Car Accidents Increase While Israel Leads Auto Tech Innovation

Eventually we will figure out what the world really needs from us.

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Dozens of automakers and Tier 1 suppliers such as BMW, Hyundai, Bosch and Lear , have opened technology centers in Israel. While the country produces talent in multiple areas, the auto industry has become a major player in recent years. Since 2013, some $6 billion has been invested in high-tech mobility startups, according to data from EcoMotion. Since then, the number of mobility startups has exploded to 644 from 87. They make up about 10 percent of the country’s total startups. “We’re becoming this mobility hub that everyone comes to brainstorm, test and develop,” Orlie Dahan, EcoMotion’s executive director, told Automotive News.

Google bought the Raanana-based mapping company Waze for a reported some $1 billion in 2013. And Intel agreed to acquire the self-driving car technology powerhouse Mobileye, located in Jerusalem, for a whopping $15.3 billion. BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Uber, Volkswagen and Volvo are all paying attention, and have been investing in Israeli technology since 2016. (Times of Israel)

It’s interesting to note that while Israel is cementing its position as an auto-tech leader, statistics indicate that local car accidents are on the rise.

Eventually we will figure out how to read the map. No matter how sophisticated our technology becomes, it will never replace the one thing that protects us the most — genuine human connection.

We always look for technical reasons for car accidents occurring — problems with the car, the road, visibility, etc. And we all like to blame other people for the rise in car accidents, but the truth is that we are all equally to blame. Why? Because at this point in our evolution we’ve simply stopped caring about our fellow man.

The ever-evolving human ego doesn’t allow us to be considerate of other people in general. We simply don’t feel others as important as ourselves. It’s a law of nature.

Our ego literally clouds our field of view from seeing the others in our way. It’s as though they don’t exist. I see only me — where I want to be and how I want to get there. And this dynamic happens not just on the roads. It’s everywhere; from international politics, through trade, to kids at school. Our ego wants others to just move out of our way.

What can we do? We need to start treating the root problem: we can’t stop the naturally growing human ego, but we can learn how to rise above it, and that’s what the wisdom of Kabbalah is meant to do for us.

Ultimately, we’ll come to a meeting point between mankind and the wisdom of Kabbalah. People will suffer enough to realize that the only way out of our troubles is a new level of human connection, and the Kabbalists, on the other hand, will have to bring their method closer to humanity.

The situation on the roads is just another indication for our lack of mutual consideration. In order to see the other cars around me, I need to feel the people inside those cars as close to me. We need to acquire a sense of how we’re moving together internally, and then we won’t have any accidents externally.

A driver’s ed course, for instance, should be about training us to feel each other and not certifying people before they do. Otherwise, our cars are like dangerous weapons in our hands. And don’t expect autonomous cars to fix our problems. Nature will push us and mold us until we begin to feel one another.

If we don’t train people to feel each other, we’re going to see all kinds of accidents happening everywhere, from the air to the sea. People won’t be able to prevent themselves from causing great harm to each other, as long as our ego grows beyond our sense of others.

So I would recommend a new standard for getting any kind of license — training people to become sensitive to each other. Israel should be the first to set these new standards of human behavior for the rest of the world to follow. Social innovation is the future, and what the world truly anticipates from Israel.

PhD in Philosophy and Kabbalah. MSc in Medical Bio-Cybernetics. Founder and president of Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education & Research Institute.

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