Survey on Driverless Train Operation for Urban Rail Transit Systems

Yihui Wang, Miao Zhang, Jiaqi Ma, Xuesong Zhou

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The length of metro lines with driverless train operation (DTO) systems is increasing globally and is predicted to triple in the next 10 years. This paper gives the history and future trend of the DTO systems. The opportunities provided by the DTO systems, such as lower operation costs, increased capacity, and energy efficiency, are explained and the relevant research are reviewed. Furthermore, the challenges faced by the DTO systems are analyzed, such as safety issues, train control technology, and emergency situations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-113
Number of pages8
JournalUrban Rail Transit
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


  • Capacity
  • Driverless train operation
  • Energy efficiency
  • Safety
  • Urban rail transit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Transportation
  • Urban Studies
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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