FCA simulators take vehicle movement to new level

WINSOR, Canada – The FCA Automotive Research and Development Centre has inaugurated a vehicle dynamics simulator as part of claims is the most advanced driving simulator technology available in North America. It has nine directions of movement and specific driver calibration to closely duplicate actual driving. Tony Mancina, head of engineering at FCA Canada, told…

Gloves-off as JLR fights factory injuries with, well, gloves

PRETORIA, Gauteng – Engineers from Jaguar Land Rover are working on the next generation of protective workplace clothing – in this case a light 3D-printed glove which could help to protect employees from the threat of musculoskeletal damage. The 3D glove is intended to be used by workers on production lines, for example those required…

Hyundai electric concept builds on an idea from 1974

SEOUL, South Korea – Hyundai unveiled the 45, a battery-powered electric vehicle concept, at the 2019 Frankfurt auto show to show off a new era of the company’s automotive design focused on electrification, autonomous technology, and intelligent design. The car, Hyundai says, has put a twist on a 45-year-old icon, the Hyundai Pony Coupé Concept, to…

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,…

Hall of Fame place for SA’s Mr Perana – Basil Green

PRETORIA, South Africa – The man behind the South African Perana-brand fast Fords of the 1960’s and ’70’s,  the now 82-year-old Basil Green, has been honoured for his automotive achievements with induction into the South African Hall of Fame. The hall tells the stories of extraordinary SA achievers while recognising their outstanding service and overall…

R60bn investment ‘possible for SA auto industry’

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – As much as R60-billion could be invested in the South African vehicle and vehicle component industries through the next five years – R40bn in direct investments by the seven vehicle manufacturers, R20bn into component making. The news came from Andrew Kirby, president of the SA automakers’ association and president and…

‘Driven to Distraction’: Try Kwik Fit cellphone test

LONDON, England – Research revealed in 2019 has shown that more than 2.7-million drivers have  through the previous two years had a collision or veered off the road because they were distracted by a mobile phone. The survey, commissioned by Kwik Fit, the UK’s largest automotive servicing and repair company, found that, of these drivers,…

Farming flexing tyres: Electicity from rubber by Sumitomo

TOKYO, Japan – Electricity generation from inside your car’s tyres is being worked on by Falken Tyres parent company Sumitomo Rubber and a professor at Kansai University. The theory is that static electricity – ”frictional charging” is the technical name – is said to produce power, efficiently, as the tyre rotates. The plot involves two…

Merc, Bosch combine to make autoparking real

STUTTGART, Germany – Bosch and Daimler have state approval to use groundbreaking automated parking in the Mercedes-Benz Museum high-rise garage here which accepts vehicles for entry and allows them to find their (humanless) way to a designated parking slot on one of  several floors The move, which works through a cellphone, introduces the world’s first…

Going on a road trip: Don’t forget these ‘essentials’

DENVER, Colorado –  America, like South Africa, is a big country so if you’re planning a long drive to somewhere or a touring holiday make sure you have everything you might need. Here are suggestions and musts from the US but they apply just as much to down here in Africa. A new graphic from…

Hyundai/Kia take big step in fuel-saving engine technology

SEOUL, South Korea – The Hyundai/Kia partnership has developed what is claims is the world’s first continuously variable valve-duration (CVVD) technology and says it will be installed in future Hyundai and Kia vehicles. The innovation was revealed alongside the Smartstream G1.6 T-GDi – the first engine to have the technology. ”CVVD,” Hyundai explains, ”optimises engine…

Ford braking demo: How to stay on the curved and narrow

KYALAMI, South Africa – Two  Ford Fiestas were centre-stage during a ‘Stop the Crash‘  show hosted by the Global New Car Assessment Programme and the Automobile Association to make governments declare automatic crash avoidance mandatory on new vehicles. One such is electronic stability control, a system reported to have prevented 260 000 vehicle collisions in…