All posts by Richard Brown

Boosting road safety by submitting dashcam footage

dashcam footage

Dash cam and drive recording technology enables fleets and regular motorists to prove liability in the event of an accident, helping to protect innocent drivers. But law enforcement departments are also increasingly keen to use footage to help prosecute law-breakers. For resource-strapped law enforcement agencies, the footage recorded by the increasing number of dash cams in operation provides an invaluable source of high-quality evidence. However, by submitting dash cam footage to the police, are we driving ourselves further towards a surveillance society? Or do the potential benefits in road safety outweigh such concerns?

It’s hard to argue against the benefits of a dash cam or drive recorder. Vehicles are expensive, roads continue to get busier and accidents do inevitably happen. When they do, it’s great to be able to prove how events unfolded, and resolve issues as smoothly as possible. But drive around for long enough and your drive recorder is also likely to capture plenty of bad, or even illegal driving from other motorists. Even if it didn’t lead to an accident, and whether or not you were directly involved, you might still want to do something with the footage. Continue reading Boosting road safety by submitting dashcam footage

Leadership lessons from Confucius: an indomitable spirit

indomitable spirit

子曰:「學如不及,猶恐失之。」
Confucius said: “Learn as if you’ll never be able to catch up with everything you need to know and as if you’re afraid you’ll lose everything that you’ve already gained.”

There’s no substitute for hard work in the pursuit of excellence. It isn’t important how brilliant you think your ideas are. The only way you’ll succeed in implementing them is by putting your nose to the grindstone. Inspiration is useless without perspiration. Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: an indomitable spirit

Why drive recorders can help improve ridesharing services

drive recorders ridesharing

Ridesharing companies and their drivers provide a convenient answer to some of the 21st century’s most pressing transport problems. With millions of worldwide users, Uber, Lyft, DiDi and their rivals provide a valuable service, but the disruptive nature of this service can present additional challenges relating to unprofessional, and even criminal behavior from a small minority of drivers. By investing in drive recording technology, ridesharing operators are far better equipped to protect passengers, drivers, and their reputation.

Like so many other disruptive technologies, it’s hard to imagine a world without ridesharing and ride-hailing companies like Uber. Founded in 2009, Uber has grown to account for a staggering 5.23 billion rides globally in 2018, with the company now operating in nearly 800 towns and cities worldwide. For millions of city-dwellers, Uber and its competitors have become a popular choice for commuters, beating more traditional transportation options in terms of convenience, value and integration with our increasingly digitized lives. Continue reading Why drive recorders can help improve ridesharing services

Leadership lessons from Confucius: take a hard look at yourself

take a hard look at yourself

子曰:「狂而不直,侗而不愿,悾悾而不信,吾不知之矣。」
Confucius said: “I don’t understand people who are reckless and insincere, ignorant and irresponsible, and naïve and untrustworthy.”

Take a hard look at yourself the next time you find yourself in front of the mirror. Ask yourself what are the weaknesses that are holding you back from achieving your potential. When you can’t bear to look at yourself any longer, sit down at your desk and write them down – not so much to make sure you don’t forget them but as a starting point for determining how to address them. Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: take a hard look at yourself

Contemporary figures in the Analects of Confucius: Music Master Zhi

Music Master Zhi (師摯) was a famous court musician of Lu, and may also have been the conductor of the state orchestra. Like most musicians of the time, he was blind. Confucius was a huge fan, commenting in Chapter 15 of Book 8: “What rich and beautiful music fills my ears when Zhi, the music master, is conducting…” Continue reading Contemporary figures in the Analects of Confucius: Music Master Zhi

Leadership lessons from Confucius: rich and beautiful music

rich and beautiful music

子曰:「師摯之始,關睢之亂,洋洋乎盈耳哉。」
Confucius said: “What rich and beautiful music fills my ears when Zhi, the music master, is conducting – right from the opening passage through to the finale of the Cry of the Ospreys!” (1) (2)

What kind of music are you making with your leadership? Have you brought everyone together to work in perfect harmony with each other towards a common goal? Or do you have them playing discordant notes because you’re not giving them a clear direction to follow? Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: rich and beautiful music

Leadership Lessons from Confucius: a covetous glance

covetous glance

子曰:「不在其位,不謀其政。」
Confucius said: “Don’t concern yourself with the affairs of an office that you don’t hold.”

Concentrate on your own job rather than casting a covetous glance at your boss’s chair. Even though you’re performing your responsibilities well, there are always plenty of ways in which you can improve and multiple gaps in your knowledge and experience that you can fill. Continue reading Leadership Lessons from Confucius: a covetous glance

Leadership lessons from Confucius: an unwinnable battle

unwinnable battle

子曰:「篤信好學,守死善道。危邦不人,亂邦不居,天下有道則見,無道則隱。邦有道,貧且賤焉,恥也,邦無道,富且貴焉,恥也。」
Confucius said: “Commit yourself sincerely to the love of learning. Defend the great way with your life. Do not enter an unstable state or live in a country that is in chaos. Take office when the way prevails in the world; withdraw from office when it disappears. In a state that has adopted the way, be ashamed if you remain poor and obscure; in a state that has lost the way, be ashamed if you become rich and achieve high rank.”

There’s no point in working with a leader without a clear ethical sense. No matter how honorably you act, you will inevitably get dragged into the morass and emerge with a sullied reputation or perhaps even worse. Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: an unwinnable battle

VIA Mobile360 Mining Kit: surround view monitoring in harsh environments

surround view monitoring in harsh environments

The mining and excavation industry operates some of the largest vehicles on earth, moving tons of material every day by using super-sized vehicles like trucks, diggers and excavators. One of the biggest challenges from a safety perspective is that these massive vehicles can pose quite a danger to other on-site workers, largely due to blind spots in the vehicle operator’s field of view. To reduce the risk of injuries and fatalities, many mining and quarry operators are turning to advanced surround view monitoring technologies to improve safety. Continue reading VIA Mobile360 Mining Kit: surround view monitoring in harsh environments

Leadership lessons from Confucius: it’s your life

it's your life

子曰:「三年學,不至於穀,不易得也。」
Confucius said: “Someone willing to study for three years without taking up an official position is hard to find.”

Not everyone has the privilege of being able to spend three or four years at college. If you’re lucky enough to attend one, make the most of your time there. It’s one of the rare occasions in your life that you’ll have the opportunity to explore your true interests before you have to enter the world of work. Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: it’s your life