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  • Could MIT’s RoadRunner be the answer to congestion we’ve been looking for all along?

    Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has come up with a new system called RoadRunner — an innovative system that hopes to improve traffic the world over. The technology jumps traditional infrastructure like tollbooths and cameras by relying on mobile phones instead. With RoadRunner drivers’ internet-connected devices are used to provide alternate routes to help evade congestion. According to PCB Design, when the system detects a particular route is crowded, RoadRunner generates driving directions to approaching cars that then recommends a different way to go. In essence, it crowdsources information to better control the crowd. The system uses virtual tokens to...

  • Clean tactics: 3 ways Formula E will transform the electric vehicle industry

    I’m a stubborn Formula 1 fan. The series laden with passion, romance, tragic history and manic technical development entrances me every second weekend to no end. It’s a sport that many have grown up with, watching the battles between legends like Senna and Prost, Schumacher and Hill and now Hamilton and Rosberg. But it’s reign as the premier motorsport on the planet is under major threat from a series that wasn’t billed as a challenger at all. Formula E burst onto the scene this weekend, relatively untried and untested especially on the back of slowing electric vehicle sales worldwide. It...

  • Lexus’ electric E-Four system set to revolutionise all-wheel drive vehicles

    It’s no secret that Lexus is about to bless the world with yet another crossover. In a corner of the market laden with quality offerings and a set of standard genre rules, the best softroaders often boast that one killer feature, differentiating them from the cookie-cutter rest. Four-wheel drive is customary in the sector, and nowadays on road and supercars too, but it often systems employ the same philosophy — use the engine’s power, a few differentials, and distribute the power between the wheels evenly or when necessary. But Lexus has taken the best of both petrol and electric cars...

  • Lunatic duck-dives his Vauxhaul off a truck to evade parking ticket [video]

    It resembles a skit from a prank show, but this video is completely real. It is not one of those where a friend calls a show and asks them to tow your car for no apparent reason, but to amuse themselves and the viewers. What then ensues is an intense argument between you and a ridiculously unreasonable tow-truck driver. You’ll likely get angry and threaten to punch him and at which point, you will be told to look at the cameraman, who in turn, tells you that you’ve just been pranked. In this video, none of that happens. The events that...

  • Formula E is here: 7 moments you missed in motorsport this weekend

    There are just too many wonderful motorsport events and series to fit into a comparatively short weekend. Sadly because of this, many exciting moments go unnoticed to the oblivious racing fan. But that’s a thing of the past, thanks to Motorburn’s weekly roundup. And it truly has been a weekend for the motorsport fan. We’re hard pressed to name our favourite moments from the smorgasbord of action, but included in the recap roadtrip are ventures in Australia (WRC and V8 Supercars), Germany (DTM), China (Formula E), Italy (MotoGP) and lastly, Great Britain (Goodwood Revival). So without any more ado, buckle your...

  • Classic car collector buys Dominic Toretto’s Dodge Charger [video]

    Dominic Toretto. Does the name ring a few bells? It should, because he owned one of Hollywood’s sexiest cars in The Fast and the Furious. The movie, debuting in 2001, caused quite a few waves in the industry due to it’s authentic stunt driving (fresh lack of the green-screen rubbish of today) and perhaps the most under appreciated car in move history — the 1970 Dodge Charger driven by Diesel himself. Bob Hartwig, the man who has a tendency to purchase famous, ridiculous and gorgeous movie muscle cars, decided to burn his wallet on the four-wheeled American dream slathered in black...

  • Bentley adds Mulsanne Sport, limited anniversary edition to its lineup [Gallery]

    Bentley has announced two new cars (that aren’t really new at all) — the Mulsanne Sport, promising to get big bosses to their meetings even earlier than before, and the Mulsanne 95th anniversary edition, a car that takes “wood trim” to the extreme. The Mulsanne Sport is Bentley’s saloon for the stately yet swift. The marque is clearly bored of making mundane cars, so it decided to shove a more potent, redesigned twin-turbo 6.75-litre V8 into the bonnet. The car now enjoys 530-horsepower, which is plenty to waft the sophisticated tank from standstill to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds. Transferring the power...

  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class review: is this the best car… in the world?

    Mercedes-Benz says that the S-Class is “the best automobile in the world”. That’s an astonishingly bold claim, isn’t it? But it’s not a deluded one. Not even in the slightest. You see, the Daimler-owned brand’s flagship luxury saloon has long been regarded the benchmark in both its specific segment and the general sphere of automotive technology. Simply put, where the S-Class marches, the rest of the automotive world follows. So, does the latest-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class – with fresh styling that manages to combine the classic with the modern – continue in this class-leading vein? The short answer is a resounding...

  • Luca di Montezemolo resigns as Ferrari chairman after two decades in charge

    If anyone thought Ferrari was having a bad time of it in Formula 1, one should have a glance at operations behind Maranello’s closed doors. Arguably, the company has just lost one of its biggest assets. Luca di Montezemolo, Chairman of the prestigious marque for well over 20 years and arguably one of those there from the beginning, has resigned following pressure from Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne. Fiat currently owns 90% of the Prancing Horse’s stable and has sole ownership of American marque Chrysler. According to Bloomberg, di Montezemolo and Marchionne came to blows regarding the company’s sales strategy. Currently sales...

  • Nissan GT-R’s rolling launch control brings warp speed to the road [video]

    By now, the world knows how fast the Nissan GT-R is in a straight line, not to mention around the twisties too. And at just US$101 000, it’s relatively affordable straight line speed at that. But what’s the most impressive tech gizmo behind its brilliance? “Rolling launch control” is a bit of a gimmicky name and doesn’t quite come standard on the factory car, but to see it in action is pure theatre. The twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 engine is a colossus developing over 540-horsepower, but traditionally, turbocharged cars haven’t quite lived up to the hype, due to a number of...

  • 3 of the weirdest car launches of recent years

    Launches are a pretty big deal for car makers. It is, after all, the first time they get to show off what is often the result of years of hard work, research, development and testing. You can understand then why they’d be so keen to make a big splash with their launch events. So the media and celeb invites are sent out, a swanky venue and some up-and-coming performers are secured and, if everything goes to plan, everyone leaves at the end of the night feeling good about the new car and the future of the company. Sometimes though,...

  • Honda takes its self-driving Acura RLX prototype for a spin in Detroit

    This new self-driving car fad has reached fever pitch it seems, after Japanese automaker Honda launched its self-driving Acura RLX sedan in the home of American motoring. Following in the stead of Google, Ford and fellow Japanese marque Toyota before it, Honda also hopes to eliminate accidents and driver fatalities with the use of automated and fully self-driving cars. The technology is penned for 2020 release on Honda’s road cars, which would certainly make 2020 a big year for automotive technologies. Nevertheless, the Acura RLX features some nifty automated features, that allows the car to merge onto freeways seamlessly, exit said...

  • The new Mercedes AMG-GT is worth a double take, or three [Gallery]

    Mercedes has finally unveiled its AMG-GT to the world, and what a glorious unveiling it is. Previously we were disappointed, that the SLS — possibly the most gorgeous Mercedes for quite sometime — was facing deletion, but to be fair, the car that replaces it is an absolute work of sheet metal and petrol-burning art. The car, as expected, keeps the outgoing SLS’ dimensions, but adds a certain degree of aggression that it didn’t embody. Raked lines, tapered headlights and a Porsche 911-like rear end melts into a sleek and wholesome viewing experience. It’s very clean for a “race car”...

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