FOLLOW UP: VW RAIDED AGAIN
Prosecutors have raided Volkswagen again, this time on a fresh hunt for evidence of market manipulation. The focus is a statement that 32,000 vehicles had their mpg understated when previously VW thought it was 800,000 vehicles affected. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.
BMW has also been raided, with prosecutors investigating defeat devices. Details are thin on the ground as the raid only happened on the day of recording. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.
AUTONOMOUS UBER IN FATAL ACCIDENT
In Arizona, an Uber Volvo XC90, hit and killed a woman crossing the road, whilst in autonomous mode. The full facts are not in the public domain, to this tragedy. Once we know more the chaps will discuss this further. To read more click the Autocar article here and the Bloomberg article here. To read the Automotive News Europe article about Toyota suspending public AV testing click here.
MAYOR OF LONDON’S TRANSPORT STRATEGY REVEALED
Following consultation, the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy has been revealed. Regular listeners will not be surprised by the tone and general direction of this document. To read through the document click the direct link here.
100 NEW EV CHARGERS IN LONDON
The Polar network has installed and switched on 100 new EV charging points, with 51 dedicated to the new LEVC TX cabs. These are the 50kW chargers. To read more click the Autocar article here.
BMW RAISES CO2 FIGURES ACROSS THE RANGE
Following the undertaking of the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), which will be the new standard for cars, replacing the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), BMW has increased the official CO2 outputs across the entire range. This coincides with a slight price rise to all cars too. To read more click the Autocar article here.
FORMULA E PUNTA DEL ESTE
Jean-Eric Vergne lead from the pole he was gifted, 30 minutes before the start of the race following a lengthy investigation into di Grassi and track limits. Lucas di Grassi fought really quite hard to get the win, but couldn’t get past Vergne. Sam Bird was third, following an excellent drive along with fourth place Mitch Evans. To read more click the Autosport article here.
GOODWOOD MEMBER’S MEETING #76 HIGHLIGHTS
Last weekend was the 76th Member’s Meeting at Goodwood. In some wintery conditions the brave souls who watched, raced and made sure the races happened, were treated some fantastic racing. To see highlights click the YouTube Playlist here and click the Goodwood website here.
NEW DIESEL VED RULES
UBER MOVEMENT COMES TO LONDON
Uber has announced that their ‘urban planning tool’ Uber Movement to London. You will be able to login and see how long their journey will take and compare that to historical data. Andrew is not a fan of this. To read more click The Verge article here.
NEW JLR SPECIAL OPERATIONS MD
John Edwards is leaving his role as Managing Director of JLR’s Special Operations. He will be replaced by Michael van der Sande, who is the current CEO of Alpine. To read more click the EVO article here.
AND FINALLY - MISSION E AUGMENTED REALITY APP
Porsche, in conjunction with Google, has released an augmented reality app to help people see different view modes of the Mission E vehicle. This is available for free from the Google Play and the Apple App Store. To see this click the iTunes article here.
REAR VIEW PODCAST
Don't forget the new show from the team at Motoring Podcast, Rear View, where we talk to fascinating people from the motoring universe. To go listen to the episodes already released on iTunes click here.