Japanese Dual Mode Vehicle(DMV) デュアルモードビークル JR北海道




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Published on Feb 24, 2007

Trial runs with passengers in Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. (Jan 21, 2007)

In the year 2000, Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido) began developing a prototype DMV (Dual Mode Vehicle) 'minibus' that will carry 25 passengers and can operate as a train, running on tracks with steel and rubber wheels, as well as a bus, driving on roads with conventional tires. Now nearing completion this remarkable hybrid will be able to take advantage of existing rail track through more developed areas and then shift to roadways for operation in less-densely populated areas. Overcoming the main obstacle to this kind of service it can change from one type of wheels to the other in 10 to 15 seconds! (JR NEWS Aug 9, 2006)


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