Predictive techs: End to roadside breakdowns on horizon?

Breakdowns could be pre-empted using in-vehicle data UK’s eight-million roadsiders cost £1.3bm a year Telematics will save vehicle owners time and money LONDON, England – Technology could halve the number of unexpected roadside breakdowns by 2020 as data increasingly identifies a malfunctions before it occurs. Wouldn’t that be nice here in long-distance South Africa…? Whatever, telematics expert In-car Cleverness…

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…

Cars ‘soon smart enough’ to make life-saving decisions

By MIKE WHITFIELD MD at Nissan South Africa Autonomous driving technology is developing so rapidly that  Business Insider’s research has forecast 10-million such cars on UK roads by 2020. However, the closer we get to completely driverless cars, the more critical it becomes for automakers to make sure they’re safe. Autonomous cars can save lives. Not…

Diesel ban coming – but UK rental customers say ‘We want it!’

LONDON, England – Just as the threat of a total UK ban on diesel cars has started to hang over UK car buyers so rental company Europcar has announced that its customers prefer the economy of  such vehicles. Especially as the UK media made much of diesel cars being taken off the market, but made…

Style, tech boosts for updated Ford Focus range

      Sporty styling kit for Focus four-door hatch       Driving aids add Sync3 with satnav       1.5  TDCi- ‘exceptional economy, hatch or sedan       Improved features for Focus ST and RS PRETORIA, South Africa – Ford SA is giving the market a C-segment Focus hatch/sedan with a broader, “more advanced and alluring” range of what the…

Dodge Demon: How fast is the world’s fastest car?

Latest Dodge Charger world’s fastest car Accelerates to 100km/h in 2.3 seconds Weekend dragster, Monday school delivery AUBURN HILLS, Michigan – Dodge rocked the high-performance car world in 2014 with its 527kW Charger SRT Hellcat and Challenger SRT Hellcat – supercar performance at affordable prices. They were the world’s most powerful muscle cars – until…

More charging points fuelling UK demand for battery cars

UK resistance to EV purchases easing More charging points still needed There’s a message for South Africa, too LONDON, England – How opinions have changed! A UK survey by Venson Automotive Solutions shows 85% of current car owners would now consider buying an electric vehicle or choosing one as their company car. The main negative was…

Special Roller for paediatric patients to cut hospital stress

Kiddie supercar present from Rolls-Royce Real badge on real car for young patients Idea is to let kiddy patients drive to their operation LONDON, England – Rolls-Royce cars has unveiled a new and extremely compact concept of luxury, just one, and created for one very special customer. That’s the  St Richard’s Hospital Paediatric Day Surgery…

UK methane trucks ‘answer to pollution’

Europe’s advanced CNG trucks for shop chain Scanias get 800km range on methane gas R330 000-a-year fuel saving possible   SOLIHULL, England – One of Britain’s largest supermarket chains has opted for new delivery trucks that burn methane (compressed natural gas) instead of diesel to save 40% on their fuel bill and 70% on their…

GM, Honda plug in for new fuel-cell tech

Honda / GM stretch out vehicle collaboration Development will go ahead at Detroit plant Advanced fuel-cell tech to share in future products DETROIT, Michigan – General Motors and Honda are to establish the auto industry’s first joint venture for mass production of an advanced hydrogen fuel-cell system for each brands future products. Each two will…

UK to double penalties for cellphone use – will SA?

Horror stories of how youngsters risk lives ‘Texting’ the worst of all stupidity Will doubled penalties curb the scourge? YOU WILL SURVIVE, THEY WON’T: Texting – in fact using a cellphone at all while driving – is akin to attempted murder. Or suicide. Image: Schwartz & Schwartz Attorneys LONDON, England – Almost 8000 people in…

Merc and Starship threat to ‘white van’ drivers

Sprinter ‘robots’ prototype already introduced Mobile loading and transport hub for eight robots Pilot projects on track in Europe through 2017 STUTTGART, Germany – Mercedes-Benz Vans has become the lead investor in Starship Technologies, said to be “the world’s leading start-up company for the development of ground-based, autonomous delivery robots”. Van drivers of the world,…