NTU receives BMW i3 and BMW i8 as research platforms
BMW Group and Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) today launched a new electromobility research programme, involving the all-electric BMW i3 and plug-in hybrid sports car BMW i8 that runs on electricity and petrol.
Ford is introducing a new camera technology that can see around corners, even when drivers cannot, to help avert accidents.
The innovative Front Split View Camera –available as an option on the all-new Ford Galaxy and S-MAX – displays a 180-degree view from the front of the car, using a video camera in the grille. At a blind junction or exiting a driveway, the camera enables drivers to easily spot approaching vehicles, pedestrians or cyclists.
Experts in the relevant fields are expecting government officials to give the green light to an on-demand driverless taxi trial on public roads. The goal? To make car-sharing as convenient as private car-ownership, whilst making it as sustainable as public transportation.
The firm which has applied to take part in the experiment, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), currently only has one electric car, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV in its fleet. Whilst the pilot run will only be limited to the One-North area, and possibly even open to only their employees, the final goal is to have an Uber-esque system in place, where commuters can book a driverless ride through their mobile devices.
Google’s selft-driving cars have been let loose on the streets of Mountain View, California. The decidedly panda-shaped vehicles, which are currently restricted to 25 mph and have human drivers as fail-safes, were initially slated to undergo trials later this year.
Production versions of the car will have “a removable steering wheel, accelerator pedal, and brake pedal that allow them to take over driving if needed.” The technology certainly isn’t new; the tech giant has been working on said technologies in their modified Lexus and Toyota Prius self-driving cars, which have already racked up more than a million miles of on-road use.
Road bullies, hoggers, Sunday Drivers, drivers that can’t seem to properly align their car in a parking lot - if there's any kind of bad driver you haven't seen, there are other drivers who probably have.
And now you can, too, thanks to the increasing popularity (and lower prices) of in-car cameras. Many of us may have at some point uploaded our own in-car videos of bad drivers we encounter on the roads, to Youtube and other video-on-demand platforms.
But before you upload the next one, simmer down! The rising trend of bad driving may indicate that drivers in Singapore are getting more reckless, uncivil and selfish, but it may also indicate that you yourself are guilty of some of these anti-social habits below.
Nelson Piquet Jr has driven his Formula E car to win the inaugural championship! He chalked up 2 wins at Long Beach and at Moscow, and 3 further podiums across the season. Going into the last race of the season, Piquet Jr led Buemi by 5 points. Starting 16th on the grid, many put their money on Buemi being the champion instead, and those who actually did put cash on Buemi would be happy right up to past the first safety car. Piquet Jr, who energy-saved in car 1 from the beginning, was able to stay out for 2 laps longer than anyone else.
By staying out for an extra 2 laps, Piquet Jr had more energy to use in car 2. The extra energy came into play after Leimer’s crash brought out the safety car. Post-safety car period, all Piquet Jr needed to do was to pass 2 cars to win the title, one of them being his teammate. The team let Piquet Jr through, and in a matter of a few corners, the then 7th place man was dispatched off. To counter that, Buemi had to pass Bruno Senna, who used the whole width of the track to fend off the hard charging Swiss driver. The duo made a contact a few times, but Buemi wasn’t able to get past the Mahindra, giving Nelson Piquet Jr the championship win. Sam Bird won his home race, with the 2 Dragon cars completing the podium.
Mercedes-Benz marked a new chapter in its history when it revealed the new Mercedes-AMG GT S and Mercedes-AMG C 63 on Wednesday evening. The AMG GT S is the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG and symbolizes the brand’s move into a new, top-class sports car segment.
Making a superior performance-enhanced addition to the C-Class family is the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 S which offers unparalleled dynamism coupled with sheer passion.
A 47-year old Singaporean man has been arrested after skipping checks at the checkpoint. He was returning to the country from Malaysia at around noon on Tuesday, where he drove past Tuas Checkpoint despite being pulled over for a check. He already cleared immigration at that point; the check was due to authorities believing that there were food products in his car that were not declared.
The man apparently misunderstood the instructions and drove off, only to be arrested at Pioneer Road North. Investigations are ongoing.