Episode 119 : Very Competent - Future predicted, Sensible car taxing system proposed, Slow news day in Malaysia

This week Alan and Andrew are able to get straight on with the news, without any Follow Up! Amazing.

MUSK PREDICTS THE FUTURE

Elon Musk has declared that almost all cars will be sold will be autonomous in 10 years. This allows Alan and Andrew to make it clear that any statement of a vehicle's autonomous level is self-declared by the manufacturer. Remember that when you read anything that mentions an AV Level. To read more click the Autocar article here

NEW TESLA DIRECTORS

Tesla has announced they have appointed two new directors to the board. One is James Murdock, the other being Linda Johnson Rice. Both of these have media backgrounds. How Tesla's message is put out, from now on, will be interesting. To read more click the Automotive News article here.

LUCID MOTORS SEEKS BUYER

Lucid Motos is seeking a buyer, in order to progress as a company as they wish to. Currently, they are in discussions with Ford, who has suggested they are not that interested. To read more click the Bloomberg article here.

FARADAY FUTURE STOPS DIGGING

Faraday Future's Nevada plant has been halted due to a lack of cash. In the complete opposite approach to Lucid, Faraday didn't secure extra funding before starting their factory. As their CEO, Jia Yueting, has money problems. To read more click the Automotive News article here.

SENSIBLE CAR TAX PROPOSED

The Wolfson Economics Prize has been awarded to the proposal of charging owners for the amount of mileage they drive, instead of the current vehicle excise duty and fuel duty. The only slight issue the chaps have with this is how the mileage is confirmed. Another way, rather than via insurers needs to be found. To read more click the BBC News article here.

MERCEDES TO RECALL 3 MILLION DIESELS

Mercedes announced a 'voluntary recall' of 3 million diesel cars, following meetings with German Transport Ministry officials. They make it very clear they have not used an illegal emissions device, this move is only to "strengthen confidence" in customers. To read more click the Autocar article here.

FORMULA E HITS NEW YORK

New York hosted a doubleheader of races this past weekend. To read about the Saturday race click the Autosport article here. To read about the Sunday race click the Autosport article here. Congratulations to DS Virgin Racing and Sam Bird for two wins!

WILL THE FUTURE BE AS PREDICTED?

@SafeSelfDrive posted an interesting article from the Guardian, which discusses the future of transportation we have been told. This balanced piece broaches the question will mass AVs actually provide the benefits we have been promised. Do go read it, by clicking the Guardian article here.

EMERGENCY AREAS FOR SMART MOTORWAYS

 

To try and solve the issue of where a driver is to safely go in the event of an emergency, whilst driving on a Smart Motorway, as there are no hard shoulders, there is a trial on the M3. What looks like a lay-by, has been painted orange just outside Camberley. Alan may get a bit of anger off his chest with this one! To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

LIST OF THE WEEK - 10 BEST JAGUARS OF ALL TIME

EVO, with wonderful photography once again, has listed their suggestions on the Top 10 Jaguars of all time. Click the article here to run through it.

AND FINALLY - SLOW NEWS DAY IN MALAYSIA

Friend of the show, Ian Seabrook, has hit the news in Malaysia after posting a piece about his purchase of 1987 Proton Saga Aeroback for £50. The Sun Daily, Malaysian news site, picked this up and now he is one of the top news items of the day. To see more click the link here.

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