U.S. Government Rates Tesla Safest Cars In History, IIHS Claims Otherwise...

It is said that at any given moment, 16% of drivers in the U.S. are uninsured. Insurance can play a vital part in post-accident issues, covering the car’s damages, but it doesn’t help much with safety in the moment of the crash. That’s the car’s job. And so, for those who are interested in the Tesla Model S or the Model X, there is good news. According to a statement by a Tesla rep, the U.S. government rated these cars as “the safest cars in history.” “Tesla’s Model S received the highest rating in IIHS’s crash testing in every category except for one, the small overlap front crash test, where it received the second highest rating available. While IIHS and dozens of other private industry groups around the world have methods and motivations that suit their own subjective purposes, the most objective and accurate independent testing of vehicle safety is currently done by the U.S. government, which found Model S and Model X to be the two cars with the lowest probability of injury of any cars that it has ever tested, making them the safest cars in history.” This statement is in direct opposition to one made by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), which maintained that while the Tesla was the highest scoring in many categories of safety, it’s second-place rating in the small overlap front collision test made less than optimal for car safety. “If you’re looking for top-line safety, we believe there are other, better choices than the Model S,” said the IIHS representative. This claim from the Insurance Institue comes from the results of the test, in which the head of the crash test dummy slammed into the steering wheel. Because of this, they gave the car an...

Tesla’s Daring Plan To Save The Auto Industry, A Fleet Of Self-Driving Cars?...

It’s no secret that startup ride-share company Uber has had some trouble lately, having lost somewhere in the hundreds of millions of dollars trying to keep their competitive edge. They’ve recently lost their CEO, COO, and CFO, and investors are looking rather bleakly at their projected losses. The company’s losses ended up sending them into a crisis just a year after they had been valued at $100 billion. It was supposed to “disrupt the auto industry” in the same way that Tesla was, the article from Buisness Insider states. But even though Uber is suffering some setbacks, some people are still holding out hope that Tesla will save the industry. Self-driving cars have long been an idea of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who now plans on creating a fleet of self-driving cars that are also for ride-sharing purposes, and they could be a way for automakers to keep the industry alive. After a decade of record breaking sales, many are saying that the industry has peaked and that it will now start a slow decline. Tony Huges, the Managing Director of Moody’s Analytics, has argued that it isn’t the cars themselves that will lead to the decline of the auto industry, but the ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft. “Our bold prediction is that if ride-sharing companies become truly huge, they will seek to buy vehicle manufacturers and shift research and development efforts firmly in the direction of cost reduction and reliability,” he says. The idea that cars will start to only be seen as a method of transportation will be the reason that they end up declining, Hughes told The Street. “The nature of the vehicles by my reasoning will be that they become more homogeneous where ride-sharing is everywhere. If [vehicles are...

Could Electronic Devices Play a Role In Carpal Tunnel Development?...

Smartphones could be leading to a trend among the youth of sore and aching wrists and fingers, according to an article by The Economic Times. Doctors point out that smartphone users have been reporting soreness or numbness in their hands or wrists after an extended period of time texting. The size of the phone doesn’t help in these aspects, as it requires more compressed joint movement. As some may know, smartphones require specialized screws, like a SEMS screw, which combines a fastener and a screw in one. These hybrid microscrews are necessary because the devices are so small. And those small sizes and compressed movements can lead to problems down the road with continued use, says Dr. Sanjeev Kakar, an orthopedic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “I think we may see more problems in terms of hand disorders, such as tendonitis, repetitive strain injuries, arthritis, thumb arthritis down the road, and even possibly carpal tunnel syndrome. I don’t think this will happen if you’ve texted once in your life. I think the process of doing this over 20 to 30 years may lead to having these problems down the road.” However, despite these potential problems, there have not been any official medical diagnoses based on the technology issue. So just because there are hand and wrist problems, does not mean that smartphone usage is the cause, notes Dr. Kakar. “I think you’d be hard-pressed to have a direct linkage between too much electronic device time and carpal tunnel syndrome,” he says. “I don’t think it’s been proven by this, but it does raise awareness.” A small study published in the journal Muscle and Nerve suggests that using electronic devices for more than five hours a day might affect the nerve in...

Having Your Employees Blog For The Company Could Help Its Brand...

Having an online presence is one of the most important parts of being a business in the modern day and age, with companies that blog 13 times more likely to see a return on investment. Getting a company’s name and brand out into the public eye, and in a positive way, can be difficult for many, especially small businesses. Most smaller companies don’t have the advertising power that a large corporation can throw around, and so they need to find a way to get their name in front of an audience. And that’s where the blog comes in. According to Founder and CEO of JotForm Aytekin Tank, one of the fastest ways to grow the company blog or website is to encourage not just the B2B or B2C content writers to write on it, but the employees, too. “B2B content normally sterilizes the human experience,” says Tank. “Companywide blogging restores it. When you liberate employees to write what they care about, the content can build your brand. Excited people tend to write exciting stuff.” The entrepreneur states that marketers struggle to capture the “passion, expertise, and experiences” of their organization. And that the alternative, mobilizing the entire team together, can be much more rewarding. And he means the entire team. Engineers, designers, HR, sales, and marketers. Any employee with interesting and exciting things to say can and should write for the company. According to the CEO, blogging builds the company brand by unveiling its human nature, instead of relying on products to do that. “Buyers,” he said, “can’t distinguish between products easily. They can, however, differentiate between the thoughts and personalities of sellers.” Tank believes this to be the way to earn not just a mindshare and portion of a customer’s money but build...

What Does HR Technology Mean For Recruitment?...

Technology is being introduced into a great many things, but should it be introduced into the HR departments of businesses? For many companies, using data and information sorting technology has become mainstream, but according to experts, they should not forget the human element. Alexandra Mizzi, senior associate at Howard Kennedy, believes that companies should use the technology, but be willing to account for biases in their systems. “There’s a reason it’s called human resources and not data resources,” she said. “Tech must not be allowed to run away with itself.” This comes from the idea that companies are becoming more and more reliant on using algorithms and data statistics to recruit, rather than meeting with potential applicants face to face. “HR must also take a proactive role in ensuring that recruitment technology does not promote bias against candidates with particular diversity characteristics,” she said. By this same logic, Andy Campbell, senior director of HCM strategy at Oracle, believes that instead of thinking of employees as “cogs in the wheel” of the company, businesses should think of them as customers. “HR also risks alienating employees through its use of data and technology if it does not consider the end user,” he said. Employers often overlook how smart use of HR tech can improve the employee experience. Many programs offer the ability to give performance reviews and evaluations based on how that individual did, but instead of giving that data immediately, HR waits until an annual or bi-annual review. “Millennials expect continuous feedback, but performance management systems make it annual or bi-annual,” he said. “The system is all wrong.” Recognizing and giving good feedback to employees can have a positive impact on businesses and increase employee retention. According to studies, 86% of companies with employee recognition...