This week the chaps wade through a lot of Follow Up. Buckle up as they discuss #Dieselgate, Uber and more....
FOLLOW UP: SURVEY OF "FIXED" VW OWNERS
A legal firm, who is acting on behalf of 40,000 Volkswagen owners, has conducted a survey asking who's car has been affected by the fix provided by VW, to address issues from #Dieselgate, even though they were legal in the UK and Europe as they were. To read more click the Autocar article here.
FOLLOW UP: BMW SUED OVER DIESEL CARS IN US
BMW has been taken to court, in a class action suit, being accused of fitting a defeat device being fitted to certain cars. BMW has denied any wrongdoing. To read more click the Bloomberg article here.
FOLLOW UP: UBER ACCIDENT
There has been much writing and talking about the accident by those trying to establish why it happened, using only the info we've been given so far. Andrew and Alan are not going to repeat or discuss gossip and supposition without using facts. Below are links to various articles and podcasts that have added to the conversation.
FOLLOW UP: NO NATIONAL DIESEL SCRAPPAGE SCHEME
Following consultation and consideration by the Government, there will be no national diesel scrappage scheme. This has caused Greenpeace to claim there has been a U-turn, even though there was no decision to U-turn on. But hey, in the age of outrage and fake news, why let that bother us. Just as a point of order, local councils will be able to utilise the Clean Air Fund to create local scrappage schemes. To read more click the Independent article here.
AUTONOMY PROJECT WORKS ON PARKING ISSUES
The UK Autodrive project, including Ford, JLR and Tata, are working on the problem with parking. 30% of urban drivers are on the road because they're searching for a parking space, it is claimed. Alan explains a similar project that was worked on for European airspace, which is hopefully where lessons are being learnt. To read more click the Autocar article here.
WAYMO SELECTS JAGUAR I-PACE AS TEST VEHICLES
Waymo has announced they will purchase up to 20,000 I-Paces from Jaguar. Congratulations to Jaguar. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.
WRC RULE CHANGE
At the last race WRC asked teams not to take advantage of the loophole in the rules that allows drivers to turn up late to the start of the Power Stage, without penalty, which they ignored. As we mentioned, the only way to deal with it is to change the rules. The WRC has now done this. To read more click the Autosport article here.
GOVERNMENT PLEDGES EXTRA £100MILLION TO FIX POTHOLES
The Government has announced there will be a new, additonal, fund of £100m to help councils fix potholes. Studies, however, suggest that £14.9 billion is actually required to fix the state of the UK's roads. To read more click the Autocar article here.
NEW SHELL HYDROGEN FILLING STATION OPENED
Shell has added a hydrogen pump to their Beaconsfield station, which is the first to be 'under the canopy'. To read more click the ITM Power article here.
LYNK & CO ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN PLANT LOCATION
Lynk & Co has stated their 01 model will be made at the Volvo Ghent plant. Their vehicles will be heavily connected allowing drivers to do such things as use the "share button". To read more click the Autonomitve News Europe 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.