JLR gets green light to solve 150-year-old problem on the road

Vehicle-to-Infrastructure tech to avoid red lights Tech gives speed to avoid having to stop​ System to cut congestion, reduces emissions PRETORIA, Gauteng – New Jaguar Land Rover technology has been created to, the automaker claims, reduce traffic by avoiding stops at red traffic lights – an invention from 150 years ago that is now the…

2019 Mirai: It means Toyota is punting a clean future

Toyota show how hydrogen is the answer California ad campaign punting hydrogen 500km range, tank refill in only five minutes PLANO, Texas – The 2019 Toyota Mirai’s new marketing campaign ‘Real Power’, the automaker says, is intended to emphasise the power potential of hydrogen fuel-cell technology to change the world. The vehicle’s POWER button takes centre…

Arc Vector: You’re looking at the future of motorcycling

Ground-breaking haptic ride-wear, connected  helmet Safest, most fulfilling, battery-bike experience yet It also has a ‘human machine interface’ PRETORIA, Gauteng – InMotion Ventures, Jaguar Land Rover’s venture capital fund, has revealed its investment in Arc, which today (Nov 6 2018) unveiled  the Vector – the world’s first fully-electric motorcycle. It also has a ”human machine…

Kia adds solar sunroof to charge battery buggies on the move

Solar to power future production vehicles – even ICE Target is battery charging while on the move Whole new meaning to the ‘sunroof’ concept SEOUL, South Korea – Kia Motors and Hyundai Motor, partners in the automotive business, have announced plans to introduce solar roof charging technology on some of the group’s vehicles. The electricity-generating…

New home charging box brings DC to the garage

MUNICH, Germany – Wallbox, a German electric-vehicle charging equipment manufacturer, is to introduce what is claimed to be the first direct-current home charger. The company says its also unveiling speech-recognition and artificial intelligence software to simplify management of vehicle charging. The new DC charger puts energy created and stored in the home straight into the…

Battery-car grants shocker from UK government

State aid to buy electric slashed Plug-in car grant hits sales Short notice on cut angers automakers LONDON, England – The British government’s decision to cut what has become known as ”the Plug-in Car Grant” will have far-reaching consequences for vehicle buyers, the environment, and the auto industry. That’s the view of the UK’s Society…

One day, there might be no more stopping for red lights

Ford exploring how to choreograph junction traffic Plan follows how sentient being handle crowds Average UK driver spends two days a year at lights COLOGNE, Germany – Imagine a world where crossing a busy road junction no longer requires observance of a red light, when the only reason to stop your car is reaching your destination….

Growling Jaguar switches to a whine for battery i-Pace

Audible assistance praised by guide-dog group Spacecraft-movie engine sounds were tested… …reality is a whine that increases with speed CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Silence is not always golden… particularly for the visually impaired as they try to get around their neighbourhood and even farther afield. The arrival of mostly silent battery-powered cars, motor-cycles and,…

Mazda electrification plans – ‘taking the long view’

Mazda punting future electric power Support from small rotary engines Connectivity to help ‘social issues’ TOKYO, Japan – Automaker Mazda says it wants to develop electrification and connectivity plans based on a long view of technological development and badge it as Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 This mission, the automaker hopes, will ”preserve the beauty of Earth,…

Renault robocar: Hail it, call it, ride it – meet the Ultimo

PARIS, France – Groupe Renault is using the 2018 Paris auto show to present its radical EZ-Ultimo ”robo-vehicle”, a sort of autonomous office / lounge whose main connection with any other automobile is that it has four wheels. The French automaker describes the car(?) as an autonomous, electric, connected, and shared-mobility service solution that offers…

At last, putting pedals to the metal – the Audi FitCar

FitCar PPV (Pedal Powered Vehicle) out in Netherlands Works on most vehicles, yet a unique concept Turn sedentary commutes into active gym time DELFT, Netherlands – The image above is of the FitCar PPV. You pedal it along. Really. While at the steering-wheel and burning the calories that would have gone to your waistline by…

Holy graphics! Look what your windscreen could be showing by 2020

Holographics ‘to help enhance in-car experience’ Technology application beyond navigation system Display capable of filling your whole windscreen SEOUL, South Korea –  Hyundai Motor has announced what it calls ”a strategic investment” into Swiss deep-tech start-up WayRay AG to expedite the development of holographic augmented reality (AR) navigation system. The images show what it might…