Category Archives: Technology

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New McLaren Super Series At Geneva

Back in November I had the opportunity to drive the McLaren 650S in Spider form (HERE). It was, as you might expect, a superb example of automotive prowess and a great experience. Not content to rest on their supercar laurels, for McLaren Automotive a new era will begin this March with the launch of the second generation of its Super Series at the Geneva International Motor Show. Continue reading

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The Laughing Policeman

Long ago, in the days when men wore proper hats and opened car doors for ladies, there were amusement arcades on the end of any seaside pier. There, amongst the crane machines that robbed you blind and the handle-cranked ‘What The Butler Saw’ Mutoscope reels with Edwardian ladies disporting in their dishabille much to the secret delight of coy youths with restless genitals, there was exhibited an automaton in the form of a ruddy-faced laughing policeman. There’s one in the clip below: see how jolly he is, laughing in gratitude for the gift of a penny in the slot. (Once you get the idea stop the clip; gets a bit irritating after a while). Continue reading

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Honda, Hydrogen & The Call For Clarity

The first examples of Clarity Fuel Cell, Honda’s most advanced zero emissions vehicle, have arrived in Europe this week. The first six vehicles will be based with customers in London and Copenhagen as part of the Hydrogen for Innovative Vehicles (HyFIVE) demonstration project, partly funded by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU). Continue reading

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Road Safety & Autonomous Cars

The latest automotive survey, this one from Venson Automotive Solutions, reveals people’s attitudes to autonomous cars and road safety. Fifty-five percent of road users are calling for a review of road traffic laws in line with the rise of automated vehicles. Continue reading

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The Volvo V40 R-Design – Ha en säker resa.

When you’ve done a big shop and stowed the bags in the boot of your average car, isn’t it irritating to get home only to find all the groceries strewn about like the aftermath of a grenade strike. Tins rolling around, packets splitting open and a lost root vegetable that has bounced to oblivion to rot and to smell. Wouldn’t it be good if some car maker came up with a nifty idea to stop that happening? That would be fantastic, that. Enter, stage left, the Volvo V40 D3 R-Design Pro. Continue reading

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HARMAN Respond To New Security Challenges

The risks posed by the rise of car connectivity: Automotive electronics giant HARMAN is pioneering the new field of automotive cyber security, as the prospect of cyber-attacks on vehicles becomes an increasingly serious one. More and more customers want or even demand a ‘connected car’ and, in theory at least, any form of wireless link – even via a separate mobile phone or tablet – could provide the conduit that hackers need to access the main vehicle systems like brakes or engine. Continue reading

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When Jaguars Go Driverless

Put away your string-backed driving gloves old boy, you’re not going to need them. Jaguar Land Rover plans to create a fleet of more than 100 research vehicles over the next four years, to develop and test a wide range of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technologies. The first of these research cars will be driven on a new 41 mile test route on motorways and urban roads around Coventry and Solihull later this year. Continue reading

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Car Breakdown? Have A Nice Cuddle.

Just when you think the world can’t get any more trivial and juvenile (like the ongoing rows in both major political parties to which I say – in the manner of Michael Caine – just get on with the bloody job we pay you to do) something comes along to further gast your flabber. Continue reading