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Driverless travel in Kuala Lumpur with the Metro Inspiro

Siemens has been commissioned to supply the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur with 58 driverless metro trains for the Klang Valley MRT Project.

The vehicles are equipped for a fully automatic service that is both driverless and unattended (GoA 4). A state-of-the-art automated system is integrated into the vehicle and ensures a safe and highly efficient service. As planned, the first two trains were delivered to the Sungai Buloh Depot at the end of November 2014, and phase two of the project will be completed at the end of July 2017.

The product engineering as well as essential components such as the drive system and the bogies have been imported from Germany and Austria. Key considerations in the development of these vehicles included optimum energy consumption, low maintenance costs and high recyclability at the end of their service life.

Kuala Lumpur is one of Asia’s most rapidly growing metropolises, all of which are affected by high levels of congestion and pollution from private vehicles. Siemens’ Inspiro trains will run on the new 52 km-long railway line (of which 12 km runs through a tunnel in the centre), which as of December 2016 will link the northwestern suburb of Sungai Buloh and the southeastern suburb of Kajang with the centre of Kuala Lumpur. This line is the first part of a comprehensive infrastructure plan which is set to reduce congestion and pollution within the wider area of Kuala Lumpur.