Bullet train operator turns to onboard tech to ramp up safety checks

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Japan's shinkansen bullet trains are renowned for their safety, but Central Japan Railway Co. is looking to improve that record by making more frequent checks at a lower cost through special inspection equipment it has installed on in-service trains. While the most famous name in Japanese bullet train safety is "Dr. Yellow" -- a yellow high-speed diagnostic train that travels on an unpublicized schedule -- the new technology is allowing JR Central to make checks more quickly. Now, the company is even developing an image-recognition system to replace in-person inspections by workers. According ...

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