Hyundai Rotem announced on June 26 that it has won an order for 80 driverless light rail vehicle (LRV) units from Taoyuan City, Taiwan.
Hyundai Rotem will supply the system facilities for communication, control, and inspection together with the cars. The total project is estimated to be 542.4 billion won (US$486 million).
The unmanned light railway of Taoyuan City will be run in green line, a new line that crosses the city center and connects to the airport railway of Taoyuan International Airport. It is scheduled to open in 2025.
The vehicles are to be produced at Hyundai Rotem’s Changwon plant.
Hyundai Rotem believes that it could clinch this deal thanks to its good performance in gaining orders for unmanned vehicles. Hyundai Rotem has sold more than 2,000 unmanned vehicles including 40 cars to Vancouver, Canada in 2005, 120 cars for Shinbundang line in 2007, 333 SCL electric cars to Hong Kong in 2012, 486 RS10 electric cars to Delhi, India in 2013, and 300 electric cars to Mahmut Bay, Turkey in 2016.
It has the fifth biggest market share for unmanned vehicles worldwide by route length.
A Hyundai Rotem official said, "Following the order for 520 cars we received from the Taiwan Railway Agency this month, we have won an additional order from Taiwan, establishing a solid foothold in the local market."