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Those are the headlines. Now it is How good a driver are you? Would
This week Click hits the road two- Test some technology that promises
to cut your insurance as long as you are not a maniac behind the
wheel. We are talking security with the Foreign Secretary in London.
Can politicians really hope to take and the Wild Wild Web that is the -
- Klee tame and the Wild Wild West that is the Wild Wild Web. Welcome
to Click. Most of us, including me, think that we are pretty good
drivers. We can cope with day-to- day road conditions and give
passengers a comfortable ride. What is a piece of technology that can
be fitted to your car that can tell you how good you are behind the
appeal? You would be nervous. That is why you should think yourself
lucky that you are not going to do what I am about to do. Let me show
you what is beneath the dashboard - - behind the dashboard of this car.
This full measure my driving skills and send the information to my
insurance company. The idea is simple, better drivers should pay
lower insurance premiums. Those who are not so good should pay more.
The box plots my position every second and measures the quality of
my braking, speeding and manoeuvring. I can see how well I
am doing by keeping my eyes on the red, yellow and green and green the
dashboard. It is a bit disconcerting that there is a box
which I can see which is constantly judging how well I am driving. I
can't help but glance to see what colour the lighters. In the future,
if connected to the central computer, the box can also send
diagnostic information to my roadside recovery company so they
can provide assistance even before my car breaks down. So for the
lights have been mainly green with a little bit of Orange. I'm going
to show you what it takes to make them go red. Mirror, mirror, mirror
and break. -- brake. That went better than my driving test. Here
is my scorecard for the journey. Typically an insurance company Bull
judge your driving over a period of time, not just one trip. Even after
that emergency stop, it doesn't look like I did too badly. I am
with the managing director of the company that designed the box.
Paulo. Do you think that most people's insurance premiums will go
down would do you think it will stop them from going up? This
technology allows you to share how you drive. If you are no good
driver, you can reduce your insurance premium. At this styptic
-- as this technology increases, it will be used to avoid those
situations. There are other devices around which record driving data.
They do more than help picture of premium down. If the worst happens
and you are involved in an accident, they can help the authorities work
out what happened. We are all familiar with these so-called black
boxes used in aircraft which give valuable insight into exactly what
went on in the minutes leading up to a crash. You might be surprised
to hear that similar technology already exists and cars. What
started more than a decade ago as the control unit for airbags has
now developed into a device which plugs into the car's computer
system and monitors everything from the accelerator pedal to the
indicators. It is called an event data recorder. This data is not
actually kept in motor cars at the moment. This is the type of
information that could tell an experienced accident investigator
like this man exactly what happened. To distil accident investigation
uses the tyre marks than the damage that has been left. -- traditional.
With the introduction of anti-lock brakes, skid marks have disappeared.
With the Steering Systems, swear marks a disappeared. We have less
and less dated to use. -- data. These points are being addressed.
When we have eyewitnesses, pretend not to be very good but this is a
fact, they will see something and interpreted within their own life
experiences, they might actually tell us something that didn't
really happened in the way that they describe did. These data
recorders will address issues like that. In my opinion, accidents and
the settlements involved with them will be settled in a much fairer
manner because of the availability of good, solid, reliable data.
2006, a Range Rover crashed into this woman's car. It left for brain
damage. A court case of the first ever conviction obtained with data
collected from a black box. It proved that the other driver was
driving at 70 mph in a 30 mph zone. The conviction was only possible
because he was driving an American car and the devices are not only
common there, they are regulated. The type of data that is kept is
standardised. The EU is now exploring something called Project
Veronica which will examine how the devices could be introduced in
member states. Crash investigators often go to great lengths to Show
Court how one incident happened, including creating three-
dimensional representations of the scene from various vantage points.
How about getting what was captured live on the deal as it happens? --
on video. This is the type of technology that DHL has installed
in over 600 of the straps. Manoeuvring these beasts is no easy
job. -- of the struts. Bury accident can cost be company a lot
of money in compensation. There are sensors which monitor unusual
motion. The camera records the entire journey and keeps the 30
seconds surrounding any sudden manoeuvres or stops. Understanding
who is at fault for an accident is key for us. Whether it is one of
our drivers are a third party involved. The key benefit of that
is the camera technology provides that through images on the screen.
It does not rely on people's recollection. Restored very early
in the process. Insurance schemes - - insurance claims can go on for
months. We have to establish liability. The technology of
forward facing cameras reduces the risk of that. A dedicated device
like this can be installed in any vehicle for around �300. There are
smart phone apps which do something similar using a GPS locater and
other devices. As well as pushing a our insurance premiums, accidents
also cost the country. Road closures due to accidents cost the
UK economy over �1 billion last year. At this crash testing track,
a collision between a car and a wooden dummy... Is being used to
demonstrate some brand new three- dimensional scanners which the
recently adopted by UK police. The promise to drastically reduce the
time it takes to document the crash scene. The scanner can record more
than 30 million data points and won 360 degree sweep and use that
detail to create an image of an accident side from different
viewpoints. It will mark the position of the vehicles and the
layout of the junction. The whole road has to be recorded. That would
take us 60-75 minutes. The scanner can do that in 20 minutes. A road
closure costs about �100,000 an hour. On average, we are saving 90
minutes for every road closure of using a scanner. Monitoring
technology like this, in the future, should not only help the time it
takes to settle an accident case, it should stop false insurance
claims, hopefully bringing insurance costs down for all was.
What do you think about all this? Would you be prepared to have your
driving monitored? You could have Chiba, or possibly more expensive
insurance premiums. -- chipper. Now it is time for this week's tech
news. A survey in the United States suggests that many parents lied
about their children's Agis to help them create Facebook accounts. The
minimum age for the side is their team. More than 50 % of the parents
of 12 year-olds who were asked know full well that their children have
accounts, probably because 80 % of them helped to sign their mum.
Giggle is now heading indoors. -- Google. St few inside gives a 360
degree view of selected Businesses in a number of countries. Privacy
activists, fear not. Unlike Google Streetview, participation is
voluntary. Google itself may be getting some
competition from a DIY enthusiast who found the blueprints for this
drone online. He is using it to take aerial shots of people's
properties. He is hoping to sell on the shops to estate agents to one
bespoke short of luxury houses. And finally, following the
announcement that there is now 7 billion of us, a Dutch company is
showing something that might help to feed everyone, indoor gardens.
They are controlled by PC Eljero Elia. The company says -- PCs. The
company says they produce less carbon emissions and do not produce
pesticides. -- do not use pesticides.
I love the Internet, I really do. These days it is easy to feel a bit
jaded by it. It is a constant battle to keep the legions of cyber
criminals at bay. How to deal with the challenges of the online world?
The British government has held a high-profile gathering to try and
find out. We sent our correspondent down there.
Welcome to the London conference on cyberspace. I have not used that
term for the best part of a decade. Delegates from over 60 countries
IKEA. They are considering everything from Priddis sake and
freedom of expression down to the big issues like security.
Governments are finding themselves under attack more than ever before.
For evidence, look at this week's news headlines. Based book reveals
there are 60,000 fake log and attends every day. A security form
has announced that a hacker traced to China recently tried to steal
secrets from 48 chemical companies. Governments themselves face
constant attacks on their computers, sometimes suspected to be from
hackers doing the bidding of foreign states. Conference
delegates were told it was a grave situation. Every day we see
attempts on an industrial scale to steal government secrets,
information of interest to nation states, not just commercial
organisations, --. Highly sophisticated techniques are being
employed. There was an attempt on the Foreign Office system itself
this year. These are attacks on the national interest. They are
unacceptable and we will respond to them as robustly as we would with
The public were also invited the to provide suggestions through Twitter
and Facebook. I'm not certain what proportion of those got through but
on the eve of the conference I got the chance to put some of my own
and to the chairman, William Hague. What are you hoping to achieve
because there are plenty of conferences, international
gatherings, that discuss big issues in cyberspace and cyber crime? Why
is this different? I hope this will create some momentum towards
acceptable norms of behaviour and bring together governments at the
senior level. I hope it will create a succession of such conferences.
It will get us towards the acceptable norms of behaviour in
cyberspace. Not been particularly concrete? A lot of high prepare --
high-profile people talking but no big treaty. There was talk of a
Geneva Convention in cyberspace. would be difficult if not
impossible to get to that in one short conference but, in any case,
a treaty is not the answer. There are so many countries involved in
so many people involved who are not countries, who are criminal
networks, who are companies and they are not subjected to countries
signing a treaty. That is a big problem - how to get collectives,
who take it upon themselves to attack high-profile corporations,
acting as vigilantes? Not to mention enterprises acting for
profit. Companies revealed to be selling website filtering software
to oppressive regimes like Syria, despite a US embargo. Because we
cannot do everything at once does not mean we should not do something,
given that the exponential rise in its side her attacks, increasing
attacks on individuals and companies, it means we must have a
higher level of dialogue. -- cyber. Cyberspace is not something just
for governments, that business and academia are involved as well. All
that is happening this week. what are the greatest challenges in
creating a positive and coherent internet for people to use? Having
a common sense about how to protect privacy. That is very important.
The rights to intellectual property. While, at the same time,
maintaining that front momentum towards freedom and freedom of
expression. That is one of the great challenges that governments
must see towards social networks, which have played an important role
in revolutions, such as in the Arab world. Some people might not want
that kind of freedom. Pushing things in that direction and trying
to ensure there is freedom of expression on the internet and
freedom of expression off-line. It remains a great challenge. What of
the great challenges is in the quality of access. That is on the
agenda of the conference but realistically, how can that be
tackled when you have countries like Liberia would low internet
penetration? It does not just come down to money. You're right.
Liberia, not many people connected. Iceland, 95% of people connected.
In the end, it comes down to the technical infrastructure but that
is something, as we look at economic corporations at the G20,
how we spend that development aid. That kind of access is something we
can take into account. One last question. What does the Foreign
Secretary used in a personal capacity in terms of technology?
Quite a variety. I used Twitter regular the through my iPhone are
all my iPad. I used my iPad a good deal to keep in touch with the news
but I get a lot of the news through the Foreign Office. William Hague.
Well, well, well. Who would have thought? What do you think? Do you
think he's talking shops consult the challenges of the internet?
Send us your thoughts. Now, we are massive advance of karaoke. It does
not to last street cred much good. Serious be, you should hear Richard
Taylor and Kate Russell at a Christmas party. Summer loving? I
do not think so. Given Kate likes to make random noises, I am not
surprised by her first recommendation. Here is Webscape.
Hands up if you've ever wished you had the guts to go on X-Factor.
This website is your chance, the chance to record songs in the hope
that fellow vocalists will vote you up the charts. It is not just about
singing. If you are a budding musician, you can showcase your
talents here as well. If you are feeling very brave, you can add
video. Looking at the quality of contributions, that is not
something I am prepared to do, especially on local television. I
know for a fact that some of you have managed to do it justice.
There is the chance to share your track Ready usual social champ
channels. People can shower you with compliments or in my case,
tell you to shut up. If you're not ready to subject bellowed -- the
world at your singing voice, you can download a backing track. The
first track is free to try out and after that, you will have to pay
99p for each new one. If you fancy your hand at running a city, why
not try a via virtual city in your hand with this real-time strategy
application on Android. Virtual City is not going to win any prizes
for originality. Your goal is to manage the day-to-day functions of
a city with point and click actions to keep everything running ticket
the book. -- tickety-boo. Although it bills itself as a free
application, you get the first six levels freed and then you have to
pay. This kind of game with tedious repetitive tasks like clearing the
streets of garbage and stocking the shops is definitely an acquired
taste. If you like against like SimCity and Roller-coaster Tycoon,
you will find this a well rounded part of the genre. As you progress,
you will unlock more buildings and increase your wealth. Keeping a
growing population of imaginary citizens very happy indeed. Despite
the small screen been a bit fiddly, Virtual cutbacks City does not
disappoint. I wish I could muster the same level of enthusiasm for
keeping my own home as well stocked with Palai. -- pie. If you're
travelling abroad, one of the best ways is to -- to soft but local
cuisine is to eat where the locals eat. But what about beating with a
local. That is the premise behind this site. Just sign up and specify
your terms of being a guest and a host. Then connect through the
social platform. It is quite new so it will take time for a decent
community to growth but a great start has been made. You obviously
need to make special care when meeting with a stranger, especially
if you're on your own but there is also the option to dine in a local
restaurant if you do not want to invite a stranger into your home.
Various places on the web celebrated the 75th birthday of TV
this week. Vision and sound are on. The station goes on the air.
there is another, far more momentous anniversary happening
this weekend. Welcome to Click on- line. Yes, this is the 600 at this
third of your favorite Technology Show, Click. -- 600th episode.
We've seen some big changes over the air, some bigger than others,
and had spoken with anyone who is anyone in the world of technology.
I wonder what we will be talking about in another 600 episodes. Kate
Russell there, done for another week. If you would like to suggest
some things for a future Webscape, just get in touch with us. You can
find us on Twitter. Everything on this week's programme is on the
website. While you're there, you can also come across to Click on
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