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China unveils driverless smart train

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BEIJING — China has unveiled the world’s first railless self-driving smart train in zhuzhou, in the hunan province of central China.

The train is 30 meters in length, manufactured by Chinese rail transit firm CRRC and runs on rubber tires rather than rails. Interestingly, the carriage will follow a preset path which don’t need a driver and it won’t need tracks to be laid, either.  More carriages can be added or removed if needed.

The train is equipped with sensors that’ll allow it to follow white-dotted lines on the road.

According to the manufacturer, the electric vehicle can travel up to 40 km on a full charge with a maximum speed of 70 km per hour.

Kitted out with sensors, the train can read the dimensions of roads and plan its own route. The futuristic form of public transport can move along fully autonomously and can carry up to 300 passengers, offering new options for easing modern transport pressures.

The smart bus, or Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART), is touted to be much cheaper than subway or tram systems, since it doesn’t require infrastructure to be laid down. This could prove to be the solution for many medium or small cities in China that can’t afford to build train lines.

“It is like having a virtual rail for the bus,” said Feng Jianghua, chief engineer of CRRC.

It costs up to $102 million to build a kilometre of a subway track, as compared to about $2 million for a standard length ART bus, according to Xinhua reports.

A 6.5km ART line will be built in the city of Zhuzhou, with operations starting in 2018.

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Hoteliers asked to be sensitive against GBV

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KATHMANDU- Stakeholders have called upon the hoteliers to remain more sensitive in order to reduce the gender-based violence (GBV) taking place in hotel sector.

During an interaction programme in Tarakeshwor Municipality in the capital city on Saturday, the speakers said that the hoteliers are expected to become more aware since more cases of rapes and violence against women take place in the hotels.

A large number of hoteliers attended the interaction programme organized as a part of the 16-day campaign against GBV.

On the occasion, lawmaker of Kathmandu Constituency No. 7 Ram Bir Manandhar said that partnership among all was needed to end GBV and argued that social networking sites were responsible for the increased cases of GBV in the recent times.

Likewise, Mayor of Tarakeshwor Municipality Rameshwor Bohora pointed out the need for cooperation with the police administration as well as massive public awareness programmes to end such ill practices rampant in the hotel business.

Also speaking at the programme, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Balaju Metropolitan Police Circle Chiranjivi Koirala urged the hoteliers to keep the details of every new entrant in the hotels since hotels are used for the purpose of women’s trafficking.

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