Archive for August, 2012
Texting while driving contributes to nearly 100,000 crashes causing injury or death per year. Loathe to be held responsible for such a grim statistic, AT&T has announced a campaign to stop texting while driving as well as an app to help curb the practice.
AT&T announced a new public awareness effort today as part of its ongoing “It Can Wait” initiative to bring attention to the dangers of texting while driving. The campaign calls for people to make a lifelong commitment to safe texting. It will culminate with a “No Text On Board” pledge day on September 19.
Texting while driving is especially prevalent among teenagers. An AT&T survey showed that 97% of teens say texting and driving is “common” among their friends. About 89% of teens expect to reply to a text or an email on their phones within five minutes or less, whether or not they are driving. It is not just young people, though, as 77% of teens in the survey reported seeing their parents texting while driving.
China’s manual labor force is rapidly declining as the population ages and more people go to school. That trend, and government programs, are pushing up wages. In order to remain competitive, the country is going to have to invest an incredible amount in modernizing its industries.
The size of China, and the fact that it is only now beginning to ramp up its transformation means that there is enormous room for growth.
The great infrastructure boom in China might be slowing, but the automation boom is just starting.