A driverless bullet train has been unveiled for the Beijing Olympics.

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China is preparing for the Beijing Olympics, presenting a new bullet train designed specifically for the games. The driverless Fuxing bullet train moves at 217 mph and has eight carriages that can carry 564 passengers per trip.

It will shuttle passengers through the 108-mile trek between the Chinese capital and satellite venues in the city of Zhangjiakou, precisely in time for the Beijing Games.

The train was custom-built for the Beijing Games, according to state-run Xinhua News. It includes a 5G-connected broadcast studio where journalists can broadcast live.

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According to Xinhua, the train will take passengers from Beijing’s central district to the Olympic venues in Zhangjiakou in just 50 minutes, compared to three hours on a standard express train.

According to the state-run media agency CGTN, construction on the railway began in 2018. In 2019, the Beijing-Zhangjiakou link was finished.

“Having so much sophisticated technology brought together on this train and presenting it to the world indicates China’s overall strengths in terms of the train system,” Zhu Yan, deputy director of the train’s maker, CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., told the state-linked Global Times on Thursday.

Lijian Zhao 赵立坚, Spokesman & DDG, Information Department, Foreign Ministry, China said in a tweet, “Have a look at the high-speed bullet train travelling between #Beijing and #Zhangjiakou, with facilities and services custom-made for #Beijing2022. Beijing is ready!”

On February 4, 2022, the Beijing Olympic Games will begin. The country intends to establish a “closed-loop” bubble, in which athletes, officials, broadcasters, and journalists will be restricted to specific areas.

A separate Xinhua video tour of the train’s interior revealed customized lockers where athletes may store their ski equipment while riding the train.

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