Last week, we began a discussion of an exciting new innovation developed in partnership between German researchers and the technology company Emotiv-based right here in San Francisco. The product is called BrainDriver, and it allows a motorist to control a car’s movements using only their mind.
Have you ever heard of electroencephalography? What about an emotive neuroheadset? While these words probably sound like a foreign language to most of us, one San Francisco company is an expert in electroencephalograhy (EEG) and is using their knowledge to radically change the car industry.
As part of this blog, we have highlighted the many dangers facing bicycle riders on San Francisco streets. Recent studies have proven that San Francisco’s steep hills and narrow streets make our city one of the most dangerous in the nation for cyclists. However, a recent news story reminds us that bicycle riders can pose a serious danger to other travelers as well, especially pedestrians.
The number of bicyclists in San Francisco has been steadily increasing over the past several years. The Municipal Transportation Agency only started recently tracking cycle traffic, but since 2006 the city has seen a 58 percent increase in the number of riders on the road.
Since motorcycles are significantly smaller and slimmer than the grand majority of cars and trucks on the road, they are often the ones most critically damaged in a crash. Motorcycle accidents can also expose their riders to a greater risk of injury, since they do not have the protective benefit of a car’s outer shell. Due to these factors, negligent, distracted, and intoxicated drivers pose a particularly serious threat to motorcyclists.
In fast-moving traffic, a single mistake on behalf of one driver can cause a significant amount of damage as fellow drivers slam on their brakes or make sudden turns to avoid being caught in the wreckage. Several California motorists discovered this fact first-hand when one swerving driver caused a 10-car pileup along a stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway.
When a motor vehicle accident happens, common thoughts and concerns arise over how much the damage to your car will cost or what medical costs will be associated with any possible injuries sustained in the car accident.
While many concerns run through the mind, few people think about the costs associated with cleaning up the debris and emergency services that were provided after a crash. In fact, according to an insurance survey, 76 percent of adults assume that the taxes they pay will cover the expense.