Sunday , 5 July 2020

International

China launches project on road safety

RS10, a five year, global road safety project was launched in China late last year. The project aims to reduce road-crash related death and injury in ten low-and-middle income areas by targeting the key risk factors on the road to reduce death and serious injuries and applying the proven good practices and interventions. The  (WHO), Global Road Safety Partnership and ...

Texas drivers concerned about road safety

According to the Texas Safety Culture Survey, in Texas, USA, drivers have agreed that texting while driving is a major concern as there has been an 81% rise in the usage of mobile phones. The survey, conducted by the Center for Transportation Safety at the Texas Transportation Institute in the last quarter of 2010, shows that out of the 1167 ...

Brazilian cities win Volvo safety award

The prestigious Volvo Road Safety award has been won by two Brazilian cities that are engaged in Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP)’s Proactive Partnership Strategy. The award is given for excellence to professionals and communities in Brazil for effective safety practices. While Porto Alegre – the capital of the southern Brazilian state of  – won it in the ‘cities’ category, ...

Virginia Smart Road can create rains

The Virginia Department of Transportation and Virginia Tech’s Transportation Institute (VTTI) are building a 5.7-mile limited-access highway between Blacksburg and Interstate 81. This direct link will reduce traffic congestion and enhance safety in the region. Called the Virginia Smart Road, it is a unique, state-of-the-art, full-scale, closed test-bed research facility. The Smart Road is a 2.2-mile two-lane road that will ...

Abu Dhabi’s environment-friendly airport terminal

The Abu Dhabi 2030 plan for transforming the desert land into the ‘Garden of the Gulf’ will use a design that will respond to its natural environment and address the demands and needs of a capital city that is developing and expanding fast. The Abu Dhabi international Airport Midfield Complex forms an important part of the project. The X-shaped terminal ...

World’s longest tunnel to open in 2017

World’s longest tunnel at Sedrun, Switzerland is now ready. Technically difficult to drill, the tunnel is very expensive. On October 15 this year, Swiss engineers cut the last part of the rock with a drilling machine named Sissi. The tunnel was conceived in 1947. The 57km (35.4 mile) long Gotthard Base rail tunnel has been hailed as an environmental triumph ...

Heathrow airport to have automatic, driverless pod cars

will soon roll out the environment friendly pod cars. They will replace shuttle buses that are at present used to ferry people to and from airports. The highlight of these pod cars is that they will not need drivers. Hence, they are also called robot cars. This pod car system will be one of the world’s first personal rapid-transit systems ...

Beijing returns to bicycles

Lakhs of Beijingers are returning to the use of bicycles. Only, these are electric bikes – battery-powered and silent. This shift has taken place thanks to clogged roads in Beijing which is home to over four million cars. While these speedy bikes are a commonplace on Beijing’s roads, the government officials are in a fix on ways to handle the ...

Turkey Metro will be earthquake resistant

Turkey has introduced a new isolated bearing system which is designed to preserve the alignment of critical structures while saving millions in construction costs. It may soon be put to use on a high-speed-rail project in Turkey and has been proposed for California’s high-speed-rail-system as well. In the second phase of the 533km long high-speed-rail line between Ankara and Istanbul, ...

TagMaster and Confidex join hands

Swedish company TagMaster, the leading producer of advanced RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) solutions for railway applications, and Confidex, the world’s leading supplier of high-performing RFID tag solutions, have come together to share knowledge in the field of RFID Tag technology. The emphasis will be on the UHF frequency band where the products will conform to the EPC Gen2 standard. Initially, ...