Episode 63 : Burn Them - FCA Recall, Tesla Row, Smiling Cars, Hyundai FCV Driven

This week the chaps are face to face when recording, but they try to get over the hindrance of actually being able to see each other when recording!

FOLLOW UP - CLEAN AIR LONDON CONSULTATION RESULTS

Amazingly, if you ask people if they want cleaner air they say “yes please”! Clean Air in London group then had a conversation with Andrew via twitter. Again the only ideas being put forward are to charge polluting cars and expanding charging zones. Go back to Episode 42 to hear suggestions other than charging which will also stimulate local economies as well as improve air quality, to read more click here.

FCA RECALL OVER AIRBAG DEFECT

Reports are circulating that FCA will recall an expected 4196 vehicles in the UK, as part of a global 1.9 million. This due to an airbag defect. Although that precise number of cars is being stated which models is not known!  To read about this click here and the podcast will update you when they hear more.

TESLA AND MOBILEYE

There has been a very public row going on between Tesla and Mobileye. Mobile announced that they were no longer be supplying Tesla with their services due to worries over safety. Tesla countered with claims that it was due to Tesla developing their own autonomous systems, which Mobileye had previously provided. Mobileye then responded to that with claims that they had reassurances AutoPilot would only be activated if the driver was holding the steering wheel, which was not what happened. Oh, and they won’t air dirty laundry in public! Doubtful we’ll ever know who actually said/agreed to what. To read more click here.

VW CYBER SECURITY COMPANY

Volkswagen have created a company, in Israel, to deal with the risk of cars being hacked. Thanks to @SPCoulson for sending this our way! To read more click here.

VW AUTONOMOUS CARS WILL COME EVENTUALLY

Volkswagen has been discussing the future of the company following the #Dieselgate and how autonomous vehicles will become the norm, but not as quickly as some are suggesting. To read more click here.

EXTRA PENALTIES FOR MOBILE USE    

The Government announced they are considering increasing penalties for those caught using a mobile when driving to six points and £200 fine. Whilst Andrew agrees there should be stiffer penalties, this does raise the question that if there aren’t the police on the roads to, erm, police this is there any point in having it? To read more about the possible increase click here. To read about the number of drivers given on the spot fines for lane hogging, read here.

SMILING CARS

A Swedish company called Semcon has revealed their autonomous concept car which will alert pedestrians when it is safe to cross the road in front of it by ‘smiling’ at them. To read more about this click here.

GRAND TOUR STARTS 18 NOVEMBER

We now know that the Grand Tour, Clarkson, Hammond and May’s new show, will be launched on 18 November 2016. This allows ample time for the haters to craft their disapproving tweets. We, however, are looking forward to watching the trio in action again.

CATERHAM KIT CAR

There is now a Lego kit of the Caterham 620R. All Christmas and Birthday lists will likely have one of these on them, even with younger children! To read more click here.

GYMKAHNA NINE IS OUT

Mr Ken of the Block has released the latest Gymkhana video on YouTube. To watch the stunning film click here. To see a list of his other films click here.

HYUNDAI FCV - REAL WORLD DRIVING

Alan had the keys to Hyundai’s hydrogen electric car for the weekend. He rigorously tested it in real world driving conditions by sitting in the dreadful traffic that seemed to envelope London last Friday. He did it so the rest of us don’t have to! But he was very impressed. The EV nature of the drivetrain made travelling for five hours through London as relaxing as it could have been whilst being behind the wheel of a car. He also did not repeat “but it’s so normal” for those five hours!

LEADING AUTOMOTIVE WOMEN IN EUROPE

Automotive News have an annual list of the 25 leading women in the automotive world, in Europe. To read that list click here. Of particular note to us in the UK isDanella Bagnall (Chief Product Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover), Elizabeth Hill (Architecture Planning Director, Jaguar Land Rover), Linda Jackson (CEO, Citroën) and Judith Richardson (Vice President Purchasing, Nissan).

CLAUDIA SCHIFFER YELLOW

Friend of the show @MajorGav, he of PetrolBlog.com, has bought a new car. This time is a Citroën Xsara VTS, in Claudia Schiffer yellow. To read more about this wonderful purchase click here.

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