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Honda recalls 2.23 lakh cars over faulty airbag inflators

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Chennai: Honda Cars India Ltd announced on Friday that it was recalling around 2.23 lakh cars rolled out between 2003 and 2012 to replace faulty airbag inflators in its various models.

Honda has recalled its models Civic, City, CR-V and Jazz.

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The recall is part of the company’s Japanese parent Honda’s global initiative.

The replacement will be done free of cost at its dealer points, the company said.

(IANS)

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Is there a Substitute for the Irritating Traffic Signals?

Can autonomous vehicles help provide a substitute for our vintage traffic signals?

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Traffic and congestion on roads is frequent in all cities of India. Wikimedia
  • There are two ways of managing traffic and congestion- traffic signals or roundabouts
  • South Carolina’s Clemson University professor and researcher Abdul Reza Fayazi thinks that automation vehicles can help provide an alternative
  • As we shall see, human volunteering is an important part of the solution

July 21, 2017: Needless to say that for many people, traffic signals can be an irritating part of the daily commute. With numerous cars on the road and the sad condition of the quality of roads, traffic and congestion are common to many places in India, particularly Bangalore, Delhi, and Mumbai.

Traffic signals are sometimes substituted by roundabouts. While the United Kingdom has decided to substitute their roundabouts for signals, the United States has opted to do the opposite. However, roundabouts are only suitable for low volume traffic.

A researcher and professor at Clemson University in South Carolina, Abdul Reza Fayazi believes that traffic signals could be eliminated, but it would require automated vehicles.

ALSO READ: This Dancing Traffic Man from Kolkata Makes People Smile!

The self-driven vehicle, which works on a Global Positioning System (GPS), will receive data on all vehicles directly from the server. Then, an optimal speed will be calculated by the system that will indicate that speed to the vehicle. This speed, if adhered to, will keep traffic smoothly running.

The problem with the above substitute is the lack of automated vehicles. Self-driven cars on the roads is still a long dream. A remarkable lesson learnt from Coimbatore’s ‘Green Corridor’ initiative (which involved cars moving at speed of 45 km/hr and signals arranged in a way that no car has to stop) is that signal free corridor is a possibility.

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The benefits that popular cab applications Ola and Uber reap from their servers is that they get an optimum speed told to them, which helps them keep the car running smooth on the roads.

If humans adhere to the optimal speeds, the traffic situation will drastically improve in the country.

– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter @Saksham2394

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Odd-Even phase II: CNG cars to remain exempted

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New Delhi: CNG cars have been kept out of the ambit of the odd-even scheme, that is set to return for a fortnight on April 15, while a decision on whether women drivers will continue to be exempted will be taken soon, Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said on Wednesday.

“CNG stickers will be available from April 1 at a centre near CGO Complex at Lodhi Road. The centre will remain open from 8 am to 8 pm everyday. Personally, I am in favour of exempting women, but the opinion is divided according to the survey we undertook. We will put out the final notification on April 8,” he told reporters in New Delhi.

Rai said he will write to the governments of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Himachal Pradesh urging them to create awareness on the guidelines of the road rationing measure under which cars with odd and even licence plates ply on alternate days.

Trial of the air quality monitoring system that will be put in place during the 15-day period till April 30, will begin on April 6, he said.

On its part, the Delhi government will launch a publicity campaign, ‘Dilli bole dil se, odd even phir se‘, on April 1 during which multiple communication channels like television and radio and advertisements on buses and metro will be used to reach out to the people.

Rai said registration of additional buses that will be pressed into service during the period, have already started while the process to involve ex-servicemen who are to be deployed along with civil defence volunteers will begin soon.

“On April 13, volunteers as well drivers of DTC and Delhi Metro officials among others will assemble at the Chhatrasal stadium and take oath to make the drive successful,” he said.

The decisions were taken at a meeting of the coordination committee that comprises members of several departments of the government. The first phase of the odd-even scheme was rolled out on January 1 for 15 days.

A committee, headed by the Transport Commissioner, has also been appointed to find ways to improve Poochh-O app which helps commuters during the odd-even measure.

Credits: Rediff

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Uber expands its services into four more cities

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Mumbai: Cab aggregation services company, Uber said on Monday  that it has launched its services in four more cities – Guwahati, Nashik, Thiruvananthapuram and Vadodara – taking its city-count to 22.

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This follows the launch of Uber in seven cities (Bhubaneswar, Coimbatore, Indore, Mysore, Nagpur, Surat and Visakhapatnam) in July.

Commenting about the expanded services, Neeraj Singhal, head of expansion for India at Uber, said: “Uber has a simple goal, to provide access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation options for hundreds of millions of commuters across the country and the addition of these new cities to our network takes that vision deeper into India.”

“We continue to see exponential growth and adoption in new markets, and are thrilled to be creating thousands of entrepreneurship opportunities for people as driver partners on our platform as we expand into more cities,” he said.

(IANS)