• Hints & Tips

    Future of Car Safety: Will Technology Save Lives on the Road?

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    How do you solve a problem like UK roads? In case you missed it, the UK government recently released last year’s statistics on road accidents. Not only have we had a 2.2% increase in road users in the UK, but road deaths are at an all-time high, being just over 1,700 fatalities in 2016. As much as we love to drive, the roads are getting busier, and with it, more people are getting hurt. Accidents are happening, there were over 20,000 severe injuries on our roads last year, and we’re curious to know what’s being done to prevent them. If you’re someone who’s been through this, and you’re not sure what to do,Your Legal Friend have got a really in-depth FAQ on their site which can guide you through what to do after a car accident.

    That’s why we’re so interested in how our cars and roads are changing these days, because our lives could literally be in the hands of Google or Tesla, who are working on autonomous cars; or Dutch company Dynniq, who are trialling a traffic light hacking app for the elderly in Tilburg. We’ve got the guide to some of the more interesting developments to watch in the coming years.

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    The tech on everybody’s radar right now; tech giants like Google and Tesla are already trialling autonomous vehicles, which researchers predict could save 300,000 lives per decade in the US. The cars are set to boast a range of features, personalisation that can automatically set temperature, music and seat height preferences based on passenger for example. More impressively is the potential for these cars to calculate how best to keep their occupant safe in the event of a collision. It throws up a lot of questions about liability and responsibility of the developers of these cars though. In the event of a collision, who will be responsible if there is injury or death? Are we likely to see an increase in accidents if only some people embrace the new technology? These are questions we’re not likely to answer until they hit general circulation.

    Traffic light hacking
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    What sounds like every driver’s nightmare is actually the reality in the city of Tilburg. A Dutch company called Dynniq is trialling methods of creating an intelligent traffic system, working with the city’s council. Their traffic light hacking app is aimed at vulnerable pedestrians, such as the elderly, who can use their smartphones to give themselves more time to cross safely. It has its drawbacks; the attitudes of drivers would need to be good-natured in the face of this change in giving pedestrians more power over the roads. Plus it would need to be regulated to ensure the safety of all using the system but it’s certainly an empowering idea to encourage vulnerable pedestrians to walk more.

    Automatic braking
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    A technology that is more in the present than others, AEB systems were introduced in the euro NCAP five-star award requirement for cars in 2016. Thatcham Research estimates that automatic braking systems could save 1,100 lives in the UK over the next ten years. They are also estimated to prevent more than 120,000 injuries. 25% of road accidents happen when parking and 75% of those accidents happen while reversing. As AEB systems detect obstacles while reversing, this system could really make a difference to road users, preventing parking incidents.

    We’re excited about the future, as our cars get smarter; we’re all hoping to be a little bit safer. There are still over 100,000 traffic accidents in the UK each year and we still have some work to do in lowering those numbers.

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  • Features

    Will Autonomous Driving Change Your Car Insurance Bill?

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    Autonomous cars promise to be the biggest revolution in personal transportation since the automobile itself. Autonomous vehicles are the logical conclusion of so many aspects of cars’ form and function, as well as society’s trajectory as a whole. In their original form, automobiles offered individuals a lot of freedom and power. No longer were individuals tied to a radius from their home to the end of which they could travel by foot or horse. Cars made our lives a little bigger, and a little more centered around personal identity. This second aspect is starting to become a secondary priority, as cost and public safety take priority in our increasingly expensive and crowded world.

     

    One of the biggest headline series this past couple of years has been health care spending. As the Affordable Care Act has facilitated the extension of health care benefits to millions of uninsured Americans, many people are spending more money on health care than ever before. This extra money is essentially subsidizing the care of less fortunate individuals in America’s lower or working classes. It’s an investment in a social floor beneath which no citizen can fall, but the sticker shock is still a big concern for lots of people.

     

    This is one reason why self-driving car are starting to take over. For all the personal freedom and autonomy they offer the people who can afford them, cars are expensive from a public health perspective. Cars and their human drivers cause a lot of accidents, health care costs, and insurance claims. Taking human drivers out of the equation will have a big role in cutting down on individual health care premiums, and the elimination of personal liability for accidents will surely cut down on personal auto insurance costs.

     

    In years past, the best way to cut down these costs was to incrementally improve existing technologies. Gilnahirk Tyres are an example of an improved tire that improves stopping ability and reduced collisions. But the people directing these tires are still human drivers, and until that variable is erased or improved, the costs associated with this model will be locked in. Because human drivers can only be improved so much, through training and ticketing, for costs to be eliminated, they’re really the ones who have to go.

    Gov. Brown Signs Legislation At Google HQ That Allows Testing Of Autonomous Vehicles

    A future of fully autonomous roadways has yet to establish itself. When and if it comes, who will be paying for liability insurance. At present, this is the bulk of the consumer car insurance bill. It’s what we pay just in case we run into someone else or their property. Many people forego insurance for their own vehicle, but everybody is required to pay for coverage just in case they hurt someone else. There has been some speculation about where liability will go. Perhaps the care manufacturer will pay it. Perhaps the creator of the algorithms that direct vehicles will foot the bill. Maybe collisions will be linked to specific deficient technologies that go on to cause accidents, death, and property damage. Whatever the case, it’s likely that these changes will cut down on individual consumer bills, both for insurance and health care. National payments for these systems are also likely to become much more affordable and efficient.

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  • Latest News

    The Most Beautiful Electric Cars Ever Made

    Let’s face it: electric cars are not famous for their design. The looks of the 2018 Nissan Leaf hardly exceed an “average” rating, Volkswagen’s e-Up! looks almost exactly like its fossil fuel burning counterpart, Renault’s Zoe doesn’t stand out with anything but the lack of an exhaust, and its Twizy is cool, cute, and innovative – but hardly something you would call “beautiful”. It seems that the majority of car manufacturers today think of EVs as small urban cars that will be used to drive to work and do some shopping at most, economic models where money-saving and ecology counts more than the looks. Soon, the same cars will likely become autonomous, too, allowing the user (we can’t say “driver” in their case) to read the news, download All Slots online casino games, and snap selfies while being driven to work.

    But not these cars. The models below look like cars designed with not only their looks but the experience of driving is an important aspect.

    Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept

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    Until now, Tesla was the only major car maker that created electric cars that were both stylish and practical. But Bentley, one of the most iconic luxury car makers, has decided it was time Tesla’s supremacy was challenged by something even more stylish and beautiful. Thus, the EXP 12 Speed 6e was born – a true contender to the title of the most beautiful electric car ever built (so far, of course).

    The car bears all the signature Bentley elements, both inside and out. Once on the road, it will be able to drive from London to Paris (around 295 miles) or from Milano to Monaco on one charge.

    Renault Trezor concept

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    Renault Trezor was described as the “retro-futuristic dream car from your childhood”. Presented at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, it represents a brand new approach to electric luxury vehicles – a combination of luxurious interiors, dynamic exteriors, and a high-performance engine to take you to the future at superior speeds.

    The Trezor is fitted with a 350 hp engine that takes the driver from 0 to 60 in less than 4 seconds. Its interior combines traditional finishes with modern technology. And it doesn’t skimp on the driving experience either – it can be driven in Neutral, Self-driving, and Sports mode.

    Jaguar E-Type Zero

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    The late Enzo Ferrari considered the Jaguar E-Type “the most beautiful car in the world”. Now, thanks to Jaguar Land Rover Classic, this beauty has reborn with a brand new heart to power it.

    The car, presented on September 8 at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in London, is a fully restored 1968 Series 1.5 Jaguar E-type Roadster fitted with a cutting-edge electric powertrain developing 220kW (295 hp) capable of taking the car and driver from zero to 62 mph in 5.5 seconds – it’s actually one second quicker than the original Series 1 E-Type. The car has a “real world” range of 270 km (around 170 miles) with a 40kWh battery that can be fully recharged in six to seven hours.

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  • Videos

    Meet ‘Steeri!’ Apple’s attempt at a Driverless Car! (parody VIDEO)

    Meet 'Steeri!' Apple's attempt at a Driverless Car! (parody VIDEO)


    Watch this hilarious Apple parody video where “Steeri” ridicules Apple and Driverless Cars

    Apple’s answer to the Google driverless car…. Or is it?

    “You’ve already seen what Siri can do for your phone, now here’s what ‘Steeri’ can do for your car…”

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    If Apple ever tried to challenge Google’s Driverless car technology, the outcome could be either l or kind of terrifying. The comedic geniuses at the ‘The Smart Department’ comedy group went for the latter which takes everything that is wrong about Siri and puts the tech behind the wheel of a car.

    So, what might it look like if Siri drove a car? Watch the video below to see the disastrous  consequences:

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