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  • Nissan’s shared car ownership scheme uses social profiling

    Nissan has announced what it calls the "world's first digitally powered" shared car ownership scheme. The Nissan Intelligent Get & Go Micra service was announced by the automaker at the Web Summit in Portugal, and will see users share ownership of the car, Nissan wrote in a press statement. "Social networking is at the heart of this plan, as Nissan is able to profile-match consumers to form next-generation car sharing communities through a 100 percent digital experience," it added. The service uses an algorithm that combines geo-location technology with social profiling to match compatible owners with "complementary" driving needs. The new car-sharing service from...

  • Avis now offers BMW i3 for chauffeur service

    Car rental service Avis now offers the BMW i3 in its fleet. "This is the first time BMW i3 will be available in the car rental sector in South Africa," BMW South Africa noted in a press statement. However, you won't actually be driving the electric car, as the BMW i3 will be used as part of the Point 2 Point chauffeur service. Avis has acquired the BMW i3 vehicles as part of their chauffeur service "Avis recently purchased three BMW i3 cars for their Point 2 Point fleet and four BMW i8s for their Luxury Fleet as part of their ongoing initiative to lower...

  • WEC: Porsche takes the title in Shanghai

    It's been a crazy few weeks for the World Endurance Championship (WEC), as Audi announced that it would be pulling out of the series. However, the other VW-owned team, Porsche, provided a much-needed boost after winning the manufacturer's title over the weekend. The Six Hours of Shanghai race saw the Porsche 919 Hybrid of Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard take their fourth win of the season, claiming the manufacturer's title with a race to spare. The race was a dominant affair, as the number one Porsche led most of the running. The number six Toyota of Stephane Sarrazin, Mike Conway and...

  • Did Sebastian Vettel win radio message of the year?

    The Mexican Grand Prix wasn't the most exciting F1 race of the year, but the final laps saw a ton of drama and excitement courtesy of Sebastian Vettel and the Red Bulls. A fast-charging Vettel was hounding Max Verstappen in the closing laps, while Daniel Ricciardo was catching up to the pair. Unfortunately for Verstappen, he outbraked himself at the first corner, cutting the turn in the process and still emerging ahead of Vettel. The German and his Ferrari team immediately protested the move to race director Charlie Whiting. However, Vettel was quickly coming under pressure from Ricciardo, who attempted to make...

  • Self-driving truck makes beer delivery in first

    Uber-owned startup Otto has teamed up with Budweiser to make what it calls the first delivery by self-driving truck. Otto has been working on self-driving trucks for quite some time, as it seeks to change the long-haul transit sector. To this end, it teamed up with Volvo to deliver beer. The delivery took place on 20 October and saw the self-driving truck travel from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs - a trip of over 200 kilometres. Otto's self-driving truck tech might just improve safety in the occasionally hazardous long-haul field Truck drivers would still be needed to load the vehicle and get out onto the highway, it...

  • Watch: over 30 minutes of 2016 IndyCar crashes, fails

    The 2016 IndyCar Series played host to a rather entertaining season, as Simon Pagenaud managed to ascend to the top of the throne. Of course, the season had more than its fair share of thrills and spills. Fortunately, YouTube channel Motorsport Crashes has compiled a mammoth 33-minute-long crash compilation, so clear your schedule and check this one out below. Notable IndyCar crashes include the multi-car pile-up at St Petersburg (15 secs), a series of snappy shunts at the Phoenix oval (1min20secs), several crazy Indy 500 smashes (8min50secs) and Josef Newgarden's terrifying crash at the Firestone 600 (17min53secs).

  • Tesla warned against Autopilot marketing in Germany

    Germany's transport ministry has called on Tesla to stop using the term "Autopilot" in marketing for their electric vehicles. "It can be confirmed that a letter to Tesla exists with the request to no longer use the misleading term Autopilot for the driver assistance system of the car," a ministry spokesperson told Reuters. A Tesla spokesperson defended the company's use of the term though, comparing Tesla's use of Autopilot to that of the aerospace industry. "Just as in an airplane, when used properly, Autopilot reduces driver workload and provides an added layer of safety when compared to purely manual driving," the spokesperson was...

  • Audi kills off its electric R8 supercar – report

    Well, that was rather unexpected. The Audi R8 e-tron electric vehicle has been killed off by the German automaker, it has been reported. First revealed in 2015, the vehicle has seen "fewer than 100" units being built before the perplexing decision to drop the model, according to Car and Driver. "We could have built more than we did," an Audi representative told the publication. The car had a US$1-million price tag but was limited to the European market. Got an Audi R8 e-tron? Well, you're in an exclusive club now The move comes as more and more car manufacturers jump on the electric bandwagon, led by Tesla,...

  • What’s Tesla going to announce on 17 October?

    US automaker Tesla has been on a roll over the past few years, and everyone is eagerly anticipating the "affordable" Model 3 car, set for release next year. But founder Elon Musk has teased two product reveals over the weekend. Musk claims that the first will be "unexpected by most". Tesla product unveiling on the 17th (unexpected by most), followed by Tesla/SolarCity on the 28th — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 9, 2016 It's expected that the Tesla/Solar City unveiling will see a solar roof with Powerwall battery and charger integrated revealed. How do we know this? Well, Musk said so himself last month. Aiming for Oct 28...

  • SA to get FIA World Rallycross round at Killarney

    South Africa will play host to the final round of the FIA World Rallycross Championships next year. Cape Town's Killarney racing circuit will serve as the venue for the event, the FIA World Rallycross website reported. "The construction of a brand new rallycross track will commence in the next six weeks and will be a permanent circuit," read an excerpt of the post. "Killarney is delighted to be hosting this first of its kind event in Africa.  Our thousands of loyal fans and spectators, Cape Town and its New Seven Wonders of Nature Table Mountain deserve no less," Des Easom, Executive Manager...

  • Formula E electric racing is coming to Brooklyn, NYC

    Organisers of Formula E have revealed the location and track layout for next season's double header event in New York City. The New York City ePrix will take place in Brooklyn, being a 1.9km track that runs past the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and Pier 11, the all-electric series announced on its website. "New York City is where technology, sustainability and commerce collide. We are thrilled to be the new home of the ePrix," said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a press statement. Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag added that it was a "historic moment" for motorsport. "When we originally started the project we could only dream of...

  • Singapore F1 broadcast in 4K ahead of 2017 switch

    Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix saw live 4K broadcasting being tested for the motorsport, as Tata Communications, Sky and Formula One Management (FOM) teamed up for the endeavour. The move comes ahead of Sky's plan to broadcast all races in 4K next season. "UHD offers four times higher resolution than HD, making F1 a more powerful, immersive experience for fans than ever before. We're on track to show every race live in UHD next season using our next-generation Sky Q home entertainment service, and to continue to give our customers the action-packed F1 experiences that they crave," said Keith Lane, director of operations at...

  • This team managed to hack a moving Tesla from 19km away

    The idea of a connected car sounds like a great idea, but like all newly connected things, they're vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Now, Chinese security researchers have upped the ante, by remotely hacking a Tesla while it was moving. Researchers from Keen Security Lab were able to identify several vulnerabilities, using these security gaps to remotely control the Tesla Model S in parking and driving modes. The team used unmodified cars with the latest firmware to show off the attack. The company also published a video, showing the researchers being able to remotely pop open the boot/doors, adjust seats, turn on indicators and...

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