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Will Cars Take Away Your Keys if You’re Intoxicated?

There are so many different technological advances out there nowadays that we’re getting to a point where nothing that we hear or see really amazes us anymore. Cars are starting to communicate with each other, and there are more types of entertainment than there ever have been before. That being said, there are plenty of people who would like cars to have more safety features, one of the most important being features that prevent people from driving while intoxicated. This, if it came to fruition, would save up to 10,000 lives every single year.

What Would This Look Like?

automobile drunk detectorBasically, what would happen is that the minute that you stepped in your car and touched the steering wheel, it would be able to sense whether or not you had been drinking. The little pads that would be installed in the vehicle would be able to check out your blood alcohol levels, and then the car would make the decision as to whether or not you would be permitted to drive. If it determined that you should not, then it will not even allow you to start the car. By preventing even starting the car, it means that you aren’t going anywhere, and you aren’t going to run the risk of getting into an accident. Everyone, including yourself, is going to be a lot safer when you’re not even allowed on the road in the first place.

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Of course, there are some people who are very against this process. They say that it invades privacy. Others say that the technology could be faulty, which means that people would be able to get on the road that shouldn’t have been able to get on the road in the first place. It’s a big debate right now, and because many auto makers say that it could be anywhere from 10 to 15 years in the future, it’s an important conversation to be having and exploring.

What do you think? Do you think that this is something that vehicles should have available? Do you think that it will make a huge difference in the drunk driving epidemic that we seem to have in our country? Or do you think that there’s a better solution that could give us the same sort of results? Leave your thoughts in the comments and let us know what you think and how you would implement this.

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Will Self Driving Vehicles End Auto Insurance?

 

Because we’re getting more technologically advanced, we’re getting to a point where autonomous, self-thinking cars are something of the present instead of the future. And because of that, we have to think of the implications of what this could do in our society. Even though it’s not going to be as extreme as some people suggestion (for instance, that it will be illegal to drive yourself), there are a few economic implications that could come into play here.

Recently, a topic that has come up is whether or not we’re going to actually need car insurance anymore when we use self-driving cars. For example, if your car is the one that is at fault for certain things, who is going to have to pay for it? What’s going to happen when you have an incident when something happens – remember the Dallas expungement case? Is car insurance going to totally disappear, or is it going to be something that has to adapt greatly when cars are driving themselves? These questions are important to ponder, which is why, in these early stages of self driving cars, we’re starting to think about it and the implications that it may have.

Could Other Industries Be Next?

self driving automobilesThis, of course, leads us to another question. Could self-driving cars end up affecting other economies as well? Some people mention how it can deal with public transportation costs and others talk about how services like taxis and Uber will totally go off of the map. It could also eliminate a number of other industries that are associated with the whole travel and transportation industry. The possibilities are endless.

Then, there’s the other side of the coin as well. People could end up finding more jobs in this industry as it grows. Or, others could get specializations in certain areas related to self-driving cars as well. A whole new world is going to open up, so it may make up for the things that we lose. That, of course, also depends on whether or not they catch on, as well, so you need to keep that in mind.

What do you think? Do you think that there are going to be a number of industries that are affected by the changes with automated vehicles? Or are there not going to be a lot of differences between the way things are now and the way things will be? Let us know your thoughts!

 

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3D Print A Model Car

3d printed carSo, if you’re into the whole thing with 3D printing, then you’ve likely seen how much of a difference that it makes when it comes to all sorts of things. You hear the stories about people getting new body parts and other various items because of the use of 3D printing technology. It’s something that is always moving forward, and it’s really interesting to see how it continues to change over time. The technology is something that is still new, but it’s always being improved upon. Someday, it will be inexpensive to have your own 3D printing technology in your home.

That being said, the auto industry has always been one to embrace the concept of 3D printing and how it could help to benefit them. They will print car parts and other items that they need in bulk for a much lower price than buying them straight out.  Ford has taken that whole thing to a new level, and they’re using 3D printing to give a ton of car lovers exactly what they’re looking for – 3D printed models of their favorite vehicle(s).

So, What Does This Mean?

Obviously, you still can’t 3D print your own parts to your vehicle, but you can print out little model cars, some of which are hard to get. The Ford Motor Company is leading the way with this, and since the website is currently live, it’s going to end up being really interesting what happens when it comes to collecting cars and models of cars. Since they can be almost ridiculously accurate when it comes to 3D printing, it will be an engineering wonder when they actually get done with this project.

All that being said, would you order one of these 3D printed cars? A lot of car enthusiasts, especially those who collect model cars, would say yes without even hesitating about it. Other people are, with good reason, worried about the cost that it may take.

Do you think that this opens the doors to a wide variety of other projects that Ford and other companies could take on? Will it help to make 3D printing a more common part of our world? And will it continue to help move the technology forward? And, if we were at a point where you could print your own car parts out for repairs, would you do it, or would you still go to an auto store?

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Would Lower Gas Prices Help the Economy?

lower gas pricesA lot of excitement happened when gas prices basically plummeted at the end of 2014. If you were like most of us, you were happy to find a bit of relief when it came to overwhelming gas costs. A lot of lawmakers have worked hard to do what they can so that gas prices can be even lower, and people have been driving less and such in order to play a part in trying to keep those costs down for as long as they possibly can. It’s a huge effort.

So, it’s no wonder that there are lawmakers in the Federal Government who are working to play a role in this as well. By reducing particular federal taxes on gas, they are imagining that it could end up helping the economy a lot more. The current bill that is being discussed and is going through the House and Senate is one that is trying to bring down that tax to about 4 cents (it’s currently around 17).

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What Are the Implications?

13 cents doesn’t sound like a lot, but in the big picture, it’s actually a huge deal. Many cars have at least 12 gallon tanks, so that means you’re saving around $1.50 every time that you fill up. If you’re filling up at least once a week, those numbers add up pretty quickly. That’s money that could be spent in other arenas, which would help to expand the economy. On top of that, it could end up giving people a reason to buy bigger vehicles again at a used cars dealer. It will also help transportation industries, like public transportation and trucking, because there’s going to be at least a little less cost associated with it than there originally was.

So, what do you think about this? Could reducing the taxes on gas actually be a huge help to our economy? Or is it just something that is being used as a ploy so that the government doesn’t have to deal with other economy boosters? There are lots of questions surrounding this, and many of them have come up during debates and conversation, but it will be a short bit before we actually see what may happen with it. If you have any comments or questions, go ahead and leave them here – this is an important topic for the entire transportation industry to consider and possibly put their support behind.

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Transportation Bill Expands Government Funding

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As you likely know, there are a number of different bills out there that deal with transportation. One of them that has gotten a lot of attention from a Baltimore criminal defense lawyer, in recent weeks is the bill related to the government granting additional funding when it comes to transportation and the infrastructure of the transportation system. It was approved by both houses and played a significant role in ensuring that two main transportation hubs are going to get what they need in order to function better – highways and public transportation.

Highway Implications

Highways are a huge part of the transportation infrastructure, so it was important that it was addressed here as well. They added additional funding to ensure that the transportation agencies were able to take care of any problems that were coming up and, on top of that, they would be able to make the appropriate repairs to roads so that they would be functional and able to be used for years to come. This is something that has been needed for awhile and, after Congress failed to pass something similar in 2013, it was welcomed by transportation professionals as something that will feel the void that happened there.

Public Transportation Implications

public transportationThe main recipient of what is going on here is Amtrak, but it is also including a number of other things that will make it much easier for people in major metro areas to get everything that they need in order to give people service. Amtrak is looking to use it for more tracks and to update their safety methods (which was in the wake of the incident that happened in Philadelphia a few weeks ago). They will also use it for more training and to make sure that, if there’s an emergency situation that needs to be dealt with in any way, then their members know how to deal with it and that can prevent such things from happening again.

As you can see, there are a lot of things, both good and bad, that could end up playing a significant role in the direction of the infrastructure. What do you think about this bill? Do you think that it’s going to be good for infrastructure and the economy in general, or do you think that it’s going to be harmful to the economy overall? Leave your thoughts in the comments and let us know what you think!

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