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Look, passengers: No hands! Japan's bullet train goes driverless

JR East hails test run results as it prepares for operator shortage

JR East crew in an automated E7 series bullet train. The train stopped within 8 cm of a pre-determined resting point in a recent test run.   © Kyodo

TOKYO/NIIGATA, Japan -- After reaching a speed of 110 kph, the bullet train gradually decelerated, missing the targeted resting point by 3 inches. During the entire trip, the operator kept his hands on his lap, without touching a single lever.

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