PUBLISHED: 12:51 20 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:50 20 September 2018 Sam Volpe Glasgow House on the Maida Vale estate. Picture: Polly Hancock Archant Westminster City Council has announced plans to bring its housing programme back in house for the first time in 16 years. This comes as it has published a daming report affirming the need for “a culture change” at arms-length provider CityWest Homes. Since 2002, Westminster housing services have been managed by CWH but it has been beleaguered in recent months. The radical move was welcomed by local MP Karen Buck and the council’s Labour opposition – who have been among those vocally calling for changes amid a deluge of complaints from CWH leaseholders and tenants. The council’s decision comes after it commissioned an independent review into CWH’s services launched by the town hall. Today’s report, released by a council task force comprising members of its housing … [Read more...] about CityWest Homes: Westminster Council to bring social housing in-house and close ‘failing’ arms-length company
Driving test what to bring
Last month, we borrowed a replica of KITT—the crime-fighting 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am that co-starred with David Hasselhoff in Knight Rider—to drive from LA to an ’80s and ’90s car show in San Francisco. But KITT didn’t make it to San Francisco. Actually, not even close. The talking Pontiac left the two of us stranded on the highway and all the Hollywood magic in the world was not enough to save us. (Full Disclosure: Peer-to-peer car rental outfit Turo paid one of its hosts to let us rent KITT, which actually anybody can rent on its site. Turo also covered the tow truck you’re going to read about soon.) Andrew Collins: For readers under 25 or so, and all our friends who have no clue what the hell we’re talking about, Knight Rider was a ridiculously campy action show from the 1980s in which Hasselhoff, performing as permed crime-fighter Michael Knight, solved mysteries with the help of his talking, self-driving car sidekick, the … [Read more...] about Here’s What To Do When You Rent KITT From Knight Rider On Turo And It Breaks Down
You’ve heard of Tesla Autopilot, but perhaps not always in a good way: The semi-autonomous driving system is now under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board for the role it may have played in a March fatal accident near Mountain View, California. But you might not have heard about Cadillac Super Cruise and Nissan ProPilot Assist, two other semi-autonomous driving systems that are available in new cars today. The Tesla, Cadillac and Nissan systems are not exactly the same. And despite a common perception of such technology, none of them allow the car to drive itself. But these systems can reduce driver fatigue on long trips or ease the tedium of slow-and-go freeway traffic. For new-car shoppers, it’s important to know what these systems can — and can’t — handle. How they work Semi-autonomous driving systems essentially combine two existing technologies — traffic-adaptive cruise control and a lane-keeping system — into a more … [Read more...] about What to know about these 3 semi-autonomous driving systems
THE driving test has undergone its biggest shake-up in more than 20 years - but what will it mean for new learners? The new laws came into force in December 2017 with new manoeuvres to make it more like real-world driving for learners. Here's the lowdown. What are the new driving test laws? The independent driving part of the test will increase from ten to 20 minutes. The ability to use a sat navs will be introduced into the test. The reverse around a corner and turn in the road manoeuvres will no longer be tested. But you’ll still be tested on parallel parking, parking in a bay and pulling up on the right-hand side of the road. You’ll still be asked the "tell me" question at the start of the test but the "show me" question will be asked during the test - for example showing how to use windscreen wipers. The revised list of tasks in order to pass the new driving test also includes asking candidates to pull up on the right hand side of the road and reverse two car … [Read more...] about What are the new driving test rules, will I have to use a sat nav and when will learners have lessons on motorways?
Elon Musk, the billionaire tech entrepreneur, announced Thursday on Twitter that he has received "verbal” government approval to build a high-speed underground transportation system from New York to Washington, with stops in Philadelphia and Baltimore.The 46-year-old behind the automaker Tesla and commercial launch company SpaceX said his tunneling company, The Boring Co., wants to shorten the trip from New York to Washington to less than a half-hour — by taking on what would be the biggest U.S. infrastructure project in decades.“Just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop,” he wrote on Twitter. “NY-DC in 29 mins.”“City center to city center in each case, with up to a dozen or more entry/exit elevators in each city,” he added in another tweet.“Still a lot of work needed to receive formal approval, but am optimistic that will occur rapidly,” he said in a third.Musk … [Read more...] about Elon Musk wants to bring high underground Hyperloop through Baltimore