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Shanghai’s New Driverless APM System Starts Passenger Service

Bombardier Transportation announced that its Bombardier Innovia APM 300 Automated People Mover System has entered service on Shanghai Metro’s Line 8 Phase 3 project, also known as Pujiang Line.

The system was produced by Bombardier’s Chinese joint venture CRRC Puzhen Bombardier Transportation Systems Limited (PBTS) and is the result of an order placed by Shanghai Shentong Metro Co. Ltd. in June 2015 for a turnkey automated people mover (APM) system with 44 vehicles.

Driverless APM System
Innovia APM 300 system offers high performance, passenger safety, comfort, and convenience © Qi Jiahao / Bombardier

Driverless APM System

Shanghai’s Pujiang Line is a new 6.6 km, dual-lane elevated, driverless APM system that solves Pujiangzhen’s first-and-last-kilometer challenge by connecting this large residential district to the Line 8 interchange at the Shendu Highway Station. The INNOVIA APM 300 system, Bombardier’s latest generation of highly-reliable APM technology, offers an eco-friendly passenger experience with a focus on efficiency and safety. Its rubber tires boast low noise and vibration while its 1.9-meter wide doors facilitate boarding and exit, reducing the time required at each stop. Paired with the BOMBARDIER CITYFLO 650 CBTC system – an innovative communications-based train control technology – the INNOVIA APM 300 system also increases line’s capacity by safely reducing the time and distance needed between each vehicle traveling on the line. In addition, the absence of a driver’s cabin means passengers sitting in the front have a 270° view angle to enjoy the spectacular landscape along the Pujiang Line.

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Jianwei Zhang, President of Bombardier China, said:

“We are very excited to see our world leading fully automatic driverless system enter revenue service in this great city. I’m confident that we will see more Bombardier APM systems in other Chinese cities in the near future.”

“Our metro cars equipped with the BOMBARDIER MITRAC propulsion on Lines 1, 2, 7, 9 & 12 are already moving Shanghai passengers daily, and we also provide maintenance and overhaul service for these cars to ensure passengers’ safety. We will continue to provide state of the art solutions to strengthen our long term strategic partnership with Shanghai Shentong.”

Bombardier Transportation in China

Bombardier Transportation in China is the full solution provider across the entire value chain. From vehicles and propulsion to services and design, Bombardier Transportation in China has six joint ventures, seven wholly foreign-owned enterprises, and more than 7,000 employees. Together, the joint ventures have delivered more than 3,500 high speed railway passenger cars, 580 electric locomotives and over 2,000 metro cars to China’s growing urban mass transit markets. Bombardier also provides propulsion equipment to third party metro car builders for use in 24 Chinese cities.

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Original press release credit: Bombardier

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