Cyber protection: What about your local garage?

UK research highlights car cyber attacks Regulation needed for automakers, techies Survey shows huge ignorance on cyber theft LONDON, England – The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has welcomed government guidelines to reduce the hacking risk of internet-connected cars but urges focus on the technicians that work on the vehicles, too. The same type…

New high-tech car-theft warning issued

LONDON, England – As the UK’s September registration plate change looms a reminder is served that more cars are stolen without keys as criminals exploit weaknesses in security technology Today’s car criminals are far more likely to be computer-savvy than be able to hot-wire a car warns vehicle security company Tracker. “Recent reports in the…

Vehicle servicing? Watch out, there are hackers about!

LONDON, England – The UK’s Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has already welcomed UK government guidelines to protect internet-connected from hackers – but is now urging a focus on the technicians who service such vehicles. It’s perhaps something the SA auto industry should also be investigating. Following the announcement earlier this week (Aug 8-12…

Money fears? Could autonomous become parlous on profit?

FRANKFURT, Germany / DETROIT, Michigan – BMW and Daimler, the world’s top luxury automakers, have announced alliances with suppliers with the aim of having more engineers to develop self-driving cars. But is there another motive behind these deals? Executives and industry experts are concerned that such cars might not be sufficiently profitable for keen investment….

Budding Leaf: Aero shape, longer range and WOW looks!

YOKOHAMA, Japan – The upcoming new Nissan Leaf battery car will feature an improved aerodynamic design to make it more efficient and able to travel further with a tanked-up battery – the bane of electric cars so far. The new Leaf looks nothing like its rather podgy ancestor – indeed, The Corner thinks it gives…

Chariots run loose in Big Apple’s street – how come?

Crowd-sourced shuttles for in-app plug-trip booking Chariot to charge commuters flat-rate $4 per ride Ford backing new transport for poorer districts   NEW YORK – Ford, with a corporate eye on expanding its mobility offerings, wil launch a crowd-sourced shuttle service called Chariot in New York City in August to provide new mobility solutions to…

UK’s electricar clean-up: The hidden costs

LONDON, England – Britain’s plans to ban fossil-fuel vehicle engines in favour of electric power will threaten the UK’s national tax income. That’s the opinion of Mark Cunningham, a manager at London taxation experts Blick Rothenberg. Cunningham explained: “The government has for some years incentivised a move to low-emissions company cars through lower taxes and…

Yet another lazy-driver crutch – this time from Nissan

Autoparking Leaf for amateur drivers Normally abled people should be more skilled If you can’t park, how can you be a driver? YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan has announced that the upcoming Nissan Leaf will be the first vehicle in the automaker’s global product line-up to be equipped with ProPilot Park. The tech helps drivers to park…

What’s happening with the SA speed record run?

NEWQUAY, England – It’s been on the cards for nearly a decade but, with delay following delay, what is actually happening with the 1600km/h Bloodhound jet-car record bid planned for jet pilot Andy Green on Haksteen Pan in the north-western Cape? FIND OUT HERE READ MORE ABOUT BLOODHOUND HERE

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…