Posted: August 13th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Auto News, Grilled | Tags: Taxi Service, Uber, Uber Stalker, UberX | Comments Off on Uber Stalker Now Wants X Banned
A former UK cop turned vigilante, who was last month ordered to stop undertaking citizen’s arrests on Uber drivers, is now trying to have the hire car service’s discount arm, UberX, banned in New South Wales.
Russell Howarth was targeting “unlicensed” UberX drivers for months, before Uber successfully obtained an injunction from the Supreme Court preventing him from doing so.
In response, lawyers acting on behalf of Mr Howarth and the Australian Taxi Drivers Association (ATDA) filed a cross-claim, seeking an injunction that would have UberX declared illegal across the state.
The injunction would not impact other Uber services like UberTAXI or UberBLACK, which do not breach state regulations :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 29th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Auto News, Grilled, Renault | Tags: Australia, Formula One Grand Prix, Infiniti Red Bull, mercedes benz, Red Bull Racing, renault, Renault Sport F1 | Comments Off on Renault on Brink of Quitting F1 Over Engine Stoush
French auto-giant Renault has said it is reviewing all its Formula One options, including quitting the sport or buying the Toro Rosso team, after stinging criticism of its engine.
The car maker has been at loggerheads with main partners Red Bull since Mercedes decisively ran-away with the season opening Australian Grand Prix earlier this month.
Despite signs of improvement in Friday practice at the Malaysian Grand Prix, Renault Sport F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul did not pull any punches when asked at a news conference about the situation.
Renault supplies power units to former champions Red Bull and sister team Toro Rosso, its only remaining clients after Caterham folded and Lotus switched to Mercedes :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 3rd, 2012 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Auto News, Concept Car, Concept Vehicle, Green Motoring, Grilled, hybrid, Lotus | Tags: concept, Evora 414E, hybrid, Lotus, Sports Car, Track Test | Comments Off on Lotus Track Tests Evora 414E
Lotus Cars – that other Brit sports car maker – has announced the commencement of track testing on it’s Evora 414E Range Extended Hybrid Electric Concept. Testing is taking place at the company’s RAF Hethel track in Norfolk.
Lotus says it’s devoloping the 414E Hybrid to showcase the company’s new developments in plug-in, range-extended electric propulsion, new electronic technologies to enhance driver involvement. We reckon just wow would have been a sufficient reason. Anyone who’s driven the Karts that Lotus turns out will recognise the potential for superfast, extra-sporty electric hybrid racing.
From the outside it looks like Lotus has been evolving, lightening and tightening vehicles since the Elise specifically for this latest batch of low to the ground, corner loving karts. In 414E, Lotus Engineering has developed a highly efficient, high performance drivetrain system consisting of twin motors each limited providing 155 kW of power and 500 Nm of torque to each wheel :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 1st, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Auto News, Favorite New Thought, Grilled | Tags: Breathalysers, France, French Drivers, Mandatory Breathalysers | Comments Off on French Drivers Face Mandatory Breathalysers
From Sunday drivers in France will be obliged to carry breathalysers in their cars, in the latest measure aimed at cutting the number of alcohol-related deaths on the road. The idea is that with a breathalyser in every car, drivers who suspect they may be over the limit can test themselves and if necessary refrain from taking the wheel.
The previous government, which gave the go ahead, said it hoped the program might save around 500 lives every year. The breathalyser kits come in two forms: an expensive electronic device, which can be reused, or cheap single use, chemical kits which cost around $AU2.
The government has put a four month grace period in place until demand can be met. There is currently a serious shortage of devices, tens of millions of breathalysers are going to need to be supplied.
Posted: February 12th, 2012 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Auto News, Grilled | Tags: Android, Facebook, Forester, Impreza, In Car Social Media, iPhone, Legacy, mercedes benz, Outback, Pandora, Pioneer Aha, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Twitter, WRX STI | Comments Off on Facebook And Twitter Built Into Your Car?
If you’re already concerned about how little people actually pay attention when they’re driving, you may have even more cause for alarm, more distractions are on the way. Responding to demand from consumers, more and more auto manufacturers are integrating devices to tweet, check your Facebook, buy tickets to events, and check your e-mail. Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, and Ford all have products in the works and we should be seeing them as soon as Spring. Ford Motors was actually the first one to start incorporating modern communication systems into their dashboards with their Sync technology. Now users will be able to interact with their Twitter account, watch streaming video, and get their news right from the drivers seat.
Ford was first to put apps in its cars, bringing out Pandora internet radio integration in the Fiesta. OpenBeak, a Twitter app, and Stitcher, which streams audio programming from the Internet have also been announced, as has iHeartRadio on BlackBerry. To enable integration, Ford makes its Sync AppLink API available to developers, who can modify their apps to use Sync’s in-car voice and manual controls. To use the apps, they have to be loaded and running on your phone, at which point the car’s display will show the interface and the in-car controls will become available. Another dashboard integration we can expect will also come from the Ford Sync system. Currently Ford is developing an array of voice-activated health and wellness-based tools to aid drivers with issues like diabetes, allergies, and asthma. While this could still be considered a distraction, it sounds like it will do more good than harm. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 12th, 2012 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Auto Maker, Auto News, Ford, General Motors, Grilled, Holden | Tags: Australia, Auto News, Bailout, Business News, Co-Investment, Ford, Ford Australia, General Motors, General Motors Australia, gm, HOLDEN, Motoring News | Comments Off on AUSTRALIA: The Cost of Keeping Auto Makers Local
Sales of the Australian made large cars – Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon – have dropped alarmingly in recent years. The Commodore’s 15-year run as Australia’s best-selling vehicle was ended abruptly in 2011 by the Japanese manufactured Mazda3, while Ford Falcon sales plummeted to fewer than 19,000 units in 2011.
So Exactly How Much Does it Cost to Keep Auto Makers in Australia? Between $100 and $200 Million!?
Holden says it is getting closer to announcing co-investment from the Federal Government and parent company General Motors as it looks to secure the local manufacturing of the Cruze and Commodore beyond 2018. Ford has announced a fresh $103 million investment for it’s Falcon range of large car and Territory SUV, though the future of the Australian-built vehicles is still guaranteed only until the end of 2016. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 9th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Auto News, Grilled | Tags: Australia, Canberra, Car Show, Summer Festival, Summernats 2012, Summernats 25, Youtube Video | Comments Off on Summernats Stays In Canberra
The nations capital is a dull place for 12 months a year, hit January however and the badlands come to life. Summernats was created by renowned revhead Chic Henry in 1988, the Summernats has taken on a life of its own and become a genuine Aussie icon. That evercool annual street car festival that attracts close to 100,000 visitors to the national capital will remain in Canberra for another year. The Summernats Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, with the event to end this evening. The contract to hold the event at Exhibition Park ends this year, but Chief Minister Katy Gallagher says she will work with organisers to try to keep the event in the ACT for the longer term.
“It is an important event not just for Canberra and promoting Canberra to the rest of the country but for our local economy as well,” she said.
Every year, up to 1500 of the toughest Australian elite street machines descend on Exhibition Park in Canberra. Coming from around Australia and the world, this incredibly diverse tribe gathers to show off their love of the street machine to an enthusiastic crowd. Lets not get too carried away here, this is a well behaved event, not a church picnic, check the videos below. Read the full article »»»»