Glasgow subway trains will be the UK’s first with no staff

Glasgow's subway system will be the first in the UK to operate trains with zero staff on board. As The Scotsman notes, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) had already announced that a new batch of Swiss-built trains will be driverless. Now, h…
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Amazon TV shows are hopping aboard Eurostar trains

Thanks to our need for constant amusement, whether you're on a plane, train or automobile, these days you never have to look at a rubbish book again. The Eurostar high-speed train network has had a bring-your-own-device entertainment service of its o…
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Samsung and KT deploy LTE-R, enabling consistent LTE connections on high-speed trains

In advance of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Samsung and KT have deployed the first LTE-Railway network for the Wonju-Gangneung train line in Gangwon Province. This line, which is scheduled to start service this month, features trains which operate at 155 mph (250 kmh). This allows commuters to move between Gangneung on South Korea’s east coast to Seoul within two hours. LTE-Railway (or LTE-R) is a new network technology which allows devices to maintain a constant LTE network connection in a moving train.

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Hydrogen-Powered Trains Are Coming to Germany in 2021

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As the shift from diesel engines to clean energy continues, German and French engineering company Alstom have signed a deal that will see the latter building a series of hydrogen-powered trains that will go into service starting in 2021.

Alstom stated it will build 14 emissions-free trains, called Coradia iLint, that can travel 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) on one full hydrogen tank, and can reach a maximum speed of up to 140 km/h (87 mph).

Germany Choosing Hydrogen Over Diesel

As noted by Reuters, the agreement and subsequent announcement arrives around the same time as climate change discussions were taking place in Bonn, Germany. During these talks, nearly 200 countries came together in an attempt to improve their climate change plans and develop a a global climate accord.

“This day represents a real breakthrough in rail transportation and a big step change [sic] towards a clean mobility system,” said Gian Luca Erbacci, senior vice president for Europe at Alstom. “For the first time worldwide, a hydrogen-fueled passenger regional train will replace diesel trains, generating zero emission with the same performance as a regular regional train and up to 1,000 km autonomy.”

Hydrogen-powered vehicles, much like Toyota’s hydrogen trucks, only emit water vapors during operation, making them an incredibly eco-friendly alternative to diesel that won’t produce harmful emissions and worsen global warming. Alongside the efforts of other automakers like Honda, and projects like Project Hesla, it’s become apparent that people want to invest in hydrogen fuel cells, as its both cheaper and better for our environment.

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Germany’s future trains have digital cars with game consoles

The impending era of driverless rides could prove disruptive for traditional modes of public transport. But, Germany's state-owned railway company thinks it has a solution, and it sounds like a lot of fun — especially for gamers. It just unveiled pl…
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Commuters remain frustrated by poor mobile reception on UK trains

Commuters remain frustrated by poor mobile reception on UK trains

Commuters in the UK continue to be frustrated by the inadequate state of mobile signal reception on trains and remain sceptical of Wi-Fi alternatives, according to a survey.

As many as 52 percent of passengers claim to experience such poor mobile signal that they say they are unable to perform vital work, such as checking emails, keeping in touch with clients or accessing files remotely, during their journey.

The findings were revealed in a poll of over 2,000 commuters across Britain, carried out by YouGov and commissioned by wireless mobile comms company Cobham Wireless. Supposedly, the survey canvassed the opinions of commuters that use train routes throughout the UK, with half of their journeys lasting longer than 30 minutes.

Poor mobile signal leads to poor productivity

While commuters may claim that poor mobile connectivity means time that could be spent working is lost and therefore productivity suffers, train operators will likely point to the Wi-Fi alternatives now available.

Such an argument is seemingly futile, however, with 51 percent of respondents to YouGov’s survey indicating that they would rather use the internet services offered by their mobile provider than connect to a public Wi-Fi network. Just 36 percent of those questioned would prefer to connect to the Wi-Fi on offer, though just 13 percent of commuters acknowledged that their Wi-Fi service was good.

By contrast, 63 percent of commuters expressed concerns about the security of Wi-Fi on trains as the main reason not to use the service, while 41 percent said they were averse to sharing personal information to access the service.

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“Good news” for mobile operators

Commenting on the findings of the survey, Ingo Flömer, director of product management at Cobham Wireless, suggested that the results represent “good news for mobile operators and the rail companies looking to improve the standard of service they offer to their customers” as it gives “them the opportunity to satisfy the demand for better quality mobile coverage on trains.”

“Passengers are already frustrated with disruptions to rail services caused by delays, industrial action and maintenance, with major works taking place at Waterloo station in London and on services between Cardiff and Newport. These frustrations are compounded by train fares increasing year on year. The results of the study are clear, more investment in mobile phone coverage would go a long way to improving passenger’s train journey experience and ensure they stay connected to work during their busy commute,” Flömer added.

Read more: SNCF on track for driverless high-speed trains by 2023

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Amazon’s latest wacky idea: mobile drone stations on trains, boats, and vans

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Amazon’s engineers are cooking up some wild ideas on how to integrate drones into major cities. In the latest patent filing, the e-commerce giant shows how special facilities connected to trains, boats, and vans could be used as storage space and repair stations for drones. The drones would be moved to areas of anticipated demand and fly out from the mobile hub. See Also: Drones might inspect your house when making deliveries “The intermodal vehicles may be coupled to locomotives, container ships, road tractors or other vehicles, and equipped with systems for loading one or more items…Read More

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