Episode 226: Well done mate - 18 December 2018

FOLLOW UP: BLOODHOUND PROJECT SAVED

A week after the demise of the Bloodhound project was announced, there is good news, in the form of Ian Warhurst who has stepped in and saved it. We, here at the Motoring Podcast, are delighted that this has happened. To read more click here for the official statement from Bloodhound SSC Programme.

FOLLOW UP: CONTINUED FALLOUT FROM GHOSN ARREST

The ugly civil war is intensifying within the Nissan Renault Mitsubishi Rebel Alliance. News was released that Carlos Ghosn planned to replace Hiroto Saikawa, in November, according to the Wall Street Journal. To read more click here.

CNBC reports that Nissan executives, including Saikawa, could well find themselves out of Nissan as a result of this scandal. Investor confidence has been dented, as this is one of a number of issues at the company, including recalling vehicles due to faulty vehicle checks. To read more click the article here.

Reuters is reporting that Nissan is considering adding external board members in a bid to rectify claims that it lacks adequate governance. Also, a committee is being set up to oversee compensation. To read more click the article here.

Asian Review is reporting that there is a growing threat of civil suits, as Nissan executives were legally responsible for spotting the misconduct. To red more click the article here.

Also reported by Asian Review, Nissan has rejected Renault’s call for a shareholders meeting. This is another example of the power struggle underway in the giant alliance. To read more click the article here.

FOLLOW UP: UBER WARNED OF DANGERS WITH TEST CARS BEFORE ACCIDENT

A leaked email has highlighted the fact that Uber knew of serious issues with the technology, cars and “poor behaviour” from the safety drivers. To read more click the BBC News article here.

FOLLOW UP: LEVANDOWSKI RETURNS TO AV WORLD

Anthony Levandowski, the engineer at the centre of the Waymo/Uber legal dispute, has announced he has, apparently, driven over 3000 miles without physically driving the test vehicle. To read more of the claim click here for the Guardian article.

EURO 6 DIESEL CAN BE BANNED IN EUROPEAN CITIES

Diesel cars registered before September 2018, can now legally, be banned from Madrid, Paris and Brussels after European Court of Justice overturned the relaxation of EU emission limits. To read more click the Autocar article here.

APPLE POACHES TESLA DESIGNER

Apple has tempted Andrew Kim, formerly a designer at Tesla, to join the company. On the heels of another ex-Tesla employee, this fuels the speculation that Apple is in fact building a car. To read more click the Verge article here.

FINGER PRINTS TO UNLOCK HYUNDAIS

Hyundai is installing technology to allow multiple users to unlock and start the 2019 Santa Fe using their fingerprint. Also, the seat and mirrors will be automatically adjusted to whoever it is that has activated the vehicle. This feature will first roll out in China. To read more click the Engadget article here.

SEVERN BRIDGE FINALLY TOLL FREE

Those looking to drive into Wales, from over the Bristol Channel now can, without having to pay a toll on the Severn Crossings. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

DRIVERS WARNED OF ‘FRANTIC FRIDAY’

As another holiday approaches, so to do the apocalyptic warnings of traffic. An estimated 20 million trips are planned. There are several graphics in the Motoring Research article highlighting areas where there will be issues, so do click through before you travel and good luck! Click here to see more.


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FORMULA E: AD DIRIYAH RESULT

Antonio Felix da Costa won the first of the Gen2 races, for BMW, at the weekend. He beat Jean-Eric Vergne, following a driverthrough penalty part way through the race. Mahindra’s Jerome d’Ambrosio was third. To read more click the Autosport article here.

The news that Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag will become the chairman of the series came out just before the weekend too. To read more click the Autosport article here.

PREDICTIONS FOR 2019

Last year Alan and Andrew came up with prediction for 2018, these have turned out to be “average”. They will be taking a new punt at it for 2019.

AND FINALLY: PORSCHE HAVE TO REMIND US HOW TO SPEAK. AGAIN

Following their video showing us how to say Porsche, now we have a new one, this time telling us how to say Taycan. To read more and see the video click on the Jalopnik article here.


REAR VIEW PODCAST

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