Smart new battery-charger: It knows when to stop…

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – CTEK’s CT5 Time to Go battery charger brings timing to a chore: it provides a reading for roughly how long it will be before the recharge is complete. The clue is in the charger’s branding – a ‘Try’ function in the progressive series of lights will show when the battery is sufficiently…

10-speed auto gives extra clout to Chevy’s Camaro

Extra gears ‘mean faster lap times’ Uprated suspenson for greater grip Extra luxury goodies for the Camaro cabin DETROIT, Michigan – The 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE, said to be the fastest, most track-capable, Camaro yet, will from late in February be offered in the US with an industry-leading 10-speed auto transmission. Chevrolet’s engineers are said…

JLR autopods out to make pals with pedestrians

System projects images onto the road Pedestrians warned where vehicle going Object is to gain pedestrians’ trust PRETORIA, Gauteng –Jaguar Land Rover says there’s a possibility that it will introduce a system to project a self-driving vehicle’s direction of travel onto the road to inform other road-users. ”The intelligent technology,” JLR explained, ”beams a series…

Used tyres: The hemp of the US auto industry

Millions of used tyre recycled Landfill crisis prompts tyre recycling Five out of six tyres shredded for re-use AN INFOGRAPHIC from Bridjit Kerb Ramps has been created to show what happens to used tyres once they’re taken off a passenger vehicle. Since keeping old tyres out of landfills has always been important to them, the…

World-first secondary crash bags on way from Kia

Protection coming for a second impact Happens in 30% of all road collisions Kia on the ball chasing fewer impact injuries SEOUL, South Korea – Future Kia road vehicles will have double crash-bag technology to improve protection of humans in a multi-impacy collision. Automaker Kia, part of the Hyundai organisation, intends to improve crash-bag performance…

New role for autonomous cars: Tyre-tests for gravel

Any tyre test-track no longer needs a driver Automation means better processes, accurate results Automated Cruising Chauffeur luxmobile used HANOVER, Germany / Uvalde, Texas – Tyre manufacturer Continental has commissioned what it believes is the first driverless tyre-testing vehicle for a wide range of road types at a test site in Uvalde, Texas. The new…

Noise and vibration: Once unwanted in cars, now helping deaf

True ‘freedom of mobility’ for hearing-impaired drivers Campaign video illustrates possibilities for taxi staff Hearing-impaired can interact with external environment SEOUL, South Korea – Hyundai has revealed innovative technology to help deaf or partially-deaf drivers who would otherwise have to depend on sight and touch. It’s a method of communication that uses internal and external…

Ghosn top ally goes missing as Nissan scandal sizzles

Another Nissan exec off-map post Ghosn arrest ‘Concentrating on special tasks’, says autmaker Munoz won’t make it to 2019 Vegas tech expo TOKYO, Japan – A senior Nissan executive, Jose Munoz, has taken a leave-of-absence as part of what’s been described as ”a sudden management shake-up” that’s followed the arrest of former company chairman Carlos…

Hyundai delivers Nexo – and record range for hydrogen car

Hyundai US has delivered its first high-tech Nexo ‘Technological flagship’ Nexo SUV for scientist Hydrogen for fuel, clean exhaust the target VAN NUYS, California – Hyundai, at the end of December 2018, delivered its first Nexo fuel-cell SUV to a former scientist who said he was eager to add the benefits of this zero-emissions vehicle…

Wow! This car has legs – no, really, it can go anywhere

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Hyundai will present a totally new vehicle concept at the coming CES here which combines the power of robotics and EV technology. The vehicle will have wheels on robotic legs to allow users to drive, walk or even climb over the most treacherous terrain. It’s intended to go – with people…

Auto genius Gordon Murray makes UK New Year Honours list

Gordon Murray in Queen Elizabeth’s Honours List 50 years of automotive design gets royal recognition 20 years in F1 and designing the McLaren F1 LONDON, England – Automotive designer and engineer (now professor) Gordon Murray has been made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in Queen Elizabeth’s 2019 New Year Honours list. ”The accolade,”…

Hyundai brings whole new meaning to ‘touch ‘n go’

World-first fingerprint tech for Hyundai Pads will unlock, start and adjust everything Updates will be done automatically LONDON, England – Hyundai has announced the pending introduction of fingerprint technology to unlock and start its vehicles from 2019. First to be equipped will be Santa Fe SUV units to be released in some world markets within…