East Japan Railway Co. stated Tuesday it can perform check runs of automated trains with passengers aboard on Tokyo’s Yamanote loop line for 2 months beginning round October.
JR East has been testing the automated system on out-of-service trains on the road — considered one of Tokyo’s most congested — since 2018, and the operator intends to implement the know-how round 2028.
The transfer is a part of measures to stem a potential scarcity of drivers amid the nation’s shrinking inhabitants.
When utilizing the automated operations system, drivers merely push a button to hurry up the prepare to depart. It additionally routinely slows itself down upon drawing near a station, which means drivers will manually function providers solely in emergencies.