It’s both a train and a bus – what will it be? Hey, it’s pike around Tokyo! So it can be anything. It is defined as the world’s first two-mode vehicle. It moves equally on the streets, on the highway and on the railways.
This is a DMV – dual mode vehicle. He is ready to take to the streets of the Japanese city of Kayo in Tokushima Prefecture, he said. CNN.
The DMV looks like a van and runs with normal tires on the asphalt road. But when it arrives at the railway junction, steel wheels descend from the bottom of the vehicle onto the railway track! Thus, it becomes, in essence, a train car. The train wheels lift the front tires off the rails, while the rear wheels remain lowered to drive the DMV to the railway line.
According to the company’s CEO Asa Coast Railway, which drives DMV, vehicles of this type can help small towns like Cayo with an aging and shrinking population, where local transport companies are wondering how to cope.
“DMV can reach the locals by bus and then transport them by rail,” explains Shigeki Miura. “Especially in rural areas with an aging population, we expect this to be a very good form of public transport.”
The DMV can carry up to 21 passengers and travels at 60 km / h on railways. On public roads it develops about 100 km / h, according to Asa Coast Railway. Miura hopes the project will encourage rail fans from all over Japan to visit Kayo.