TOKYO: Fourteen passengers were injured after an driverless five-car train in suburban Tokyo went in the wrong direction and crashed into a buffer stop, Japanese police said Sunday (Jun 2). Local media reported that some injuries - the first resulting from an accident involving an automated train in 30 years - appeared to be serious but non-life-threatening.The train hit the buffer stop at Shin-Sugita station after travelling the wrong way for about 20m, Akihiko Mikami, president of the train operator, said in a midnight press conference.The station is a terminal of the self-driving Kanazawa Seaside Line in the port city of Yokohama.Mikami added that the operator has shut down the line and it was uncertain when services would be resumed.Compared to self-driving cars that have recently taken the road in several countries on a test basis, automated trains have a relatively long history in Japan.Among accidents that have made headlines are a collision involving an autonomous … [Read more...] about 14 people injured after Japan driverless train goes wrong way
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TOKYO: A prototype of Japan's next-generation Shinkansen bullet train, set to be the fastest train on wheels when it enters service, reached speeds of 320km (198 miles) per hour on a test run Thursday (May 16).The train, code-named ALFA-X, will eventually hit 360 km/h when it begins to take passengers in about a decade, according to East Japan Railway.Production of the 10-car train with a long nose-shaped head finished in early May at a cost of 10 billion yen (US$91 million).Thursday's trial run between Sendai and Morioka, two cities in northern Japan, was the first open to the media since tests started last week."We successfully conducted the test run today and will continue testing the train for about three years," a company spokesman said.The firm plans to introduce the train in 2030-31 when Shinkansen services will be extended to Sapporo, the biggest city on the nation's northern island of Hokkaido."We will try to shorten travelling time with the next-generation Shinkansen," … [Read more...] about Japan tests next-generation Shinkansen bullet train
Sausan Atika The Jakarta Post/Jakarta An app-based taxi was hit by a train at a railway crossing in Kampung Kandang, Jatake Village, Tangerang Regency, Banten, on Saturday afternoon. South Tangerang Police criminal unit head Adj. Comr. Alexander Yurikho told The Jakarta Post on Sunday that the accident occurred at an ungated railway crossing on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. The car was a red Kia Picanto that was carrying a family from Kampung Kandang to ITC Serpong Mall in South Tangerang. "When the family was traveling to ITC Serpong Mall using an app-based taxi, the car was hit by a commuter train on the Maja-Tanah Abang route at a crossing. It dragged the car for about 100 meters,” Alexander said in a written statement. “The car then bounced off and rolled over to the right side of the railway,” he added. Of the eight people inside the car, four have been declared dead, namely Anis Amalia, 25, Nadia, 7, Adinda Putri Anisa, 4 and 5-month-old Patia. Four other … [Read more...] about Four dead after commuter train hits car in Tangerang
Japan has started testing its fastest-ever bullet train -- capable of reaching 400 kilometers per hour (249 mph) -- as it continues to develop the revolutionary mode of travel. The ALFA-X version of the Shinkansen train began three years' worth of test runs on Friday, the CNN reported. Once it enters operation sometime around 2030, it will run at speeds of up to 360 kph (224 mph), comfortably making it the world's fastest bullet train. It will also outpace China's Fuxing train, which runs at 10 kph slower despite being designed with the same top speed capabilities as the ALFA-X. The model's futuristic design features 10 cars and a long pointed nose. It'll be tested on the line between the cities of Sendai and Aomori, which are about 280 kilometers apart as the crow flies. Tests will take place after midnight, when the line is quiet, and will occur twice a week. The ALFA-X marks a new stage of growth for the Shinkansen, pushing the world-renowned high speed rail service even faster … [Read more...] about Japan tests world’s fastest bullet train
The beautiful, sun-kissed islands of our tourism paradise of the Philippines have the mixed blessings of abundant natural resources, fertile volcanic soil and also lots of natural disasters once in a while, such as earthquakes, volcanoes erupting, typhoons, and others. How can businesses — most especially the numerous micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) — be prepared for any natural or manmade disasters? How can small enterprises and professionals survive calamities and accidents? The following is not based just on textbook research or interviews, but I personally suffered a destructive accidental fire in one of my businesses and it was caused by the fire from a next-door neighbor’s business (which had mysteriously been allowed to operate by the fire department without any fire extinguishers, while my staff had to use up to 13 units of 10-kilo and 20-kilo fire extinguishers). Here are suggestions for all of us: Review and be sure to update your … [Read more...] about How can small businesses & professionals prepare for disasters?