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…

Internal combustion still burns bright in auto future

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – There is a measure of panic in several countries, among them Germany, Britain and France, about calls to ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles over the next couple of decades. However, the reality is that such calls will do little to stop or slow  development of such engines and that…

Range Rover going super-hybrid for 2018

Whopping great power from hybrid drive Stupid top speed twice the legal limit Electric drive ideal for low-speed off-road WHITELY, England – The Range Rover Sport SUV is now available in the UK with a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain (PHEV – the world’s most ugly abbreviation – Ed) that’s said to deliver efficiency, capability and…

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…

Dial and deal: Peugeot fits auto showroom into a phone box

Red phone box now a Peugeot ‘call centre’ ‘Order Online’ proves you can buy er, well, anywhere No sales staff, customer is in complete control LONDON, England – Automaker Peugeot now has the smallest car dealership in the world… about a metre square but on prime land in the middle of England’s capital city. It’s…

Bee-bah, bee-bah! Scooter cops to clean up the city

London cops to gas up on hydrogen Police aim to clean up the city Long-term test of pre-sale superscoots LONDON, England – The British capital’s Metropolitan Police intend to reduce exhaust emissions with a trial of Suzuki’s Burgman hydrogen-fuelled scooters. They have a range of about 120km. The 18-month trial using seven Burgman Fuel Cell…

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…

Special Roadsters in SA to celebrate 50 years of AMG

Three half-century supercars from AMG Already in SA – plutocrats, check the prices Racing tech, superluxury – and convertibles AFFALTERBACH, Germany – The house of Mercedes-AMG has just launched in South Africa an Exclusive equipment package for its AMG GT C Roadster Edition 50, bringing three new members to the AMG GT family – an…

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…

Be careful: Dashcams might be hashcams in court

Dashcams sometimes miss whole picture High-profile police patrols still necessary Protection? It could be the opposite… LONDON, England – The UK’s biggest road-safety charity has warned that the rush of drivers buying a dashcam might not create as many prosecutions for dangerous driving hoped. It could even lead to to fewer traffic patrols as officers…