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: December 29th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Auto News, Favorite New Thought | Tags: Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology, Auto News, Bum Detection, Memory Car Seat | Comments Off on The Future of Technology ISN’T Face Detection!
When we speak of the future, technology, and what our expectations of technology might be in that future, one recurring theme inevitably pops up ‘Face Recognition’. A group of Japanese researchers have questioned the need for such technology, well, in automobiles at least.
The researchers from the Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology at Shinagawa, Tokyo have developed a car seat that can identify different bums. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 19th, 2011 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Auto News, Grilled | Tags: Auto News, Bankruptcy, china, gm, SAAB, Swedish Car Maker | Comments Off on SAAB Files For Bankruptcy
The stalwart Swedish car maker Saab has filed for bankruptcy, bringing to an end two years of efforts to rescue the iconic brand. Final desperate efforts to organise help from China were obstructed by General Motors over licences.
“They were here this morning and submitted the documents requesting bankruptcy,” a clerk at the Vaenersborg district court told AFP, adding that the court was currently examining the request.
A statement on the court’s website said three Saab companies had filed for bankruptcy: SAAB Automobile Aktiebolag, Saab Automobile Tools AB and Saab Automobile Powertrain. Read the full article »»»»