Modern life can be stressful. Through all of the demands, responsibilities, tasks, and expectations, it can be challenging to see a path to sustainable success when everything seems to be hanging by a thread. This stress can make us feel as if one wrong move could cost us everything, but that isn’t necessarily the case. We’re simply distracted, and some extra guidance may help. Pastor Mike Signorelli knows just how vital the role of faith is in building sustainable success. In fact, he an entire church around this ideology.
Mike Signorelli is the founder and lead pastor of V1 Church, one of New York City’s growing churches. The church is even popular with agnostics, atheists, truth-seekers, and is being nationally recognized for its growth. The church has opened two locations in the last two years, both in a region where less than 5% of people attend church. This is a colossal accomplishment because parishioners gravitate towards Mike’s practical application of faith in their daily lives.
“In the context of our busy lives, we need the language and relationships that fortify our souls,” stated Mike. As a pastor, he understands how those facts help us build each other up and lead truly successful lives. Motivation comes from within, but an accomplishment is a product of embracing positive, external factors that propel us to see our dreams to fruition. “We are not necessarily looking for organized religion or another set of rules, but we are longing for the metaphysical amid personal difficulties,” he further explained.
At V1, the focus is not on past rules or rituals that are turning modern society away from the concept of churches; but instead on spiritual significance, which is something everyone can benefit from. “It all began when I attended a conference by a renowned futurist, during which he explained that as global access to necessities increases, the single greatest need for the future of humanity would be spiritual significance. It was an eye-opening experience”. Mike knew right then and there that his dream of creating a church in one of the world’s busiest cities was not just a dream, but a necessity. He claimed, “We share faith and spiritual connection in our church so that we can lift humanity together towards Christ, which means true success for every one of us.”
Mike Signorelli built V1 Church to help his parishioners realize and reach their potential. With the one campus located in Farmingdale and a second in Glendale, V1 Church shows no signs of slowing down. People continue to flock to their services, building their faith, and using the positive energy to launch themselves further in their careers, relationships, and lives, all for the greater good.
Why Accidents Involving Self-Driving Cars Are So Complex
The last two decades have seen technological advancements and innovations improve tremendously. Technologies like video calling and driverless cars, which were only possible in Sci-Fi movies, are now a reality.
Unlike some other technology faults, driverless car errors can be a matter of life and death. While there is no doubt that driverless cars are the future of driving, a lot still needs to be done before the technology can be considered safe.
They May Not Be As Safe
In the past few years, there have been several stories about vehicles on autopilot causing an accident. Some of these situations would be easily avoidable for a human driver, bringing to question the safety of autonomous features. While accidents involving cars on autopilot usually result in less severe injuries than driver-operated vehicles, a recent study shows that their rate of getting into an accident is slightly higher.
On average, there are 4.1 crashes per 1 million miles traveled for driver-operated vehicles compared to 9.1 per 1 million miles traveled for vehicles with autonomous driving features.
Currently, there isn’t much regulation on autonomous driving allowances. Most autonomous car makers capitalize on the loopholes in the law to create misleading terminologies regarding vehicles’ capabilities, making determining liability a complex issue.
For example, Tesla refers to its advanced driver-assist feature as autopilot, which drivers can interpret as entirely autonomous. On its website, Tesla states that autopilot is an advanced driver assist feature meant to complement perceptive human drivers, not replace them. Unfortunately, many semi-autonomous car drivers get a sense of false security from the misleading terminology, resulting in devastating accidents.
Accidents that happen under such circumstances can result in Tesla having liability. Recently, a court in Germany found the “autopilot” tag on tesla vehicles misleading. This means that Tesla could be liable for damages resulting from reliance on the feature.
Autonomous car makers could also be liable for an accident if a malfunction in their system causes an accident. Malfunctions can result from system failure or even cyber-attacks.
In 2015, a planned hacking test was conducted on a Jeep. Surprisingly, the hackers were able to access the jeep remotely and stop it while traveling at 70 mph. Accidents that result from system hacking could see car manufacturers having liability because system hacks are outside the driver’s control.
In January of 2022, a 27-year-old Tesla driver was charged with vehicular manslaughter for hitting and killing two occupants of a Honda Civic at an intersection while on autopilot. This case marked the first time an American was facing criminal charges for autopilot-related accidents, which could set precedence for future accidents involving autopilot features.
“Autopilot cannot and should not replace attentive driving,” says car accident attorney Amy Gaiennie. “All drivers should keep their attention on the road and only use any self-driving assistive technology to complement their safe driving practices.”
According to the NHTSA, vehicle control lies with the driver irrespective of how sophisticated its technology is. This means that accidents that result from a driver not playing their part in operating the vehicle can see the motorist carrying liability for the accident.
As it stands, vehicles cannot be considered entirely autonomous, but technology is headed there fast. But until then, the driver must play a significant role in operating a vehicle failure to which they could be liable for damages.
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