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The tram of the future looks like something out of Star Trek

The tram of the future looks like something out of Star Trek
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Traveling through the city in Russia is about to get a serious upgrade. Train maker Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) just unveiled the prototype of its Russia One (R1) tram, and it looks pretty cool.

The tram can hold between 190 and 270 people and it will travel at speeds around 14 mph. The train is being designed for use in 2018 when Russia hosts the World Cup.

The sleek design looks more like a smartphone than the street cars we're used to. The new features are also pretty impressive. It has Wi-Fi, GPS, seven HD cameras and air-conditioning. It even has anti-bacterial handrails! It is also safer for pedestrians thanks to a redesigned cabin for the driver.

The overhanging cabin nose is another innovative feature which gives the driver a 30 per cent wider view, minimizing the risk of running over pedestrians.

R1 exterior

R1 interior

The company plans to start mass production next year for trains that will run in Moscow, Nizhy Novgorod, St. Petersburg, Volgograd and Yekaterinburg. UVZ also wants to market the train to countries outside of Russia eventually.

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Source: Daily Mail
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