FOLLOW UP: WINTERKORN CHARGED IN GERMANY
German prosecutors have charged former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn with fraud, along with four other executives. The five are accused of violating competition laws as they did not disclose the manipulation of diesel engines and failing to prohibit the installation of the illegal software in further engines. The announcement was timed to coincide with the start of the VW media briefing in Shanghai. To read more click the Autocar article here.
FOLLOW UP: GHOSN INCARCERATION EXTENDED
Lawyers for Carlos Ghosn appealed for a second time, over the rearrest of the former Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance CEO. The hope was to have the charges for the arrest disclosed in public. Prosecutors have been granted an extension until the 22 April, at which point he must be charged or released. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.
MERCEDES EMISSIONS INVESTIGATED
The motor vehicle authority in Germany, the KBA, are investigating Mercedes GLK SUVs due to suspicion that they were fitted with software programmed to fool the emissions tests. The 220 CDI vehicles involved were built between 2012 and 2015. This is on the back of already having to recall three million vehicles to reduce their NOx emissions. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article.
REAL MPG TEST RESULTS
WhatCar?'s True MPG test has found that the new fuel economy tests, which are supposed to be much closer to reality are moving in the right direction. The average across new vehicles we can buy today is a 5% gap. However, the report does conclude that official figures still need to be taken with a pinch of salt. To read more click the WhatCar? article here.
AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY CYBERSECURITY RATING SCHEME
A UK government funded consortium of automotive and security industry experts have asked for feedback on their consultation paper for producing a consumer friendly assurance framework, to assess the cybersecurity of vehicles. 5StarS, as they are called, want to build consumers's trust in the safety and security of new vehicles. To read more click the Roke article here.
MOBILE PHONE USE DETECTION
Police are trialing detectors that will alert car occupants if they are using a mobile phone. The system cannot differentiate between drivers and passengers mobile signals, but can if the phone is being used hands-free. These will not be enforcement tools, but educational ones, the forces who are testing have made clear. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.
AVERAGE SPEED CAMERAS ON EVO TRIANGLE
As part of a safety initiative, to reduce serious and fatal accidents on the Evo Triangle, average speed cameras have been installed on part of the A543. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.
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FORMULA E: ROME EPRIX
Mitch Evans claimed his first win in Formula E and has given Panasonic Jaguar Racing their first the season, after he late-braked Andre Lotterer with 16 minutes left in the race, at the chicane of Turn 11-12. Stoffel Vandoorne came in third, which he held for the entire race. To read more click the e-racing365 article here. To watch highlights click the link here. For the ever excellent Post-Race Notebook click the link here.
LUNCHTIME READ: MIT STUDY SHOWING HIGH "FUNCTIONAL VIGILANCE" AMONG AUTOPILOT USERS COMES WITH MASSIVE CAVEATS
Ed Niedermeyer has written an excellent summary of the MIT Autonomous Vehicle Technology Study, written by Lex Fridman, pointing out the flaws in it and why Musk, amongst others, should not use it as proof that the technology is capable or even that it delivers more than it was designed for. To read The Drive article click here.
LIST OF THE WEEK: BEST AND WORST CARS FOR FUEL LIGHT ROULETTE
Gavin Braithwaite-Smith has produced another, yes another, cracking LoTW, where he has looked at the cars it is best to try and play fuel light roulette in. To run through the list and maybe tweak your next car purchase, click the Motoring research article here.
AND FINALLY: SEAT TRYING TO SAVE US MONEY ON COFFEE
Seat think they can save us £1,800 per year by selling us an in-car coffee maker for £185. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.
REAR VIEW PODCAST
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