KETIKS.COM – Since the past, Japan has been known for it’s revolutionary high-speed trains. Named the Shinkansen, this high-speed train shocked the world when it started operating in Japan for it’s unrivaled speed. This time, East Japan Railway Company, or more popularly known as JR East, has went further again with it’s newest Shinkansen prototype called the ALFA-X. (Shinehire)
Advanced Labs for Frontline Activity in rail eXperimentation, or ALFA-X for short, is an experimental Shinkansen train to test the latest technology in Japanese railways. The plan is that the technologies implemented on the Shinkansen will be applied to the next generation Shinkansen. Which can reach speeds of 400 km/hour.
ALFA-X has an aerodynamic train head like Shinkansen in general. In addition, this train uses very light materials and has improvised traction control. The ALFA-X has also been designed to drive almost silently in order to maximize passenger comfort. Energy efficiency is also a priority, so that the Shinkansen is environmentally friendly to minimize negative impacts on nature.
The Shinkansen with the official name E956 Series will serve routes in the Tokoku and Hokkaido areas. The metallic livery on ALFA-X reflects the area and local cultural sites that are amazing and beautiful. While the X logo symbolizes advanced AI features and their use in the latest technology that will lead the Japanese railway to a better future.
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The first trial of the experimental Shinkansen that can travel at a speed of 400 km/h was carried out on October 27, 2020, and is rumored to be operational in around 2030. The ALFA-X Shinkansen is expected to pave the way for a future generation of Shinkansen that is much faster and more efficient. While maximizing the safety and comfort of passengers.