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Presentation of the roadside rescue service on Italy's main north-south motorway, 1962

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IRI Group in-house journalists are shown the brand-new radio call system for car breakdowns and health emergencies on the Florence/Bologna stretch of motorway, which is still under construction. Telecommunications infrastructure expansion went hand-in-hand with Italian road development. The country’s well-known 116 nationwide road rescue service first launched in 1955. A forerunner of the service was “pronto soccorso”, a phone service motorists used to report breakdowns in the cities of Turin and Milan from 1930 onwards.
December 5, 1962

 

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