Motoring by Press Association 12/04/2019, 12:04 am Updated: 12/04/2019, 10:39 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Police have unveiled a new device which can detect when motorists are using their mobile phones while driving. Hampshire and Thames Valley police forces are the first to use the new technology which can determine how many cars on a stretch of road have phones being used without hands-free kits. When the device, created by technology firm Westcotec, spots a phone being used, it will flash a mobile phone symbol at the vehicle to advise the driver to stop using their mobile phone. It can also enable police to identify hotspots where mobile phones are frequently used by motorists. A spokesman for the two forces said: “The technology can detect when Bluetooth is being used but cannot detect if a passenger is using the phone, but the sign will still be activated reminding motorists of the distraction of a mobile phone whilst … [Read more...] about Police unveil new technology to combat drivers illegally using mobile phones
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By James Osborne Updated 1:24 pm CST, Thursday, December 6, 2018 Andrew Wheeler, Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, appeared before the United States Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works in 2017. Andrew Wheeler, Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, appeared before the United States Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works in 2017. Photo: Alex Edelman/CNP, FILE / TNS Photo: Alex Edelman/CNP, FILE / TNS Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Andrew Wheeler, Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, appeared before the United States Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works in 2017. Andrew Wheeler, Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, appeared … [Read more...] about EPA rolls back carbon regulations on new coal plants
Mark Phelan Detroit Free Press Published 8:00 AM EDT Oct 25, 2018 New vehicles and technologies got hammered in Consumer Reports 2018 study of vehicle reliability. As a result, ratings for longtime CR favorites Honda and Tesla plummeted, and every brand from the Detroit Three was mired in the lower half of the industry. Countless buyers consider CR’s ratings when shopping for a new car, so this is great news for perennial Nos. 1 and 2 Lexus and Toyota — in that order this year, flipping from 2018. Like fans of a losing sports team, Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler are left to say “wait till next year.” “The early adopters of technology get penalized in terms of reliability,” CR director of automotive testing Jake Fisher said, speaking to the Automotive Press Association in Detroit. “Don’t chase the new technology. Take your time and get it right.” More: Consumer Reports: Cadillac near bottom in … [Read more...] about Which new technologies make vehicles unreliable?
Gallery Facelifted Kia Sportage SUV gains new technology including a new mild hybrid powertrain. Picture: Kia Kia The Sportage is a solid, well-priced SUV from Kia. It’s now been updated and gains more technology. Tristan Shale-Hester drives the new mild hybrid version. It's difficult to spot the differences but new Kia Sportage looks sleeker. Picture: KiaHaving established the Sportage as a mainstream affordable, well-equipped full-size SUV, Kia has launched a facelifted version with new technological features.The design is more streamlined with new bumpers and updated headlight signatures, the upgraded infotainment system has a sleeker, frameless eight-inch touchscreen option, semi-autonomous features such as lane-keep assist are now standard on lower grades, the diesel engine has been downsized and there’s a mild hybrid powertrain.Under the bonnetThe new 134bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine is economical and punchy – 58.9mpg, 320Nm of torque, 0-60mph in 11.4 … [Read more...] about Facelift, new technology and mild hybrid power up Kia Sportage SUV’s appeal
Motoring by Press Association 09/07/2018, 11:02 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Hybrid cars and vans will not be included in a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel models from 2040, the Department for Transport has announced. The Road to Zero strategy “does not speculate on which technologies might help to deliver the Government’s 2040 mission”, the department said. “The Government has no plan to ban any particular technology – like hybrids – as part of this strategy”. An ambition for at least half of new car sales to be ultra low emission by 2030 was set out in the strategy. The proposals could see a massive expansion of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, including the installation of hundreds of thousands more charge points. Under the plans, new homes and offices may be required to install charge points as standard. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: … [Read more...] about Hybrid cars escape 2040 ban on new petrol and diesel models