China’s high speed rail network is the best in the world, with trains capable of safely driving themselves – or so it is hoped, after one shocked Chinese passenger discovered the driver was asleep at the wheel, whilst the train hurtled through the night at 195kph.

The train was en route to Fujian province when a 25-year-old female passenger noticed the driver had left the door to his cabin open as his air conditioning was broken.

To her horror she realised he was sound asleep, and so she naturally took photos of him and uploaded them to a Chinese not-Twitter service.


Coming only a few months after 240 people were killed in a high speed rail accident the government literally attempted to bury, an uproar soon ensued – although not without some wag observing that “this brave driver has proven beyond doubt that China’s high speed rail technology is the best in the world!”

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    Avatar of coquette
    Comment by coquette
    04:13 10/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They'd be better off with the "Johnny Cab" driver from "Total Recall"

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:09 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or to keep it anime-related, Taxi Driver from Canaan?

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    Comment by Equitas
    16:49 09/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "...the driver had left the door to his cabin open as his air conditioning was broken. "

    "China’s high speed rail technology is the best in the world!”

    Oh the funny irony.

    Plus the control looks like it's from a old sci-fi TV show and there's so many red buttons.... go figure....

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:08 09/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Red button = Explode!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:25 09/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    No, you fool, that's the skull button! The red button is "Fire the nukes". Henchmen these days...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:41 10/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It will blow up without a button anyway

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:56 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I bet half of the buttons are just broken...

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    21:52 09/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ejection seat button? So he can Kamikaze with the other train...Head-on!

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    Comment by Bayonette
    18:14 09/11/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I guess there is no "Dead Man's switch" to stop the train...

    How about China develop a AI system that drives the train by themselves... by activating the red button, that is!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:11 09/11/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    These trains do drive themselves dumbass. The conductor is only there to keep things in check.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:51 10/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Yes he checked the seat if it was comfortable enough to sleep in it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:09 09/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Hey dumbass, he's not keep shit in check when he's asleep.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:56 09/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Advice. Advise is providing advice, it's a verb.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:27 09/11/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    @ 22:09
    Thanks for the advise, you fat assed hog tied mongtard!

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    Comment by Riiku
    23:53 09/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is undoubtly self destruct buttons, you know like those trains in resident evil

    Comment by Anonymous

    Well jokes aside, I'm not sure the trains are the best overall. But they are the fastest to date.

    Whether they're safe or sturdy...well I wouldn't hold my breathe. But I'll hold off generalizations for the time being. Unlike some typical racit dipshits.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:40 09/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.9)

    In case of emergency, wake up driver.

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    21:44 09/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Or assassinate the driver drive the train.

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    Comment by TC-man
    22:39 09/11/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    That would be manslaughter and even in China you would get to jail or worse the death penalty.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:35 09/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Chinese justice is actually more severe* than the rest of the world.
    *Does not apply to rich people.

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    Comment by TC-man

    Yeah, as the story said the door is open due to the broken air conditioning.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:00 09/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    He's just making sure than when the inevitable happens he's sleeping and won't see his last moments of life in panic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:59 10/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Why does it seem like nobody care about each other welfare and safety in china hmm they don't value each other life it seem. Thats good for them but how about they stop doing retarded stuff for the worlds attention.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:38 10/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Chinese remind me of an downsyndrome emo kid that cuts themselves for attention, but they are doing it wrong and cut each other instead. ¬_¬;

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    Comment by Gradius
    09:19 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Simple! TOO many people!

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    18:28 09/11/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    A sleeping disaster, just waiting to stir...

    Avatar of Equitas
    Comment by Equitas
    01:54 10/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Make it classy for once: Shaken not stirred.
    (ref. from James Bond.)

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:36 10/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    thank you captain obvious : that ref was so obscure :)

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    Comment by The Kiss
    07:42 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    I see what you did there...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:48 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    such an obscure reference.. thank you, captain obvious \o/

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:11 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hated that part of the movie. A classic martini is stirred not shaken. It's like how in every movie they light a cigar with a zippo. Are movie makers really that clueless?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:35 11/11/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That has nothing to do with the movie makers that request was in the original novels, also.

    It's not a classic martini, anyway; it's his personal preference for martini.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:48 09/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    i don't know about chinese trains, but french TGV and i believe japanese shinkansen have a system that checks the driver's awakeness every few seconds ...

    pretty basic and useful :p

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    Comment by Godot
    17:39 09/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Its called a dead man's switch. Its a lever the a train operator needs to engage continually otherwise it would stop the train. Its design to be always pressed/stepped on, so if a driver falls asleep his muscle would relax and the dead man switch pushes up in effect stopping the train.

    Its a technological design that has been incorporated in every train since the 1920s.

    Not in this case, obviously.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:17 09/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You mean the Chinese cloned those high speed trains, but not the Deadman's switch?

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    Comment by entropy13
    20:24 09/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Why waste money putting such safety measures? Besides, if accidents do happen and their citizens get killed, it's essentially a population control method now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:43 09/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    They got the idea from Toyota.


    Comment by Anonymous
    03:28 10/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    No, just no. Toyota messed up I must admit but they recall and correct the problem. I cant say the same for china companies and government to bury people alive. ┐('~`;)┌

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    Comment by HouseLife
    19:48 09/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)


    Thank you for that information. I honestly am grateful for learning something I otherwise would never have thought of. Hearing about simple, elegant, and practical innovations like that really make me feel pride in human creation again for a moment.

    I know it's simple, but still... taking a moment to recognize what simple designs like that do in terms of protecting and enhancing humanity is just something I need to hear once in a while to feel better about where we are as a species. Regardless of if some of our species doesn't end up using it...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:59 09/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    For those who dont know-'s_switch

    If the driver was indeed sleeping then it means that these chinese trains does not have a working "dead man's switch". Train wreck waiting to happen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:44 10/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)


    "and it's not only about just keeping the switch pressed, it it remains pressed for too long, the train also stops (in the tgv at least) :D

    so you must show signs of activity"

    reading comprehension - a useful ability!

    Comment by Anonymous

    It can also mean that the driver has access to a reasonably heavy stone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:29 09/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    and it's not only about just keeping the switch pressed, it it remains pressed for too long, the train also stops (in the tgv at least) :D

    so you must show signs of activity

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:32 11/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Exactly. I know we have damn thing in every train in Europe, from newest high-speed trains, to old, soviet behemoths from 50'ties.
    What the fuck were Chinese thinking when they forgot about it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:30 10/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not so obviously... this is not a problem for a well-placed brick (w/o relaxing muscles), is it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:04 09/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    DERP. A deadman's switch is very easy to tie off/weigh down, etc. If you ACTUALLY knew anything about high-speed systems, you'd know that they all use a positive-feedback switch or sensor: An alarm or keypress/sequence that needs to be input/responded to at regular intervals, to PROVE there is a human being responding to the input.

    The stupidity of humans dealing with 10,000-ton trains and ease of circumventing simple '1920's' safety is about the only real thing in the recent train disaster movie 'Unstoppable'.

    Comment by Anonymous

    How do you even know he's asleep from the back of his head?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:56 09/11/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "How do you even know he's asleep from the back of his head?"

    Yeah, looks like it could have been Steven Hawking driving.

    Comment by Anonymous

    he probably jammed it

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:07 20/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    About french TGV dead man switch, You need to press (and release) a switch every 30 seconds. if you don't do it, strong noisy alarm ring if you do not press the button then the train stop. Obviously they keep record of every alarm

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    Comment by Chen-04
    03:53 04/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Every 30s? Wouldn't that make anyone insane, regardless of what else they are trying to do?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:26 09/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    How does that work?

    Comment by คภєк๏
    17:29 09/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe a small electrical shock now and then to keep them awake.

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    Comment by entropy13
    20:15 09/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    China doesn't really know "small" though, so if they use that it would be a huge electrical shock that would hit everyone inside the train.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:21 11/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    they had one. but it exploded...

    Comment by Anonymous

    He might have laid a brick on it or jammed it with somethin' ya know.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:35 10/11/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)


    "and it's not only about just keeping the switch pressed, it it remains pressed for too long, the train also stops (in the tgv at least) :D

    so you must show signs of activity"

    reading comprehension - a useful ability!

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