Japan’s N700S debuted last July 1, boasting its capability to transport passengers to safety even during natural disasters like earthquakes.
According to a CNN report, the N700S is now operating in the Tokaido Shinkansen line, linking Tokyo Station and Shin-Osaka Station in Osaka.
The train can run up to 360 kilometers per hour, making it one of the fastest trains in the world.
N700S is a new bullet train model in the said Shinkansen line after 13 years. Its launching is supposed to coincide with the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
The worldwide sports event is now postponed to 2021 due to the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The country also inaugurated the Tokaido Shinkansen line 1964, in time for the Summer Olympics in that same year.
The N700S, in which “S” refers to “Supreme” almost looks the same with the older N700 models.
However, the new model has newly designed seats that offer more comfort, allowing passengers to recline further. Further, each seat has an individual power outlet.
In addition, more reservation-only storage areas for extra-large luggage are available in the new model.
The actual ride will be quieter and smoother according to the report. This is due to the new active suspension system that helps minimize train movements.
N700S also has a lithium-ion battery self-propulsion system, allowing the train to still run for a short distance during power shortage.
This aims the train to move to a safer location, away from high-risk areas such as on a bridge or in the tunnel.