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What driverless cars are like for passengers

March 26th, 2014

There’s been a lot of talk recently about self-driving cars, perhaps the most famous example being Google’s Chauffeur project which has made the future a reality after four states in the USA allowed it to test its cars on the road, in public.

How long it will take for driverless cars to be a common sight on the road is anyone’s guess, but the Geneva Motor Show hoped to make the science fiction dream a reality by displaying a few of the automated cars currently in prototype, with an emphasis on what the experience is like for the passenger. Read the rest of this entry »

Ukraine crisis could increase the price of fuel by up to 5p

March 19th, 2014

Both petrol and diesel prices could rise by up to 5 pence per litre as a result of the threat of conflict in the Ukraine as fuel traders have begun buying stock in bulk.

It’s almost certain that the price will be driven up by as much as 5p per litre, and if war was to escalate, it could even rise further, potentially by as much as 10p, which was seen in the first Gulf War.  Read the rest of this entry »

Siri-based CarPlay system launched by Apple

March 14th, 2014

Apple has announced the launch of CarPlay, their Siri-based system which allows drivers to make calls, use maps, text and listen to music hands free.

Users of the new system will be able to safely push a button on a screen in-built into the dashboard to access the features of the software. It will then display important information such as directions and the map to help you get to where you’re going with ease. Read the rest of this entry »

Drivers spend 30 hours a year in traffic

March 14th, 2014

According to a new report by traffic information firm Inrix, the average motorist will spend 30 hours each year in gridlock, with London coming out as one of the worst offenders, not only in the UK but in Europe as a whole.

Despite the congestion charge which is in place in the capital, drivers will spend almost 82 hours a year in gridlock in the London commuter zone coming only second to Brussels in Belgium. In the UK, after London, Manchester is the worst city for congestion, with an average of 46 hours annual delay.  Read the rest of this entry »

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