News: How do you give a driverless car a ticket?

Gov. Brown Signs Legislation At Google HQ That Allows Testing Of Autonomous VehiclesThe Department of Motor Vehicles in California is scratching it’s collective head on how to regulate vehicles that rely on computers and not people to drive them.

The Federal government is years away from developing regulations for autonomous vehicles and California says it is concerning about developing regulations that could be substantially different to other states, leaving a patchwork of rules that businesses and consumers will hate.

Driverless vehicles could be available commercially by 2020. Already Google has tested a fleet of sensor equipped driverless Prius and Lexus vehicles in California, logging up many thousands of kilometres. Other automotive manufacturers are doing likewise. Continue reading “How do you give a driverless car a ticket?” »

News: Student’s racing car bound to Exscite

Waikato Formula SAE team: From back left, Daniel Lamb, Avinash Chavda, Ben Jackson, Dr Mike Duke, Kevin Duncan and Sam Brien. From front left, Michael Hoogendoorn, Brad Webb, Dr Mark Lay and Isaac Hayes. Absent: Mark Shrimpton.

Waikato Formula SAE team: From back left, Daniel Lamb, Avinash Chavda, Ben Jackson, Dr Mike Duke, Kevin Duncan and Sam Brien. From front left, Michael Hoogendoorn, Brad Webb, Dr Mark Lay and Isaac Hayes. Absent: Mark Shrimpton.

A Formula SAE racing car designed, built and raced by Waikato University students will feature in a new exhibit in the Waikato Museum.

The Formula SAE car will be on display in the museum’s Exscite interactive science gallery from 17 March until 9 May this year.

Students have worked with museum curator Salina Ghazally to develop the display to give Exscite visitors an insight into the development of the car and the science of racing.. Continue reading “Student’s racing car bound to Exscite” »

News: Benz rules social media

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According to a survey Mercedes-Benz is now the most successful automotive brand on social media.

On Facebook it gained the most fans amongst all vehicle brands, with more than 3.2 million new users last year.

With around 22 million interactions, Mercedes-Benz users were the most active automotive fans say figures published by socialbakers. Continue reading “Benz rules social media” »

Road Tests / Car Reviews: Suzuki: 2014 SX4 S Cross 1.6 LTD 2WD review

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There are no pretentions when you get a Suzuki. You know what you’re getting yourself into as you can be pretty sure you’re going to drive a car that provides a large amount of bang for your buck. Of course, this comes with compromises, but as today’s cars are a hundred thousand times better than those of twenty years ago, the kinds of things we might envy are nice-to-haves rather than essential features.

suzuki-sx4-s-cross-2014-sideAs you walk towards the SX4 S Cross it’s more Vitara than Swift in the nose. The styling is a little nose-heavy and it looks better in the flesh than in photos. There’s a strong line that starts at the base of the A pillars, flows down across the top of the lights and into the grille. The grille is bisected by the bumper and continues underneath in grey with strong lateral lines. The two-tone paint finish works well, giving the SX4 S Cross a slightly elevated look. Continue reading “Suzuki: 2014 SX4 S Cross 1.6 LTD 2WD review” »

News: Toyota gives customers an Edge

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Toyota has released a special edition of the 2014 Hilux with unique graphics, 17” alloy wheels and an array of accessories.

According to Toyota the special edition 4×2 Hilux Edge gives owners a sportier look, with Edge graphics set and badge, as well as a wheel and tyre package incorporating MAK Fuoco 17 inch silver alloy wheels and 225/55R17 Bridgestone Dueller HP tyres.

Other exterior features include LED daytime running lights, stainless steel nudge bar and stainless steel side pipes. The Hilux Edge’s double cab body also boasts colour-matched door handles, door mirrors and rear bumper with integrated step, along with tinted windows on the front doors and tinted privacy windows on rear doors and back screen. Continue reading “Toyota gives customers an Edge” »

News: Red Bull illustrates 2014 technology changes

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Formula 1 team Red Bull has released a video clip on YouTube with it’s drivers Sebastien Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo explaining the differences between the new car they will drive this season, and the old car that Vettel (and former team mate Mark Webber) drove for the team in the last F1 season.

The 2014 F1 season kicks off this weekend with the Melbourne Formula 1 grand prix at Albert Park.

It will be the first time that Australian driver Ricciardo (who has replaced fellow Australian Webber) has driven the new Red Bull car in a race, as he formerly raced for the second tier Torro Rosso team. Continue reading “Red Bull illustrates 2014 technology changes” »

News: First drive 2014 Toyota Corolla sedan

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Toyota has completed its Corolla trifecta with the arrival of the 2014 sedan which it says will be available in three grades and will be priced at the same amount as the equivalent hatch.

Although the Corolla hatch outsells the wagon and sedan by the thousands in New Zealand, Toyota recognises that it needs to offer all three variants as part of its volume sales strategy, which means having a vehicle that will suit any particular customer who walks into the showroom. Continue reading “First drive 2014 Toyota Corolla sedan” »

News: Travel with care advises NZTA

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Driving conditions this weekend will be difficult as the remnants of tropical cyclone Lusi sweep across the upper and central North Island, and NZTA advises people to travel with care.

NZTA national journey manager, Kathryn Musgrave, says heavy rain and strong winds will make conditions challenging for all road users.

“It is a going to be a difficult weekend for travel, and people will need to plan carefully for safe travel.” Continue reading “Travel with care advises NZTA” »