First trackless Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit starts trial operation in China

The trial operation, which launched Tuesday in the city of Zhuzhou, is scheduled to last three months, according to Feng Jianghua, chief engineer of the system developer, the research arm of Chinese railcar maker CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co., Ltd.

The smart electric vehicle, seen as a crossover between a bus, train and tram, runs on rubber tires and follows double-dashed white lines painted on the road, instead of conventional rail tracks.

Sensors on the vehicle can detect the dimensions of the road and send travel information back, which provides the basis for developing it into a driverless vehicle in the future.