Unknown Unknowns - 16 July 2019


FOLLOW UP: DASH CAM REPORTING ANNIVERSARY

The police portal that allows uploading of dash cam footage is one year old. 4,891 videos have been uploaded in that time, of which 50% have led to incidents being investigated. To read more click the Business Car article here.

NEW RAPID CHARGERS TO HANDLE CONTACTLESS PAYMENT BY 2020

The Government has announced that all new rapid chargers must allow contactless card payments by the sprint of 2020. BP Chargemaster also announced they will be installing this, retroactively, on their rapid chargers, even though there is no plans to mandate this. Added to that there is a consultation for all new-build homes to be fitted with an electric car charge point. To read more click the EV FleetWorld article here.

FORD TO SHARE VW PLATFORM

Ford is to use Volkswagen's MEB platform for at least one electric car by 2023. This is part of their global alliance, which also includes a joint investment in autonomous vehicle technology. To read more click the Autocar article here.

SUNDERLAND BATTERY FACILITY

HYVE, a Sunderland-based battery manufacturing facility plans to produce around 30,000 packs annually. This is excellent news for the region and the UK's ability to make batteries. The packs will be for off-highway, material handling, stationary and portable energy storage facilities. To read more click the Fleet World article here.

JLR GETS LOAN GUARANTEE FROM UK GOVERNMENT

Jaguar Land Rover has been given loan guarantees, to the tune of £500 million, from the UK Government thanks to their plan to build electrified cars in the Midlands. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

POLLUTION WARNING FROM TYRES NEEDS WARNING

Hysteria was created by a report from the Air Quality Expert Group, who claimed that dust from tyres and brakes will still pollute once we are only driving electric vehicles. However, there is some question as to the amount, or if indeed there is any pollution that actually effects humans from tyres. To read more click the BBC News article here.

VULNERABILITY OF CARS

The German General Automobile Club (ADAC) tested 237 keyless entry cars and found 230 could be easily tricked into opening and starting. Only three models, from Jaguar Land Rover, were not exploited in this manner. To see more about this article click the Which? article here. Then go off and buy a key pouch.

ROADS TO AVOID THIS WEEKEND

As the summer holiday swing into full effect this Friday in England, the BBC News website has listed particular roads that are expected to be badly hit by congestion. Added to the congestion there are some major roadworks underway. To find out more click the article link here.


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FORMULA E NEW YORK

Race 1 took place on the Saturday, where Sebastien Buemi claimed a first ever win for Nissan. This was a bad race for Vergne who had to pit after an early accident but a safety car period brought him back into contention for points until a late pileup pushed him back to 15th and out of the points. However, di Grassi gained on Vergne in the title race, meaning the last race where 29 points were possible, and only a 22 point gap.

Race 2, with tension mounting for those at the pointy end of the Championship, took place on the Sunday. Robin Frijns won the race, Alexander Sims second and Buemi third, despite being on a charge at the end. Vergne, the only DS Techeetah car after Lotterer had to retire early on, came in seventh. That was enough for the Drivers Championship and the Constructors Championship, for Techeetah. Vergne becomes the only driver to win back to back titles in Formula E.

To read about Race 1 click here. For the post-race Notebook click here.

To read about Race 2 click here. For the Sunday post-race Notebook click here.

LUNCHTIME READ: ASTON MARTIN BOSS SPEAKS

Dr Andy Palmer, speaking at the Driving the Future event, gave a frank responses to questions about the current state of the automotive sector in the UK. To read this fascinating article click the Autocar link here. Very rarely do executives speak this clearly and bluntly so enjoy that if nothing else.

LIST OF THE WEEK: THE 20 GREATEST GO-FASTER STRIPES

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith has returned another classic list for us to share with you. To run through the varied vehicles that have all benefited from help with an applied graphic click the Motoring Research article here.

AND FINALLY: ROBO-LAWYER WINS 160,000 PARKING TICKET APPEALS

A lawyer chatbot, designed to help those contenting parking tickets, has helped 160,000 out of 250,000 appeals in New York and London. The free, easy to use chatbot asks a few simple questions to check if an appeal is possible then guides users through the appeal process. For once, we have a use of technology that Andrew DOES like. To read more click the Fanatical Futurist article here.

Thank you to Alex Grant for joining Andrew in Alan’s absence. To follow what Alex is up to click on his Twitter handle here @alexgrantuk To follow Alex on Instagram click his handle here @alexgrant_uk


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