Tag: technological advances

The Google Driverless Car

The Google Driverless Car


Have you even heard about this?  It’s not a new thing – a factoid at the top tells us that the General Motors Futurama exhibit at New York City’s 1939 World’s Fair featured a driverless electric car.  It was controlled by radio and powered by circuits embedded in the roadway.

It’s Coming

Now they tell us that Google has been testing vehicles equipped with driverless navigation systems, and that the cars tested have driven 1000 miles without human intervention and another 140,000 miles with a little bit of human intervention.  Incidentally, 140,000 miles equates to driving around the globe 5.6 times.  That’s a lot of driverless (or almost driverless) driving.  Nevada is on board with this, having recently passed legislation removing legal barriers around driverless technology.

It’s Safe?

They state the fact that 93% of all automobile crashes are caused by driver error, be it intoxication, texting while driving, etc.  Of all the Google driverless miles that have been driven, there have only been 2 crashes, and both times a human was behind the wheel.

Think of All Those Books You Can Read

“40 minutes of drive time becomes 40 minutes of ‘do something else while your car drives you where you need to go’ time.”


When you think about the fact that the average car is immobile for 96% of its lifetime (sort of like people), a driverless car can increase efficiency.  Your car can be doing something while you’re doing something else.  The examples given are both about sending your car to take your kid someplace or pick your kid up from someplace.  How do you feel about that?

Lost Jobs

There are 232,300 taxi drivers and chauffeurs in this country.  AND there are 647,500 bus drivers, 70% of whom work in school districts.  But then, would you put your kid on a driverless bus?  Who tells them to sit down?

Lost State Revenue

I’ll just quote their example directly.  “If each of California’s 22.6 million licensed drivers opted to get a $25 ID card instead of a $31 license renewal, the state would loose $135,943,728.”  Yeesh.

Reduced DUI

10,228 people died from drinking and driving-related accidents in 2010.  Those lives could have been saved if nobody was driving, and the cars drove themselves, right?  112 million people drive drunk every year.

And Parking…

When the car drives you, it can just drop you off wherever you are going, so you don’t have to park.  You just program the car to come get you.  In New York City, for example, you could save $10,000 per year on parking costs.


Design:  A+

This is a really good-looking infographic.  Seriously.  I have no criticism.

Information:  A

I’d give it a + but I’m afraid of technological advances like this.  What if the cars turned against us?  Kidding….

Source: Driverless Car from Aptus Insurance.com

Technology and Medicine Infographic

Technology and Medicine Infographic


This extremely attractive infographic address how technology has changed the medical industry.  It starts off by stating “medical technology is the application of devices, procedures, and knowledge for diagnosing and treating disease for the purpose of maintaining, promoting, and restoring wellness while improving the quality of life.”  On the left of the entire infographic is a timeline of technological advances in the medical industry, starting with the invention of the stethoscope in 1816 and ending with the production of the first commercial hybrid PET/MRI scanner in 2008.  Check out the entire timeline for the whole scoop.

US Med Tech Companies By Segment

A pie chart shows us that a great many medical technology companies are focused on therapeutic devices, while the next biggest segment belongs to non-imaging diagnostics.  The next largest segment is dedicated to research and other equipment, and the next segment (second to the smallest) is dedicated to imaging.  The smallest segment is designated as “Other.”  In the therapeutic devices category, the largest piece of that piece of the pie goes to cardiovascular and vascular developments, and the smallest to urology/pelvic with many other therapeutic devices in between.

3 Ways Medical Technology Has Improved Treatment Processes

1. Faster Diagnosis

2. Less Invasive Treatments

3. Shorter Hospital Stays

Survival Rate

It is noted that the survival curve has flattened because of lower mortality and has become increasingly vertical with older people because of the technological advances.  A graph shows the percentage of people who lived until a certain age between 1900 and 1902, when only about 10% of people lived past the age of 85, and 2002, when almost 30% of people lived past the age of 85.  Based on this graph, most people live to age 55 or older, and around 50% of people live to at least age 80.

Advances in Medical Technology

Some of the advances mentioned are wireless heart monitors, skin cell guns, the STEM microscope, Nexagon healing gel, Berkeley Bionics’ eLEGS, and the iPhone Blood Pressure Monitor.  A description of each of these advances is included on the infographic.

Advancements in Health Record Technology and More

Sprint has something called M2M healthcare initiative that provides GPS tracking for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and offers faster access to more unified personal data like heath records and test results.  Now there is also a “know before you go” option for hospital emergency rooms.  Some hospitals place their wait times on billboards, make them available on their website, and even offer the wait time via text.  Some hospitals participate in a service called InQuick ER where a patient can pay a $9.99 fee and hold a place in the ER online.

Helpful Healthcare Apps

Some of the apps listed are My Medical, which allows you to store medical histories for you and your whole family, BP Buddy, that helps you track your blood pressure levels, Glucose Buddy, which helps you manage diabetes, and iTriage, that is a diagnostic tool.  Also listed is the Ovulation Calendar – guess what that does?  Also, the Mediquations Medical Calculator brings 231 medical calculations and scoring tools right to your mobile device.


Design:  A

Like I mentioned before, this is a very attractive infographic.  It manages to get a lot of information across in a way that does not confuse you or frustrate you, and the colors used are easy on the eyes.

Information:  A

The information given is complete and well-researched.

Source:  SmallCellLungCancer.net