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…

Audi Sportback goes live on SA’s Cape coast

New Audi A7 Sportback now available in UK First UK deliveries expected in April 2018 Digital controls, comprehensive connectivity CAPE TOWN, South Africa –  You might have seen them recently on the roads of the Western Cape… German licence places and the steering-wheel on the wrong side. Check the images! The cars were the coming…

Hyundai leads way with long-distance autonocars

Nexo fuel-cell car in longest-yet on-road demo Level 4 autonomy for vehicles in smart cities by 2021 Commercial autonomy technology ‘by 2030’ SEOUL, South Korea – Three next-generation Hyundai fuel-cell electric vehicles have completed an autonomous 120km journey from Seoul to Pyeongchang. It was the first time Level 4 autonocars had achieved that distance though…

Look Ma! No pedals! Meet the Cruise total self-driver

NEW YORK – General Motors filed a safety petition with the US Department of Transportation for its fourth-generation self-driving Cruise AV. The new car is the first production-ready vehicle to have been built from scratch to operate safely on its own – no driver, no steering wheel, no pedals, no manual controls. WATCH THE video…

Robot racers: Get inside track on driverless racing

Driverless racing – a supercomputer does it all But who will be the heroes out on the track? Super-nerds at the wheel from the pits LONDON, England – Roborace, believed to be the world’s first driverless electric racing competition, will be on show on the Autosport Stage at Autosport International 2018 here from January 11-14, 2018….