By 2024, the IHS predicts that the first generation of self-driving vehicles will be in full production. This 2014 will be the starting line for automakers to continue the developments of their own projects for self-driving vehicles. So far, everything is looking good according to news sources. Should these cars prove effective, they can change our lives.
Every modern driver uses a GPS map on their smartphones or has a GPS system installed in their vehicles. However, it could only point out optimized directions for drivers. A self-driving car can optimize the use of gasoline, the proper observation of traffic rules and the less-traffic route for users. It easily makes the vehicle very efficient for their price.
Connected Car Technologies
Given that most of these vehicles will have an advanced artificial intelligence, it can learn about driving and interacting with vehicles through connected car technologies. It could also get information from different locations from the locations of other vehicles using cloud technology to optimize your trips faster.
Given the predicted efficiency of these vehicles, they can reduce the instances of accidents on the road. With traffic analysis and data collection, along with sensors and speed limiters, they can help drivers avoid accidents with smaller margins of error as compared to human error.
Smartphones are now an integral part of any professional because it allows them to micromanage many things in their businesses. The usefulness of a smartphone extends to providing maps and GPS services for those driving vehicles while receiving emails on the road. All of this is convenient until something wrong happens.
A workmate of mine was closing many deals for his small businesses and he did this while he was facing the morning rush hour traffic. However, because of his smartphone, he crossed an intersection that had already bleeped red and had his car smashed to the side by a small delivery truck. The truck’s speed left him with a broken arm and a compound-fractured wrist, probably due to the use of the smartphone.
The truck driver had whiplash injuries and a broken rib during the impact.
My workmate then went to file a claim against the truck driver’s company, but he was at fault. Police traffic footage showed his vehicle breaking the law leading to the accident. His insurance company will pay for the driver’s medical bills. The driver’s family worked with a claims expert from www.NoWinNoFeeAdviceLine.co.uk and sought for loss of wages and pain and suffering damages.
He said that this was the disadvantage of living in the UK’s compensation culture. I told him that it was just wrong to use the smartphone while driving. I for one believe that there’s a time for everything, and if you had to face great expenses equivalent to the loss of an investor for your company, it’s better with you not getting injured.
I’ve recently written about why you should try to stay away from smartphones not because they’re useful, but simply because their capabilities could be abused. We can abuse the smartphone’s usefulness when it serves as our addiction to information regarding other people and not just for expanding businesses, finding information and for helping out with maps and other convenient services. However, abusing the smartphone is not possible with many tech-savvy users because it is part of maximizing the technologies capabilities.
I myself own a smartphone. I use it to monitor the performance of this blog you’re reading right now. It has enough applications that can help me see its metric performances and other details important to me to ensure that I can maintain it properly and that my posts are reaching the right audience.
If I intended to abuse these applications’ capabilities, I would have downloaded other applications that would allow me to spam people, message people randomly about links or even implant viruses on the phones of people who access this website.
An explorer with a map would definitely use GPS technology to plot their campsite, the place where they can get food and their next route. However, it is killing the very tradition of exploration where you could only use a compass and scarce equipment to find your location.
Technology can make many things convenient, but it also means destroying certain practices we have developed throughout the years. Do you still remember what we did to pass time when we were kids? It wasn’t browsing through social media reading what people are saying, but it was actually exploring our creative side or doing physical activities.
After the US Government had approved the use and selling of recreational marijuana in Colorado and in Washington in 2013, today marks its first day of official selling in Colorado. By law, the marijuana is to have been raised and sold under state law, and only those above 21 years old could buy it.
Colorado’s citizens were only able to buy marijuana only if it comes with a medical prescription. Those selling it today were former medical dispensaries in the state. Anybody outside Colorado could only buy one-quarter ounce and those in Colorado could buy 1 ounce. An ounce of the drug costs around $180-250 dollars.
The law does not exempt tourists and other residents and visitors outside the state, but they are also limited to only one-quarter ounce. However, they might have some trouble finding a place to consume cannabis. The law had made it clear that the substance could not be consumed publicly, which includes sidewalks, restaurants, parks and other public areas.
Those wanting to purchase marijuana will need to pay through a cash-only basis and recreational marijuana will be more expensive than medical marijuana.
Law experts are concerned about how the new law currently creates an oxymoron of individuals because the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 still remains in effect. The law mentioned considers those who possess, manufacture and sell the drug in the country as criminals.
Technology gives humanity the right kind of tools to help him or her reach hoops he or she could not imagine to have reached before. Today’s pinnacle of technology is communication. From cellphones to the Internet, communication devices have evolved. However, it had also affected humanity’s persona into something more similar as its tools.
The smartphone is a highly-useful tool that allows you to connect to your network via calling, text messaging or even connecting to the Internet. With the increase of social networking services, people make use of smartphones to see stories about their companions or even interact with them through chat.
Today, you could see people fiddling with their devices wherever you go. Restaurant parties become silent as people take out their smartphones to check up on their friends. Human interaction was greatly reduced, all because of a simple device.
Check up on your lifestyle. The Internet is a vast network of information. Social networks are a great way to catch up with your friends. Use the Internet only when you need information; use social networks when you need to communicate with people. That is all that you will need.
If you’ve noticed that your device dominates your personal life, it might be time that you made the change by limiting or even staying away from your smartphone.
If you’re planning to re-style your house to give it an edge without having to spend so much, re-arranging your furniture and appliances is one way to give more life to your home. Here are a few interior design principles you could use in redefining your home’s internal beauty.
Style involves the right amount of details that catches the eye without overloading the visual senses. Rhythm, as in music, creates the mood and feeling. Rhythm in interior design is using identical items in varying spaces or patterns in the design of the interior. You could choose to have them closely-knit or a few spaces apart.
A room is made up of great space and if you’ve found your topic or focal point in the design, such as the dining table in the dining room, or the fireplace in the living room, you could adjust symmetry using the focal point as your divider. You could make the room have the same mood on both sides of the focal point, or you could have them different.
Adjusting mood is through the clever use of colours in your works. You could use warmer colours such as green to amplify the mood in the room. Darker colours could give the room a more sophisticated tone. You could mix and match them to convey certain moods that you find preferable.
Recharging your life is simply more than sleeping and taking a good break from the daily grind. To recharge your life is to simply take off your old self and assume a new identity. Many people might find this disturbing, but this is actually a great way to see a new, recharging perspective in life.
As with recharging a cellphone, you will need to drain it first. Be who you are who understands how you feel, what you want, your desires and emotions etc. Once you grow tired of yourself even if it is your natural self, assume a new identity.
This is not a drastic identity change where you change your name. You simply change your personality, the way you look at life and the way you dress yourself. This is similar to being an actor, except, you try to honestly see how a person with the same personality as you could possibly find meaning in the world.
For creative people, this means trying to live a normal life. Creatives are very good because they could produce works that look amazing and unique, but to find this uniqueness, they will need to see what is normal.
So, when you become someone else, once you return to your true identity, you’ll find that you’ve learned a lot of things and that you could use these learnings to recharge your life and reinforce your true self to make it stronger.
Did you know that you could be owed more than £3000 by your bank because of a mis sold PPI? Compound interests, which increase your loan interest rates, can be caused by your mis sold insurance policy.
You could get compound interest rates on your loan, mortgage or credit card repayments. One claimant in the UK had gained over £65,000 in compensation because as a self-employed entrepreneur, she owned two credit cards for a decade, each mis sold with PPI. A credit card PPI Calculator had estimated that her credit card interest rates doubled because of the PPI.
Clearly, her use of a PPI claim calculator indicates that proving your insurance policy caused the interest spike could be a big problem. Another thing to remember is that bank representatives and call centres will often try to stop you from trying to increase your repayment and will often refuse to look at details carefully.
Bank representatives might claim that they only keep over six years of financial records, or that your insurance policy is not mis sold and if it did incur compound interest to your loan repayments, the repayments will be forwarded to the loan repayment itself.
To sort out this complex yet rewarding redress for compound interests, it is highly advised that you work with a PPI claims management company such as PPICalculatorCo for effective results.
Turkey is a beautiful and romantic country. While the news and media stations often portray the middle east in tension, different cities, including Istanbul in Turkey are greatly beautiful. This year is also the year Istanbul celebrates the founding of the Turkish Republic, meaning there will be lots of cultural events, celebrations and commemorations in the country.
The Asian republic of Singapore is one of Asia’s richest economies. While it might not feature much of its previous tropical rainforests, but its increasing endeavour for environmental tourism makes it one of the best mixtures of urban and natural sights to see in the world today. If you’re up for ecological attractions, gardens and marine life, Singapore is the best place for you.
Portrayed as a leading tourist spot in Europe, Amsterdam is celebrating its 400 year anniversary this year. Cultural festivals will include the reopening of its famous historic museums, including Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk and Rijksmuseum. Anybody who wants to know more about Amsterdam should head quickly to the country this year.
The top tourist spot in the world today is still reigning supreme in 2013. The city of lights gets a revamp with a beautification project that includes bike lanes, a revived River Pass for pedestrians and floating gardens makes the site a must for every traveller to see.
Vices cause addiction and when a person avoids something that he or she was addicted to, the person might go through a period of depression and pessimism. Idleness and boredom cause the emergence of vices into one’s daily routine. Studies have shown how difficult it could be to avoid and completely drop an addiction. Here are a few tips on transitioning to your lifestyle changes smoothly.
If you know the objective of why you are doing the lifestyle change, the more motivated you are in doing it. It is important to write these down and have people around you know that this is what you are aiming for. Always identify your objective. It might be a preventative measure or just a simple goal.
When you realize that you have consumed so much cigarettes or alcohol, you definitely wish you could drop the habit by the time you wake up the next morning. However, like many people, you find yourself doing the same thing the next day. Concentrating on your goal and the long-term results of your sacrifice today could help you transition effectively to your lifestyle change.
Changing something in your life could be difficult, but if you tell yourself that nothing good or worth your time is really easy, then you could find motivation. Anything difficult actually pays off in the end. If you often excuse yourself or find excuses for avoiding your lifestyle changes, you will never progress and be comfortable with any form of change in the future.