Business Briefing: Clean Air Zone roll-out troubles van operators

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 23, 2021
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Britain’s first Clean Air Zone (CAZ) went live in Bath on 15 March, Birmingham’s is set to be enforced from 1 June and London’s controversial Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is set to vastly expand to cover an area bordered by the North Circular and South Circular roads from 25 October. While such zones will undoubtedly help to lower pollution levels within towns and cities by discouraging non-compliant vehicles not to enter central areas of major Read More »

Will Power saves Penske from Indy 500 qualifying embarrassment

Posted in REVIEWS on May 23, 2021
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INDIANAPOLIS — Will Power was wide open around Indianapolis Motor Speedway, unwilling to let off the gas, even when he brushed his car against the wall. His spot in the Indianapolis 500 was at stake and Power, one of the greatest qualifiers in IndyCar history, was not going to miss the show. The 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner was one of five drivers fighting for a spot in the final row of the May 30 race. Read More »

Verstappen wins F1 Monaco GP, Hamilton seventh

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 23, 2021
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Max Verstappen won the Monaco Grand Prix after the pole sitter and local resident Charles Leclerc failed to take the start following a crash at the end of qualifying that damaged his gearbox. By claiming the 25 points for the win, Verstappen emerges as the championship leader, four points ahead of Mercedes-Benz’s Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes man had a disastrous weekend, qualifying a lowly seventh and ending the race in the same position. Verstappen dominated Read More »

Tesla cars reportedly barred from some China government compounds

Posted in REVIEWS on May 23, 2021

BEIJING - Staff at some Chinese government offices have been told not to park their Tesla cars inside government compounds due to security concerns over cameras installed on the vehicles, two people with knowledge of the matter said. The people said officials of at least two government agencies in Beijing and Shanghai have been instructed verbally by supervisors not to park their Tesla electric cars at work. It wasn't clear how many cars were affected, Read More »

Reporter's driverless van ride: Cool tech, freaky turns

Posted in REVIEWS on May 23, 2021

CHANDLER, Ariz. — The annoyed shopper paced around and knocked on the windows of a minivan blocking him from leaving his Costco parking spot. He didn’t seem to notice, or care, that there was no one inside. A colleague and I had called for the Waymo ride — our first in a fully driverless vehicle — and quickly encountered a hiccup: figuring out how to tell it to meet us at the curb. We ended Read More »

Toyota donates garishly colored 2021 Sienna to L.A. Public Libraries

Posted in REVIEWS on May 23, 2021

Since 1994, the Los Angeles Public Library system has used a hideously colored Toyota Previa minivan to shuttle staff and books around the sprawling metropolitan region. The LAPL system retired it last year, and Toyota has stepped into to fill the void by donating a 2021 Sienna in the same livery. The Previa served the library system faithfully for 26 years, painted in the LAPL's retina-searing orange, blue and turquoise scheme (yes, that's what your Read More »

Verstappen wins the Monaco GP and takes the F1 title lead from Hamilton

Posted in REVIEWS on May 23, 2021
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MONACO — Max Verstappen took the lead in the Formula One championship race for the first time in his career with a dominating victory Sunday at the Monaco Grand Prix, his first win on the vaunted circuit. Verstappen took control of the race right at the start from the second position, in part because pole sitter Charles Leclerc did not start the race because of a mechanical issue. Verstappen darted in front of Valtteri Bottas Read More »

Audi testing bus, school zone vehicle-to-infrastructure system

Posted in REVIEWS on May 23, 2021

Audi has been a leader in developing vehicle-to-infrastructure technology, with some production Audis capable of receiving information from properly equipped traffic lights about timing. The company is continuing development in these areas, referred to as vehicle-to-everything (V2X), with a system in Georgia that will provide advanced alerts about active school zones and stopped school buses. The automaker is one of a few companies testing the system, the others including Qualcomm, Commsignia, Applied Information, Blue Bird, Read More »

When Autocar met Senna: 24 hours in the life of a legend

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Then I remembered the man sitting just an armrest away. The man with more pole positions than anyone else in history and more grand prix victories than all but the considerably older Alain Prost; the man treated with more respect and trepidation than any other in motor racing. I was about to find out why. In an instant my faith returned, and although I knew that not even Ayrton Senna could get the NSX through Read More »

Rebuild, restore, renew: Inside Ferrari experts GTO Engineering

Posted in CAR NEWS on May 23, 2021
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In the past, Ferrari officialdom has been famously snooty in its dealings with nonfranchised specialists, and even today the sides are careful about how they deal with one another. But you can definitely sense a softening of attitude on the Italian side, if only because GTO is such a handy source of beautifully remanufactured, extremely rare parts and forged front suspension pieces, for example. Ferrari Classiche buys from GTO, albeit always through a third party. Read More »