France plans to introduce driverless trains in 2023

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Driverless Train

French State Railway Company on Wednesday said that it was planning to introduce driverless trains on the country’s tracks by 2023.

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The initial goal is to have an autonomous train prototype ready in five years for use on slower regional and freight journeys.

“By 2025 SNCF hopes to have self-driving trains on regular routes.

“This is clearly the future of trains,’’ SNCF Chief, Guillaume Pepy, said in Paris on Wednesday.

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Pepy said it was investing 57 million euros (66 million dollars) to develop a prototype train that could be used on France’s existing rail network, parts of which stretch back a century.

Driverless trains will expand the country’s rail capacity and increase punctuality, SNCF said.