Volvo to the rescue! Phone app magic on way for 2020

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Volvo On Call (VOC), an app-based cellphone service that can help drivers to communicate with their cars, is coming to South Africa. VOC can remotely lock/unlock a car, check the fuel level, and pre-cool/heat the car before its driver arrives, each through a smartphone, smart watch, tablet, or desktop. Greg Maruszewski,…

Pets in the car: Volvo study highlights the many dangers

ROCKLEIGH, New Jersey – A study by Volvo USA and The Harris Poll has shown that unrestrained pets in a moving vehicle can lead to significantly less-safe driving and more distraction and stress not only on the driver but also the pet. Pets might be ”members of the family”, Volvo reports, but many owners don’t…

Hijacking self-defence: Take a course, fight the scourge

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – A report by the South African Cities Network has released data about hijackings of which road users, particularly in Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and eThekwini, should be aware. Vehicle hijacking in those areas has increased – contrary to data from other major municipalities. Data supplied to MasterDrive reports that, somewhere in South Africa,…

Shocking survey shows 50% of cars are theft risks

Car theft in UK at his worst in a decade Check with your dealers to see if your car is safe Even big-bucks luxury vehicles are susceptible LONDON, England – Thatcham, vehicle security experts in the UK, have assessed the security features over a range of entry and expensive cars and SUVs and what they…

UK drivers steering away from High Street parking high prices

Big savings on street and parkade slot rentals Extra income for inner-city homeowners More than a million commuters have signed-up LONDON, England – The popularity i the UK of renting space on private driveways has soared in recent years as commuters seek to save cash on expensive inner-city parking. YourParkingSpace.co.uk reports that bookings more than…

Tesla ‘sentry’ alarm calls owner, plays loud music

NEW YORK – Elon Musk’s Tesla battery-car company has launched a Sentry Mode anti-theft system  to freshen the attraction of its vehicles. The feature will go into US Model 3 vehicles dating back to August 2017. Known auto thefts in the US through 2017 totalled 773 139 – the most since 2009 – according to…

What to do if YOU’RE the target of a vehicle hijack

What to do if faced with a car hijacker Target could be you, your car, or your cash Get used to these simple-to-do precautions DURBAN, South Africa – Recently, according to MasterDrive, vehicle hijacking has spiked in this coastal city – along with an increase in the number of people kidnapped when their vehicle is hijacked….

Tech to the rescue to cut car-sales fraud

LONDON, England – Advanced facial recognition allied to artificial intelligence has been introduced by online vehicle retail specialist BuyaCar.co.uk to protect customers from online fraud. The business, in trying to create seamless and convenient vehicle purchases, says facial recognition has been added to what is described as ”an unrivalled suite of anti-fraud measures”. Online fraud…

Hyundai brings whole new meaning to ‘touch ‘n go’

World-first fingerprint tech for Hyundai Pads will unlock, start and adjust everything Updates will be done automatically LONDON, England – Hyundai has announced the pending introduction of fingerprint technology to unlock and start its vehicles from 2019. First to be equipped will be Santa Fe SUV units to be released in some world markets within…

Beat the clicker thieves: Tracker tells how to keep your car safe

LONDON, England – Crime reports published by the British government indicate the frequency of car theft is rising again in England and Wales. How much? By 15% through 2016/17 and by 40% through the last five years. Anti-vehicle theft experts Track believe the cause is the growing use of vehicle keyless locking and entry. Yes,…

Try these life-saving tips to chill before commuting

Chill, bro! Take a stroll – and deep breaths Take five to relax before turning the ignition key Watch out for the first signs of stress – and act! LONDON, England – Stress will affect you at some time whether at work, at home or in a tough situation… such as driving in the ”rush”…

Roadside shootings: Some tips to stay safe in an emergency

Don’t worry – panic is natural Remember, cars only explode in movies Key in all emergency numbers, soonest! EUGENE HERBERT MasterDrive MD ROAD-USERS have again been caught up in a shooting – this time in Sandton, northern Johannesburg – when shots were fired at a fuel station and one person was killed. There was another…