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The driverless automated metro line, scheduled to come into service by the end of 2016 in Istanbul, will become a Turkey first of its kind.

The Üsküdar-Ümraniye-Çekmeköy-Sancaktepe line will be the second metro line on the Anatolian side of Istanbul and will mark another first by incorporating ‘automated platform gates’.

The automated platform gates are chest-height sliding doors that prevent passengers from falling off the platform edge onto the railway tracks. These platform gates slide open and close simultaneously with the train’s doors.

Announcing the news on Tuesday, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality stated that the travel time between the Üsküdar and Sancaktepe districts will be decreased to 24 minutes.

As the metro will have no driver, passengers will be able to sit in driver’s compartment and watch the train’s journey throughout the 2,750 meter-long tunel.

The station and wagons will be under 24-hour surveillance.

The driverless metro line will be able to reach speeds up to 90 kilometers per hour and will be operated from a command center that will see the operation of the 16-station line covering 20 kilometers.

The 126-wagon train’s stops will be: Üsküdar, Fıstıkağacı, Bağlarbaşı, Altunizade, Kısıklı, Libadiye, Çarşı, Ümraniye, İnkılap Mahallesi, Çakmak, Ihlamurkuyu, Altınşehir, Lise, Dudullu, Toplu Konutlar, Çekmeköy and Sancaktepe.

The Üsküdar-Sancaktepe metro line’s construction is continuing 24 hours non-stop, with 2,430 personnel working to complete 11 stations in the first stage.

When the construction is finished passengers will be able to travel from Çekmeköy-Sancaktepe to Üsküdar in 24, to Kartal in 59, Yenikapı in 36, Taksim in 44, Hacıosman in 68, the Atatürk International Airport in 68 and the Olympic Stadium in 78 minutes.

The world’s longest driverless train route is in Dubai at 80 kilometers and many countries have driverless train lines, although a driver is added occasionally in some countries for fear of possible failures in the system.

Following several months of anticipation, Apple’s first official Apple Retail Store in Turkey will open in Istanbul on April 5th. The new store is located in the center of the Zorlu Center mall, and the official announcement has come in the form of emails to customers in Turkey and on a banner around the physical store…

Apple has also published a retail website that indicates the store will open at 10 AM local time. The Turkey-based store will feature many of the usual Apple Store features, including One to One training and the Joint Venture service, according to the retail page. The store itself, however, will have some unique features according to employees: the store will reportedly have a pair of Genius Bars, two full floors to hold stock of product, a dedicated “Family Room” floor, and a sales floor.

It will be situated in the country’s largest city, Istanbul and mark Apple’s entry into its thirteenth country.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Apple Store will measure 21,000 square feet inside the Zorlu shopping center. Interestingly, the store will be placed between stores from high fashion retailers Burberry and Louis Vuitton.

The store opening is great news for Turkish Apple customers who have previously gone un-served by Apple retail and mostly relied on the online store or licensed resellers to acquire devices and seek advice.

Tim Cook has previously spoken about his desire to sell more devices through Apple retail stores and how he wants to expand Apple’s retail presence into more countries. Turkey will be the thirteenth country in which Apple has a retail presence with 400 stores worldwide (most of those in the USA). Apple hopes to open 30 new stores worldwide soon.

As well as international expansion, Apple also plans to relocate several stores to bigger spaces in order to better serve its customer base.

China will be the Country of Honor at the 32nd International Istanbul Book Fair between Nov. 2 and 10, organizers said Thursday.

The announcement was made by Zhang Jichen, executive vice president of China National Publications Import and Export Corporation and TUYAP Culture Fairs General Coordinator Deniz Kavukcuoglu at a press conference in Istanbul.

Zhang said that more than 100 Chinese publishers will participate the book fair, which is held by TUYAP Fairs and the Publishers Association of Turkey, as Chinese publishing industry will meet with their Turkish counterparts to explore business opportunities.

Events organized by Chinese publishing industry include calligraphy workshops, interviews, panel discussions, professional meetings and exhibitions, he said.

The national pavilion of China, to be set up in the international hall, will include almost 100 publishers from China focusing on children and youth literature, digital publishing, animation, games and translated Chinese literature.

More than 6,000 books and 10,000 publications will be available at the Chinese booth, according to Zhang.

Istanbul ranked first with the highest exports in the first half of 2013, although eastern Anatolia became the region that most increased its exports.

Exports from Istanbul increased by 3.1 percent by the first half of 2013 compared to the first half of 2012, and accounted for $31.2 billion of Turkey’s total exports of $71.4 billion, according to the data from the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TİM).

Meanwhile, Turkey’s eastern Muş province had the highest increase in exports with $28.2 million in the first half of 2013, from $900.000 of the same period of last year, with almost a 30-fold increase.

Although Turkey’s eastern cities accounted for the lowest exports of the country, they had succeeded in increasing their exports by 37.9 percent in the first half of 2013, the highest among regions.

Steel became the most exported good among 20 different industrial goods across Turkey. It was followed by metals and clothing.

Germany ranked first among the countries to which Turkey exported, followed by Iraq.

The first Istanbul Concours d’Elegance will be held in June 22 and 23 at the Kucuksu Mansion in Istanbul.

The first Concours in Turkey will draw upon the long history of Concours d’Elegance, which started in the 1920s with horseless carriages gathering in the world’s top locations. A total of 30 cars from the U.S., Switzerland, the U.K., Greece, Italy, and Turkey will be competing in the 2013 Istanbul Concours d’Elegance in five categories. The awards will be given in the following categories based on appearance, interior design, mint condition and history: “Antiques” for 1945 and earlier makes, “Classics” for 1946 – 1960 makes, “Collectables” for 1961 – 1970 makes, “Exotics” for 1971 and newer makes, as well as a “Featured Brand” that features automobiles of a different manufacturer every year. The visitors will also find the opportunity to vote for their favorite automobile among the 30 participants and contribute to the People’s Choice award category.


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