Osaka – Central Japan Railway Co. gave the media a ride Saturday on its new N700S bullet train, which is set to enter service on July 1.
An N700S carrying reporters traveled between Tokyo Station and Shin-Osaka Station in Osaka Prefecture to let them try its latest high-speed offering on the Tokaido bullet train line.
The new model offers more conveniences, such as a power outlet for every seat, and is designed to provide a more comfortable riding experience.
It is the first all-new Tokaido shinkansen since the N700 series was launched 13 yeas ago. For the N700S, indirect lighting has been introduced to create a relaxed atmosphere in passenger areas, while the surfaces of the seat and backrest move together while reclining to reduce fatigue during long trips.
In addition, the overhead baggage racks light up upon the train’s arrival at stations to prevent people from leaving their belongings behind.
The front car is designed to reduce noise and air resistance, with more than 50,000 computer simulations conducted to find the best shape, JR Central said.
Measures to better deal with emergencies also have been improved. The N700S has a lithium-ion battery system that allows it to travel to the nearest track-side evacuation spot when power is cut by natural disasters, for example.
The cars also have two to four more security cameras than conventional Tokaido shinkansen. Footage will be automatically sent to the train’s operation center when something abnormal happens.
Bullet train ridership has been damaged in recent months by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We hope the introduction of the N700S will help jump-start” shinkansen demand, said Masayuki Ueno, deputy head of JR Central’s bullet train business department.