Tagged: cars

Beware of new scam  that allows thieves to rob cars without key

Irish car owners are being urged to watch out for a new scam that allows thieves to unlock their motors without the keys. Europe’s largest car-owners’ club has warned that hundreds of thousands of vehicles are at risk. It is said that the scam has already been used to steal vehicles across Europe. Thieves are using a simple radio hack to unlock...

BMW marks journey from WW1 aero engines to luxury-car leader

BMW will be celebrating all three in Munich on Monday, 100 years after it was founded as Bayerische Flugzeugwerke to make aero engines in the first world war. Sixteen months later, it would become Bayerische Motoren Werke and by autumn it would trademark the blue-and-white roundel that today stands among the world’s most recognisable corporate symbols. Executives are keenly aware that the...

Will Old People be the first to start using Self-Driving Cars?

Google is in the beginnings of a Silicon Valley arms race over self-driving cars. The tech giant, with its $498 billion market capitalization, faces stiff competition in the space from stalwart automakers and upstarts like Tesla and Uber alike. But there’s one demographic the company is betting will love its self-driving cars: the aging population. Some experts predict that the first people...

Motorists driven round the bend with new car technology

Last month, the AA attended 741 car breakdowns where the vehicle was less than one year old. AA spokesman Conor Faughnan said in many cases a “glitch” in the software was to blame for the breakdowns. He said modern cars are increasingly complex machines and include finely tuned electronics and software that can be prone to “teething issues”. And, increasingly, complicated car electronics...

Porsche Says “No Thanks” To Self-Driving Cars and so do we :-)

Every car manufacturer in the world is racing ahead with plans to make self-driving cars. The theory is that autonomous cars will be safer than cars driven by human beings. Elon Musk says that within a decade, autonomous cars will be as common as elevators. He speculates further that one day humans will be banned from driving because they are too dangerous...

California Wrestles With Making Self-Driving Cars Public

California regulators deciding how to permit the future rollout of self-driving cars were told Thursday by consumer advocates that their cautious approach was right on, and by companies developing the technology that the current course will delay deployment of vehicles that promise huge safety benefits. The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles heard the comments at a workshop as it wrestles with how...

Honda Civic travels over 8,000 miles using £459 of diesel

Two amateur drivers spent 25 days behind the wheel of the Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC, which recorded an average of 100.31 miles per gallon. Fergal McGrath and Julian Warren stopped a total of nine times to refuel during their journey, which equalled the distance of driving from the UK to Australia. The car, which was a standard model without any modifications,...

Google’s driverless cars have been involved in three car accidents

Maybe Google driverless cars need some driving lessons from us. An investigation by the Associated Press has uncovered that four of the 48 self-driving cars on California’s roads have been involved in four accidents since September, after the state refused to make the official accident reports available. Two of the accidents happened while the vehicle was driving, and the other two while...

Australia’s first road-legal solar sports car revs up

AN ambitious team of undergraduate students from the University of New South Wales are on the brink of creating the Southern Hemisphere’s first road legal solar sports car. Having built and raced five generations of solar sports cars, SunSwift’s latest prototype eVe holds the world record for the fastest electric vehicle over a distance of 500 kilometres on a single battery charge....