Self-driving trains? London's about to have them.
If you've ever been on the London Underground, you know that, no matter what time of day it is, it's always crowded.
So in an effort to ease the commuting pain, Transport for London's developing 250 faster, self-driving trains to run on some of the Tube's busiest routes; namely, the Bakerloo, Central, Piccadilly, and Waterloo & City lines. Yep, you read correctly: these trains are gonna drive themselves.
By adding more automated trains and implementing a "modern signaling system", transit authorities hope to provide speedier, more regular service and increase capacity by up to 60 percent -- an aggressive goal considering that trains already arrive every 1-2 minutes!! (TfL, we like your gumption.)
At the same time, the new car design will help streamline the flow of passengers on board.
How? Well, to start, wider doors on all cars should ease on/off logjams, while walk-through carriages will allow passengers to easily move to lesser crowded cars.
Even better, no more "minding the gap"! That's right, no more stepping up to the train from the platform, which means you can safely avoid incidents like this one.
The revamped carriages will keep the same cozy, cushioned seats, but get sleeker walkways and digital screens to display ads, service updates, and subway maps.
And in the event London actually gets a proper summer one year, guess what... there'll be air conditioning on board to make the journey less insufferable.
As always, good things come to those who wait -- the new and improved trains won't be unveiled for at least six years, if not longer.
Until then, though, you can take a better look inside here...