Driverless cars? See what REAL drivers think about prospect

Autonomous? Cool, but drivers still want to drive 71% of UK folk want to pilot cars themselves Connection of car/driver ‘the heart of all Mazdas’ LONDON, England – It seems the joy of driving is alive ‘n well in the UK with 71% of people surveyed saying they will still want to drive despite the…

Going autonomous: Real people, real roads, real cars

First two families heading out with Volvo Four years of Swedish testing with ordinary folk ‘Easy does it’ say Gothenburg test overseers GOTHENBURG, Sweden – On the road at last… with real, everyday, ordinary families. We’re talking fully autonomous Volvo cars which, from today (Dec 12 2017), will be used by Swedish families in real-life…

UK analysis shows new diesels mean big savings

8.2 million kg of NOx emissions could be avoided Diesel particulate matter reduced by 970 000kg 10-year-old diesels cover 48-billion km/h in Britain LONDON, England – A fresh analysis of vehicles Britain’s roads, just released by KwikFit, claims to have got a numeric handle on the potential benefit of scrapping the oldest diesel cars. Researchers,…

Honda invests in revolutionary R&D driving simulator

Simulator housed at Honda’s German technical centre Experience close as currently possible to road driving Supports next-generation vehicle development and testing OFFENBACH, Germany – Honda claims it is about to become the world’s first automaker to adopt driving simulator technology based on a revolutionary new architecture called DiM250. No, that’s not a slur on learner…

Artificial intelligence: Audi taking lead on highways

California hosting talks on artificial intelligence ‘Neural network’ generates 3D environments Driving further down the road to autonomy LONG BEACH, California – Automaker Audi is exhibiting a pre-development project at what is described as “the world’s most important symposium for artificial intelligence” here. The conference has been co-sponsored by Audi and will run from Dec…

Project Wicked Stick: Something new from Ford Performance

Hot extras design for Ford Performance cars New range out designed by Ford Europe  Perhaps play with your ‘Wicked Stick  BRENTWOOD, England – Ford Europe is introducing a range of high-quality, tailor-made, Ford-approved Performance Parts to enhance the appearance, sound and driving attributes of its performance models. The parts were shown at an autoshow in…

Fuel company Shell hell-bent on charging stations

LONDON, England – Royal Dutch Shell has partnered with top automakers to deploy ultra-fast battery charging on Europe’s highways and so gain the lead over rivals in the race to remove one of the biggest obstacles to widespread battery-car use. Reuters reports that Shell’s agreement with a company called Ionity (a joint venture involving BMW,…

BMW wants to lift urban mobility to new heights

Innovative urban mobility concepts for the future Elevated roads the future with “BMW Vision E³ Way” Emissions-free two-wheeler mobility in megacities As a provider of premium mobility products and services, the BMW Group is constantly in search of answers to the question: what will move us (forward) in the future? As part of the strategy…

Renault Samsung SM3 Z.E. goes longer-range electric

Renault Samsung Motors show off new electric SM3 Z.E. Driving range increased to five days’ driving Groupe Renault continues electric vehicle progress DAEGU, South Korea – Renault Samsung Motors has unveiled the SM3 Z.E. at a Future Auto Expo in this South Korean city, its maker keen to upgrade its electric vehicle range to meet…

Labour of love: 6725-hour restoration rebirths Jag XK120 SE

  Unique XK120 wins award at 2017 Octane Awards One-off sportster has unique Pininfarina bodywork  Paint, leather, lights remade after 3D scanning LONDON, England – The epic 6725-hour restoration of a one-off Pininfarina-bodied 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE by specialist company Classic Motor Cars in the UK has won the Restoration of the Year award at the 2017…

Toyota C-HR R-Tuned: Porsche, McLaren see its exhausts

Supercars up-staged by supertuned Toyota Toyota crossover takes on McLaren, Porsche Follow-on to Toyota Sienna R-Tuned MPV LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Asked to name a Toyota that can outgun McLaren muscle and Porsche panache one probably wouldn’t suggest a Toyota, not even a C-HR. Hmmm… Well, whatever, a 450kW,  race-tuned, version of the Toyota crossover has…

Nissan takes on teeming Tokyo with autonomous Infiniti

Nissan Infiniti self-drives japanese city centre Computer array uses sonar, cameras, radar ‘The car has a human-like driving feel’ TOKYO, Japan – Nissan today (Oct 26) demonstrated on public roads in Tokyo a prototype of its most advanced autonomous driving technology, one scheduled for real-world use from 2020, . The ProPILOT technology, fitted to a…