It can run up to 360 kilometers each hour, a new record set during a test run in 2019, rendering it one of the fastest trains on earth. The operating speed, however, will be capped at 285 kilometers each hour.
A view of the inner of the new N700S shinkansen bullet train car, which commenced service on July 1, initially linking Tokyo with Osaka.
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Coincidentally, Japan inaugurated the Tokaido Shinkansen line in 1964, connecting Tokyo and Osaka, just in time for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo that same year. It was the world’s first high speed railway line.
But look closer and you should see the brand-new train features a more angular nose, chubbier “cheeks” and sleeker headlight design.
On the inside, newly designed seats allow passengers to recline further, offering more comfort, especially for long-haul riders. Each seat posseses an individual power outlet.
Interior lighting has been built to create a softer, more relaxing atmosphere. The overhead baggage racks will soon be lit up at each stop to remind passengers of their belongings.
More reservation-only storage areas for extra-large luggage have now been added to this model aswell.
The new N700S Shinkansen bullet train commenced commercial service on July 1, linking Tokyo with Osaka.
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The actual ride is a lot quieter and smoother, too, because of a new active suspension system that helps absorb train movements.
In addition to a focus on increased comfort, designers behind the new model put great emphasis on safety.
The train has an upgraded automatic get a grip on and braking system that enables it to prevent faster in case there is an emergency.
It’s also fitted with lithium-ion battery self-propulsion system — the first of its kind in the world. This system allows the train to run for a short distance on its own throughout a power outage and will make it easy for it to maneuver to a safer location at low speed if stranded in a high-risk area — on a bridge or in a tunnel, for instance — throughout an earthquake.
More cameras have also been installed inside car compartments — an increase from two cameras to around six in each train car.
The upgraded components will take up less space under the train floor set alongside the old model, making it possible for a far more flexible configuration, from four to 16 cars. This also decreases energy consumption while quickening production times, making it a far more appealing option for operators internationally.
“This new standard will also help when it comes to expanding our business overseas.”