Transportation

Dubai's First Mass-Transit Rail System

Today Dubai launched a mass-transit rail system, the first of its kind on the Arabian Peninsula. The system is expected to ease the city-state's traffic problem. The driverless, remote-controlled trains will run along an elevated line before heading underground into the center of the city. About one third of the stations will be open for operation tomorrow, the first day of service to the public. More lines are planned.

Europe's In-Car Automatic Emergency Call System

Today Europe's in-car automatic emergency call system, eCall, received the backing of Europe's mobile phone industry. eCall automatically dials 112 (Europe's single emergency number) and sends the vehicle's location in the event of a collision. EU officials believe eCall could save up to 2,500 lives per year and reduce the severity of injuries by 10 to 15 percent. The system requires close cooperation and collaboration between public authorities, car companies and mobile phone companies, not to mention an agreement between all European Union nations. Twenty-four EU countries have agreed to the implementation of eCall, while countries such as Denmark, France, Ireland, Latvia, Malta and the UK are still not ready to commit.

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