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Driverless cars could be on British roads by the end of 2019 under new Government plans

DRIVERLESS cars could be on British roads by the end of the year under new plans announced by the Government.
The bold move will also scrap the requirements that the clever motors must have a human overseer on board too.
An autonomous self-driving vehicle tested in a pedestrianised zone in Milton Keynes on October 11, 2016AFP or licensors

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It means no human will be in control of the vehicles, even remotely. Ministers say the advanced trials — the first anywhere in Europe — will put the UK at the forefront of the technology.
But the announcement sparked safety fears, coming less than a year after a woman was killed by a driverless car in America.
The Department for Transport insists there will be a strict application process before companies are allowed to test the cars. An updated code of practice for the trials includes much tougher rules.
A DoT spokesman told The Times: “The new Code recognises the industry’s desire to conduct much more advanced trials.”

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Driverless cars ‘to cause chaos by allowing motorists to dodge parking fees’

Category : Motors , News , Tesla

DRIVERLESS cars may trigger traffic chaos as motorists dodge paying for parking, an academic has warned.
Rather than stump up for a space, owners are expected to let their empty vehicles slowly cruise around, clogging up city streets.
Alamy Driverless cars may trigger traffic chaos as motorists dodge paying for parking by letting their empty vehicles cruise around[/caption]
Prof Adam Millard-Ball likened it to drivers circling airport arrivals areas to avoid paying — but it would lead to “robot­fuelled gridlock”.
His study used game theory and a traffic simulation model to predict how San Francisco may be affected.
It found just 2,000 driverless cars could slow traffic to below 2mph.
Prof Millard-Ball, an environmental studies expert, told journal Transport Policy: “Autonomous vehicles can get around paying for parking by cruising.
Getty – Contributor The Tesla Roadster is expected to launch in 2020 and will be the world’s fastest electric car[/caption]



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“They have every incentive to create havoc.” It would cost them about 30p an hour compared to £26 a day in congestion charges and fees to park for the day in a major city.
And he said robot car owners should pay a congestion charge like in London, Stockholm and Singapore.
The professor said: “Self-driving cars need to pay for using city streets — otherwise chaos will ensue.”

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It’ll cost you up to £846 for a new headlight in these popular city cars – find out if your motor is one of them

CAR MAKERS can charge you a small fortune if you blow an LED bulb if the headlights come as one sealed unit.
Volkswagen is the worst culprit with the highest cost for its Polo GTI model – setting owners back £846 just for the part.
VW charges £846 for a sealed headlight unit on the Polo GTIVolkswagen
Other manufacturers that have set extortionate prices for their headlights include Seat.
The VW sister brand charges £827 for its Ibiza’s LED unit on the FR, FR Sport, Xcellence and Xcellence Lux models.
Honda is just as bad, with Jazz EX and Sport owners having to spend £714 per sealed headlight.
Fellow Japanese car maker Suzuki charges £684 for HID (High Intensity Discharge) units on the SZ5 trim of its Swift.
Honda Jazz EX and Sport models use £714 LED unitsHonda
Top trims of the Seat Ibiza include £827 sealed headlight unitsSEAT
The data was put together by consumer publisher WhatCar?, which looked into the cost of 13 popular small cars’ headlights.
Prices soar when replacing LED or HID headlights in comparison to halogen bulbs that cost as little as £4 on the Swift’s SZ3 and SZT models.
LED and HID bulbs are far brighter with a wider and whiter beam – they can also last up to a decade longer.
Even unsealed units are expensive to replace, with the Vauxhall Corsa Elite’s HIDs costing £317.


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Suzuki Swift SZ5 has HID sealed headlight units that cost £684 to replaceSuzuki
Despite their reliability, if a driver crashed their car and damaged the headlights – costs will soar for them or their insurers.
Claire Evans, What Car? consumer editor, said: “The longevity of HID bulbs makes them a viable option on a new car.
“However, if you are buying a used car as a second household vehicle or as a first car for a son or daughter, you – and they – could be landed with a massive repair bill for a blown bulb that could even render the car a write-off due to it being uneconomical to repair.”

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Cars that were raised from their graves – including the time-defying DeLorean

Category : Kia , Lamborghini , Motors , News

TO MARK Halloween, Autocar has put together a compilation of cars that were once killed off, but brought back to life by either the same or different manufacturer.
Most of these classics have now been buried once and for all, but we’ve picked out a selection to re-visit beyond the grave.
The Lotus Elan was revived as the M100 in the 1990s and also re-badged as a KiaLotus
The Lotus Elan was technically pioneering with its lightweight chassis – the British manufacturer reinvented the model several times over itself, including the Series 2 spec seen above.
Having first launched in the 1960s, it was also revived as the M100 in the 1990s following General Motors takeover.
Kia was sold the rights to the Elan by LotusKia
Further to that, the Elan was later re-badged as a Kia after Lotus sold them the rights to the car.
The Korean manufacturer made little changes to the model, with probably the most notable new feature being different rear headlights.
The Morris Oxford Series III wasn’t a massive hit in the UKPhotographed by Simon GP Geoghegan, April 2007
Morris’s Oxford Series III wasn’t a hit in the UK, having been overshadowed by its successor the Farina in 1959 and, also released in the same year, the original Mini.
However, outside of the UK the car built the basis of motoring icon.
India’s taxi, the Hindustan Ambassador, only went out of production in 2014Hindustan
It was developed into the Hindustan Ambassador – famous for being used as taxis in India for decades.
The Ambassador only went out of production in 2014 – and remained largely unchanged from the original Series III.
US-specced DeLorean speedometers stopped at 85mph – but fear not, Marty, the car’s top speed was actually around 110mphNewspress
Only 8,583 DoLoreans were built in Northern Ireland before the company closed down.
In reality, the car was close to a mechanical shambles, but fictionally, the DeLorean is a time-travelling masterpiece.
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Only 53 Lamborghini Silhouette models were madeLamborghini
Lamborghini’s Silhouette was itself an evolution of the Urraco. Only 53 were ever made from 1976 to 1979, as well as two prototypes.
The final model to roll of the production line was also used to create a prototype of the supercar maker’s Jalpa.
You could say the Lamborghini Jalpa has a very familiar SilhouetteLamborghini
When the Mimram brothers took over Lamborghini in 1980, they built 420 Jalpa models – making it one of the best-selling models.
It was the last Lamborghini to feature a V8 engine since production ended in 1988.
The Lotus Seven was Wolverine’s choice of carLotus
This lightweight wonder was a game-changer when it launched in 1957. It was available in a range of models to cater for speed demons up and down the country until the mid-70s.
And a little-known fact for those motor enthusiasts who are looking to dress up this Halloween – the Lotus Seven was driven by Wolverine in the Marvel comics.
The super-lightweight Seven lives on thanks to CaterhamCaterham
We can rejoice knowing this open-air speedster is still on the market today under Caterham.
There’s still a huge range of options to choose from, as well as an exclusive Signature service for those who want an added touch of personalisation.

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