Ah, the start of March, the beginning of spring, theoretically. Although at the moment the UK is shivering under a blanket of cold and snow from the East.
However, the beginning of the month also means another delve into some of the fun facts I discovered in February.
So, here goes:
- Ecomotus – ‘Pure Hydrogen System’
This small system fits into your vehicle and turns it from a gas-guzzling, emissions-belching monster into a cleaner, greener environmentally friendly vehicle.
By creating pure hydrogen to enrich the air going into the engine means the engine works more efficiently and there is less unburnt fuel to create noxious poisons and emissions.
On top of this, it doesn’t cost the earth and is certainly a cheaper alternative to buying a new electric car.
An in-depth article on this will be published very soon. Keep your eyes peeled.
- Dynamic Fuel Management
The word on the street is the 2019 Chevy Silverado V8s have a new fuel-saving technology that can shut seven of the eight engine cylinders off at once.
The main benefit to this system is improved fuel economy, potentially by up to 15 per cent.
The engine management system decides how many cylinders are deactivated and when they are, to reduce pumping losses, as it is more efficient to use one cylinder that many to create the same amount of power.
- Discount on your car insurance if you fit a dash-cam
Once a novelty, nowadays dash-cams are a must-have, least of all to help you provide evidence in the case of claims.
The police, courts and insurance companies all consider video evidence as part of their investigations and a dash-cam can be particularly helpful for a number of claims:
- If the accident wasn’t your fault, dash-cam evidence helps you avoid ‘knock-for-knock’ claims and protects your no claims bonus
- Crash-for-cash scams
- Theft and vandalism
However, not all insurers are currently offering discounts and some still consider it just a marketing gimmick, but the discounts are out there. You just have to shop around!
- Jaguar is building the final 25, million dollar D-Types
The last ‘Le Mans winning’ D-Type was built in 1956 and 62 years later 25 will be built at Jaguar’s classic work facility in Warwickshire.
The cars will be built to the exact same specification as the originals and powered by the same six-cylinder XK engine.
But why only 25?
The reason is back in 1955 Jaguar promised to build 100 D-Types, but only 75 were ever made, so this is effectively the final production run. The customers for the final 25 will be able to choose from the 1955 short-nose or 1956 long-nose version.
- CarVi – an advanced driver assistance system for saving lives
CarVi is a little device that turns your car into a smart car, using advanced camera technology that talks to your smartphone.
The camera gathers data which it then analyses in real time and if it sense potential danger issues audible and visual warnings.
As well as acting as a dash-cam, it monitors:
- Lane changes
- Front end collision danger
- Reckless driving and hard braking
- Kangaroo starts
With the data it collects, CarVi, via your smartphone interface displays your driving data, gives you a ‘SKOR’ for the day and makes suggestions on how to improve your driving.
- Uber revealed more details about their flying car
With the big news being that the term ‘flying car’ is actually misleading!
According to Uber, the term conjures up images of vehicles taking off from the ground, the technology for which is difficult and a long way off. The best way to describe their ‘flying car’ is to think of it as a more efficient helicopter, as they will be moving from rooftop to rooftop.
Trips using UberAir would only cover up to 60 miles and you’d be told where your nearest ‘skyport’ is located and you would then travel to another ‘skyport’ near your destination.
So, it seems it’s not a flying car after all, but just a ‘cheaper for the masses’ helicopter service!!
- Yamaha’s AI-powered Motoroid concept bike …
… looks awesome.
It’s fully electric and has all manner of coolness about it, including:
- Lower centre of gravity
- Active Mass Centre Control System
- Image and gesture recognition
- Haptic human-machine interface (HMI)
- HUD projector