Mitsubishi Presents New Concepts In Rail Travel

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – What does the future of rail travel look like? Japanese technology giant Mitsubishi is happy to point the way. Japan is home to some of the fastest trains and most cutting-edge rail technology in the world. Therefore, it comes as no surprise to hear that a Japanese company is pushing the envelope in this sector.

Later this month, Mitsubishi will present a range of new solutions at concept stage that show how rail stations and train cars can become even more comfortable and convenient. The concepts will be on display at Mass-Trans Innovation Japan 2017, which takes place at the Makuhari Messe exhibition complex in Chiba, Japan from November 29 to December 1.

Let’s take a peek at some of the rail novelties Mitsubishi is set to unveil for this sustainable form of transportation.

Barrier-free stations - Instead of barriers, wireless communication frees passengers from scanning their travel cards over readers. Access authorization becomes automatic and is displayed on the floor with a walking path. This is designed with wheelchair users and people with luggage in mind.

Support for in-station tracking by railway operators - The locations of persons in the station or on trains are monitored so staff can provide assistance when needed and to prevent fare evasion. Other staff can see the progress of the assistance and jump in if needed.  

Personalization - Mitsubishi has also positioned LCD screens on seatbacks for more personalized services based on the information in each individual passenger’s rail card. These includes an alarm function based on the passenger’s registered destination, recommendations of refreshments based on personal preferences, video content and updates on delays.

“While existing automated ticket gates allow most passengers to pass smoothly, it can be difficult for people sitting in wheelchairs, pulling large luggage or pushing strollers to pass an IC card over the reader and/or fit through a narrow gate,” Mitsubishi said in a statement. “In addition, there is increasing demand for specialized assistance and personalized service on trains.”

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