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Simultaneous ceremonies were hold in Tokyo and Osaka to mark the launch of the new high-speed train N700A ("A" stands for "advanced"), manufactured by the Hitachi, Nippon Sharyo, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Kinki Sharyo and officially designated series N700-1000.
New 300km/h trains looks very similar to their predecessors N700, but have a number of innovations and advantages in technical terms. The first is a new LED lighting system, which is 20 percent more efficient than the lighting system in the N700. Due to bogie vibration detection vibration level is significantly reduced. Improved brake system reduces braking distances by up to 10%. Traveling by N700A train will be much more comfortable, the noise level is reduced thanks to special sound absorption panels.
The N700A trains are equipped with new cruise control system, which itself controls the speed, raising or lowering it according to the receiving data on gradient and curvature from trackside transmitters installed along the way.
Passenger seats are equipped with special headrests that provide maximum comfort. Compared with the previous models new trains have cut power use by 20 percent, mainly due to the LED lighting installed also in the toilets and wash rooms.
The first Series N700-1000 trainset was shown by JR Central at Hammamatsu in September last year, the company has now taken delivery of six 16-car train sets, a further seven will be delivered during the current financial year. New trains combined with the existing fleet of 96 Series N700 sets will operate six or seven trips every day on the route Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka.
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