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This Is What London Underground's Futuristic New Tube Trains Look Like

Driverless, with air con and no individual carriages. Coming to a station near you in 2022.

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London Underground has unveiled a blueprint for new tube trains that will run on the Bakerloo, Central, Piccadilly, and Waterloo & City lines.

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Terrifying and exciting, basically.

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The trains have been designed to operate without drivers.

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Which in theory should mean there's no need for drivers, and therefore fewer tube strikes. But at first they will have operators, because the signalling and other bits of the track aren't up to scratch yet. So don't get too excited.

Just. Look. At. That.

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As part of the upgrade process, there will safety measures fitted along the sides of many platforms.

"One of the things that will be happening in the lifetime of this train will be platform doors, which you can already see on the Jubilee line, and those will be rolled out in the coming years," Paul Priestman, one of the designers, told Dezeen. "So on this particular train we've been able to make the doors bigger."

The contract to build the new trains will be signed in 2016, with the first due to enter service on the Piccadilly line in 2022.

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They will also have air con, which is basically just lovely. Also, this image proves that CGI mock-ups can even make air-con vents look futuristic.

And now, sit back and watch this video of what the tube trains of the future might look like.

View this video on YouTube

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