Ford Is Developing A Crazy New Cyclist Safety Technology

Cyclists are at high risk on the road and need to have their wits about them. Just like motorcyclists, they’re particularly prone to collisions, with little or no mitigation. 

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Now American car manufacturer Ford is developing a solution. It proposes to add an early warning system to cars that will tell drivers when a cyclist is approaching in their blind spot. Using some twenty or so cameras around the vehicle, the vehicle will be able to see where cyclists are at all times and then issue an alert. Ford’s idea at the moment is to make the wing mirrors and edges of their vehicles with strips of LEDs that will flash red when they detect an oncoming cyclist. Under the current plans, both the driver and the cyclist will be able to see the lights and hear an alarm sound. 

Ford’s new concept also deals with another common problem – opening car doors in the path of oncoming cyclists. Sensors on the vehicle will detect a cyclist approaching and prevent the person inside the car from opening the door until they pass. The hope is that the system will prevent people from inadvertently opening their doors in the path of a cyclist. 

More Respect On The Road

Ford’s plans, however, are about more than just reducing the number of accidents. They are also geared towards generating more respect on the road. The automaker hopes that the technology will help drivers and cyclists understand each other’s needs better. 

Currently, the company says, there’s a lack of understanding between the two groups. Drivers don’t want cyclists on the road and vice versa. Ford hopes that the new technology will help people to share the streets so that everyone can benefit. 

Ford Is Not The First To Have This Idea

Ford isn’t the first company in the world to trial this kind of technology. People have fitted some vehicles in the US with this technology already, especially on public transport where blind spots can be quite large. 

As technology changes, so too will the role of the car accident lawyer. As batteries become more versatile, we’re likely to see an explosion of transport options. Ebikes, for instance, will become much more common on the roads because of their low running costs and high performance. Legal professionals will need to take these new types of cases into account. 

Automakers such as Ford also need to respond by designing cars for this new environment. As the above example makes clear, driver error isn’t the only issue. Passenger oversight could also play a significant role too. Insurance companies need to factor this into their calculations in the future. 

When Is The New Tech Coming?

Ford hasn’t set a date for the release of the new technology yet. We’re still very much in the testing phase. The company, however, says that it will continue to develop the concept over the coming months and hopes to create a viable product. 

How exactly the vehicle will light up remains a matter for debate. Some designers imagine an emoji-style system where faces light upon the wing mirrors and doors to warn both drivers, passengers and cyclists of the danger. 

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4 Ideas To Improve The Quality Of Your Products & Services

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You might have a great product or service, yet that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for improvement. Consumer demands and product best practices are changeable, so it’s vital to keep on top of your quality control. During the initial stages, market research key, and it can also be helpful later down the line if you are seeking to redesign your products. To help your company make improvements, try working these four pointers into your quality strategy.

1 . Obtain regular feedback

Improving quality is all about gaining feedback from existing customers, clients, and stakeholders. Feedback allows you to celebrate your successes and brainstorm strategies to fix your weak points. To obtain customer feedback, it can be a good idea to use an NPS, meaning a ‘Net Promoter Score Survey.’ This is a type of survey that contains only one question, usually something like ‘how likely are you to recommend us to a friend?’ The question is answered using a 0-10 scale, and it’s a highly effective way of obtaining an overall customer satisfaction score. With your B2B customers, you might prefer to ask for a more detailed feedback session if they are willing to provide this.

2. Improve customer experience

Customer experience encompasses your consumer’s journey as a whole. From interactions with you on social media; to receiving birthday discounts; or accessing new features on your app. Beyond the basics of the product or service, customers appreciate an experience that’s personalized, unique, and relevant to their values. To improve your customer experience, you could try offering engaging webinars, or a fun podcast to discuss industry-related topics? You could try incorporating QR codes into your stores to offer exciting video content or quick-check out options? Another option is to use virtual reality to deliver an unforgettable marketing campaign.

3. Consider your shipping methods

To keep your products and services high quality, it’s also important to consider your shipping methods. First off, Shipping Services need to ensure that the products always retain their quality in transit. Secondly, customers often want to be able to track their products throughout the journey. Another thing to consider is offering fast services such as next-day or same-day delivery. The modern consumer doesn’t want to wait around to receive their goods, and you won’t want them to choose a different brand!

4. Quality management system

A quality management system involves a set of guidelines which determine how a company will design and deliver their services or products. With a robust QMS, you can audit your processes or be part of a certification body. A Quality Management system is generally based on seven principles, to provide the best results for your products. Businesses who seek to comply with such standards will increase both satisfaction and credibility.

It can also be useful to ask your team for feedback concerning quality. Different departments will have different perspectives, and it can be revealing to gauge various viewpoints. When you consistently prioritize quality, you’ll ensure that your business continues to thrive.

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Steampunk Books To Add To Your Reading List

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If you are looking for a new set of books to add to your reading list this year, we want to share a genre with you that you may not have thought about before. Today, we are going to share with you some of the top steampunk books you should read this year to take you away to another world and show you some incredible adventures. 

But, what is steampunk? Well, steampunk is a literary genre that is similar to sci-fi in tone. It is a genre that brings together science fiction alongside 19th century industrial themes. If you have ever seen any steampunk artwork you will notice an emphasis on cogs and machinery, and this is where the industrial inspiration can really be seen. But today we are sharing with you some of the steampunk books you should definitely read. 

Boneshaker –  Cherie Priest 

If you love the zombie genre and you are looking for a new take on it, this is the right book for you. It combines what we know about zombies and pulls it into an alternate version of Seattle. During the Civil War, there are rumours of gold in the frozen Klondike that attracts many towards it. Russians endevour to create a large drill to drill through the ice and find this treasure, anf the titular Boneshaker drill is born. However when using this drill for the first time, gold is not discovered, and instead a torrent of gas is released that turns the population into zombies. 

Against the Day – Thomas Pynchon 

For an introduction to the steampunk genre there is nothing better than Against the Day. This is a book filled with complex themes and beautiful literature that gives you a wonderful entry into this world. It is set at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 and follows a team of balloonists who go on all manner of adventures. It is a unique read and one you should consider this year. 

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

What? You may be wondering. Although the steampunk genre didn’t exist back in the early 1800s, this is a great example of an early work in this world. As we all know, Dr Frankenstein tried to build life from deceased body parts and machinery, and what comes of this is the iconic character we know today. 

Agatha H and the Airship City –  Phil & Kaja Foglio

This couple have created a story that is filled with wonder and awe, and it has a very cyberpunk inspiration throughout. During the industrial revolution there is a lot of conflict, and this story follows 18 years after a group of adventurers called the Heterodyne Boys went missing. We follow a young student called Agatha as she struggles to build anything that works. Over time she adapts and we follow her adventures through a world overrun with mad scientists. 

Lady of Devices – Shelley Adina

Our main character Claire finds herself out on the streets of London after her father gambles his entire estate and loses. Claire however is a nifty woman and soon she uses her knowledge of machbinery and devices to succeed in this underworld life. A new leader emerges known as the Lady of Devices, and soon she realises her talents could be put to amazing use for the greater good… if only she lives that long.

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