Q&A: Most of world drives on right

Most of world drives on right

I was watching an English movie the other day and got to wondering how much of the world has left-hand-lane traffic?

The most recent estimates are that just less than 30 percent of all vehicle traffic in the world moves in the left-hand lanes. Just more than 70 percent uses right-hand-lane traffic, as in the United States.

There are about 75 countries that use left-hand-lane traffic, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Guyana and Suriname, among others.

China is the only country that has different rules for different regions. Most of the country drives on the right, but Hong Kong and Macau drive on the left.

3-D movie plans at Sony

In a recent story, Sony chief executive Howard Stringer said a 3-D version of Men in Black is being considered, and he said it isn't clear what other Sony movies might be reissued in 3-D. It's my understanding that a 3-D movie is photographed using two different images, one for each eye. So has Sony been shooting its films in 3-D for years but just releasing them in 2-D? Or is the company planning to re-shoot those old 2-D titles from their film library in 3-D? Or is it planning to use some sort of fake 3-D simulation process on the original films?

According to the people at Sony Corp., CEO Howard Stringer was referring to an upcoming Men in Black movie, which would be the third in the series.

It's still in development, and the company's movie studio is considering shooting and releasing it in 3-D, but it hasn't made a decision yet.

Indeed, 3-D movies require two images. For live-action sequences, that generally requires a special camera set-up that captures left-eye and right-eye images. For animated movies, that can be done on a computer.

Sony has developed its own single-lens 3-D camera, which it showcased in Japan in October.

But the studio says it hasn't been shooting its 2-D films with 3-D cameras and squirreling away the footage.

It has developed some 3-D titles, including the recent Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Open Season (2006) and Monster House (2006). It's possible those films may be rereleased in 3-D on home video as televisions catch up with the technology in theaters.

There are also ways of converting old 2-D movies into 3-D artificially. Sony says it is monitoring such developments but has not yet announced any plans to remaster 2-D hits from its library into 3-D.

Q&A: Most of world drives on right 01/03/10 [Last modified: Sunday, January 3, 2010 3:30am]

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