And The Safest Car Of 2017 Is…?

Before it’s revealed, think for a moment about what you think the safest car on the road would be in 2017. You might not know the name but consider some of the features that you believe it might have. You might go completely futuristic and determine that the safest car on the road today is obviously going to be one that is autonomous. Actually, with all the talk around autonomous tech, that idea might not even feel that futuristic. It could feel perfectly normal and almost expected.

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After all, it makes sense, doesn’t it? You might be aware that ninety percent of accidents caused on the road are due to human error. So, you could assume that by cutting the human out of the equation you have one of the safest cars ever built. But there’s a few reasons why this isn’t the case, and no, the safest car of 2017 is not autonomous, although it does have adaptive cruise control which is perhaps a step in the right direction.

Why isn’t an autonomous car the safest on the road? Well, there are a few reasons. First, one could argue that completely autonomous tech doesn’t actually exist. The most advanced form of the autonomous vehicle tech comes from Tesla. However, you have to make sure you keep your hands on the wheel for Tesla tech to work. In fact, a recent update means you have to apply pressure too. So, you’re driving…without actually driving.

Besides, even if you could drive an automated car with no hands, they’re not that safe. Almost every version of automated tech on the market today has crashed at some point, leading to severe injuries and even fatalities in certain cases. We just haven’t reached the point yet where this tech can be considered a safe bet and even if we could it’s not really that affordable. So what other ideas did you think of when you were picturing the safest car on the market?

Luxurious And Costly?

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Yep, perhaps you thought that the safest car in the world would be one of the most expensive. After all, there are stunning sports cars and incredibly powerful cars packed with every luxurious feature such as massaging chairs and every soft material imaginable. But that doesn’t make them safer and luxury car developers don’t actually pay that much attention to safety because they know that’s not what their target audience is looking for. They want the fastest not the safest. They want the comfiest seats, not the ones that will keep them completely free from injury in a crash. The most expensive cars in the world are actually quite odd and can be found on https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/worlds-9-most-ridiculously-expensive-cars/.

In contrast, cars for the masses are developed with safety as one of the most important priorities. That’s why the safest car in the world is not the most expensive. It’s actually available on the market for a cool thirty grand. That’s a darn site cheaper than most other cars on the market. How about who it’s designed for? We bet you thought it would be a car for families.

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You’d be right, the safest car of the year is a family car. In fact, it’s clearly designed with families in mind to the point where almost every unique feature benefits families as well as ensuring that it’s one of the safest cars on the market.

It provides plenty of room for shopping and luggage and enough leg room in the back for a full family. As such, you can guarantee that your family won’t be disappointed with this purchase and neither will you. It’s also highly fuel-efficient, and that means it’s going to save you a lot of money. Since it’s a hybrid you can even run it purely on electric for up to 65kms and 1433km in total. So which car are we talking about? Well, you can read all about it on https://www.whatcar.com/awards/best-car-safety/2017-overall-winner/toyota-prius.

Introducing The Car Of The Year: Toyota Prius

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Did you guess? There are numerous reasons why this is the safest car you can buy right now. Statistically, it received flying colours on all the safety tests it was put through and had a 92 percent safety rating for adults and 85 for children. While that might not seem great, it’s a darn sight higher than most cars on the road and available to buy today. It also had a rating for pedestrian accidents of over 75 percent. While that sounds odd, it essentially means that the odds of injuring a pedestrian when traveling at the legal speed limit are slim.

While we did say that this car doesn’t have any autonomous tech built into it, that’s not strictly true. It does have reverse AEB or autonomous emergency braking, but it’s important to put that in perspective. Essentially, this means that if you’re about to hit something like a pedestrian behind you, the car will brake for you and prevent the incident. The car won’t be able to avoid other people hitting you though, and if that happens, you’ll need a site like https://www.calahanlaw.com/baton-rouge-car-accident-lawyer/. They’ll help you get the compensation you deserve from someone for damaging your super safe car!

This isn’t the only cool feature the car offers of course. It also has warnings to tell you when you are over the speed limit and it can even alert you of dangers on the road. So, while not autonomous it’s certainly heading in that direction, and with an 85 percent assist rating, it could certainly help you avoid an accident.

Of course, the reason why this car gets such a high rating and has been named the safest vehicle for the roads is that all the features we’re talking about are standard. It’s common for additional safety features to cost extra for the buyer but with the Prius, all the features are built-in. As such, it’s completely affordable for a family to have the safety they deserve on the road with this vehicle.

So, will you be purchasing a Prius this year? You can learn more about how to on http://www.greencarreports.com/. Or, are you hoping another vehicle will blow it out of the water in 2018?

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Welcome To The Future

The world of business is constantly evolving. The technology that is growing with it is immense. So many companies have streamlined their business so that their processes are quick and easy, using such advanced technology. But with it constantly changing, it can be pretty hard to keep up. Depending what niche you’re in, they’ll be more advancements than others. For example, manufacturing relies on machinery and robots so heavily, that the industry has no choice but to keep evolving its technology. With this however, comes a few issues. Money being one of them, time, and human labour. There isn’t enough time to keep up with the demands of what’s changing. There isn’t enough money being pumped into technology innovation by the government. There isn’t enough skilled labourers to build the parts as quickly as people would like. The demand is so high, that we’re seeing more and more businesses struggle to keep up. However, it is common that businesses will fund their own innovative technology that is changing the world, let’s take a look at some of the tech that will revolutionise how the business world works, in particular, manufacturing.

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3D Printing

Possibly one of the most innovative pieces of technology to date. This is a process purely controlled by a computer. It’s basically layers of material that are constructed by the orders of a computer, to form a 3D object. Usually, they’re created to mimic an object already created, but they can be used to create brand new designs. This however, is much more confusing. The benefits this brings to businesses is huge. Time saving is one of them. Compiling the product itself using manual labour would take ages. A machine can do it in a matter of hours, and will do a much more precise job. There are so many components working at the same time to give you the perfect output. The parts are usually manufactured by multiple different companies. A 3D printing company with then compile them all to work seamlessly to create a perfect product. For example, the MOON’S brushless motors are handcrafted by that company, as is the thermocouple. It is wise to be done this way, as the companies designing the separate parts are experts in their field. Precision is another positive, rarely any faults occur compared to when a human hand is producing the product. The only negative side is the fact they are rather expensive. Money’s no object to some companies that just want to deliver quality products. However, for smaller businesses it may be a bit of a set back.

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Robotics

Robotics is now becoming a huge part of business. Again, especially in the world of manufacturing, and automotives. It can also be widely seen in medicine. However, we’re going to mainly focus on the benefits it gives to manufacturing and automotives. The main being speed. Robots are programmed to act in the same way as humans. They are essentially meant to be mimicking the movements a human would make. However, everyone knows a human has the tendency to become a little lazy now and again. With robots, they’re working at maximum efficiency all the time. So in theory, they’ll be doing a quicker job. They don’t need to take breaks either, further speeding up production time. Most companies choose to still use humans along side robots. This is mainly due to the fact that just like humans can have days off sick, robots can break. And unlike humans, they aren’t always the easiest to fix. However, on the whole they are generally much more reliable. Car manufactures in particular love using robots due to the fact they are so clean. During some points of the manufacturing process, suits have to be worn, and rooms have to be completely sealed in order for no dust particles to enter. Using robots eliminates this risk factor. They’re also so much more precise. They have the skills and stability to perform tasks that an unsteady human hand might not be able to do. Overall, they’re such a great addition to so many companies and production lines. Robotics technology is only going to improve over the coming years.

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IT

IT already played such a huge role within a business. From just computers in the office, to huge servers managing different aspects. The way the technology is evolving in terms of IT is huge. The power of computers is taking over the way processes are run. Whether it be in house, or outhouse, companies are constantly find new ways for IT to improve their business. Let’s use servers as an example. Huge companies that rely on a lot of software and other components may have their servers in house. Smaller companies will choose to use companies outside to manage them. Simply because servers are just so hard to control. The issues that can arise with them can be devastating, so it may be cheaper for companies to have a managed server outside of their company. However, in-house servers are safer in terms of, you can manage what goes on with them. Pretty much everything has had to evolve to be on the internet. Services, marketing, sales, you name it, it’ll be on the internet. So the speed and functions of IT systems has greatly improved. There’s now fiber optic broadband that businesses use to speed up their in house processes. Website design is unparalleled compared to what it used to be. The power of social media to influence marketing among a given audience is also huge. Your business will literally rely on IT for the rest of time. It is for the most part reliable, however, things such as copyright and trade marking etc. need to be closely monitored. Utilise IT and the web to make your business better.

The future of tech in the business world, as you can see, is constantly evolving. Before we know it, we may have machines, computers, or robots fully taking over the role of humans. It’ll be interesting to see where these three factors are in the next 50 years.

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Will Autonomous Cars Eliminate Accidents? Don’t Count On It

There is a lot of hype and excitement surrounding autonomous cars with some people believing that they could take the level of accidents on the road down to zero someday soon. But before we get carried away, there are a few things to consider here.

Autonomous Cars Are In Their Infancy Stages

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You might think that the tech surrounding autonomous cars is highly advanced and it is. However, it’s still in its infancy stages. You can think about these cars like the first laptops that appeared on the market. They were bulky, used a lot of power and were nothing compared to the ones that we have today. Well, that’s a great way to look at the autonomous car market. Right now, there’s only one or two developers of autonomous cars meaning that customers don’t have a wide range of choices. And when they do, there’s going to be significant difference in the level of the tech. Some cars will be completely hands-free while others will be glorified versions of cruise control. As such, the tech just isn’t at the stage where it can be the massive advancement in safety that people are hoping for. If you don’t believe this, be sure to check out the advice that Tesla provide to owners of their self-driving vehicles.

Tesla explicitly state that drivers still need to pay attention to the roads, even keeping both hands on the wheel. Since Tesla are currently the producer developing the most advanced form of this tech, one has to wonder how autonomous these cars actually are. After all, there have already been reports of cars crashing because the drivers weren’t paying attention to the road. That brings us to the next point.

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What causes the most car accidents on the road? If you speak to a an accident attorney from firms like Jones Wilson, they will probably tell you it’s distractions. We often associate distractions with talking on our phones while driving. But a distraction can be anything. It could be fiddling with the sound on the radio, an argument going on in the back seat or someone flipping you the bird. Anything like this can be a distraction that could ultimately lead to an accident. Will autonomous cars be able to fix this issue? Probably not because don’t forget, the man who crashed his self-driving Tesla car was actually watching Harry Potter at the time.

But let’s assume for the moment that the tech is advanced enough to do whatever you want while the car is driving itself. It isn’t, but let’s imagine for a moment it is. There’s still another issue that we can’t ignore, and that’s the situation with rights.

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Imagine that you’re a teenager and you have just learned to drive ten or twenty years from now. Congratulations! You probably can’t wait to get your hands on a wheel and take a car for a spin. But wait, a law passed a couple of years ago prohibits driver cars being allowed on the roads. Just take a moment and think about whether a law like that would be passed. Don’t forget, plenty of people enjoy driving. You might say, well that’s okay because people who want to drive still can and those that don’t can use driverless cars. Cool but if you take that tactic you’ll never get to zero accidents on the road because human error will still be a factor. Though, if the majority chose to buy self driving cars, then you would see a sharp, massive reduction in the number of accidents. Note we did say, If.

Concerns Of Cost

Despite energy efficient alternatives being readily available to majority of people still buy cars with petrol and diesel engines. Why? Some people may just prefer a true gas engine, but the majority just can’t afford to buy a car like this. Even second-hand, they are still far too expensive for the average individual. So, if people can’t afford to buy a car like this, what are the chances they’ll be able to afford one that can drive itself. For at least a few years, this tech is going to be out of reach for the majority of the buying public.

So you see the only way autonomous cars leads to safer roads is by making several assumptions. The tech has to be cheap, the tech has to be reliable, and the tech needs to be advanced enough to work without human interference. Right now, none of these assumptions are true, and it’s unlikely this will change in our lifetime. 

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You Won’t See These Driving Issues In The Movies

Watching movies related to driving and action adventures on the road can be fun, but it’s frustrating once you realize that they could never happen in real life. It can take you out of the moment a little because you start to say ‘well that’s just silly’ and ‘cars don’t fly!’ Still, it’s quite funny to think about some of the worst problems on the road that are completely ignored by Hollywood.

 

Where’s All The Traffic

 

If you happened to catch the latest Fast & Furious film, you will have seen Dominic Toretto and his team cruising around New York City on roads that looks suspiciously empty for one of the most popular places in America. In fact, anyone who’s ever been to New York will tell you you’ll be lucky to travel five blocks in fifteen minutes let alone twenty in fifty seconds! But this is a common trait in Hollywood and even in TV shows. The best example were earlier seasons of 24. Since the show ran in real-time, producers knew they’d have to completely ignore traffic in LA. Otherwise, viewers would have spent the whole show watching Bauer honk his horn and yell at the car in front to move.

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Shaken And Then Arrested

 

Bond wouldn’t be Bond without the classic drink order somewhere present in the film. But viewers will notice that no sooner has he taken a swig he’s back in a car speeding after a bad guy, usually in a fairly populated area of a city. What we’ve never seen is the top spy pulled over for a DUI. Nor have we seen the effects drinking has on driving. Even after a couple, your reaction times are dramatically increased making those tight turns all but impossible. You probably know what to do if you are stopped for DUI, but what would Bond do? We’ll never know because we guarantee it will never happen.

 

Where Are The Speed Cameras?

 

The Fast And The Furious wouldn’t have spawned seven sequels if they hadn’t completely abandoned the idea of being arrested for racing and speeding. Fans of the franchise will know that it actually started with a cop going undercover to catch a thief/street racer. Now, they can quite happily speed as much as they like and never have to worry about the cops chasing them. If you tried to speed in a populated area, you’d soon see red white and blue in the mirror.

 

What Happened To Physics?

 

Lastly, who hasn’t seen a car fly through the air after going up a particularly steep hill in a movie and wished they could try it with their vehicle? Well, unfortunately, it wouldn’t work. Almost every car you can buy without mods is far too heavy for this type of stunt, and you’d be lucky to get it even a couple of inches off the ground. In fact, they’re pretty much designed to always keep the four wheels firmly on the tarmac. But that will never stop Hollywood showing them taking off like a jet plane.

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If You Could Only Live In One Country, Which Would It Be?

Every year, websites all over the internet release lists of what they believed to be the best countries to live in the world. Here we’re going to take a look at some of the countries that regularly make it to the top of those lists. Let’s take a look.

Switzerland

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Switzerland is famous for being neutral and independent. Perched high up in the Alps, it didn’t take sides, even in WW2. Now the country has something of a reputation for offering a great standard of living for the people who live there. The population of Switzerland is around 7.2 million. It has one of the most stable economies in the world, thanks mainly to a stable monetary policy. As a result, investors flock here, spending their money on new projects in the country.

Metropolitan life here is also safe, fun and clean. Major cities like Bern, Zurich, and Geneva has exceptionally low rates of crime. They’re also beautiful cities. For instance, Geneva runs along the giant Lac Leman, a lake that runs for miles out of the city.

Canada

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Canada is considered to be one of the best places to live in the western world. This is because of its historically low rates of crime and the overall happiness of its citizens.

It seems as if many more people are looking to get a visa for Canada. Spending on tourism in the country is a good proxy for whether people want to move to the country. Spending has increased to more than $81 billion in the last year or so, demonstrating intent.

Health and longevity is good here too. On average Canadians live to 81 years of age. That’s more than four years longer than the average in the US. Canada also has a low unemployment rate, thanks to some rather clever trade policies and an economy based on services.

Ireland

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Back in 2009, the future for Ireland looked bleak. Its banks had been ravaged by the global economic meltdown. And it was on the brink of bankruptcy. Not anymore. The economy here has been turned around considerably since the last decade. There are genuine opportunities to settle down and make a living here.

There’s also ample opportunity to explore the beautiful landscape. Ireland has vast areas of wilderness, thanks to its low population density. It also has many of the best golf courses in the world, if you’re interested in that type of thing. Finally, Ireland is a treasure trove for history buffs. The island is littered with castles and forts. In fact, Ireland boasts the greatest numbers of restored castles and forts anywhere in the world.

New Zealand

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If you’re an animal lover, New Zealand is the place to be. Only 5 percent of the population here are people. The other 95 percent are herd animals, sold for export.

The main city of Auckland plays host to the Sky Tower. The Sky Tower is a little bit like the observatory in Toronto. Visitors can look out over the city of Auckland from a height of more than 1076 feet.

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Remake after Remake after Remake after…How Far Will They Go?

Just this month, the movie, “Ben Hur”, came out. I’m sure it’s a great movie, but, I have to ask, why do they keep making remakes of movies whose original or last version was great in it’s own right? It seems more and more remakes are coming out. There was even a plan for a remake of “Gone With the Wind”, often touted as the greatest picture ever made.

Is it because they want to make a greater version? Well, in my opinion, I think it depends.

With Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, the original, made in 1938, was OK for the time but was soon found to be lacking, and, if you see both the 1938 and 1951 versions, you’ll see the difference. So, in that case, I do agree a remake was in order, and the 1951 remake, with Alistair Sims playing Scrooge, it certainly filled the bill. But, they should have stopped right there. But no, a remake was made again over 30 years later and, while it was seen as being good in it’s own right, the 1951 version, in my opinion, has a certain essence to it that I believe can never be matched. Same with “Gone With the Wind”. So while a movie might need a do over, I do think that there’s a point where it’s done exactly right and literally takes on a character that cannot be duplicated with further remakes. It’s reached it’s peak, in a way.

I imagine, when plans for a remake are floated, some producers and directors do bring this up. So, why do a remake? Well, oftentimes technological advances allow for scenes to be shot in ways that look more realistic or believable, or, depending on the mood of audiences at the time, they may want to add things, such as more grittiness, graphic scenes, historical accuracy, or aspects of a character’s life that weren’t shown in a previous version. And I do find this understandable to an extent, particularly where an expansion of a character’s life experiences are concerned, or technological advances in filming are made. Technical advances certainly helped the 1951 version of “A Christmas Carol” stand head and shoulders over the 1938 version.

Then sometimes, it’s probably that a new generation of movie makers really likes a particular movie and story, but they want to tweak it in their own way, and since they can’t go back in time to tweak the original as it was being made, they have to make a new version.

As for myself, there have been some remakes I’ve seen, such as “True Grit”, which I found to be about as good as the original. But for the most part, I tend to not really go for remakes without a compelling reason. I tend to want to see new stories, and it just seems at times that they are few and far between. But then there will be a number of movies with new stories that come out within a short time frame and I’ll resume going to the movies. To each his own, I guess.

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Want Immortality? Cloning Yourself is Not the Answer!

The issue of cloning has largely fallen off the radar, but for a while in the 1990’s, with the news of Dolly the cloned sheep, it was.

Then, there were stories which either had cloning as an issue or where something akin to it was being employed, either physically or mentally, such as the book and movie, “The Boys From Brazil”, and of course, the “Jurassic Park” series. And, there is the idea of cloning oneself to gain immortality or to make someone who thinks and acts the same.

But can this really be done? The making of a viable clone? Yes, it’s possible though the science today is still in its infancy. And no, you can’t make yourself immortal, nor can you produce a “personality twin” of yourself, either, through cloning.

All cloning does, if successful, is produce a biological twin of the person or animal, or organ or body part, being cloned, that is much younger than the original.

So, if you cloned yourself, you would not gain immortality, as the clone would not be you. It would only be a genetic copy of you and younger by as many years as you are old. You would not be seeing or feeling through the clone any more than you do through any other person. The clone is a separate being.

So, would a clone think and act as you? Again, no. Mentally, the clone could be anyone. And it would not likely matter even if the clone were raised in a duplicate way and environment as you. This is why the story, “The Boys From Brazil” could not possibly be made true. There are just too many variables within the human mind itself so that even a duplicated environment and parenting style, and even putting the same kind of people in the right places and times, if that could even be done, would not guarantee a clone being the same kind of person as the original!

So, to those who want to ban cloning because of fears of someone creating another Hitler, or of wealthy people using their money to buy immortality and having yet another advantage over the poor and middle class, your fears are completely unjustified.

What cloning can do, is bring about the possibility of making duplicate organs and body parts for people whose organs are failing. This would mean no more need for transplants, no waiting for new organs, and no fear of new organs and body parts being rejected! In addition, the stem cell controversy could also be ended, as stem cells could simply be cloned to fill the need.

This is why the banning of all forms of cloning is a bad idea!

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