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    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.

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    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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  • Tech/ Videos

    Solar Roadways – Paving The Way To Roads Of The Future? (VIDEO)

    After having received funding from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, Solar Roadways has made it’s way onto Indiegogo to raise funds for production; eager to deliver on their vision of a very promising future.

    So what can Solar Roadways do for us? Many, many things, apparently. First and foremost, unsurprisingly, these solar panels are suitable for driving, walking, and whatever else you wish to do. Which is a feat in itself.

    Other than this, they house LED lighting systems that allow bespoke lighting arrangements. Think of it as a way to alter the markings on the road at will, in an almost infinite number of ways; also offering a lot more clarity and vision at night. Pretty sweet, huh.

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    Alongside this, the solar panels have heating elements to ensure they can melt snow, so no more sliding around in dangerous conditions. Solar Roadways will also make room for power and data cables via a Cable Corridor, also used to store and treat stormwater. But the most impressive part, is the following, taken from their Indiegogo page:

    They pay for themselves primarily through the generation of electricity, which can power homes and businesses connected via driveways and parking lots. A nationwide system could produce more clean renewable energy than a country uses as a whole… EVs will be able to charge with energy from the sun (instead of fossil fuels) from parking lots and driveways and after a roadway system is in place, mutual induction technology will allow for charging while driving.

    If you’re not already impressed, or perhaps have further questions, be sure to check out their FAQ. Otherwise, be sure to check out their video below, for a glimpse into what our future roads could look like. And if you like what you see, support them on Indiegogo!

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  • Tech

    Is Nissan’s Dirt Repellent Car Paint The Future? (VIDEO)

    Could the Nissan Note really be the world’s first self-cleaning car?

    Nissan have always been at the forefront of imaginative thinking and innovation, but this kind of tech isn’t something I’d expected. But it looks fascinating, and could save us the daily grind of cleaning cars. For the most part, at least.

    By repelling mud, rain, and dirt, the cars of the future could remain clean without intervention. It’s a revolution.

    By coating half of a Nissan in their new paint, with the old on the other, they demonstrated how effective this new technology could be.

    If you don’t believe me, check out the images and video below.

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  • News

    The Future Of Trucking? Walmart Unveils Concept Truck (VIDEO)

    The new prototype truck unveiled by Walmart is a new addition in their fleet efficiency program, managing to create a whole host of firsts for the trucking market.

    Aerodynamically unique, and boasting an” advanced turbine-powered, range-extending series hybrid powertrain”. Sounds impressive, right?

    The trailer is also made entirely from carbon fiber, in a single 53 foot sheet. Impressive. This allows them to save 4,000 pounds, which always helps with carrying extra cargo.

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    The official video is below, allowing you to see the exceptional truck in more detail.

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  • Tech/ Videos

    Face It, Car Touch Screens Suck. Except This One (VIDEO)

    Car interfaces are generally pretty dire. There, I said it. In a world full of touch screens in our homes, in public, and even in our pockets; you think car manufacturers would  wise up and get with the times.

    We spend a lot of time in our cars, and a lot of money on them. Why should we settle for a low-res touch screen crammed with buttons, when the traditional plastic button worked better? Touch screens were implemented as a selling point, rather than a new intuitive way of controlling your car.

    But a guy named Matthaeus Krenn has come up with an ingenious new interface that would revolutionize how we interact with our cars.

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    It’s not perfect. Hell, it looks confusing, and working out how to use it would be a challenge. Would I remember how many fingers to use to control air flow whilst flying down the freeway? Probably not. But it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

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    But car makes should take note; and who knows, maybe we will see Android or iOS in our cars within the next few years. They need to take a step back, and build an interface from the ground up that’s easy and fast; just like this guy has done.

    Have a gander at the concept UI in action below.

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  • Tech

    The Future Is Here: BMW i8 Will Be The First Car With Laser Headlights (VIDEO)

    Last month, Audi R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg made a big promise: “We will be the first car brand to put laser lights into production,” he told journalists at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He did not specify which vehicle would be fitted with the technology, which was showcased on the Audi Sport Quattro concept.

    Now BMW announces that its i8 plug-in hybrid sports car “will be the first series production car with this innovative lighting technology.” It will be an option on the i8 from the fall of 2014 onwards. Full LED lights are standard; the laser option pertains to high-beam headlights and doubles their reach. The last we heard from BMW is that it would likely not be offered on i8s sold in the U.S.

    The race is on. And as far as we are concerned, it doesn’t matter which brand has it on its option list first. It’s lasers locked and loaded on the tarmac that counts and the company that has the first vehicles with laser headlights at dealerships wins. We look forward to finding out which carmaker that will be.

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  • Tech

    The Future Of Car Buying – Meet The Worlds First ‘Car’ Vending Machine (VIDEO)

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    Meet the Kandi Machine – the first worlds vending machine for cars developed by China based company ‘Kandi Technologies.

    The company is looking to combat the serious environmental health hazard of air pollution which is huge problem in China. The creation of the giant vending machine for cars is to allow people to rent electric vehicles on an hourly basis. Much like Car2Go in the U.S but without the additional congestion of more cars on the road.

    We love China for their advancements in technology and if this eventually means cutting out the traditional car dealerships during the buying process we are intrigued to see it’s developments.

    Check out the video to see more…

     

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