News: Car insurers unprepared for driverless cars

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A survey conducted by global insurer Munich Re has shown that 65% of risk managers believe their companies have done nothing to prepare for the emergence of autonomous vehicles (AVs).

A number of car makers are getting closer to having driverless cars on roads. BMW has announced that it will collaborate with Intel and Mobileye to help rapidly introduce vehicles with full self-driving capability by 2021.

The German car maker is plotting the move to introduce technology that, it claims, will “change lives and societies for the better”. Continue reading “Car insurers unprepared for driverless cars” »

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News: Audi enters electromobility’s fast lane

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For 2018, an electric SUV is scheduled. It will be followed by an electric compact model and, at a later point in time, offerings for the midsize segment. The carmaker’s chief executive Rupert Stadler announced the model at a board meeting over the weekend, although he did not elaborate on the timeline. “Hydrogen fuel cell technology is not dead,” he added.

Audi’s intent to invest massively into electromobility is in line with the carmaker’s shift in focus to electrification and autonomous systems. This focus on high-tech green solutions comes in the wake of the larger Volkswagen Group’s diesel emissions scandal that rocked the company last year. Continue reading “Audi enters electromobility’s fast lane” »

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News: US Military conscripts Kiwi’s favourite utes

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New Zealand’s favourite utilities are being called up for a new combat role where they retain their factory appearance but possess military grade vehicle electronics, suspension, night vision, ballistic protection, and tyres designed to survive small arms fire.

The US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is ordering a fleet of modified Toyota Hilux, Toyota Land Cruiser 70, and Ford Ranger utes for evaluation in the field, from a non-profit defense contractor in Ohio.

The Battelle Memorial Institute won the US$170 million SOCOM contract to produce armoured and unarmoured vehicles for the next five years at its manufacturing facility in West Columbus. Continue reading “US Military conscripts Kiwi’s favourite utes” »

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News: Pajero Sport gets overdue third-row seat

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While not available at launch, Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand is releasing a new version of the Pajero Sport with seven seats, thanks to a foldaway third row at the rear of the vehicle’s interior.

Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand (MMNZ) sales and marketing head Daniel Cook says the factory addressing a emissions issue caused by weight, meant the new seven-seat version of the Pajero Sport had arrived here sooner than expected.

“Most buyers in this segment prefer a seven-seat vehicle, so now having the Pajero Sport in this configuration should catapult us up the sales charts,” says Cook. Continue reading “Pajero Sport gets overdue third-row seat” »

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News: Graham: the new face of car crashes

GrahamEvolutionary science and human vulnerability are at the centre of a new Australian initiative called ‘Graham’ – an interactive lifelike sculpture demonstrating human vulnerability – to reduce road deaths and injuries.

The Victorian Transport Accident Commission (TAC) has launched this week its latest road safety project, highlighting how susceptible the human body is to the forces involved in transport accidents.

In a shift from its traditional road safety campaigns, the TAC has collaborated with a leading trauma surgeon, a crash investigation expert and a world-renowned Melbourne artist to produce Graham. Continue reading “Graham: the new face of car crashes” »

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News: Cellphone driving taken to extreme

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Kiwi drift car sensation Mad Mike Whiddett has driven while using a cellphone – but don’t worry, it was all in the interests of a publicity stunt.

The international drift car champion successfully completed a technically challenging drift course with his windows completely blacked out, his only vision coming through four tablets fixed to the inside of his windscreen.

A live video call across the Vodafone 4G network delivered Mad Mike’s only view of the outside world, beaming in from four smart phones attached to the roof of his drift car. Continue reading “Cellphone driving taken to extreme” »

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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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