According to an article, China is set to introduce a new and faster generation of driverless magnetic levitation (maglev) trains in 2020. These medium-low-speed maglev trains will run at a speed of 200 kph which is faster than the older versions. Maglev 3.0, developed by CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotives Co. Ltd, will have bigger capacity, better acceleration speed, and improved ascending abilities. Zhou Qinghe, chairman of the company, stated that the trains will also have a more “powerful brain” than the previous ones because of its safer autopilot operation.

The latest maglev is planned to be used for intercity transport of 50 to 200 kilometers in distance. Once operations commence, it will be the fastest commercial maglev train planned and created solely by Chinese companies. Maglevs are considered safer and quieter than normal trains. They are lower than 70 decibels, which is quieter than an average vacuum cleaner. Currently, China, Japan, and South Korea are the only countries operating maglev trains around the world.