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These trains run without drivers!

Last updated on: January 30, 2013 13:45 IST

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The London Underground Victoria Line, which opened in 1967, is considered the first line operated with driverless trains.

In a few years, Delhi Metro also plans to run trains without drivers. Many lines now operate with driverless trains for reducing operational costs and improving the frequency of service.

Metrobits.org lists some of the world's impressive trains without drivers. Take a look at these hi-tech trains around the world...

 

Ankara Metro (Turkey)


Date of opening: 30 Aug 1996

Network length: 23.1 km

Stations: 23

Driverless lines: Metro line (since 1997)

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Photographs: Courtesy, Ankara Metro.

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Barcelona Metro (Spain)

Date of opening: 30 Dec 1924
Network length: 119.4 km
Stations: 163
Driverless lines: Lines L9, L10, L11 (since 2009)

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Photographs: Javierito92/Wikimedia Commons.

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Bangkok Metro (Thailand)

Date of opening: 5 Dec 1999

Network length: 80.15 km

Stations: 57
Driverless lines: Green line (since 1999)

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Photographs: Ilya Plekhanov/Wikimedia Commons.

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Copenhagen Metro (Denmark)

Date of opening: 19 Oct 2002
Network length: 21 km
Stations: 22
Driverless lines: All metro lines (since 2002)

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Photographs: Gadgetbox/Wikimedia Commons.

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Detroit Metro (United States)

Date of opening: Jul 1987

Network length: 4.8 km

Stations: 13

Driverless lines: Downtown people mover, LIM technology (since 1987)

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Image: Detroit International Airport Edward H. McNamara Terminal.
Photographs: Danleo/Wikimedia Commons.

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Dubai Metro (United Arab Emirates)

Date of opening: 9 Sep 2009
Network length: 69.7 km
Stations: 46
Driverless lines: Metro (since 2009)

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Photographs: Courtesy: Dubai Metro.

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Guangzhou Metro (China)

Date of opening: 28 Jun 1999
Network length: 231.9 km
Stations: 146
Driverless lines: APM line

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Image: Guangzhou Metro.
Photographs: Wikimedia Commons.

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Hong Kong Metro (Hong Kong)

Date of opening: 1 Oct 1979
Network length: 175 km
Stations: 95
Driverless lines: Disneyland Resort Line (since 2005)

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Photographs: Honeybee/Wikimedia Commons.

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Kuala Lumpur Metro (Malayasia)

Date of opening: 16 Dec 1996
Network length: 64 km
Stations: 60
Driverless lines: LRT (since 1996)

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Image: Bandar Tasik Selatan station (KLIA Transit), Klang Valley, Malaysia.
Photographs: Wikimedia Commons.

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Las Vegas Mono Rail (United States)

Date of opening: 15 Jul 2004
Network length: 6.2 km
Stations: 7
Driverless lines: Monorail (since 2004)

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Photographs: Rmisiak/Wikimedia Commons.

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London Metro (United Kingdom)

Date of opening: 10 Jan 1863
Network length: 402 km
Stations: 270
Driverless lines: Docklands Light Rail (since 1987)

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Image: London Metro.
Photographs: Tompagenet/Wikimedia Commons.

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Lyon Metro (France)

Date of opening: 28 Apr 1978
Network length: 30.7 km
Stations: 43
Driverless lines: Line D/Maggaly

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Photographs: Ibou69100/Wikimedia Commons.

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Miami metro (United States)

Date of opening: 21 May 1984
Network length: 39.8 km
Stations: 23
Driverless lines: Downtown people mover

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Photographs: Wikimedia Commons.

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Osaka Metro (Japan)

Date of opening: 20 May 1933
Network length: 137.8 km (85.64 mi)
Stations: 133
Driverless lines: Nanko Port Town Line

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Photographs: Courtesy, Osaka Municipal Transportation Bureau.
Tags: , Osaka Metro , Japan

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Paris (France)

Date of opening: 19 Jul 1900
Network length: 218 km
Stations: 382
Driverless lines: Lines 1, 14

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Image: The Paris Metro, one of the oldest underground transport systems. to the media prior to tomorrow's official inauguration. The completely automated system will run on rubber tyres at high speed between Madeleine - in the heart of Paris -- and the new National Library on the eastern edge of the city.
Photographs: Reuters.
Tags: , France , Paris

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Sao Paulo (Brazil)

Date of opening: 14 Sep 1974
Network length: 74.3 km
Stations: 67
Driverless lines: Line 4

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Image: Sao Paulo.

Tags: , Sao Paulo , Brazil

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Singapore Metro (Singapore)

Date of opening: 7 Nov 1987
Network length: 146.5 km
Stations: 100
Driverless lines: North-East Line, Circle Line

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Image: Singapore Metro.


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Taipei Metro (Taiwan)

Date of opening: 28 Mar 1996
Network length: 112.6 km
Stations: 106
Driverless lines: Wenshan (Muzha) VAL line

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Image: Taipei Metro.


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Tokyo Metro (Japan)

Date of opening: 30 Dec 1927
Network length: 304.5 km
Stations: 290
Driverless lines: Yurikamome Waterfront line

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Photographs: Wikimedia Commons.

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Vancouver Metro (Australia)

Date of opening: 3 Jan 1986
Network length: 69.5 km
Stations: 49
Driverless lines: Skytrain, LIM technology, currently the world's longest automated system (since 1986)

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Image: Vancouver Metro.


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Yokohama Metro (Japan)

Date of opening: 16 Dec 1972
Network length: 57.6 km (35.80 mi)
Stations: 48
Driverless lines: Kanazawa Seaside line

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Image: Yokohama Metro.


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Toulouse Metro (France)

Date of opening: 26 Jun 1993
Network length: 27.5 km
Stations: 38
Driverless lines: VAL (since 1993)

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Image: Toulouse Metro.
Photographs: Louloutte31/Wikimedia Commons.

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Dortmund (Germany)

Date of opening: 17 May 1976
Network length: 29.45 km
Stations: 37
Driverless lines: H-Bahn (since 1984)

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Photographs: LennartBolks/Wikimedia Commons.
Tags: , Dortmund , Germany

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Busan Metro (Korea)

Date of opening: 19 Jul 1985
Network length: 131.8 km
Stations: 127
Driverless lines: Line 4 (since 2011)

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Image: Busan Metro.
Photographs: Courtesy, B and G Metro.

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Kobe Metro (Japan)

Date of opening: 13 Mar 1977
Network length: 30.6 km
Stations: 26
Driverless lines: Port Liner and Rokko Liner

Image: Kobe Metro.
Photographs: 663highland/Wikimedia Commons.

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