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Posted: Mon, 24/09/2018 - 12:23

Do you wish you had the time to exercise? Wish no more! The first ever calorie-burning car, FitCar PPV, can help you keep fit whilst driving.

The FitCar PPV is the brainchild of Nasser Al Shawaf and Dutch engineering partner, BPO. It is based on a standard Audi A4 Avant 2.0L petrol TFSI auto.

Nasser Al Shawaf came up with the idea of the FitCar because, each day, there are many cities around the world that have a 60minute-plus car commute each-way. This is an unhealthy way to waste more than two hours every day.

The accelerator has been replaced by a bicycle pedal mechanism and mated to a fly wheel. This generates an electronic pulse to engage the accelerator. The brake pedal has been replaced with a simple off-the-shelf ‘push hand control’ which is used in motability vehicles. This invention works the same as any conventional car as it gets you around safely and comfortably.

There are 3 settings to the FitCar PPV system, they include:
• ‘Drive slow’ – when in slow moving traffic.
• ‘Drive fast’ – for highway speeds.
• ‘No drive’ – for when stuck in stationary traffic but with the ability to continue exercising by using the pedals.

Benefits
• You can burn up to 300 calories every 30 minutes.
• Turns sedentary, unhealthy, tedious commutes in to active, healthy time.
• Safe, easy to control and easy to override over long distances.
• Compatible with most vehicles from ICE to BEV, FitCar PPV is a unique concept.

 

“We are increasingly time-poor and unfit. The FitCar PPV provides at least part of the solution to these two problems for those of us wishing to exercise more but without the time to do it.”

 

Posted: Wed, 19/09/2018 - 10:43

Renault believe it is in a leadership position to accelerate change in the way goods are moved. They have revealed last-mile self-driving delivery pods called EZ-Pro. The French manufacturer say that retailers need to manage delivery costs and cities are looking for new ways to manage congestion and to cut pollution.

Alliance senior vice president of LCV said Ez-Pro would “unlock countless opportunities” for companies such as last-mile delivery giants DPD.

The EZ-Pro is a shared solution. Each pod has its own paymaster, theme, clientele and delivery space. They can carry different types of goods and merchandise. The fleet of driverless electric robo-pods can move independently or follow each other by platooning.

Renault says that the shipping solution will feature real-time tracking options through mobile with alert services, which leads to smoother delivery services.

Renault believe that Ez-Pro can help relieve traffic in cities with its shared shipping delivery solution and autonomous driving. There will be fewer traffic jams caused by poor driving habits or badly parked delivery vehicles. A further enhancement will be to connect the robo-pods to city infrastructures like traffic lights and control centres.

Posted: Mon, 17/09/2018 - 14:00

London EV Company will begin trials of its new electric van next year; therefore, customers could be driving them half way through 2019. It is expected that the vehicle will deliver a competitive total cost of ownership.

The van will combine a fully electric powertrain with an economical petrol range-extender, this approach means cleaner vehicles that are able to go the distance but also lower running costs. Other key features of the van will include a number of safety systems as standard and it will feature some of the latest semi-autonomous driver assistance systems – as well as meeting the world’s highest crash safety standards.

Metropolitan Police Service and the London Fire Brigade both are keen to clean up their vehicle fleets by having a target for all new vans being zero emission capable from 2025.

Posted: Thu, 13/09/2018 - 09:52

Lightfoot is being launched in September 2018 to the general public. This device is described as ‘the Fitbit for cars’. Before rolling out globally, this device will be on sale at Halfords in Exeter.

The Lightfoot device is focussing on rewarding better driving with its new customer product. Similar to the technology used in Formula 1, it guides drivers to drive in a way to use less fuel and emit less pollution.

Lightfoot’s founder and CEO, Mark Roberts, said, “We’re on a mission to change the way people think about driving.  We have kicked the Orwellian tactics of old-school telematics into touch and disrupted the way fleets view their drivers and duty of care. Now, we are taking the next step in rewriting the relationship between driver and vehicle by expanding our offering to private drivers. To start it all in our hometown of Exeter – where it all began for us – is the perfect way to pay back the place that has given us so much support over the years.”

Posted: Thu, 06/09/2018 - 09:29

According to MyCarNeedsA.com, September looks set to be the biggest month in history for MOT tests and could hand garages, mechanics and service providers one of their biggest boosts ever,

More than 2.6m cars were registered in 2015, with September alone seeing 462,517 registrations according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
Under current MOT rules, cars aged three years or older must undertake the test. This means that September 2018 will see a record number of MOTs take place across the country.

According to Scott Hamilton, the huge number of cars needing pre-MOT inspections in September 2018 will provide a timely boost to mechanics, garages and service providers up and down the country.

Scott, managing director MyCarNeedsA.com, said, ‘2015 was the year that the UK motor trade really started to make some big strides forward, with new registrations passing the two million mark for the first time in over a decade. That strong performance three years ago means that this month should be a stellar period for service providers, with more motorists than ever before needing MOTs.’

Source: Bodyshopmag

Posted: Tue, 04/09/2018 - 15:03

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have announced that they are taking out nationwide checks for emissions cheat devices on Lorries. By using a device called ‘Adblue’, they can circumvent emissions rules. This device is used to break harmful emissions down into oxygen and nitrogen, which are harmless. A vehicle’s harmful emissions can be cut as much as 95% with a full working AdBlue system.

A lorry can produce up to 20 times more dangerous emissions when fitted with such a device. These emissions cheat devices are being used to allow a vehicle to run without a working AdBlue system.

Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA chief executive said: “DVSA’s priority is to protect everyone from unsafe vehicles and drivers.

“A vehicle doesn’t have to be falling apart to be unsafe - any driver or operator who uses cheat devices to get around emissions rules is putting the health of the entire nation at risk.”

All drivers caught with an emissions cheat device or a faulty emissions control system have 10 days to remove the device and repair their emissions system. However, if continuing to use a device or failing to repair the system, they could get a £300 fixed penalty fine as well as having their vehicle taken off the road immediately.

DVSA will then conduct a follow up investigation with the operator and may refer its findings to the Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain, who have the power to strip a company of its licence to operate.
 

Posted: Wed, 29/08/2018 - 12:30

Dealers will be selling more electric cars than diesels by 2020, according to analysis by Leasing Options.

The prediction is based on analysis of trends in SMMT sales data, which suggest that electric car sales will surpass those of diesel by July 2020 if sales patterns continue at the current rate.

Sales of diesel cars have continuously slumped, dropping 37.2% since last year with some manufacturers already phasing them out.

Meanwhile, the Government is introducing policies to support the growth of the Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFV’s) market and sales of electric cars increased by 5.7% last year.

Leasing Options also surveyed 2,000 drivers to find out more about people’s attitudes to electric and diesel cars.

More than half of those surveyed (56%) stated that they are less likely to buy a diesel car today compared to five years ago, with nearly half (47%) saying they believe diesel cars are a danger to the environment.

One of the top reasons people stated for their interest in electric cars was that they felt it would help the environment (48%).

Half (50%) stated that if cost and convenience were the same, they would prefer to drive an electric car over a petrol or diesel and 54% would purchase an electric car if it became the norm.

However, the poll revealed that there’s still a lot of hesitancy when it comes buying electric cars as more than half (53%) confess that they don’t know enough about them to buy one.

A further 63% admit that they feel that the cars are out of their price bracket and 74% say they are concerned they won’t be able to find charging points.

 

Source - AM-ONLINE

Posted: Fri, 24/08/2018 - 09:32

Massive savings on new cars are on offer before September as dealers rush to clear stock that does not meet new emissions rules.

In the ‘everything must go’ sale, motorists can save more than a third. Analysts at online motor retail specialist BuyaCar.co.uk say is one of the biggest one-off discount events ever.

The price cuts affect large numbers of car manufacturers. Savings of several thousand pounds are available on cars made by Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Seat and Nissan.

These deals have been triggered by a new exhaust emissions test that comes into full force on September 1. Every new car on sale should meet the new test standard from that date. Until then, manufacturers are desperate to sell vehicles that were tested under the old system.

Other manufacturers have already pre-registered cars to beat the deadline. Typically, this means that a car dealership will be listed as the first owner, but they are otherwise little different to brand new models.

Car manufacturers are reluctant to reveal exactly how many cars they need to sell before the end of September, and many are thought to have been quietly pre-registering models for several months, and then feeding them into the market. Despite the lack of publicity, this increased supply has been helping to push prices lower.

Not every manufacturer is scrambling to sell cars, as many are taking advantage of a loophole that allows them to continue selling some older cars, which have not passed the new test, for up to a year after September 1.

Source: Bodyshopmag

Posted: Tue, 21/08/2018 - 14:03

20/08/18

Car owners in the North East of England are more likely than any other UK region to change their car regularly, potentially making them "every car salesperson's dream".

A study conducted by InsuretheGap.com found that 41% of car owners in the North East get a new car every two to four years, compared to a national average of 28%. 

Research revealed that almost one-in-four (24%) buy a new car over a second-hand car to get that ‘new car’ look and feeling, even if it cost a lot more, compared to the national average of 19%.

Furthermore, one-in-three (36%) said that having a nice car is a status symbol, compared to the national average of 27%, suggesting that they are keen to get behind the wheel of a premium car.

InsuretheGap.com’s chief operating officer, Ben Wooltorton, said: “Throughout our survey, the North East of England consistently came out as the region where people take most pride in their cars with very few people prepared to compromise when it comes to buying a new car, or 'making-do' with a hand-me-down.

“Interestingly, it was also the region that was least likely to be prepared to move away from traditional petrol and diesel cars. The region appears to be every car salesperson’s dream.”

The survey by Opinium of 2000 UK car drivers, commissioned by InsuretheGap.com, revealed that only 14% of North East car owners would make do with a hand-me down car, the lowest region, compared to a national average of 21%.

It is also the region least likely to agree with the statement “I don’t care how my car looks, as long as it gets me from A to B” (32% North East v 42% national average).

The survey found that the heart rules the head for north-east car buyers when it comes to buying a new car (24% North East v 16% national average).

The North East is also the region most resistant to more environmentally-friendly cars, with only 27% willing to consider an electric car for their next vehicle purchase (37% national average, compared to 49% London).

Research was conducted online by Opinium research amongst 2,001 UK adults who drive and have owned a car between 10 – 15 January 2018.
Source: AMonline
 

Posted: Mon, 20/08/2018 - 09:21

17TH AUGUST 2018

A fleet of self-driving vans has gone into service in Texas, USA, in the world’s first full-scale fleet trial of fully autonomous technology.

The vans, based on the Nissan e-NV200 electric vehicle, are operated by technology company Drive.ai and include information boards on the vehicles that explain to other road users what they are doing – for example, that it is safe to cross the road in front of them, or that they are parked and will not move off.

Drive.ai’s pilot program will feature safety drivers in the cab, who will be able to assume control if the van ends up in a tricky situation, though Drive.ai says that the vans are so advanced that it’s unlikely that the ‘driver’ will ever need to take control.

The company spent four months traveling every inch of its geo-fenced route around the city Frisco, Texas, including car parks and private residential streets. It also logged more than a million miles in its simulator, which it used to throw all sorts of risk scenarios at the software to help avoid collisions.

In order to raise public awareness of the technology, Drive.ai will be using the vans as a free-to-use ride-hailing service throughout the city.

Source: Bodyshopmag