News: Traffic portal extended to Wellington and Melbourne

2510306_Global_TOP10_CongestionNavigation services provider TomTom is extending its live traffic and travel information portal, TomTom City, to 50 new cities including Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city and Melbourne in Victoria, Australia.

TomTom City is accessible from any internet-enabled computer, tablet or smartphone and provides free content showing live traffic status and incidents and other driver-based information in cities.

The key features of TomTom City include real-time traffic status, delay hotspots, and a road event reporter. Continue reading “Traffic portal extended to Wellington and Melbourne” »

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News: Lack of overtaking skill worries truck drivers

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Truck drivers and professional bodies are all in agreement that New Zealand motorists have poor overtaking skills.

According to Stuff, Leif Blair Transport driver Les Wilson, who has been driving trucks for more than 21 years, says some drivers see his truck and trailer combination as a target to pass.

Wilson told Stuff that when it comes to overtaking large trucks such as the one he pilots, motorists don’t know how or when to do it. Continue reading “Lack of overtaking skill worries truck drivers” »

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News: Driven: 2016 RAM 2500 Laramie 4×4 Double Cab

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The factory-backed right-hand drive RAMs journey to Australia and New Zealand has taken longer than the distributor would have liked but the wait has been worth it.

This American Beauty started life at the Saltillo Assembly Plant in Mexico before shipping to American Special Vehicles (ASV) in Melbourne where it undergoes a body-off-frame remanufacturing process to OEM standard into a right-hand drive vehicle for Australian and New Zealand buyers.

This process is not an aftermarket conversion, but a full factory backed process where Fiat Chrysler is allowing ASV access to technical drawings meant it could remanufacture the RAM’s firewall and other componentry to OEM standard during the build, and it has also been tested to maintain ensured crashworthiness. Continue reading “Driven: 2016 RAM 2500 Laramie 4×4 Double Cab” »

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News: Pokemon Go craze causing driver crashes

pokemon-go-in carPlaying Pokemon Go is reportedly causing distracted users to engage in unsafe behaviour, including dangerous driving leading to car crashes, while opening up financial ramifications in car insurance.

The augmented-reality app Pokémon Go, which has recently taken the world by storm, is causing distracted users to engage in unsafe behaviour – like dangerous driving.

According to an ABC report, a west Brisbane panel beater Darren Holmes has received his first, and most probably not his last, Pokémon Go-related car repair after a female driver in Toowoomba crashed her car while using the app. The incident took place barely a week after the game’s Australian launch. Continue reading “Pokemon Go craze causing driver crashes” »

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News: 93% coverage for ANCAP

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Australasian New Car Assessment Programme testing now covers 93% of the market – with the awarding of five-star safety ratings to both the Suzuki Vitara and Kia Optima.

Both models previously ranked as top-selling unrated models in their class.

“We’ve awarded the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating for the Suzuki Vitara, which is a real boost for consumers and Suzuki,” says ANCAP chief executive officer James Goodwin. “The Vitara performed well in physical crash testing and includes reversing collision avoidance and a manual speed limiter as standard.” Continue reading “93% coverage for ANCAP” »

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News: Agave by-product car parts from Ford and Jose Cuervo

agaveFord and tequila-maker Jose Cuervo are testing a bioplastic made from the agave plant for use in vehicle interior and exterior components such as wiring harnesses, HVAC units and storage bins.

Initial assessments suggest the material holds great promise due to its durability and aesthetic qualities. Success in developing a sustainable composite could reduce vehicle weight and lower energy consumption while paring back the use of petrochemicals and the impact of vehicle production on the environment.

“As a leader in the sustainability space we are developing new technologies to efficiently employ discarded materials and fibres while potentially reducing the use of petrochemicals and light-weighting our vehicles for desired fuel economy,” says Debbie Mielewski, senior technical leader at its sustainability research department. Continue reading “Agave by-product car parts from Ford and Jose Cuervo” »

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