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A man who taught his five-year old son how to do burnouts has had his car towed. Australian Alex Dobson filmed himself providing the unorthodox tuition to his boy outside his Queensland home. In the videos, which have become a viral hit, smoke is shown billowing from the tyres of the stationary vehicle. The young boy is framed gripping the wheel as he is filmed by his father – who is not in the car with him.
The emergence of mini cameras over the last decade has made it easy to capture high quality road footage from one's motorcycle helmet. Chief among the action camera brands has been GoPro, whose Hero range has become hugely popular with everyone from divers to mountain bikers, hikers to motorcyclists. The fact that GoPro has launched an all-new camera – the Hero 5 Black – will be of huge interest to those who love filming their motorcycle adventures.
Drivers caught using their mobile handsets behind the wheel are set to receive significantly higher penalties, under new rules set out by the government. Motorists will face six points on their licence and a fine of £200. Offenders who have recently passed their test could be forced to retake their driving examination. Experienced drivers who offend twice could face court and a fine of up to £1000, as well as a driving ban of six months or more.
Apple's plans to develop an autonomous electric car entirely in-house appear to have been re-calibrated, after dozens of employees reportedly leave the tech giant's automotive unit. The staff change suggests that it may take Apple longer to develop an autonomous car. The firm began recruiting for its car division in 2014, although it has never publically acknowledged the move.
Those who make private purchases of second-hand cars run the risk of having them repossessed by loan firms under legislation dating back to the Victorian times, the Law Commission has said. Over the last 10 years there has been a substantial increase in so-called logbook loans, which allow people to borrow cash using their vehicle as collateral. The legal reform body has suggested a new goods mortgages act to replace the current one, which it described as "archaic".
We're a nation of car lovers, no doubt about it. But that doesn’t mean we'll lap up any old automobile that the car giants foist on us. Indeed, despite benefitting from years of designing and engineering, then being sent out into the big wide world supported by gaggles of clever marketing people, some cars just don't make it. Here are ten of the worst-selling cars in the UK – some of which are actually quite good.