Japan has launched a new high-speed train, Shinkansen. The engineers noted that it is not only faster and smoother than its counterparts but also ensures the safety of passengers even during an earthquake.
The new Shinkansen high-speed train will begin commercial service on July 1, linking Tokyo to Osaka. It can reach speeds of up to 360 km/h, a new record set during a test run in 2019, making it one of the fastest trains in the world. Working speed, however, will be limited to 285 km / h.
This is the first new high-speed train model added to the JR Central line in 13 years. Its launch was originally timed to coincide with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but has now been pushed back to 2021.
Externally, the new train model does not differ much from the N700 or N700A models. However, engineers note that they have given its nose a slightly more angular shape, added width to the sides, and also introduced smoother headlights. All new functionality will make it easier to deal with the balance during potential earthquakes.
The engineers are confident that the ride in the new vehicle will be much quieter and smoother thanks to a new active suspension system that helps absorb train movements. In addition to increased comfort, the designers have placed great emphasis on safety. The train is equipped with an improved automatic steering and braking system, which allows it to stop faster in case of an emergency.
The train is also equipped with a lithium-ion battery self-propelled system – the first such function in the world. It allows the train to travel a short distance on its own during a power outage, and also allows it to travel to a safer location at low speeds if the train is stuck in a high-risk area such as a bridge or a tunnel.