Car Tech

The evolution of car safety: a history
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Features

The evolution of car safety: a history

We’ve catalogued the development of vehicle technologies that have brought significant improvements to road safety
27 Nov 2021
Fog lights and when to use them
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Tips & advice

Fog lights and when to use them

They do exactly as described, but fog lights seem to cause confusion with some drivers. Here’s all the key info on fog light use…
26 Nov 2021
Electric car charging in the UK
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Electric car charging in the UK

The UK’s electric car charging infrastructure has changed substantially in the past 12 months but can it make an EV suit your lifestyle?
26 Nov 2021
NIO and Shell sign agreement for battery swap stations
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Nio

NIO and Shell sign agreement for battery swap stations

Chinese EV brand and energy giant collaborate to bring battery charging and swapping stations to Europe from next year
26 Nov 2021
No Time To Die: chasing James Bond in a stunt Land Rover Defender
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Land Rover Defender

No Time To Die: chasing James Bond in a stunt Land Rover Defender

We find out how the new Land Rover Defender fared as a stunt car in the latest James Bond film
25 Nov 2021
Dashcam-upload portal reports spike in ‘dangerous driving’ videos
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Dashcam-upload portal reports spike in ‘dangerous driving’ videos

Big increase in citizen policing on British roads pays dividends for hard-pressed police forces
25 Nov 2021
BMW tops assisted-driving rankings in latest Thatcham and EuroNCAP assessment
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BMW tops assisted-driving rankings in latest Thatcham and EuroNCAP assessment

Testers give assistance packages a ‘thumbs up’ despite concerns they could mislead drivers into losing concentration
25 Nov 2021
What is an immobiliser and does my car have one?
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Tips & advice

What is an immobiliser and does my car have one?

In this guide, we explain what an immobiliser does and how it helps to protect your car from theft
15 Nov 2021
What is a blind spot when driving?
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Tips & advice

What is a blind spot when driving?

There’s plenty of tech in modern cars to help us cope with blind spots but what are they and how can you keep yourself safe with or without the driver…
11 Nov 2021
Hyundai to launch autonomous electric flying vehicles by 2028
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Hyundai

Hyundai to launch autonomous electric flying vehicles by 2028

Hyundai plans for passengers to simply hail its upcoming flying vehicles from “vertiports” using an app, just as they would a conventional taxi
9 Nov 2021
Drivers think new cars have too much expensive tech
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Dacia

Drivers think new cars have too much expensive tech

A survey by budget car brand Dacia shows that a third of UK drivers don’t use 75% of the features fitted to their cars
5 Nov 2021
'Many don't have the means to switch to electric cars'
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Opinion

'Many don't have the means to switch to electric cars'

Mike Rutherford points out the sometimes costly nature of going green
31 Oct 2021
Thatcham slams Tesla over “fundamentally dangerous” software roll-out
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Tesla

Thatcham slams Tesla over “fundamentally dangerous” software roll-out

Tesla’s launch and rapid withdrawal of ‘full self-driving’ software update brings scathing response from leading UK safety body
25 Oct 2021
Toyota and Tamiya build the mini hydrogen-powered Mirai RC car
Toyota and Tamiya Mirai RC car
Toyota Mirai

Toyota and Tamiya build the mini hydrogen-powered Mirai RC car

The mini Toyota Mirai will go twice as far as a battery powered RC car and has been designed to show how hydrogen tech can be effective on a small sca…
21 Oct 2021
Volvo XC40 Recharge gets Range Assistant over-the-air update
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Volvo

Volvo XC40 Recharge gets Range Assistant over-the-air update

The first big over-the-air update for Android Automotive backed Volvo models includes a new app intended to help owners maximise their driving range
19 Oct 2021
iPhone maker Foxconn reveals three new electric vehicles
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iPhone maker Foxconn reveals three new electric vehicles

Key Apple supplier reveals automotive plans with a concept SUV, a saloon an and electric bus
18 Oct 2021
Nissan launches combined PCP finance deal for electric car and charger
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Nissan

Nissan launches combined PCP finance deal for electric car and charger

The unusual new offer is available on the Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 van – and it includes the cost of installing the wallbox charger at your home
13 Oct 2021
Apple CarPlay update to offer air-con and seat control
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Apple CarPlay update to offer air-con and seat control

Tech giant Apple has plans to further its phone integration with control over more of your car’s features, including air-conditioning and seat adjustm…
11 Oct 2021
The disabled driving force behind Evtec's automotive parts
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Features

The disabled driving force behind Evtec's automotive parts

Evtec produces millions of automotive parts and a third of its employees are people with disabilities
10 Oct 2021
Volvo to ditch leather in all cars by 2030
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Volvo

Volvo to ditch leather in all cars by 2030

New C40 Recharge will be first Volvo to be offered without the option of leather upholstery
23 Sep 2021
'I'm not asking to scrap the ICE ban, just delay it a little'
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Opinion

'I'm not asking to scrap the ICE ban, just delay it a little'

Mike Rutherford calls on the Prime Minister to push back the 2030 ban
19 Sep 2021
Sinclair C5: the history of Sir Clive Sinclair’s electric car
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Sinclair C5: the history of Sir Clive Sinclair’s electric car

Sir Clive Sinclair’s electric runabout was a spectacular failure, but the C5 was ahead of its time
17 Sep 2021
Plans for 1,500 new electric car chargers in four years at new Osprey Charging hubs
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Plans for 1,500 new electric car chargers in four years at new Osprey Charging hubs

The £75m scheme will see high-powered chargers rolled out at 150 Osprey Charging locations near A-roads and motorways
16 Sep 2021
What is lane-keeping assist?
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Tips & advice

What is lane-keeping assist?

Most new cars feature lane-keeping technology of some kind, but what is it, and how does it work?
14 Sep 2021
Volkswagen ID. models to get over-the-air software updates
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Volkswagen

Volkswagen ID. models to get over-the-air software updates

Volkswagen shifts towards a software-based business model, with improved safety and additional features enabled through updates
13 Sep 2021
'The latest infotainment systems in some VWs aren’t fit for purpose'
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Opinion

'The latest infotainment systems in some VWs aren’t fit for purpose'

Some infotainment systems are a mess and potentially dangerous, says Mike Rutherford
22 Aug 2021
Humanoid 'Tesla Bot' to launch in 2022 says Elon Musk
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Tesla

Humanoid 'Tesla Bot' to launch in 2022 says Elon Musk

US electric car-maker Tesla is to follow in Honda's tracks by branching out into robotics
20 Aug 2021
Toyota to cut car production by 40% due to microchip shortage
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Toyota

Toyota to cut car production by 40% due to microchip shortage

Factory shutdowns are confirmed in Japan, but Toyota’s UK production lines remain fully operational
19 Aug 2021
'Autonomous car tech can help you enjoy driving even more'
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Opinion

'Autonomous car tech can help you enjoy driving even more'

Motorists are naturally suspicious but Steve Fowler thinks autonomous car tech can help take the stress out of driving
13 Aug 2021
Drivers could face three penalty points for not wearing seatbelt
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News

Drivers could face three penalty points for not wearing seatbelt

Law change in the offing as meaningful proportion of those killed in cars without belts remains high
28 Jul 2021
Bentley launches new steering wheel for both real and sim racers
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Bentley launches new steering wheel for both real and sim racers

The wheel was designed for the Bentley Continental Pikes Peak GT3 racer, but also works with Fanatec sim racing hardware
21 Jun 2021
Driving test update to preserve the manual gearbox
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Driving test update to preserve the manual gearbox

With more drivers learning in autos and electric cars, the DVSA is looking to update the driving test so people can still drive manuals in future
16 Jun 2021
Volvo investigates fossil fuel-free steel for future car bodies
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Volvo

Volvo investigates fossil fuel-free steel for future car bodies

Volvo has teamed up with the Swedish company SSAB to research a new method of steelmaking which doesn’t rely on coking coal
16 Jun 2021
Pay for parking from your car with BMW's new RingGo app integration
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BMW

Pay for parking from your car with BMW's new RingGo app integration

BMW drivers can now use their infotainment systems to pay for parking without the need for a phone or cash
15 Jun 2021
Illegal car modification hotspots revealed
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News

Illegal car modification hotspots revealed

Gloucestershire has the highest proportion of illegal car modifications, with altered number plates the most common breach
14 Jun 2021
'The hydrogen underdog disruptor is back in town'
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Opinion

'The hydrogen underdog disruptor is back in town'

Mike Rutherford says hydrogen-powered cars could still be a frequent sight on UK roads
13 Jun 2021