The maglev train appears to ‘float’ above the tracks and allows for faster, frictionless travel.
Created by scientists at the Southwest Jiaotong University, the train has no wheels. Instead, the magnetic levitation train has been developed with high-temperature superconducting (HTS) technology, which uses magnets that allow it to ‘hover’ above the track, according to The Independent. This makes it look like the train is floating along the magnetized tracks and allows for faster, frictionless travel.
The 69-foot prototype was unveiled in Chengdu on Wednesday. At the launch ceremony, the train was seen floating slowly along the track.
“The superconductor technology the train employs could make it faster and lighter than its peers,” state-run Xinhua News said in a tweet while sharing footage of the prototype.
Superfast! A domestically developed maglev train prototype has been unveiled in Chengdu, China. The superconductor technology the train employs could make it faster and lighter than its peers pic.twitter.com/51waWPX66E— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) January 16, 2021
The debut of the ‘floating’ train has been hailed as a “zero to one” breakthrough in the country’s development of HTS technology.