On 28th December 2020, PM Modi initiated the first driverless train operations in. The driverless train is operated on the Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line.

Points To Note

  • The driverless train was rolled out on the 38 km long line, called the Magenta Line.
  • It is a part of the 390-kilometer long network spread across the national capital and the adjoining cities such as Noida, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Faridabad & Bahadurgarh.
  • It shall be implemented only on Line 7 and Line 8 of DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation).
  • This is because only these corridors are equipped with advanced signalling technology.
  • The Magenta Line is to switch from Automatic Train Protection and Automatic Train Operation system to Driverless Train Operation mode.
  • Under the driverless Train operation mode, the trains can be controlled from 3-command centres of the DMRC.
  • DTOM (Driverless Train Operation Mode) allows to monitor and troubleshoot every aspect of train operation remotely.
  • This is achieved through Communication Based Train Control signalling technology.
  • Under this system, the command centres have been equipped with controllers to handle passenger information system and crowd control.

About Delhi Metro Technologies

In 2002, Delhi Metro commenced its operation and now it is the largest urban rapid transit system of the country. Since its inception, the Delhi metro has made several technological leaps such as Automatic Train protection, Automatic train control, automatic train signalling system. Delhi Metro also developed the Make In India signalling technology. It was a communication-based train control technology. The most important subsystem of the system is the Automatic Train Supervision (i-ATS). The i-ATS reduced the dependence on foreign investors greatly.

i-ATS

It will work with train control and signalling systems. It is suitable for national transporter that is to introduce the Centralised Train Control (CTC).

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