This Month’s Industry Spotlight with Peter Els

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Peter Els
For many years U.S. regulators have been calling for more automation in motor vehicles. By fitting systems that apply the brakes to prevent a crash, or guide a vehicle on the highway, the Department of Transport hopes to see a dramatic reduction in road accidents.
Tags: Autonomous Drive | Tesla | Google | BMW | Volvo | Mercedes-Benz
July 18, 2016 by Peter Els
Peter Els
BMW finds itself entering a new disruptive digital age commonly called the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
March 24, 2016 by Peter Els
Peter Els
More than 90 percent of road accidents are caused by human error. If that’s correct, logic tells us that by removing the human element our roads should be safer? This makes sense, but then why has the cutting-edge Google self-driving fleet notched up 11 accidents over the 1.2 Million miles covered: more than twice the rate of cars driven Read more
Tags: Autonomous Drive | Ethics | Road accidents
January 18, 2016 by Peter Els
Peter Els
In June Google’s self-driving cars broke through the magical million mile mark. Over this distance these vehicles were involved in eleven accidents; eight during city driving and three on the freeway. None of these were the fault of the Google cars: The majority was as a result of rear-ending, although the cars have also been side-swiped Read more
Tags: Autonomous | Nvidia | Google | Audi
December 9, 2015 by Peter Els

Auto Tech Update

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This year’s Frankfurt Motor Show has perhaps seen more new vehicles introduced by OEM’s than ever before, along with a variety of innovative concepts based around new ideas and new technology.
Tags: IAA | Concept Car | Porsche | Daimler | Jaguar Land Rover
September 20, 2015 by Colin Pawsey
The Frankfurt Motor Show 2015 opens next month and the world’s automakers are gearing up for one of Europe’s most prestigious motoring events.
Tags: IAA | BMW | Jaguar Land Rover | Alfa Romeo | Audi
August 9, 2015 by Colin Pawsey
Mercedes has revealed a raft of new information about the 2017 E-Class and its advanced safety technology and autonomous driving features set to be included in next year’s model.
Tags: Mercedes | E-Class | ADAS
July 12, 2015 by Colin Pawsey
Earlier this month Audi unveiled the TT Sportback Concept vehicle at the Paris Motor Show 2014. Billed as a speedy sports car with four seats and five doors, the Sportback concept was revealed alongside the new TT Roadster and TTS Roadster, which have been revamped for 2015. All three vehicles, when available, will benefit from Audi’s innovative Read more
Tags: Audi TT | Audi RS 7 | Piloted Driving Concept | Self-Driving | Automated Driving | Autonomous Driving | Hockenheimring
October 21, 2014 by Colin Pawsey

Tire Industry Monthly

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David Shaw
This column will appear in early December, as much of the world's tire industry is in Shanghai for the Reifen China 2014 rubber tech fair. I'll be there and I know what the main topic of conversation is going to be: The dual impact of countervailing duties and anti-dumping measures brought by the United States Government on light vehicle tires Read more
Tags: China | USA | Rubber Technology | Antidumping | Countervailing
November 30, 2014 by David Shaw

Technology for a Future Car Culture

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Paul Nieuwenhuis
"The car has become an article of dress without which we feel uncertain, unclad, incomplete." (Marshall McLuhan) Many observers – including many in the car industry – treat the car as a transport mode, or at least they often present their arguments as if they do. In reality, transport is only part of the car system. The car is at least as much Read more
Tags: automobility | Paul Nieuwenhuis | Sarah Redshaw | Autonomous Driving | Self-Driving Car | car culture
December 11, 2013 by Paul Nieuwenhuis