Volvo just took ‘autonomous’ to a whole new level. Want one?

Volvo Cars’ new 360c autonomous concept. Re-imagining work/life balance and future Door-to-door continental travel envisaged WHERE WOULD would you choose live if you could commute each workday in an autonomous-driving, fully functional, connected, comfortable, mobile office? What if the service was provided through an on-demand subscription? Or step alone into a car in Johannesburg, snuggled…

MasterTips: Is current autocruise too dangerous?

Some írksome, others called ‘dangerous’ No consistency between tested vehicles Some models failed to respond to parked vehicle Just when many road safety ‘experts’ are beginning to feel that autonomous vehicles will address this issue ”once and for all” others are questioning it. Insurers in the US believe adaptive cruise control is unsafe. – SA…

Here comes the first three-cylinder (but 115kW!) Volvo

One engine for now – but lots of trim levels Stainless-steel belly plates part of the deal XC40 is a Euro Coty winner now going volume  JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Volvo’s XC40, the first three-cylinder engine in the company’s 91-year history, is now available in South Africa as a T3. The all-new, 1.5-litre, direct-injection petrol engine,…

Coming baby Merc going big on style and fun features

Sleekest car on the planet – of any Six million A-Class sold around world Lights fantastic – 64 cabin ambiences STUTTGART, Germany – Coming towards the end of 2018 or in early 2019 will be Mercedes’ A-Class Sedan, a small four-door with a wheelbase of only 2.73m and described as ”having the proportions of a…

JLR tests plan to get cars talking autonomously

JLR testing cars that can ‘talk’ to each other on UK roads R128-million project  for connected roads Roads and vehicles fitted with world-first tech PRETORIA, Gauteng – Jaguar Land Rover UK has begun testing smart connected cars on UK roads to prepare for self-driving cars as part of a £7-million project to create Britain’s first fully…

Land Rover’s next project: Autonomous off-roading

Jaguar Land Rover SUV’s involved in Project Cortext R62m project exploring all-terrain, all-weather ability World-first ‘5D’ technology for off-road automation PRETORIA, Gauteng – Jaguar Land Rover is developing autonomous vehicles capable of all-terrain, off-road, driving in any weather. ”The world-first Cortex project,” the automaker told The Corner in a media release, ”will ensure they are…

‘Hey look, Ma! No hands!’ In fact, not even a rider

No rider needed! Hello, pizza parlours! BMW scooter mule for computer testing Full motorcycle performance no problem LONDON, England – A self-driving (riding??) motorcycle, co-developed by AB Dynamics in Britain, will allow autonomous cars to be tested under much more challenging and representative conditions. Unlike slow-moving pedestrians and cyclists, the combination of rapid acceleration and…

UK automakers back new Euro road-safety measures

BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association’s (ACEA) Euro proposals to further improve vehicle safety while stressing that some proposed measures require further review. ACEA secretary-general Erik Jonnaert said in a media release: “ACEA members acknowledge the importance of including additional safety features in new vehicles.” These included autonomous emergency braking and lane-departure warning…

Two-door C-Class models are now even sportier

C-Class updates sport coupe / cabriolet Two engines – one from revered AMG Remote hood operation, more gadgets STUTTGART, Germany – Only weeks after the world premiere of an updated C-Class sedan and wagon comes the two-door version with a redesigned coupe and convertible. The automaker says ”sportiness and driving pleasure” have been enhanced with…

Comment: Gumtree SA’s JEFF OSBORNE on US autonomous road death

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – March 19 2018 saw the second road death caused by an Uber autonomous vehicle and all the company’s autonomous tests have been halted. The previous death, in 2016, involved a self-driving Tesla in 2016 whose driver fell asleep and the car collided with a truck. In December 2016 one of Uber’s self-driving…

‘Coffee and rolls, sir?’ ‘No thanks, Jeeves, just the coffee.’

DIY Rollers for the rich and famous Two years on and the 103EX is still around Batman and Robin have much to answer for LONDON, England – Rolls-Royce, back in 2016,  rewrote the rule book for the future of true luxury mobility by presenting the Rolls-Royce Vision Next100 – codenamed 103EX. It was a radical…

Could that colour info screen kill you? Eyes on the road!

Is there something worse for driver distraction? Cellphone gets the blame – but what about this? Eyes on the road, eyes off the colour display By EUGENE HERBERT MasterDrive JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Technology is good – right? Of course, particularly if it comes to technology that improves vehicle safety and reduces the number of crashes…