Wednesday, April 26, 2017

London’s Most Dangerous Intersections and How to Avoid Accidents

london traffic jam of taxis
London is perhaps the most difficult and stressful place to drive in the entire country. In addition to the congestion charge, the amount of traffic and other vehicles on the road and the number of distractions and pedestrians, there are also many difficult intersections. In 2016, there were 8,500 crashes at intersections in London. Although down from 2015, this is still a huge number and it is important to be wary in these areas Here are a few of the capital's worst where there are regular accidents, collisions and injuries every year:


For the second year in a row, the Wellington-Exter intersection was named the most dangerous with 84 collisions occurring in 2016. The number of collisions here (and the other intersections) is not because they are poor intersections, but instead due to the sheer volume of traffic that flows through them.


Wellington-Commissioners also retains its place from last year, with 78 collisions being recorded by the police in 2016. It is said that the majority of collisions occur due to driver’s using their mobile phones or violating speed laws.


Coming in third for the second year in a row, the Highbury-Oxford intersection had 74 collisions last year. Police revealed that they ticketed over 1,900 people for using their phones whilst driving - an improvement on the 2,491 from 2015.


Another entry that retains its place, there were 71 collisions at Wharncliffe-Oxford last year. Following on from the top four, Oxford-Richmond (70), Oxford-Wonderland (70), Fanshawe Park-Adelaide (69) and Adelaide-Oxford (66) also ap-pear highly on the list.

It is not always possible or practical to avoid these intersections, so what can be done? Whilst increasing the number of cameras may stop people from speeding or jumping the lights, it is still not a great solution.

Instead, motorists can drastically reduce the chance of an accident (whether they are responsible or not) by purchasing a car that features new safety features. These fan-tastic features, such as automatic braking and lane assist, use impressive technology to read the road ahead and act accordingly. These can both save lives and stop acci-dents from occurring. When in the market for used cars, compare dealerships using someone like AA Cars. Remember to always enquire about cars that feature the lat-est safety features.

London is a very dangerous place to drive and particularly at the intersections, where many collisions occur largely due to operator error. These can be avoided with new safety technology, so hopefully the figures will continue to drop going forwards.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Top 10 Causes of Death Among People Ages 15-29 Years

Road Traffic Injuries Chart

Over 1.2 million people die each year on the world’s roads, with millions more sustaining serious injuries and living with long-term adverse health consequences. Globally, road traffic crashes are a leading cause of death among young people, and the main cause of death among those aged 15–29 years.

Road traffic injuries are currently estimated to be the ninth leading cause of death across all age groups globally, and are predicted to become the seventh leading cause of death by 2030 (1). This rise is driven by the escalating death toll on roads in low- and middle-income countries – particularly in emerging economies where urbanization and motorization accompany rapid economic growth. In many of these countries, necessary

infrastructural developments, policy changes and levels of enforcement have not kept pace with vehicle use. In contrast, many high-income countries have managed to break the link between rising motorization and road traffic deaths, with some managing to dramatically reduce such deaths. These achievements are the result of making infrastructure safer, improving the safety of vehicles, and implementing a number of other interventions known to be effective at reducing road traffic injuries. Having good quality data to monitor the impact of these efforts is also critical to demonstrating their success.

In addition to deaths on the roads, up to 50 million people incur nonfatal injuries each year as a result of road traffic crashes, while there are additional indirect health consequences that are associated with this growing epidemic (3). As vehicle ownership grows, many countries face the twin problems of traffic congestion and rising vehicle tailpipe emissions, resulting in higher rates of respiratory illness. Rising car ownership has also resulted in reduced physical activities such as walking and cycling, with associated health consequences.

regions of the World road fataliteis chart

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

State Farm's Most Dangerous Intersections in the USA

Intersection Flamingo and Pines Blvd
According to State Farm the intersection of Flamingo and Pines Blvd in Pembroke Pines, Florida is the Most Dangerous Intersection the United States. 

The 10 most dangerous intersections are:
1. Flamingo Road and Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
2. Red Lion Road and Roosevelt Boulevard, Philadelphia
3. Grant Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard, Philadelphia
4. Seventh Street and Bell Road, Phoenix
5. 51st Street and Memorial Drive, Tulsa, Okla.
6. 71st Street and Memorial Drive, Tulsa, Okla.
7. 19th Avenue and Northern Avenue, Phoenix
8. State Highway 121 and Preston Road, Frisco, Texas
9. Clearwater Parkway and Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Metairie, La.
10. Fair Oaks Boulevard and Howe Avenue, Sacramento, Calif.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Walmart Funds Study to Add Traffic Light at Dangerous Florida Intersection

Walmart is working to fix an intersection drivers said is too dangerous in Cape Coral. According to Cape Coral Police, there have been at least nine crashes at the crossing of Pine Island Road and Hibiscus Drive since the store opened at the end of August. Drivers and neighbors said that number is too high and demand something be done.

 FDOT reports Walmart is doing a traffic study, during season, to see if a traffic light needs to be put at the intersection. The answer to that question is a no-brainer, drivers said. "It's a pain going out in the middle because you get stuck there with five to 10 people in the middle all the time,” said Brittany Hobbs. “And nobody wants to go anywhere because they don't want to get hit.” The information Walmart gathers during their study will be sent to FDOT, which will make a final decision.

Walmart will pay for any updates to the intersection.   Why are the Feds or Florida taxpayers not paying? 

The dangerous intersection phenomenon exists near hundreds of big box retailers across the US. Search our database and find them.  

Watch the news video. WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Uber IPO Value Will Likely Be Near $100B+

UBer History of Uber Seed through Series G Funding Rounds
History of Uber Seed through Series G Funding Rounds
Total Equity Funding $8.71B in 12 Rounds from 75 Investors & $1.15B Debt Financing 

Jul, 2016 $1.15B / Debt Financing — Morgan Stanley 4
Jun, 2016 $3.5B / Private Equity — Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund 1
Feb, 2016 $200M / Private Equity — Letterone Holdings SA 1
Aug, 2015 $100M / Private Equity — Tata Capital 1
Jul, 2015 $1B / Series F — — 5
Feb, 2015 $1B / Series E — Glade Brook Capital Partners 9
Jan, 2015 $1.6B / Debt Financing — Goldman Sachs 1
Dec, 2014 $1.2B / Series E — Valuation at $40B Glade Brook Capital Partners 8
Jun, 2014 $1.4B / Series D — Valuation at $18.2B Fidelity Investments 9
Aug, 2013 $258M / Series C — Valuation at $3.5B GV 3
Dec, 2011 $37M / Series B — Menlo Ventures 12
Feb, 2011 $11M / Series A — Valuation at $60M Benchmark 6
Oct, 2010 $1.25M / Angel — First Round 29
Aug, 2009 $200k / Seed — Garrett Camp, Travis Kalanick 2

Data From Crunch Base

Monday, January 9, 2017

Uber Launches Historic Traffic Map

Uber Launches Historic Traffic Map

Uber is opening up in an area where it might make sense competitively for it to stay more closed off: The ride-hailing company’s new Movement website will offer up access to its data around traffic flow in scores where it operates, intended for use by city planners and researchers looking into ways to improve urban mobility. The basic idea is that Uber has a lot of insight into how traffic works within a city, and it can anonymize this data so that it isn’t tied to specific individuals in most cases. So where that’s possible, Uber is going to begin sharing said data, first to specific organizations who apply for early access, and then eventually to the general public. Uber says it was looking at all the data it gathered and began to realize that it could be used for public benefit, and assembled a product team to make this happen. The result of this effort was Movement, which aims to address problems city officials and urban planners encounter when they’re forced to make key, transformational infrastructure decisions without access to all of, or the proper information about actual conditions and causes. Essentially, according to Uber, it’s hoping to make it easier for those with influence over a city’s transportation picture to make the right decision, and to be able to explain why, where and when the changes are happening with accurate data backing them up. It also wants to do this in a way that makes it easy for organizations to work with, so it’s releasing the data organized around traffic analysis zones within cities, which are agreed-upon geographic demarcations that help with existing urban planning and traffic management.

Uber releasing this kind of data publicly is going to raise some eyebrows from privacy advocates, but the company stresses that it’s ensuring user privacy by only offering up data where it can be successfully aggregated and anonymized. For parts of a city where it determines there isn’t enough data to properly protect driver and passenger identities, it simply won’t return results for queries, Uber says. Another question is why Uber would bother at all, given that its ability to accurately map traffic demand is part of the reason its able to do demand prediction well at all, which is a core competitive advantage for it in the ride-sharing business. Uber says it wants to do some good in the cities where it operates, for one, but it also stands to benefit from infrastructure improvements in cities.  Maybe Uber would be open to taking Bad Intersections data as well? 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Watch Engadget Car Tech Talk at Live at CES 2017

Engadget Car Talk Guys at CES 2017
Here is a summary of the CES 2017 panel video below.

Both Honda Nuvis and Concept-I Toyota cars have artificial intelligence (AI) that measures your mood.  They say its your friend or assistant to help you understand what you might need.  A new route home or even some mood music.

Faraday Future also has a mood feature in the car as well.  However, there are rumors that the company is in financial difficulty not paying bills and executives leaving.

Cars will now have multiple modems in the car to use multiple wireless carriers when coverage stinks.  

Hyundai is testing an autonomous car at CES and the one of the people on stage had a close call with a truck on the road.  

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