NEW DELHI, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- India Tuesday tested with success a new technology to avoid train collisions which could help decrease accidents that kill hundreds each year in the country, reported local daily The Hindu.
The technology was tested successfully between Navandgi and Mantatti stations in Ranga Reddy district in the southern state of Andhara Pradesh Tuesday morning, said the report.
The technology was based on a combination of GPS and Radio Frequency-enabled technology and applied brakes without intervention of the train pilots once it detected another locomotive on the move or stationary on the same track avoiding collisions.
A host of railway officials including Railway Board chairman Vinay Mittal watched the successful trial of the Train Collision Avoidance System, when two trains with some coaches equipped with the T-CAS were run in opposite directions on the same track at a speed of 60 kmph. Both the trains screeched to a halt at a distance of about 200 meters.
Train collision takes place frequently in India, killing hundreds of people each year.