Jakarta (ANTARA) - A trial for the project of trackless trains, or Autonomous Rail Transit (ART), in Indonesia's new capital city (IKN) Nusantara is expected to be implemented in August this year, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi stated.

"Hopefully, a trial (for the trackless trains at the IKN) will take place in August," he remarked on the sidelines of the opening of the 19th Intelligent Transport System Asia Pacific Forum 2024 in Jakarta on Tuesday (May 28).

Sumadi noted that the government had yet to allocate a portion of the State Budget (APBN) for the development of ART.

He also revealed that the scheduled activity in August would merely serve as a trial rather than a commercial one.

"We have not planned on a commercial (train trip), and the development is yet to be funded by the APBN. It will simply be a trial trip," he pointed out.

The minister said batteries and magnets would power the autonomous trains that would be imported from China.

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Earlier, the Nusantara Capital Authority (OIKN) revealed its plan to conduct trials for the ART and sky taxi service based on the concept of advanced air mobility this year.

"The OIKN is planning to carry out trials in the smart transportation sector, which involves autonomous vehicles, ART, and advanced air mobility, in July 2024," OIKN Deputy for Green Transformation and Digital Mohammed Ali Berawi noted in OIKN's statement received here on May 4.

He stated that the IKN is envisioned as a smart city that adopts the principles of sustainability that will be applied in the development of infrastructure to boost performance of the city's operations and the quality of living of its residents.

"Nusantara will implement the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) to enhance the efficiency and security of people's mobility. The IKN development provides great momentum to master the utilization of ITS and innovative transportation modes, such as autonomous vehicles and advanced air mobility," he affirmed.

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