So you thought autonomous cars would be safe…?

Autonomous cars: More questions than answers? All is not so safe – humans will have to be alert Easier settlement of vehicle insurance claims LONDON, England – Driverless cars could create a highway to confusion unless training and coaching catches up with the fast pace of change and helps drivers to cope with a whole…

Toyota’s Guardian takes autonomy into new universe

Toyota US shows of latest in autonomy System can even handle tumbling hay bales Driver dozing off? Not a problem for Plano PLANO, Texas – The Toyota Research Institute has released a video showing the first demonstration of its Guardian and Chauffeur autonomous vehicles platform. Dr Gill Pratt, CEO of TRI, introduced the video: “Today, you’re…

Here it comes: Next Nissan Leaf a ‘special’ in UK

More power, longer range, new connectivity ‘World’s most advanced and accessible 100% electric car’ Launch of Leaf 2.Zero at a Nissan road show in Norway OSLO, Norway – Nissan has unveiled the latest Leaf electric car here with claims of greater range, more-dynamic design, “advanced” driving assistance and better internet connectivity. The Corner was initially…

Audi Aicon – no pedals, no instruments, no steering-wheel

Audi’s vision of fully autonomous four-door 2+2 Space liberated by no steering wheel or pedals Four electric motors create e-quattro and 700km range FRANKFURT, Germany – Design study, technology demonstrator, mobility concept – this, Audi says, is the Aicon which aims to exploit every current possibility for an autonomous luxury car of the future. As…

Park your future Jaguar on the coffee table

Jaguar planning to sell only steering-wheels Autonomy from 2040 for London tech show Vision of mobility involves not owning a car LONDON, England – Jaguar Land Rover will reveal an “intelligent and connected” steering-wheel of the future at an inaugural Tech Fest at the Central St Martins art, design and technology college in London. “The…

Will Domino’s auto-deliver knock spots off competition?

End of the road for the pizza deliverist? Ford and Domino’s team up for autopies …but will the customer want brave the rain? ANN ARBOR, Michigan – Warning to all scooter pizza delivery riders across the world… your jobs are in peril! No more whizzing through traffic with a boxful of hot pizza pies and…

Freeway road trains: Good idea, bad idea?

Another barmy idea from UK government? Several big trucks – only a lead driver Internet-controlled convoys draw drivers’ ire LONDON, England – Plans are on the table in the UK to allow automated, internet-controlled, truck trains loose on British freeways with one driver in a lead truck controlling three or more similar slave vehicles. READ…

Autonomous cars: More and more people steering clear

LONDON, England – Drivers, according to a recent study in the UK, are failing to agree that automated and driverless vehicles will deliver their theoretically promised benefits.. When asked, in a survey for Continental Tyres, about the potential benefits the second most-popular response was “none” as more than a third of respondents were unable to…

Vehicle servicing? Watch out, there are hackers about!

LONDON, England – The UK’s Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has already welcomed UK government guidelines to protect internet-connected from hackers – but is now urging a focus on the technicians who service such vehicles. It’s perhaps something the SA auto industry should also be investigating. Following the announcement earlier this week (Aug 8-12…

Money fears? Could autonomous become parlous on profit?

FRANKFURT, Germany / DETROIT, Michigan – BMW and Daimler, the world’s top luxury automakers, have announced alliances with suppliers with the aim of having more engineers to develop self-driving cars. But is there another motive behind these deals? Executives and industry experts are concerned that such cars might not be sufficiently profitable for keen investment….

Yet another lazy-driver crutch – this time from Nissan

Autoparking Leaf for amateur drivers Normally abled people should be more skilled If you can’t park, how can you be a driver? YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan has announced that the upcoming Nissan Leaf will be the first vehicle in the automaker’s global product line-up to be equipped with ProPilot Park. The tech helps drivers to park…

GM boss Barra wheels out more self-driving Chev Bolts

First company to use mass-produced autonomous cars Test Bolt EV’s have latest self-driving technology GM’s autonomous test fleet has now reached 180 DETROIT, Michigan – General Motors has announced the completion of 130 Chevrolet Bolt EV test vehicles equipped with its “next generation” of self-driving technology at its Orion Assembly Plant in Michigan. The car will join more…