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Stockholm to get driverless metro system?


One line on city metro could soon be driven by robots
Stockholm could get a driverless metro system within ten years, as part of the municipality’s newly proposed modernisation plans. But unions have questioned the safety of a fully automated system.
“The preliminary research we are set to carry out will determine whether this is a feasible goal,” Kristoffer Tamsons of the Traffic Committee told broadcaster SVT. “We want a metro line that enables Stockholmers to grow, and a fully automated train is an important aspect of this.”
One requirement for an automated subway would have to be barriers between platforms and trains.
“Platform doors contribute to reducing disruption on the subway but also create a sense of safety,” Tamsons explained. “If we want to transition to automatic operation, platform doors in some form will be a requirement.”
The automated train would run initially on the metro’s red line, offering more frequent departures and adding to safety and security.
But SEKO Tunnalbanan, a union for metro employees, is critical about the proposal.
“Those of us who work in the metro, transporting people safely, providing a service and resolving any problem large or small, are deeply concerned over this development. If the Traffic Committee approves the proposal, which places savings before safety, then safety and security will be among the things to be put at risk,” it said in a statement.
The Local


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