Scotsman writes , this means not only that metro trains will completely independently move along metro lines, but also that in them at that time there will be no one of the subway employees.

Currently in the UK already operate autonomous trains. For example, such trains are moving along the Dockland light subway in London, but each of them always has an operator in the operator’s cab ready to take control at any time, as well as watching for safety.

As the newspaper notes, trains to Glasgow will be the first fully autonomous metro trains in the UK. In this case, all such trains will be equipped with CCTV cameras, and on especially busy days some of them will still have subway staff. This will be done at the request of the Metro workers’ union.

As expected, at the end of this year in Glasgow on the road section near the stadium Aibroks will begin testing new autonomous trains, which are scheduled to be completed in 2020. Tests will be carried out as part of a large-scale program to upgrade the metro, which is planned to spend 288 million pounds sterling (390.5 million dollars).

Today several metro systems in different countries of the world plan to switch to autonomous trains. This, in particular, is about the US and Japan. Since the spring of last year, four autonomous trains are moving in the Moscow metro, equipped with an autonomous driving system of the Tikhomirov Research Institute of Instrument Engineering.

Three trains with Rusich -type carriages carry passengers on the Koltsevaya metro line, and the fourth with Oka -type cars on the Kalinin branch. All these trains, although they move completely under the control of the central dispatching system, still have drivers in their cabs.

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