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Japan's ultrafast bullet train shows off wireless power supply

Maglev prototype draws electricity like latest smartphones

The new maglev prototype features an aerodynamic design making it capable of speeds of 500 kph. (Photo by Annu Nishioka)

KUDAMATSU, Japan -- Japanese developers unveiled Wednesday a prototype of the magnetic-levitation bullet train that is capable of deriving onboard power completely wirelessly.

The maglev will generate power from inductive charging, the same technology that wirelessly recharges smartphones. The train will be able to attain speeds of 500 kph.

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