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The Best Public Transportation Systems around the World

Public transportation systems are generally considered inefficient in most parts of the world and people tend to use their own conveyance to get to work. This is because there are a lot of constraints like nature of location, modes of transport, peak hour traffic, and so on. However, the following cities of the world have proved otherwise and made their public transportation systems one of the best in the world.

New York

Doted on as “the city that never sleeps” by the public, New York is constantly on the run and the city has given the residents one of the best public transportation systems in the world. The New York Subway is considered the world’s largest railway station with trains running on time. Even though the subway is known to have constant rerouting, stoppages, or delays, it is still the most robust one in the world. Apart from trains, taxis and yellow cabs in New York are the best to go around the city. Taxi services like http://taxicarservicebrooklyn.com offer their services at nominal rates and serve their respective neighborhoods. Taxi Bushwick and similar taxi services are the backbone of the city commutation service.

Berlin

Berlin, the vibrant city, has a great public transit system with a train, bus, or street car available at every nook and corner of the city. The city transportation services are always punctual and maintained very clean and quiet. Driving and walking in the city are nearly pointless as there are a number of regular trains connecting the nearest places. Sign boards in and around the city help travelers get to their destinations through proper directions.

Zurich

Zurich is a small city and the main station is one of the most scenic and busiest train systems in the world. The railway station is free of emissions and trains are on time all the time. Commuters will have a whale of a time seeing the breathtaking beauty of Switzerland on Zurich trains.

Frankfurt

Being the business hub of Germany, Frankfurt has the most efficient, fast, and reliable transportation system. It has the top-grade metro system and clean transit systems. There is always a bus, street car, or rail available at any time to travel around the city.

London

London’s transportation system is the largest network that integrates the bus, river, and road systems. The city is well known for its double-decker buses, underground rail system called “The Tube,” River Bus services, and local trains to get to places easily.

Paris

The public transport systems in Paris include Metro trains, suburb express trains, and buses and night buses. Paris is well connected by trains all day, while there night buses are available for transfers at nights. So, travelers are welcome to the city of dreams and love.

Tokyo

The public railway hub of Tokyo is ultraclean and vast with trains running frequently without delays and at reasonable costs. Buses in Tokyo are cheaper than trains and offer a convenient and broad service. Cars and ferries are two long-distance transit systems in the city.

Singapore

Singapore is a beautiful small city with a range of transport means to get around places in no time. The transport system is cheaper, pure, and less packed with commuters. It is always fun to travel around the Lion City.

Seoul

Seoul ranks the best among the Asian counterparts with its travel cost much cheaper. The trains are pristine and constructed in a way to uphold standards. Transit cards in the city work everywhere in buses, taxis, and even in convenient stores.

 

Used car: an algorithm can predict its residual life

An algorithm that can change the way to buy a used car with more security , but also to guide it over time knowing what you are wearing. It is the novelty presented by the Polytechnic of Tornio that has developed a scientific method to know how many years of life remain to a used car on the basis of a series of evaluations that are not only km to today the only most accessible tool for consumers. A revolution also welcomed by the trade association of used vehicle dealers who proposed clearer European indications that will be discussed in Brussels.

ANTI SCAM AND PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE
We have said it a lot of times, the used car keeps one of the most active markets in Italy in motion ( in January 2019 187 used cars sold every 100 new vehicle registrations ). But the business of the century can turn out to be a colossal bin if you lose your head for one of the many “car mileage”, ie those recent cars perfect to be rejuvenated by lowering the distance shown by the odometer. This is why we have created a guide to buying the car used with the check-list of checks that everyone can do. Controls that the algorithm developed by the research team of the Politecnico di Torino can do independently andreport also to the driver when something is about to wear out and launch the maintenance alert to be done.

HOW DOES IT WORK
The algorithm designed at the Department of Management Engineering and Production of the Polytechnic of Turin (DIGEP)
“A formula that not only makes the radiography of the car at the moment, but that can also be useful for future use and continuous monitoring of the kilometers routes, age of the vehicle, but also the driving style and stress load to which it was subjected – explains Luca Mastrogiacomo , professor of DIGEP – These are some examples of variables taken into account by the algorithm that allows not only to calculate the remaining life of a vehicle used at the time of its purchase, but also prospectively turning it into a devicewhich, installed on the vehicle and connected to an app, provides the wearer in real time, component by component, and to predict any faults allowing planning and optimizing its maintenance ” .

FLORID MARKET IN ITALY AND EUROPE
In Italy there are over 157 thousand companies operating in the sale of vehicles and there are 440 thousand employees, according to researchers. Last year, more than half of the automotive sector sales involved the second-hand vehicle. Even in Europe the numbers are important: from 2011 to 2016 the number of vehicles circulated rose from 243 to 257 million and, in this ranking , Italy is in second place with 37.8 million behind Germany and ahead of the United Kingdomand France. A device that can help to find the scams of used cars more easily but that has been well received among the proposals to protect the sector from the Italian association of used vehicle dealers (AIRVO) to a technical table that will be established in the European Parliament . Stay connected because we will come back to tell you more.

CNG Uber: cleaner cars for NCCs in Brazil

That of ‘ pollution is a serious problem that affects all major cities worldwide. In Brazil Uber decides to focus on gas powered cars. The choice fell on one of the major existing builders of LPG and aftermarket and OEM systems. Together the two players aim to reduce polluting emissions by promising lower operating costs and more competitive rates for service users. The agreement provides for the conversion of cars owned by Uber partner drivers throughout Brazil from natural gas to gas with a specific dedicated offer. Power systems promise a smog cut across the South American country and a green alternative to all those who choose shared mobility.

UBER A GAS
Uber chooses to forge an alliance with the world leader in the sector of CNG and CNG fuel system components and systems . The exclusive collaboration agreement binds the Brazilian branch of Uber , to the Landi Renzo company and provides for the conversion of the cars owned by the Uber driver partners throughout Brazil from gas to methane thanks to the solutions offered by the company. The partnership between the two groups provides an offer dedicated to drivers from all over the South American country with authorized workshops that will also provide an after-sales service. As part of the agreement, Uber’s offer was also agreed to its Brazilian collaborators for a special financing line for the purchase and installation of CNG kits with the payment of weekly installments ( Read methane to self-service with the EU’s ok ).

GROWING MARKET
Present since 2004 in Brazil, Landi Renzo decides to team up with Uber will be in the fight against pollution reduction. The result is a training course that aims to provide Uber partner drivers with educational sessions on the advantages of natural gas and the conversion of vehicles to natural gas. The cycle of meetings will take place through the personnel of the network of authorized workshops at the hubs of Uber in Brazil. The mobility giant has also made available its online channels, website and app, to increase the capillarity of information. Fabio Plein , Director of Uber in Sao Paulo declared: “Uber has been profoundly changing the Brazilian cities since 2014, to the point that São Paulo and Rio De Janeiro are today among the top 5 cities in the world by number of trips.Rediving sharing has revolutionized the relationship of millions of people with their private cars and it is exciting to imagine the potential for change and the multiplier effect of natural gas conversions of vehicles, a much better alternative for the environment “.

CHANGE THINGS
San Paolo and Rio De Janeiro represent, respectively, the first and third fleet of Uber and we are already working to be able to replicate the same agreement in Mexico . This offer also responds to a desire to improve the healthiness of the Brazilian metropolis. Rio de Janeiro is in fact a metropolis of 12 million inhabitants in whose air circulates a lot of particulate matter due to the combustion of engines. In fact, since 2008, the air of the metropolis has exceeded the PM10 limits on average two to three times a year ; it is a serious threat to human health given the thickness of 10 or less microns. From 2010 to 2014 the annual average of PM10 stood at 52 micrograms per cubic meter of air, while the limit recommended by the WHO stops at only 20 ( Read petrol and diesel from the garbage comes the special machine ).

Connected cars and cyber security: 62% of developers are approximate

The connected car is the closest frontier for the mobility sector. However, there are serious concerns regarding the safety of these vehicles. Recent research has highlighted the high vulnerabilities of on-board software that become accessible to hackers and malicious users who can use cellular networks, Wi-Fi and physical connections. The sample of consulted tech professionals said that car manufacturers lack sufficient resources to fight threats. In fact , 62% of respondents said that their organizations do not have the skillscomputer security necessary to protect themselves. In short, connected mobility opens the door to new and unexplored threats. At stake is the safety of the vehicles and the owners themselves.

TECH RISKS

The car manufacturers are launching increasingly sophisticated features to make life easier for motorists. These are updates that, however, also make new cars more vulnerable to cyber attacks. A research group has drawn up a report on the subject specifying that as the connected vehicles arrive on the street, the software vulnerabilities become accessible to the bad guys. Cellular networks, Wi-Fi and physical connections can open the doors to vehicles and a failure to respond to these risks could be a very costly mistake, with a negative impact on consumer confidence, personal privacy and the reputation of the brand itself (Read keyless systems at risk ).

SHARED CONCESSIONS
The automotive engineers and IT professionals questioned said that car manufacturers are not keeping pace with rapidly changing security threats . Car manufacturers are driving new cars with infotainment systems, autonomous driving capabilities, Wi-Fi, cellular connections and more that make them vulnerable. The study, commissioned by the automotive trade group SAE International and by the computer security company Synopsys, underlined that “Unauthorized remote access to the vehicle network and the potential for hackers to hinge on security systems they risk not only drivers’ personal information, but also their physical security . ” In 2015, hackers detected a flaw in the Jeep Cherokee due to which they could infiltrate the system and control the steering, brakes and transmission; everything from a remote laptop ( Read Tesla sends Model 3 to hackers ).

EVOLUTION IN PROGRESS
The survey, sent to over 15,000 IT professionals, developers and engineers in the automotive industry, has shown that for most respondents, car manufacturers do not have sufficient resources to fight the threats. According to 62% of respondents, their organizations do not have the information security skills necessary to protect themselves. The study is one of the latest efforts to demonstrate how technology can make vehicles very vulnerable. The report estimates that 25% of cars on the road in 2030 will be semi-autonomous or autonomous. Connected cars will account for 65% of new car sales already by 2020 .

Modena: the first Masters course on the autonomous driving of FCA and UniMoRe arrives

It was only a matter of time before even the Italian forges of experts and professionals began to look at the new orientation of the futuristic technologies coming. And since autonomous driving is an increasingly tangible realitywhich risks remaining in the hands of the Startups with which the car manufacturers collaborate, FCA has started the first Italian training course. The Master will begin in May 2019 and will last one year. It is aimed at graduates in Mechatronics Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electronics Engineering, Automation Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Aerospace Engineering and Astronautics, Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering. A demonstration of the multidisciplinarity of the course is the fact that it is held in English, 1500 hours are planned between classes and internship and is open to 20 participants .

WORKING POOLS
The future professionals coming out of the Master will be highly qualified, suitable to cover managerial roles in the design and development of intelligent systems for connected and autonomous vehicles. “This new second level master’s degree that we have thought together with the University of Trento, with the collaboration of the Fiat Research Center and the Bruno Kessler Foundation – comments Rector Unimore Angelo O. Andrisano – intends to offer a general overview of the modern electronic and IT technologies used in the automotive field, providing expertise of increasing impact in various industrial sectors and of great relevance in applied research. “The ADBot Masters issues 60 accredited university credits (CFU) and expendable in the European Union: Candidates are offered the opportunity to access 12 scholarships worth 10 thousand euros , in addition to the exemption of the registration fee of 2,500 euros and others sponsored by some industrial partners.

THE WORK OF THE 360 DEGREE DESIGNERS

The program was organized with theoretical lessons, practical workshops (“hands-on”), – FCA knows – seminars with experts covering topics ranging from robotics, human-machine interaction, artificial intelligence, connectivity and security, hardware and software architecture for autonomous vehicles up to the management of sensors, actuators and vehicle control. At the end of the frontal teaching a 7-month internship is scheduled at one of the industrial partners or organizing bodies, to carry out a project related to the master’s topics. ” An engineer who starts working today in our industry will have to complete his classical mechanical training with new knowledge: from artificial intelligence to machine learning, fromcybersecurity at sensor fusion “commented Roberto Fedeli , FCA Global Innovation Manager and CEO of the Fiat Research Center.

4 tips on how to transport bikes with your car on holiday

The time of the summer holidays has already arrived and many Italians have already reached the places where they spend the much desired vacation. In the “equipment” for the holiday very often falls the bicycle , perhaps one for each member of the family, and it is not rare to cross the road drivers who transport the two wheels to the best, tied on the luggage rack , or unlikely stowed in the trunk. Obviously, carrying such a bulky cargo in an improvised manner can be dangerous for road safety and for the safety of the car’s occupants. Let’s find out together which are the safest ways and the tips to transport the bikes with the car in complete safety.

1 RELY TO A CARRIER

The safest way to transport one or more bicycles by car during a trip is to secure them to an approved bicycle carrier . This important accessory is securely and securely attached to the vehicle and the bikes are subsequently secured. On the market it is possible to find many models of bike carriers which differ for the type of fixing to the car , on the roof or on the boot lid, and for the number of bicycles that can be loaded. A complete overview of the bike carrier can be viewed on the Bikester specialist portal .

2 ROOF CARRIERS
One of the most common and common types is the roof rack; this support is fixed to the roof bars , so it is essential that the car is provided. Each bike carrier can carry one bicycle at a time , so if you need to transport more than one, you need to buy more bike racks, obviously compatible with the available space on the roof . The roof bike carrier is certainly the most economical type but certainly not the most practical, if installed on an SUV or on a Off-road, taking or storing bicycles could prove not very easy ( Read here what are the 10 checks to do before of the holidays ).

3 PORTHARGE BIKES

The tailgate rack is far more practical than the roof rack, especially for the height at which it is fixed . Another advantage offered by this type of support is the number of bicycles that can be transported: some models of bike racks allow you to safely and neatly store up to 3 bicycles. The most advanced models also allow you to open the tailgate and access the luggage compartment even with the bikes attached to the support.

4 TOWING HOOK TRAILERS

The towing bike carriers are the most complex, as a concept, but are among the most practical models to mount and use . These supports offer a considerable load capacity, some models allow you to load up to 4 bikes or bulky electric bikes . Among the advantages offered, the speed of assembly and the minor impact on the aerodynamics of the vehicle . The tow hook carriers often cover the license plate and the light clusters and for this reason they are marketed with lights, including the direction indicators , and prepared for the repeater plate to be requested from the Motorization or at the car service agency.

Goods transport: optional services

Freight transport providers are constantly seeking to expand their service offerings to meet the most varied needs. Options and special services now allow the handling of any package, in just about any condition.

Options in freight transport

  • Pickup service

    You can adjust the conditions of the collection of your folds: choice by stroke by phone (or internet) for occasional shipments, implementation of a systematic process for regular shipments and choice of pickup location.

  • Priority shipping

    This freight transport option allows you to benefit from priority processing of your shipment, from pick-up to dispatch: delivery at the beginning of the day, delivery confirmation …

  • Guarantee

    All goods transport providers offer personalized tracking of your parcels. You can also benefit from the implementation of dedicated means of delivery in case of anomaly, confirmation of delivery, insurance , etc.

  • Delivery Services

    You can also customize your delivery by asking specifically for your package the installation of a sticker, or by providing a delivery on Saturday.

  • Enhanced security

    For certain types of goods, means of protection and monitoring can be proposed: GPS tracking, control at each load break, storage in a secure space in the case of delivery remaining deposit, etc.

Specific services

  • Delivery in extreme urgency

    For your last minute needs in freight transportation, emergency teams always ready to intervene can be contacted by some transport professionals.
    This type of service is expensive, but you can enjoy a significant mobilization, only dedicated to the handling of your package: on-site pick-up 24/7, including holidays, multimodal transport to maximize speed of shipment, no constraints on the nature of the package (any weight, any volume).

  • Transport of dangerous goods

    Your service provider will be able to take care of the transport of dangerous or regulated goods, at least within the limit of a list of predefined products that he will send you. You just have to point it out so that the airlines and other freight forwarders know about the cargo.
    Shipments containing carbo ice by road are not regulated. If the transport is by air, it is sufficient to indicate on the forms the nature of the dangerous goods and the number and weight of the packages concerned.

To simplify your search for a service provider, make a free and qualified request for a freight quote! Several offers from specialized companies will reach you within 48 hours!

Refrigerated transport: what you need to know

A prerequisite for the transport of food, refrigerated transport also covers a wide range of products in the transport of goods. In order to preserve their quality, more and more products require a mode of transport under controlled temperature. Which goods are concerned? In what conditions do your products travel? Which regulations should we obey today? Discover all you need to know to transport your goods under controlled temperature.

 

Refrigerated conveyor, products and geographical areas concerned

From the import of fish from China to the delivery of ice cream on French territory, the transport of merchandise under controlled temperature is done at all scales.

International refrigerated transport relies instead on air and sea networks. The import and export of goods are therefore possible but they are made on rare products for the importing country, the cost of transport is high.

In France, temperature-controlled transport is largely covered by the road network. It allows the implementation of the rules of hygiene and safety in a simple and fast way. In addition, it allows the proximity of trained personnel to this type of transport of goods.

Refrigerated road transport concerns three different categories of goods:

  • transport of industrial products (bakery / pastry, chocolate …),
  • transport of fresh produce (vegetables, frozen, frozen, seafood …),
  • transport of non-food products (pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, plants …).

These products must not suffer the adverse effects of heat and must therefore be transported quickly and according to strict hygiene standards so as not to break the cold chain and preserve the quality of the goods as much as possible.

 

Refrigerated transport in France in a few figures:

In France, the transport of merchandise under controlled temperature is:

  • 110,000 specialized vehicles;
  • 41,000 employees for 500 companies;
  • 100 million tonnes of products transported;
  • 10% of the road traffic in France;
  • 145 000km traveled per year.

 

Refrigerated transport, under which conditions?

Transport under temperature control implies packaging adapted to the product and mode of transport. It must therefore meet certain requirements such as the type of product, its size, the insulating and thermal properties of preservation and the time required for delivery.

Two transport possibilities are possible depending on the nature of the goods. A product can either be transported by refrigerated truck, that is to say a truck equipped with insulating walls to limit temperature variations. Or, he may travel in a non-refrigerated vehicle if his packaging is itself a refrigerant. It is then isothermal and equipped with one or more accumulators of cold, called eutectics, which allows the package to slow the heat exchange and the product to be kept at the right temperature.

In addition, warehouses are now equipped with a packaging and pre-refrigeration room to ensure the quality and freshness of the product before it is loaded and transported. Drivers, meanwhile, are trained and experienced to ensure the proper transfer of your goods and react to an unforeseen. Some pledges of confidence that are beneficial in time, money and quality. This places road freight transport at the forefront in the choice of companies requiring refrigerated transport for its products.

Price of goods transport: how to choose?

In freight transport, the price varies according to the mode of shipment chosen. You want to choose the most suitable solution for transporting your goods at the best rates? Several options are available to you which respect the good delivery times and the security of your goods. So what type of goods transport is needed, and at what cost?

 

Choose your freight carrier

Transport companies evaluate the price of goods transport by mode of transportation and by two types of taxes: tax by weight or flat tax.

Weight tax:

It is a fictitious weight that is determined to calculate the freight price of the commodity. This fictitious or “taxable” weight is calculated on the ratio weight (ton) / volume (m3). But the basis of this calculation is different depending on the mode of transport:

  • Calculation of the price of air transport of goods

Especially used for rapidly perishable products, this type of transport is fast and helps not to break the cold chain. But it is expensive compared to other modes of transport: high tariffs, explained in part by the rise in the fuel tax. Thus, the import price per kilo is 114 € to 122 € export. This explains that this mode of transport still represents only 2% of the total transport of goods. To know the weight tax applicable to the transport of your goods, you can proceed to the calculation yourself by taking a ratio weight / volume of 1 for 6.
Example: 6 tonnes of goods in real weight representing a volume of 18 m3 corresponds to 3 “taxable” tonnes of goods (18 m3 / 6 Actual tonnes = 3 tonnes “taxable”). It is then sufficient to multiply this fictitious weight by the tariff per ton of the air carrier.
According to the airline, additional charges may be added to the total cost of transportation.

  • Calculation of the price of goods transport by road

The price of road transport is set according to the weight, the nature of the goods and the distance to be covered. To calculate the rate of your freight transport, use the same principle of calculation as for air transport taking a weight / volume ratio of 1 to 3. And multiply it by the tariff of the road transport company. The competition is very strong on the road network, which generates fairly variable rates from one company to another. If you observe very low rates, do not conclude that the service offered is of lower quality. Some companies consolidate goods, which reduces transportation costs.

  • Calculation of the shipping price of goods

It is mainly used in the transport of raw materials (oil, coal, iron ore, cereals …) and for the transport of already packaged products (container, pallets, drums …). The price of sea transport applied to the goods meets a rate base of 1 ton for 1m3 “to the advantage of the carrier”, which means that if the weight exceeds the volume or vice versa, the calculation will be done on the basis of the highest value (weight or volume). Weighted freight rates are often synonymous with cheap carriers. But this mode of transport remains slower than the others.

  • Calculation of freight rail freight price

Rail traffic is perfect for transporting goods with distances greater than 100 km. Fret SNCF has become a major freight carrier in Europe (2nd European rail carrier). But for international transport, we must take into account different pricing rules from one country to another. This makes the price transport package very variable. Rates are also defined according to the weight of the goods to be shipped and the distance to be traveled.

Flat fee:

The flat tax applies to the transport of goods already packaged as the container. The transport price of the container is easy to calculate since the tax applies “to the box” (container, truck or wagon). As with the weight tax, the flat rate takes into account the nature of the goods to be transported. Moreover, it makes it possible to compare the prices of the carriers of the different companies more simply.

What responsibility for the freight carrier?

When you make use of a freight carrier, a contract binds you to the freight carrier. In case of theft or damage to the goods what are your rights and what is the carrier’s liability? Back on the responsibilities that travel with your merchandise.

Transport and delivery, which regulations?

The regulation concerning the transport of goods is more and more strict. Increasing the standards of safety and hygiene helps to preserve the quality of the products transported. The goal is to make transportation an added value to the product.

For certain goods, these are specific standards that must be respected by the carrier of goods. Food products, live animals or transport of dangerous goods, a different regulation applies and makes the transport of certain goods a public health issue. To avoid any problem when receiving the products, the carriers put in place more advanced security measures to prevent possible accidents. Among these measures, product traceability.

Traceability and security of the road transport of goods

Freight transport professionals and logistics providers are undergoing major changes in the way they organize themselves. To prevent the risk of theft or misdelivery of goods, carriers are increasingly using new technologies that track the products transported. From barcodes to smart tags that are remotely searchable, these modern technologies are a guarantee of security for the merchandise carrier, but also a way to always have an eye on the quality of the product.

The main purpose of this monitoring is for the company to improve its performance. The technologies make it possible to identify the transported product more quickly, to follow and record its journey until the receipt of the goods and to control its quality. These new tools contribute to compliance with safety and hygiene standards, but also contribute to the growth of the company by raising the level of customer satisfaction and standing out from the competition. The chain of custody is thus from the supplier to the user.

International freight transport, what security?

Depending on the type of goods transported and the mode of transport used, freight transport in France obeys a separate regulation. Seller and buyer are bound by contracts that are necessary for one or the other in case of degradation of the product.

If the carrier damages the goods, it is the insurance that takes over and allows part of the refund on the damaged goods. Consult the international regulations for road, rail, sea and air transport to find out about the different conventions governing transport.