Improved energy efficiency is helping New Zealand cut thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions and save millions of dollar yearly. Links between energy efficiency and carbon mitigation are demonstrated by several programmes run by the Read More
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has significant implications for the legal profession, says Chapman Tripp. It underscores that AI will require the profession to consider and adapt regulation in specific domains such as autonomous vehicles in transportation Read More
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has significant implications for the lega ...
Engineers in Japan have set their sights on lighting the Olympic torch at the 2020 Tokyo games with a flying car.
The plan is to reportedly drive the car around the athletic track in the new national stadium before flying it into the air to light the cauldron in the climactic moment of the opening ceremony, reports News.com.au.
The vehicle will be a single person electric tricycle with propellers positioned on the front and rear corners to provide a vertical take off and landing (VTOL) system and its design will see it operated with the steering wheel and accelerator pedal either in the air or on the road. Continue reading “Japanese engineers envisage ‘flying car’ Olympics” »
Engineers in Japan have set their sights on lighting the Olympic t ...
The new Toyota Landcruiser 70 Series has been given a 5 star ANCAP rating. The Toyota Prius also achieved top marks.
Toyota’s workhorse, the Landcruiser 70 single cab chassis has been upgraded and following a suite of destructive crash tests has reached 5 star standards.
The tested model of Toyota Landcruiser 70 Single Cab Chassis was introduced in Australia and New Zealand in October 2016. This ANCAP safety rating applies to single cab chassis variants built from September 2016. Other variants are unrated. Continue reading “Toyota Landcruiser, Prius get top marks for safety” »
The new Toyota Landcruiser 70 Series has been given a 5 star ANCAP rat ...
Nissan has completed its acquisition of a US$2.3 billion stake in Mitsubishi Motors Corp (MMC), clearing the way for Carlos Ghosn to take over as chairman of a scandal-plagued carmaker and embark on his bid to turn around a third major automaker.
Ghosn, already chairman and chief executive officer at Nissan and Renault, promoted chief competitive officer Hiroto Saikawa as co-CEO of Nissan.
The move allows Ghosn to dedicate more time to repairing trust in MMC after a months’ long fuel economy scandal that may lead to the carmaker’s first annual loss in eight years. Continue reading “Nissan adds Mitsubishi to growing alliance ” »
Nissan CEO, Carlos Ghosn (left) ith MMC President Osamu Masuko Niss ...
“We are not going to turn back time and stop people behaving this way (using cell phones while driving) so instead we should look at how we can use technology to make mobile-phone technology safer while on the road.”
This is the opinion of Oscar Oviedo-Trespalacios author of a ground-breaking review that looks at how to make phone use by drivers safer.
His Queensland University of Technology (QUT) review looks at the issue of mobile phone use by drivers as a task-sharing problem. Continue reading “New approach to ‘distracted driver’ problem” »
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Carmaker Citroen will start selling cars directly to customers online, as it follows Tesla’s efforts to establish direct-from-factory sales in the US.
Customers will be able to choose and configure their cars – either to order or from dealer or central stock – and then finance them and put down a deposit online, without a visit to a showroom.
There is an increasing trend for carmakers to close or consolidate dealerships in favour of smaller, city-centre and shopping-centre outlets, Continue reading “Citroen’s threat to dealers with online car sales” »
Carmaker Citroen will start selling cars directly to customers online, ...
The landscape of the web is ever changing and evolving as the environment is defined by new entrants with new business models, and incumbents working to maintain and protect what revenue they have. Staying on top of this is key as these changes impact where you can derive maximum value from your marketing spend.
In the past, mainstream adoption of technology and the internet was generally led by the development of intuitive interfaces and authenticated walled gardens of content where users feel safe to roam. It was not until the first of the graphical browsers turned up like Mosaic and Netscape, along with online communities like Apples eWorld, that the person in the street experienced the power of the web in finding relevant content, even if it was only to download Doom and read the odd text-based email.
Next to none of the original internet players still exist, and even the companies that replaced them have in turn come and gone. The largest players with deepest pockets like Yahoo! still struggle to survive, and despite the best efforts of Marissa Mayer, it will not last in its current form. So while we are in a period of change, we are always in a period of change, and our strategies need to evolve and keep up. Our buyers are bold adopters of new things, and quickly form different web-based habits and allegiances. The rise and fall of Pokemon Go is testament to this. What will remain as a legacy is the tangible benefit that location-based augmented reality games can bring businesses. Did you set up your Pokemon Go Gym? Continue reading “Driving value from a fragmenting web; who moved the cheese?” »
This story first appeared in the October issue of AutoTalk – CLICK HER ...
Hitachi is to introduce an autonomous truck within the next two years.
To date it has brought its autonomous truck through from proof of concept to test site running.
During an interview with MINING.com at MINExpo last month, Brian Mace, manager of mining applications and product marketing at Hitachi’s construction and mining division, said that the next generation of autonomous will see trucks become smarter. Continue reading “Hitachi set to introduce autonomous truck” »
Hitachi is to introduce an autonomous truck within the next two years. ...
I took time out yesterday afternoon to tune into CNN and watch the first Hillary versus Donald live debate. The race for the White House is somewhat removed from this AutoTalk October article, however, I could not help but conjure up an image of Donald as an equivalent white-shoe senior used-car salesperson from days gone by. Hillary obviously believes Donald is an arrant anti feminist. As a result she was not about to let the 100 million audience sign off without scoring a blow for the women of the world.
In many ways we have had our New Zealand recent equivalents courtesy of the NZRU, the Chiefs and the Wellington RU. Someday, somehow, the chauvinist streaks that remains within many males have to be diluted from what we still see evident today. Can one ever foresee a NZRU Board with 50% of its directors male and the other 50% female? Perhaps, but highly unlikely in my lifetime.
Let us turn to the topic of this article, selling cars to women. This month I happened on two quite separate US articles with women in the motor industry as the theme, the first written by Steve Findlay for Ward’s Auto, the second by Anne Fleming for Digital Dealer. Continue reading “Selling cars to women” »
This story first appeared in the October issue of AutoTalk – CLICK HER ...