Moscow Metro Introduces Autopilot Train

PHOTO by Anton Denisov / RIA Novosti

A train controlled by autopilot has begun operating on the Circle Line of the Moscow Metro, RNS news agency reported Thursday.

According to the official site of the Moscow Mayor and the Moscow government, there will still be a driver sitting in the train, but the basic control functions are performed by the autopilot system.

The new system will allow the train to move from station to station automatically, with the driver’s task being to monitor the train’s operation. The driver can also take control of the train in the event it comes under threat of danger.

Only one autopilot train runs on the line at present, but metro bosses plan to launch two more trains in the near future.