CRH380 (China Railway High-speed) Harmony bullet trains are seen at a high-speed train maintenance base in Wuhan, Hubei province, early December 25, 2012. Photo: Reuters/Stringer

China Railway Corporation, the country’s national railway operator, said it will renew its focus on promoting intelligent high-speed railway this year, Yicai.com reported.

Lu Dongfu, general manager of the corporation, said in order to realize new breakthroughs in smart high-speed railway transportation, comprehensive testing of key technologies, including autonomous control, self-driving, mobile communications and smart substations, will be launched in the year ahead.

Sun Zhang, a professor at the Railway and Urban Rail Transit Research Institute at Tongji University, said intelligent high-speed railways are an inevitable choice to further guarantee safety, enhance speed and efficiency and reduce costs.

The 300 to 350 kilometer per hour high-speed rail self-driving technology will likely be introduced on the Beijing-Zhangjiakou line for the first time, Sun added.

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