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Disney reveals VertiGo: a robotic car that can climb walls 0

Happy New Year! And what better way to start off 2016 than with a robot?! Yes, that is indeed a robot climbing a wall. The little guy is named VertiGo and he is the latest in Disney technology. The VertiGo robot is the brainchild of Paul Beardsley from Disney Research and Michael Bischoff at ETH(…)

Google set to take on Uber with new Alphabet company 0

Google plans to move its autonomous driving unit into a separate firm under the new Alphabet umbrella, allowing for the research and development of driverless cars to continue with full focus. The change is expected to take place next year, with reports suggesting one of the biggest priorities will be to develop a ride-for-hire service,(…)

Planning to drive this Christmas? Prepare to crawl… 0

Driving home for the holidays? Drivers have been warned to expect congestion and delays. According to the RAC, this Christmas is set to be much busier on the roads than last year. Around 3.5 million drivers are expected to travel at least 20 miles over today and Boxing Day and a huge 31 million journeys(…)

A cool drive: the Lexus NX with wheels made of ice 0

Feeling a bit chilly? Then you don’t want to get behind the wheel of the Lexus NX, which has been given a frozen gift for Christmas… Yes, those are wheels made of ice supporting a giant car. Our first thought was who comes up with these ideas?! But, even with the ‘because we can’ attitude(…)

Google “perplexed” by California’s driverless car ruling 0

Google aren’t pleased with the proposed California ruling regarding autonomous vehicles. The tech-company says the proposal to have someone at the wheel of the driverless car is “perplexing”. Chris Urmson, head of Google’s self-drive division, wrote in a blog post last Thursday: “This maintains the same old status quo and falls short on allowing this technology(…)

The UK plug-in grant extended until March 2018 0

There is good news and bad news if you were planning to buy an EV or PHEV using the Government’s money off scheme. The good news is that the grant has been extended until March 2018. The bad news is that the amount of money you’re entitled to is decreasing and, in some cases, is(…)

Toyota unveil the new 2016 Prius… better than the others? 0

Beyond Possible – Follow your heart The new 2016 Prius wants you to know that despite its green credentials, it’s gotten a whole lot sportier. The fourth-generation hybrid is aiming to attract younger buyers who want style whilst remaining environmentally conscious. Whilst the Prius will never be a ‘performance car’, it still retains its iconic(…)

Samsung to develop in-car tech and driverless cars 0

Oh look, another tech company is joining the car industry. First we had Google, then Apple, then Baidu, and now Samsung has put its money into the ring.     Samsung Electronics is setting up a division with the sole purpose to focus on automotive-related technology. The company said they will be looking into infotainment(…)

Jaguar Land Rover to build $1.5bn Slovakia factory 0

Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed that they will be building a $1.5 billion (£1 billion) production factory in Slovakia. Despite members of the trade union worrying that the new factory could hurt UK jobs, JLR say the new factory will “compliment” the UKs. JLR’s chief executive Ralf Speth said: “Jaguar Land Rover is delighted today(…)

Baidu takes on Google with Chinese driverless car in road-testing 0

China’s largest search engine Baidu, also dubbed the Chinese equivalent to Google, has revealed they will also be joining the race to create driverless technology. The tech-company announced on Thursday that its vehicle had achieved a fully autonomous drive involving different weather conditions and mixed roads. During the 18.6 mile route round Beijing, Baidu carried(…)