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Self-driving Cars: An Exploration into The Future of Driving

Self-driving Cars: An Exploration into The Future of Driving

Humans, as a species, have an innate motivation to constantly seek out easier means of living through technological advancement. Due to this evolution, the world we live in today is dominated by methods of efficiency, with the automotive industry being a leading example of developing and upgrading their products to supply customer demands. From the first car manufactured in 1886, the exponential rise of automotive ingenuity saw the prototype for the first “autonomous” car developed in 1925 and the evolution of this idea has remained at the forefront of vehicular technology since. In a modern setting, the incremental growth seen by Tesla, founded in 2003 and named after famous inventor Nikola Tesla, under the leadership of Elon Musk, brought about the introduction of their model of “Autopilot”. This function took the market by storm by 2015; which, according to reports, grew company revenues from around $4 billion in the same year to approximately $31.5 billion by 2020.  Boasting features like the installation of 8 cameras providing 360 degrees of visibility at up to a range of 250 meters with 12 ultrasonic sensors, Tesla advertises their vehicles as having “full self-driving capabilities’ and poses an idealised revolution of the way we drive. 

 

However, there have been several tragic examples of vehicular deaths via autonomous driving being recorded since their introduction on roads internationally. Notably the recent crash in December 2021, when a Parisian taxi, a Tesla Model 3, was said to have stopped at a red traffic light and suddenly sped forward, “hitting and dragging with it a cyclist who later died” according to a police source, also confirming a further 20 injured. A representative of the French government stated that Tesla claimed “there is no indication that a fatal accident in Paris involving a Tesla Model 3 taxi was caused by a technical fault”. 

 

The ensuing inquiries from national governmental agencies worldwide reflects escalating concerns about the philosophical debate regarding whether it is the fault of the vehicle or its operator when investigating autonomous vehicular-related deaths. In July 2020, a German court ruled that Tesla made misleading claims about Autopilot’s current and future capabilities, calling into question the USP of Tesla Autopilot vehicles as the need for physical human intervention is paramount to public safety. Members of the U.S. Congress also highlighted the morality of Tesla’s marketing strategy to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Labelling their vehicles “a threat to motorists and other users of the road” due to overstated claims about their vehicles’ advertised self-driving competencies, they attacked the colossal car company and its CEO for a perceived lack of self-accountability. Subsequently, in an interview with Times Magazine after being named their ‘Person of the Year 2021’, Elon Musk responded to this growing pressure by saying “you’re not going to get rewarded necessarily for the lives that you save, but you will definitely be blamed for lives that you don’t save.” While Consumer Reports warned users that “Autopilot” claims is a “misnomer”, this debate continues to develop after the publication of a official report by the Law Commission for England, Scotland and Wales; implying that drivers of self-driving cars should face leniency in potentially fatal and injury-related incidents involving the vehicle. Moreover, they propose “the creation of an Automated Vehicles Act to reflect the “profound legal consequences” of self-driving cars”.


We at Pocket Box promote innovation especially through forward thinking companies like Tesla but would like to remind to all self driving car owners and potential purchasers of an autonomous vehicle to always be aware while operating ANY vehicle and remain vigilant of unforeseen technical issues which may affect the functionality of your vehicle. 

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Pocket Box: The Easiest Way To Get Car Insurance!

Pocket Box: The Easiest Way to Get Car Insurance

Are you always forgetting important dates? Are you losing patience with filling out endless questions? Are you a lover of all things convenient? It must be that time of the year again… the dreaded insurance renewal! Look no further than one of the most exciting, innovative and FREE motoring apps on the market, Pocket Box! 


Founded in 2019, Pocket Box is convenience personified in App form; simply download it free from your App Store (or scan the QR code), and gain access to this user-friendly mobile app which specialises in all aspects of owning and maintaining your car, motorbike or van. By uploading the relevant documents, Pocket Box will do the rest for you! From sending friendly reminders to renew your MOT, to checking your vehicle history via VDI, we provide a service which eliminates any stress regarding your vehicle (unfortunately, dealing with road rage is not included)!


Additionally, introducing our newest feature update from 2021, we’ve endeavoured to supply competitive quotes and rates for your vehicle insurance, offered through our exclusive partnership with one of the leading insurance comparison providers, Belfast-based platform, Seopa (parent company to Quotezone and CompareNI). As such, the functionality of this service means, not only will you receive attractive quotes from hundreds of reputable UK-based insurance providers, but you can also save your details and avoid the hassle of filling out those annoying insurance questions for the following year (and don’t worry, we’ll remind you when the time comes!)


So sit back, relax and put your seatbelt on, Pocket Box will do the rest!

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Controversial new highway code measures introduced to protect increasing number of cyclists and pedestrians.

Young and cheerful woman using smart phone while sitting in the modern car in the city

Controversial new highway code measures introduced to protect increasing number of cyclists and pedestrians.

One certainty which the pandemic has made certain is a complete change of behaviours; the way we work, shop and play has evolved, with data of public road usage conveying the way we use the roads was no different. According to statistics from 2020 by the Department of Transport (DfT), 39% of people surveyed were walking more, with 38% of people also cycling more than before the outbreak of the pandemic. With more cyclists and pedestrians using the road, the probability of an increase in road collisions is likely, with 2021 DfT figures corroborating this, showing that 4,290 pedestrians and 4,700 cyclists were killed or seriously injured in crashes on Britain’s roads. 

 

 

As such, the UK Government has backed several eco-friendly initiatives in a bid to tackle rising pressure concerning climate change, announcing an investment of £5.5m in cycling and walking schemes. This included a revision of the Highway Code, with legislative change giving precedence for pedestrians and cyclists over other road users. Several rule changes include: cars must leave at least 1.5 metres room when passing bicycles, cyclists are now instructed to ride in the centre of the lane in slower moving traffic, while drivers must give way to pedestrians at junctions, being some of the key modifications of note. Furthermore, the creation of a “hierarchy of road users” indicates that drivers must take on more responsibility for the safety of more vulnerable road users.

 

 

However, with legislation due to be updated on 29th January 2022 pending parliamentary approval, major controversy within the motoring community sparked outrage at the lack of awareness being spread about the new rules, with the DfT website and social media accounts of the government’s Think! road safety campaign failing to mention the changes yet. An AA survey, with more than 13,700 drivers questioned, disclosed a third of motorists (33%) polled said they did not know the Highway Code was being revamped, including 4% who had “no intention” of looking at the details. Moreover, this lack of clarity will potentially cause fatal confusion as demonstrated by a spokesperson for the Alliance of British Drivers, stating that “the proposed hierarchy of road users is likely to create or exacerbate resentment and ill feeling between different classes of road user”. This is supported by Neil Greig, the director of policy and research at IAM RoadSmart, a road safety charity, who indicates that this will lead “to conflict and road rage and inappropriate overtaking. Everybody needs to know all of these changes at the same time for it to work.’

 

We at Pocket Box LTD would like to encourage all our users to keep up to date with any relevant updates of the Highway Code and we recommend that everyone adheres to the new legislation to keep everyone using the roads safe.

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Best Way To Replace A V5 Logbook

V5 Logbooks: What Every Motorist Needs to Know

 

 

Most of us, at some point, will either buy a car second hand or sell our old car on. Between 2003 and 2014, 75.5% of cars sold were Used. That’s a lot of pre-owed cars on the road! And, as we all know, buying and selling cars requires some important paperwork – most importantly, your V5.

Unlike your MOT, Road Tax and Driving License, which have been digitised for the 21st Century, the V5 remains a physical document. Which means we inevitably end up misplacing it amongst the piles of paperwork we have in the bottom of the wardrobe. And we can never find it when we need it!

So how do you get a new V5? Do you need a replacement logbook? Is your V5 lost? What help can the DVLA give you? We have all the answers you need bellow.

 

What is a V5, anyway?

 

A V5, also known as a V5C or Vehicle Logbook, is issued by the DVLA. It’s the legal document of proof of ownership for your vehicle, and contains your car’s specific details. The logbook also keeps track of the registered keeper of the vehicle when it’s bought and sold. So, you need to have access to the V5 when buying or selling you car, and make sure it’s up to date.

 

When do I need to update my V5?

 

If your name or address has changed since you bought your car, you’ll need to update your V5. Also, if you’ve made any changes to your car, or if it’s been scrapped or written off, you’ll need to update your V5. Changes to your vehicle include:

  • colour
  • engine
  • chassis
  • fuel type
  • Vehicle Identification Number

Full details of changes that need to be updated can be found on the DVLA website.

 

How do I update my V5?

 

Updating your V5 can be done through the DVLA, and is usually free. Simply write the updated information in the relevant section of your V5 logbook and post it to the DVLA. Note that any changes in your name and address must also be changed on your Driving Licence.

 

How do I replace my V5?

 

If you need to get a new V5, you need to do this through the DVLA. It costs £25 to replace a logbook. However, if you are waiting for a new V5 and it doesn’t arrive within 6 weeks, contact the DVLA and they will replace it for free.

 

How long does a replacement/updated V5 take to arrive?

 

It takes up to 6 weeks for a new V5 to arrive in the post.

As you can see, replacing you V5 logbook can be a time consuming task. So here’s how you can avoid the inconvenience of having to replace it unnecessarily:

 

Download the Pocket Box App to have all your documents easily accessible when you’re on the go. Including storing a scanned copy of your V5.

 

The beauty of our App is that you can access everything you need from your phone with the tap of the screen. Pocket Box allows you to keep all of your motoring information in one place. So even if you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere, or at your mechanics, you can access the details you need quickly and easily.

 

If you’re in any doubt, contact the DVLA for information and advice.

 

The DVLA has answers to all the questions you have when it comes to the documentation your vehicle needs. All the information and forms you may need are available via their Government website.

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