Author: Brett Tingley

Revolutionary Navigation Startup What3words Wants to Get Rid of Addresses

Japanese electronics giant Sony has invested heavily in a new revolutionary navigation startup, signaling that the days of maps may soon be gone entirely. Maps, after all, are a purely analog way to describe locations in the physical world. Now that we’ve moved beyond analog technology, why are we forcing our computers to have to view the world as we view it? That’s where What3words comes in. What3words wants to revolutionize transportation far more than GPS and navigation apps ever did. The London-based company has created a radical new way to make it easier for anyone to find any...

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New Smart Road Signs Detect Phone Use and Flash Warnings to Distracted Drivers

Distracted driving has easily become the most pressing public health concern of our time. In many states, distracted drivers are now the leading cause of auto fatalities. Despite the data revealing just how dangerous and widespread this problem is, recent surveys have found that the majority of drivers still don’t believe distracted driving is as dangerous as experts and law enforcement agencies know it to be. What’s it going to take to stop this growing deadly threat? One UK-based technology firm thinks it has the answer: smart road signs which react to the presence of distracted drivers. The city...

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A Majority of Drivers Still Don’t Believe Texting While Driving is Dangerous

Sometimes news stories make you want to not live on this planet anymore. Or at least stop driving. Over the last few years, drivers across the nation have been facing a growing safety threat due to the insidious presence of distracted drivers. Thanks to the hyperconnectivity of social media and messaging apps, it can be hard for many people to put down their phones even for a few minutes – including while behind the wheel. Unfortunately (and obviously), this leads to thousands of easily preventable traffic deaths. Despite ongoing public awareness campaigns in many states, it turns out most...

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It’s More Expensive Than Ever to Insure Teen Drivers

Children are expensive. Soul-crushingly expensive. When kids come of driving age, many households can suddenly face a mountain of new expenses: the cost of buying and maintaining a vehicle, keeping it filled with gas, and, of course, insuring it. Car insurance is an inevitable fact of driving life, but teenagers often have it the worst. Due to the fact that teens are much more likely to engage in risky behaviors and get into accidents, insuring teen drivers is far more expensive than insuring adult drivers. According to new data, it seems that insuring teen drivers is only going to...

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Arizona Goes After Teens Who Text and Drive with New Law

What can be done about the ever-worsening distracted driving problem? Should laws be strengthened? Should all auto insurance companies force policyholders to use apps which monitor their phone use while driving? Maybe distracted driving should be a larger part of driver’s ed courses. Who knows? One thing’s for sure, though: something needs to be done. To try and cut down on rates of distracted driving, many states have begun strengthening the laws and penalties distracted drivers face if caught. In Arizona, a new law concerning in-car phone use goes into effect this week specifically targeting teen drivers. Is this...

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