All-new N700S shinkansen goes into service

Business / Corporate Jul 1, 2020

All-new N700S shinkansen goes into service

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Central) started the commercial operations of its N700S bullet train on the Tokaido Shinkansen line on Wednesday. The N700S is the first all-new Tokaido Shinkansen train in 13 years. It offers improved functions for passenger seats, with a power outlet ...

AI to assist railway companies combat problems with snow accumulation

National Jan 26, 2020

AI to assist railway companies combat problems with snow accumulation

Japanese railway companies are turning to artificial intelligence to help tackle potential problems for their shinkansen bullet trains caused by snow accumulation. West Japan Railway Co. is developing an AI system to gauge the amount of snow that collects on Hokuriku Shinkansen trains that travel ...

Robots cleaning up at stations and airports in labor-hungry Japan

Business Dec 27, 2019

Robots cleaning up at stations and airports in labor-hungry Japan

More and more unmanned cleaning robots are being used in Japan, mainly at public transportation facilities, amid severe labor shortages. Faced with difficulties securing enough workers, Central Japan Railway Co. started using four robots this year to clean Nagoya Station and other locations, hoping that ...

JR Central unveils tunnel for maglev shinkansen line

Business / Corporate Nov 27, 2019

JR Central unveils tunnel for maglev shinkansen line

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Central) has unveiled the inside of a tunnel under construction in Gifu Prefecture for use as part of its ultrafast maglev train line, scheduled to go into service in 2027. A section of the Hiyoshi tunnel that is currently being ...