My cousin was a subway driver for about a year (that is my source). In a way both. Apparently the trains can be run manually, speeding up and breaking according to the conductor, but it can also be automated by pressing a button once your reach a certain distance from the next stop. The conductor does have full control over the train if need be.
It depends on the subway line. Newer subways like the BART and stuff have forms of autopilot. However, older systems (like Chicago) require the conductor to constantly change and control the speed of the train.
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