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Expensive cars provide one of the modern age's best ways to demonstrate success and wealth. They’re also (usually) a lot of fun to drive and look nice on the driveway. But not all rich people drive Lambos or Astons. Some of the world’s biggest stars have actually chosen rather modest automobiles to get around in.
President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership has dismayed countries around the Pacific Rim – but it hasn’t surprised them. Japan's large trade surplus is particularly irksome to Trump, a surplus that is in no small part down to Japan’s handsome car exports. The life of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would be much easier if the citizens he leads would buy more American cars.
Thousands of drivers across the UK were caught using mobile devices while driving in a targeted police campaign during November last year. 8,000 motorists from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland received fines for the offences, which averaged out at 40 penalties each hour. The campaign resulted in 68 court summonses, alongside hundreds of verbal warnings. 117 other distraction-related offences were also recorded – including eating while behind the wheel.
Kia's products were once of the cheeky but innocuous variety. The hopefully-named Pride was a cheap and cheerful little hatchback that sold in decent enough numbers to get Kia a foothold in Europe's competitive small car market. The South Korean outfit never really set the world on fire with its designs, preferring to play it safe in the hope that it could bag a slice of the sensible hatch-pie.
Airbus plans to test a flying car prototype by the end of 2017, in a development that could dramatically ease congestion in the future. The news was revealed by Airbus's chief executive, Tom Enders, at a recent technology conference in Germany. Airbus, one of the world's biggest aircraft manufacturers, set up a special unit last year to develop flying vehicles, called Urban Air Mobility.
A new system is being tested in Sweden which can interrupt in-car audio systems to warn drivers that an ambulance needs to get past. The system was dreamt up by students of KTH Royal Institute of Technology in the city of Stockholm. Alongside a voice warning, the radio displays a text message. Speakers are jammed and music stopped through the FM radio signal. Only cars with their radios turned on will receive the warning.
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