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QUESTION: Dear Prof Scott

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Level_crossing

Do you feel Automated Level / Railroad Crossings (i.e. Without Manual Intervention) of opening /closing gates have an edge over manual railroad systems in terms of prevention of pedestrian accidents,collisions of vehicles with trains i.e. safety measures ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,

Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: Of course, if the program for opening the gates is checked out.

When something is automated and all of the bugs are worked out, it is always right.

When a person is asked to do something, there are errors now and then.

Yet when a person is operating the machine, sometimes we feel safer.

In the same way walk signs work on a street, however,

I believe these signs can be made to work just as well.

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QUESTION: Dear Prof Scott

Thank you.

Do you feel Automated Level / Railroad Crossings (i.e. Without Manual Intervention) of opening /closing gates have an edge over manual railroad systems in terms of prevention of pedestrian accidents,collisions of vehicles with trains i.e. safety measures ?.

Do you feel if "Level Crossing Ringtones" i.e. Warning audible alarm bells are generated before 10-15 minutes to a Smartphone / Cell Phone Automobile / Vehicle driver can help him / her to slow down the vehicle before reaching the Level / Railway Crossing". ?.

The Level Crossing Ringing tones will ring the alarm bells audible sound as "Level Crossing Ahead at this Specific Geographical Location".

i.e. Smartphone / Cellphone Application / program design for this functionality.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,

Prashant S Akerkar

Almost all of the railroad crossing I have seen have a gate that swings down now as bells go off. The bells start well before the train gets there (kind of like a yellow light), and then when the train gets close, the gates come down (kind of like a red light). These have seen to drastically reduce the number of accidents - that's why they put them up all over.

If they also had a way to make Smartphones / Cellphones beep, this would improve the system.

Some would say the way the system is is good enough, but I say that maybe some improvement should be looked into.

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Comment | Dear Prof Scott Thank you. Thanks & Regards, Prashant S Akerkar |

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