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Jeff Bezos: The Smart People Change Their Minds | TechCrunch

Jeff Bezos: The Smart People Change Their Minds | TechCrunch | SF-Cars | Scoop.it
TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.
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Bus of the future: what does it look like?

Half of public transportation in Europe is done with buses. But buses are still widely considered as the least efficient and least attractive transport syste...

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Gust MEES's curator insight, August 21, 2013 11:12 AM

 

Looks very interesting...

 

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Pioneer augmented reality car navigation system

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Pioneer will soon launch a new car navigation system in Japan that uses dashboard cameras to scan the road ahead for approaching street signs and other cars, and will share images of road conditions with other vehicles.


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Intelligent Transport System to improve safety of railway crossings | GizMag.com

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In the quest for smarter and safer transportation networks, automakers have been working on communication systems that use wireless technologies to share information between vehicles and infrastructure, such as traffic lights, road works, intersections and stop signs. The potential applications of these vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) systems are constantly being expanded, and while GM has been working to bring cyclists and pedestrians into the mix, a team from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, is looking to improve safety at railway crossings by developing a system that enables communication between trains and road vehicles.

 

According to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), there were over 630 collisions at railway crossings in Australia between 2001 and 2009. While active warning system, such as boom gates, flashing lights or barriers, can help cut the incidence of accidents, they are expensive to deploy and maintain. While being cheaper, passive signs are much less effective, particularly when poor visibility and driver fatigue is involved.

 

A team at La Trobe University’s Centre for Technology Infusion (CTI) has developed an Intelligent Transport System (ITS) that uses GPS and Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) wireless technology to establish a wireless connection between trains and vehicles approaching a railway crossing. The system is designed to detect the possibility of a collision and alert the driver with in-car audio-visual alerts that escalate in volume and intensity as the train gets closer to the crossing.

 

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Kris Homann's curator insight, March 19, 2015 6:51 AM

Rail is another section of the ATSB and one I am much more interested in than marine, and this article shows how OHS can be used to make the world a better place. 

 

Rail crossings are dangerous at the best of times, trains have massive stopping distances, have a lot of weight behind them, and move pretty fast.  Cars on the other hand, are small, light and easily damaged, so the more we can do to keep these two things away from each other, the better.

 

While it is great that someone is looking into this, my concern would be that the audible alarms merely alert the driver to how much time they have before the train gets to where they are, and that they will start to learn that at the first alarm, they have enough time to get across before the train arrives, or at least they think they have enough time.

 

Driver arrogance can not be countered by an alarm in a car, it may help to reduce the amount of people who think it is a good idea to drive around boom gates, or race a train.  It is a sad fact of life that people will always think they are better than their skills and judgement allow them to be, and while ever we have this, we will have a need for Accident Investigators and OHS professionals to try and find out what happened and how to stop it from happening again.

 

The really great thing about this is that someone is doing something about it, and has managed to do it in a cost effective manner, which means it has more chance of being commercially successful, and has more chance of actually being used.

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5 More Critical Leadership Blind Spots

5 More Critical Leadership Blind Spots | SF-Cars | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: This is the second part of the Most Critical Leadership Blind Spots. For the first five, click here. Thankfully, when you look at the most common areas of weakness within an …
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Newspaper image recognition app Paperboy launches for UK titles | Editors' Blog | Journalism.co.uk

Newspaper image recognition app Paperboy launches for UK titles | Editors' Blog | Journalism.co.uk | SF-Cars | Scoop.it
From today readers can take a photo of an article in more than 100 UK newspapers and magazines and use the app to find, save and share the digital edition...

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Only Stupid People Never Change Their Minds | Life Without Pants

Only Stupid People Never Change Their Minds | Life Without Pants | SF-Cars | Scoop.it
Smart people learn things. Only stupid people never change their minds. Wise words from Donald Trump, and how they (should) be applied to daily life.
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Redesigning Highway Signs, To Talk To Your Smartphone

Redesigning Highway Signs, To Talk To Your Smartphone | SF-Cars | Scoop.it
Highway signs are an unavoidable and unmistakeable part of the American landscape, and they’re not likely to disappear anytime soon (Wikipedia says that the United States has "no plans for adopting the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals...

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RedKid.Net: Sign Generator

RedKid.Net: Sign Generator | SF-Cars | Scoop.it

Looking for a quick fun way to add text to web resources? Look no further - RedKid.Net is dedicated to providing premium, entertaining, educational, and safe content for internet users of all ages.
Note: Other generators are available on the site including...
* banners;
* avatars; and
* road signs.


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Mercedes-benz: "Blind Spot Assistant" Print Ad by Jung Von Matt

Mercedes-benz: "Blind Spot Assistant" Print Ad  by Jung Von Matt | SF-Cars | Scoop.it
The Print Ad titled Blind Spot Assistant was done by Jung Von Matt advertising agency for product: Mercedes-benz (brand: Mercedes-Benz) in Australia. It was released in the Jun 2012.
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Theispot.com - Samuel A. Minick: Blind Spot

Theispot.com - Samuel A. Minick: Blind Spot | SF-Cars | Scoop.it
Samuel A. Minick: Blind Spot. Samuel A. Minick’s alarming, yet amusing, illustration for MotorTrend magazine poses the question, “What’s In Your Blind Spot?”(more)
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UK blocks car key hack revelation

UK blocks car key hack revelation | SF-Cars | Scoop.it
Volkswagen blocks security researchers from revealing a flaw in engine-freezing technology used to prevent car thefts.

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11 Teaching Strategies For Spotting The Blind Spots In Your Classroom

11 Teaching Strategies For Spotting The Blind Spots In Your Classroom | SF-Cars | Scoop.it

"When Stanford Professor Lee Shulman was first enmeshed in the research that led to Board certification of teachers by NBPTS, I asked him – in a hotel bathroom, of all places – what interesting findings were turning up about great teachers as compared to the rest. He replied: 'Well, you might not find this such a big deal, but a big indicator is the degree to which a teacher accurately describes what happens in her classroom.'"

 


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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, August 7, 2013 8:59 AM

Geat ideas for reflecting on what is really taking place in the class you are creating.

Kelly Blair's comment, August 8, 2013 8:52 AM
An excellent summary of effective teaching and learning strategies .
Readwritelearnwell's curator insight, August 17, 2013 5:27 PM

Focuses on effective assessment for learning.