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A motorist has crashed into the side of a Google self-driving car, in what is believed to be the worst crash yet for the tech giant's autonomous driving program. The driver of the other car is believed to have ran a red light, before smashing into the side of the Google-owned Lexus. There were no injuries but the car's airbags were deployed and the side panels were badly damaged. The vehicle had to be towed away.
Far from being merely a communications device, the smartphone has become integral to many a citizen’s life. From paying for goods with services like Apple Pay, to boarding flights with digital passes, we can now manage various aspects of our day-to-day existence with these devices. And being able to show digital versions of our driving licence could be next. The DVLA is looking into the possibility of a digital driving licence, which currently takes the form of the photocard licence.
There are now more automotive electric charge points in Japan than there are petrol stations, according to a recent survey by Nissan. The Japanese auto giant, whose Leaf model has a range of 107 miles per charge, said there are now more than 40,000 charge points in Japan, compared to less than 35,000 petrol stations.
More than half of new cars in the UK are now sold with autonomous car safety technology, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Autonomous emergency braking, cruise control – which helps maintain a safe distance between vehicles – and collision warning systems, are now found in more UK cars than ever before. The SMMT believes that by the year 2030, autonomous technology will prevent 25,000 serious accidents and 2,500 lives each year.
Autonomous cars could be being tested on UK roads as early as next year, according to the Chancellor, George Osborne. Mr Osborne will make the announcement in the budget on Wednesday. It is hoped that the UK can “lead the world in new technologies and infrastructure”. The Chancellor says action needs to be taken now so Britain has a chance of pioneering new technologies and infrastructure.
Numerous car-based technological developments are in the offing this year, promising to make driving safer, less hassle and more fun. Here are some of the most exciting new technologies set to appear in a car near you in 2016...
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