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By 2020 : Volvo Cars Will predict accidents BEFORE they happen

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Cars will predict accidents BEFORE they happen: Volvo system plots ‘escape routes’ to avoid crashes

  • Volvo claims its next-generation cars will be equipped with computers that have a 360-degree view of surroundings
  • If an accident is likely, the car can find an alternative route, brake or steer
  • The technology also plans movements up to five seconds in advance
  • Volvo said it hopes to eliminate all road fatalities in its cars by 2020
  • Tesla today announced its lastest sedan will have a safety feature that will move car over a lane when the driver uses turn signal

According to  Wired , Volvo wants to stop anyone from getting seriously injured or killed in its new cars by 2020, but advanced air bags and blind-spot warning systems can only go so far. It needs cars that can detect, predict, and avoid trouble, all on their own.

The automaker is openly moving toward self-driving cars, and now it’s announced a new feature that will help it get there. In a few years, its cars will be equipped with computers that have a 360-degree view of their surroundings, constantly scanning and evaluating what’s going on, and how to react if there’s trouble.

The “centralized Sensor Fusion framework” links on board cameras, radar, lidar, GPS and more. It was developed by the Non-Hit Car and Truck Project, a four-year partnership between Volvo Cars, Volvo Trucks (they’re totally separate companies, the passenger car shop is owned by China’s Geely), and a few technology suppliers and universities. The goal was to reduce accident risks for passenger cars and commercial vehicles.

Dailymail also reported that Air bags, mirrors and sensors can only do so much to prevent deaths as a result of a dangerous driving.

Now Volvo has developed a technology that, it claims, could eliminate road fatalities in its cars by 2020.

The Swedish group claims that by the end of the decade, its next-generation cars will be equipped with computers that have a 360-degree view of their surroundings.

Volvo Cars Will predict accidents BEFORE they happen


Fobo Tire uses four sensors to monitor the pressure of each Tyre sending information to any Android or iOS device using Bluetooth

Tyre pressures can now be checked remotely with a simple monitor which sends alerts and updates directly to your mobile.

Fobo Tire uses four sensors to monitor the pressure of each tyre, sending information to any Android or iOS device using Bluetooth 4.0. 

The Malaysia-based team behind Fobo Tire say drivers can fit the sensors in less than five minutes by screwing them on top of each Tyre valve.

This enables readings to travel via Bluetooth to both smartphones and the in-car unit.

The gadget can then monitor up to 20 cars simultaneously and share readings with friends and family – a useful feature if one car has more than one driver. 

The entire set is also locked to a specific cloud account so any stolen pieces of equipment cannot be reused.

The gadget  was put on crowd funding website Indiegogo on September 1 but it has already surpassed it’s target of £17,500 ($28,100). 

One Fobo Tire set comes with four tyre sensors, one in-car unit and a free Fore tyre app to be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store

The kit costs £91($146) and will be ready for shipping in November.

The system, which is still at least five years from hitting showrooms, can detect potential accidents before they occur, even if they’re outside the driver’s line of sight. If an accident is imminent, the car can determine an “escape route” and auto-brake and even steer the car to avoid the accident. It’s the high-tech equivalent of Sylvester Stallone in that horrible movie Escape Plan: Always looking for a way out of trouble.

The technology can identify different types of road users like pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles—an important ability because they all act differently, at varied speeds, in different parts of the road. Scenarios are anticipated up to five seconds in advance, with alerts sent to the driver. If he doesn’t respond in time, the car takes action on its own.

According to Jordan Golson at Wired, the technology is similar to that used in Volvo Trucks, but this system is only used to alert the driver rather than carry out severe avoidance manoeuvres.

Volvo Cars Will predict accidents BEFORE they happen
The automated accident-avoiding tech is “imperative for the development of self-driving cars, which will be able to automatically steer and brake to avoid collision with any object in any situation,” says Anders Almevad, project manager for the Non-Hit Car Project. “Our primary objective is to focus on different types of accident scenarios.”Volvo Cars Will predict accidents BEFORE they happenThe technology pictured was developed by Volvo’s four-year Non-Hit Car and Truck Project, which will be drawing to a close in December

For Volvo Trucks, the technology is similar, but the application is different. Driver visibility in big rigs is more limited—and more important—than in automobiles. “Trucks are a different type of vehicle,” says Mansour Keshavarz, systems engineer at the company. “Their sheer size prevents them from carrying out severe avoidance maneuvers.” So, no Stallone-inspired escapes, just an extra focus on anticipating crashes before they happen.

Many drivers are (rightly) concerned about the consequences of filling our highways with robots who take over human work loads. This Volvo system, which sits somewhere in-between fully automated and driver-controlled cars, is the kind of half-step that will encourage public acceptance of self-driving vehicles. Given that some 30,000 people die in car crashes in the U.S. every year (to say nothing of the rest of the planet), this technology brings us closer to the day when we sit in our robot-controlled cars and wonder in amazement how people ever drove themselves.

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  1. Jenna Matthews

    October 18, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Well I hope that’s not going to be seconds before the accident.

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Social media giants, Facebook urges publishers to leverage creative content for improved revenue

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Social media giants, Facebook, has called on publishers to leverage on creative content for better revenue generation.

Facebook’s Strategic Media Partnerships Manager for Sub Sahara Africa, Jocelyn Muhutu-Remy, made the call while speaking at a session tagged ‘Art of monetizing good storytelling through the social media’ hosted by The Guardian during the Social Media Week at Victoria Island, Lagos.

Muhutu-Remy urged social media publishers to avoid clustering on already competitive content publishings.

“Propose what is different and unique to you. It is not about the followers you have but the uniqueness of your content. I advise starting by promoting your page using your location to reduce pay.”

Muhutu-Remy cited an example of a publisher on Instagram whose main contents were on natural hair care and maintenance for women and urged social media publishers to follow suit.

She added that brands would only be attracted and convinced to partner and invest in a publisher whose contents is specific and specialized.

Storytelling is about engaging your audience and ensuring they can relate with your content subject,” Mutuhuru-Remy said.

Other speakers at the session moderated by Guardian Life editor, Chidera Muoka, were Instagram publishers, Sisi Yemmie, a food blogger and Comedian Wofai Fada.

Wofai Fada, a comedian, said passion is key for any publisher that wants to thrive in the digital publishing space.

“It comes easy because it’s something I love doing. Passion is necessary to push one further.”

She advised publishers to be consistent and continually renew strategies to communicate with their audience.

Sisi Yemmie, a food blogger, said specialization in Instagram publishing has given her an edge in digital publishing.

She urged other publishers to harness Google analytics tool to examine the interests of their audience, as well as means to grow their platforms.

“Your social media analytics helps you decide what types of contents you should post and what time of the day you should post. You need to be aware of what type of content is to be promoted, but be creative and dynamic too,” Sisi Yemmie said.

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Reports of Unstable Google Search Results

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SEO expert Barry Schwartz has reported that in his tracking there appears to be some unstableness with the Google search results recently. This would explain why a lot of sites are complaining a bit louder lately about search traffic declines.

“Over the past few days, I’ve been tracking this and it seems like there’s really some unstable search results going on in the Google search results,” Schwartz said. “I’m not sure if it’s an algorithm update or if it’s more of like a penalty affecting a very specific niche or two, or maybe a specific type of tactic, maybe around links, I’m not sure. It seems a little bit more blackhat oriented where the blackhat communities are complaining a little bit more, but I’m not really sure.”

“The algorithm tools that are tracking this stuff really aren’t showing many fluctuations at all, which is interesting,” noted Schwartz. “But there is definitely, within certain types of communities in the SEO industry, a lot of communication going on over the past 3-4 days or so around a bunch of ranking changes for their websites. We’ll keep investigating that but I just wanted to bring that to your attention because it does seem to be somewhat significant for a limited number of segments within our industry.”

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Firing Games? Do They Have Any Knock-on Effects?



Shooting games have been attracting every person’s attention and nowadays, they are much popular than in the past. Such sort of genre not only adds thrill to the video games nevertheless they likewise have many knock-on effects. Online video games, becoming invented just for fun, provided more than fun and by making use of latest and advanced technology, capturing games have got redefined the gaming experience. With heart-throbbing sound effects and classic graphics, the player gets lost into another globe where at this time there is without question nothing aside from the passion to try and do the objective by taking walks over gone bodies of your enemies and totally wrecked enemy aquaria and planes!

Many of the parents might fault shooting games since they feel that they will do mess up their children and kids learn little or nothing from it. In fact, they will lose the study and turn irresponsible. Naturally , this is undoubtedly true yet provided if kids are out of control and are generally million mls away when their father and mother shout by them. Then, is this a picture taking game that only brings such frustration’ Isn’t that possible that a youngster tuning in to the background music or viewing movie may possibly ignore many of these instructions too’ Meaning to convey that, in terms of obedience, that lies ‘in kid’ certainly not the instrument he is undoubtedly using!

Allow us find out one serious fact that we were uninformed of till it was supplied on public interest! A examine by research on the College or university of Rochester revealed that people who enjoy shooting cum action video gaming for a few hours a daytime over the course of an individual month confirmed improvement all their functioning found in eye scannings by regarding 20 per cent. “Action video game take up alterations the way in which our heads procedure aesthetic information, inches since stated by Daphne Bavelier (professor, The mind and Cognitive Sciences). This individual adds that such games might thrust the human being physical system for some larger restrictions and the head gets sets to that and this kind of learning in that case carry-forward in other pursuits and perhaps everyday activities.

Psychiatrists as well admit that such firing games produce mind forewarning and a gamer starts thinking in numerous techniques. On other phrases, the capability of the human brain to have multidimensionality considerably boosts. Allow us take a look at one straight forward case; at a particular level, a main character from the action game comes and right away gets result and in that case dry. It happens when, twice or even more than that but in that case, the player begins thinking about the weaknesses. The mind starts considering in a multidimensional way and tries to reading among lines; just where will do a topic come in? Who have shoots and where? He thinks two times prior to pressing further more by that level and uses the crosswire or most up-to-date binocular and finds out that butthead and baaanggg!!! End!!! Enjoy the brain’s activity here; this was pondering so common and anything could come right in the manner, but the loss of existence produces mind to job hard and to get a uncovering!!!

All together, taking pictures game perform have many additional benefits but it all depends about the person how they have this and exactly how the employ. You got hydrochloric acid along; now you can invent some great chemical out of it or basically may melt away clothing!

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