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Self-Driving Cars Are Going to Change Our Habits

Self-Driving Cars Are Going to Change Our Habits

The Information Age has brought us many incredible tech advancements, and Google has always been at the forefront. Back in 2001, we first saw Google Images, and had access to millions of photos in one place. In 2004 Gmail launched giving us one of the all time greatest email platforms. Fast forward almost a decade to May of 2012 and something unimaginable surfaced.

The Self-Driving Phenomenon

With significant advancements in robotics and algorithmic thinking, Google has successfully done what was previously believed to be impossible. In May of 2012, Google retrofitted a Toyota Prius with self-driving technology and it legally drove itself for the first time in Nevada. In a modern story of sci-fi turned reality, the self-driving car finally exists.

Aspects of Change

Google plans to change the world with this idea. Think of all the ways in which a person currently commutes. The days of bus travel, paying for expensive taxi rides, and even driving yourself will soon be over. Furthermore, safety in all forms of travel will be greatly increased as human error is taken out of the picture.

The safety risks behind text or talking on your phone while driving are a real issue. In a recent study by AT&T, it was discovered that on average 70% of drivers regularly use their smartphones while operating a vehicle. The world is addicted to their phones, but once driving yourself becomes obsolete, this will be acceptable and safe. One could even start working remotely while being chauffeured autonomously.

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The Science Behind Self-Driving Tech

Google stated that it expects to commercialize their groundbreaking line of automobiles soon; mainstream public use is expected to start between 2017 and 2020. A main concern for most people when introduced with the idea of automated travel is safety. Are these cars actually consistently safe? Short answer: yes, definitely!
Google X, the special team behind the driverless car uses intricate algorithms and in-depth Google Maps technology to keep passengers safe. Recently, a Google customized Audi Q5 SUV completed a legendary 3400 mile solo road trip from coast to coast. The driverless Audi made 99% of the trip on its own, with a remote driver only taking over for a particularly confusing 50 mile stretch of roadway.

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    Explanation of Google’s electric driverless car via 9to5 Google

    The driverless car by Google is a technological wonder. It uses radars and other sensors that are strategically placed on the front and back, as well as near the wheels. The driverless car features a rotating radar on the top, known as a Lidar (light detection and ranging). Lidars analyze pulses of light, which helps the car identify lane markings and the edges of roadways.

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    All self-driving cars use cameras in the front and rear. These are crucially important and look for street lights to change, identify traffic patterns and variables, and help share the road, keeping cyclists in mind.

    Even the construction of the car’s body itself was created to allow for zero sensor ‘blind spots’. The rounded shape gives the car a near 360 degree view of its surroundings. As far as the interior goes, it is designed solely for passengers, and is spacious and comfortable for a two seat automobile.

    Ironically enough, the biggest limitations for Google’s autonomous vehicles are human drivers! Of the few accidents accounted for in Google’s monthly self-driving report, the vast majority have been due to uncontrollable, outside factors: mainly other careless drivers.

    The Famous Self-Driving Models

    Three of Google’s driverless cars stand out as face of this unique travel concept. The Mercedes F 015 being the most notable and futuristic looking.

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      The Mercedes F 015, check out this video for a more in depth view.

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        Google’s 2014 self-driving prototype

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          The driverless Lexus RX 450h

          For some additional information on this new technological wonder, check out another article I wrote about self-driving cars.

          Featured photo credit: Self-driving car on the road / Google via google.com

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          Last Updated on May 28, 2020

          18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2020 Updated)

          18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2020 Updated)

          No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. Undoubtedly, it has allowed us to connect, perform, improve, and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

          If you’re not taking advantage of some of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

          But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use?

          Well, this will depend on your needs. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 18 of the best time management apps that can help you with the most common challenges of managing time.

          Let’s dive straight into the list.

          1. Rescue Time – Use Your Time Wisely

            If you have doubts if you are using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. Aside from its automatic time-tracking feature, this app also has distraction blocking and efficient report tools.

            RescueTime helps you avoid being overwhelmed by too many tasks. This app also has a team software that’s dedicated to time management among team members. With this app, you may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

            Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

            2. Remember The Milk – Keep on Top of All Your Tasks

              If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool that is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc., and it allows you to sync all your devices for easier time management.

              This app will help you to manage your tasks easily and reminds you of them – wherever you are. You can share tasks and lists with others, making it a great tool for teams as well.

              Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

              3. Focus Keeper – Boost Motivation to Complete Tasks

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                This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and it is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It has a simple, efficient user interface that is easily customizable based on your needs.

                Focus Keeper is designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures. This is a great app to use if you want to prevent yourself and your team from being burned out.

                Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                4. Toggl – Keep Track of Time Spent on Projects and Tasks

                  Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks and through analysis – working out how you can manage them more effectively. Toggl allows you to do all this even with its simple design.

                  Toggl includes great time-saving features integrated with its intuitive interface. This is a great alternative to time-sheets if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects.

                  Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                  5. Dropbox – Store and Send Large Files Easily

                    There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices, but Dropbox is free and it is easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go. It is an easy way to share your files and documents with others for improved productivity.

                    Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                    6. Evernote – Keep All Your Notes in One Place

                      Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts, and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes, or images). You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches, and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to better optimize your time.

                      Available iOS, Android, and Desktop

                      7. MindNode — Focus on Tasks at Hand With Mind Mapping

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                        Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mindnode is one of the best free mind mapping apps available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

                        This app allows you to customize various visual tags and templates to suit your needs. You can also easily share your documents with others.

                        Available on iOS and Desktop

                        8. GoodSync – Back Up and Sync Your Files Effortlessly

                          This software allows you to back up, restore, and synchronize your files easily. It supports folders from a variety of locations, and it has filtering options that let you exclude subfolders from synchronizing.

                          This app also allows you to sync files to and from your phone. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this tool.

                          Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                          9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) – Manage Your To-Do Lists Effectively

                            Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, work with your to-do lists, and organize your goals. This task management software helps you target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives.

                            MyLifeOrganized is one of the best task management apps for focused work. It automatically generates to-do lists with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                            Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                            10. 1Password – Have All Your Passwords Remembered

                              1Password allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database – protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. This also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                              Available iOS, Android, and Desktop

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                              11. Pocket – Keep Your Eye on the Ball

                                When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. That’s why you need effective time management apps like Pocket. You can use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time. This prevents you from getting distracted and negatively impacting your immediate work.

                                Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                12. Focus@Will – Boost Your Attention Span

                                  This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400% using Focus@Will, making this one of the best time management apps available.

                                  Focus@will is ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working, or reading. It also helps you control your ADD.

                                  Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                  13. Alfred – Interact With Your Computer in a Smart Way

                                    This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want. The only downside is that it’s only available for macOS.

                                    Available on desktop (macOS)

                                    14. Forest – Boost Your Focus by Growing a Forest

                                      Forest is a unique reinvention of time management apps. This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track by making you focus on another thing.

                                      The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                                      Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop (Firefox Add-on)

                                      15. Trello – Track Your projects in a highly visual way

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                                        Trello is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board, which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed. This serves as your cue to start working on and completing the associated tasks.

                                        Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                        16. Quire – Unfold Your Ideas

                                          Quire is an innovative time management app that helps boost your team’s productivity. The strength of this app lies in its features for collaboration and ease of sharing. You can streamline and adjust your workflow based on your team’s needs and preferences.

                                          Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                          17. TimeTree – Have a Shared Calendar With Your Family

                                            This TimeTree app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments with each other. So, whether you’re planning a party or running a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                            Available on iOS and Android

                                            18. Todoist – Capture and Order All Your Tasks and Activities Easily

                                              Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list and one of the best time management apps out there. It’s available via browser and app, and it lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as a given due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                              Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                              Final Thoughts

                                              The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools available. And the good news is that many of them are completely free of charge!

                                              So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you, and begin boosting your productivity now!

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                                              Featured photo credit: freestocks via unsplash.com

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