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Concerns over accident liability were once considered the biggest barrier to the UK playing a central role in the development of the autonomous electric car. But recently, the nation's charge point network has come under scrutiny, with some insurers suggesting a lack of charging infrastructure - as well as an inadequate national grid - could prevent the rise of driverless electric cars.
UK house sales are forecast to freeze in 2018, but a lack of housing stock will ensure prices do not fall significantly, according to the annual housing market report by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The organisation expects property price growth to reduce further next year, while transactions are forecast to see a modest fall.
The world of motorcycles is steadily tilting away from petrol-engines and towards electric – but there is still some way to go before e-motorcycles start flying off the forecourts. Electric motorbikes offer a range of advantages: they don’t pollute like petrol bikes and they obviously don’t need fuel, saving the owner plenty of cash. However, e-motorbikes take a long time to charge and the initial outlay is considerable.
A list of the most easy-to-hack cars has been compiled by German automotive body ADAC. 24 models appeared in the report, including Audi, BMW, Citroen and Ford. Hacking typically involves two individuals with radios. One hacker's radio is used to harvest the signal from the vehicle owner's fob. This is sent to the radio of the other hacker, potentially hundreds of meters away, who uses the signal to gain entry to the car and turn on the engine.
The ban on using mobile phones behind the wheel may be eased in order to let drivers use automatic parking systems, the government has said. Under present legislation, motorists who park their vehicles by using a fob or a mobile phone could face a fine - according to a government study called "Remote Control Parking and Motorway Assist: Proposals for Amending Regulations and the Highway Code". Many expensive cars feature remote control parking.
Residents of Bristol's salubrious Downs Grasslands neighbourhood have had enough of bird droppings on their cars, opting to lay anti-bird spikes on several large trees in the area. The spikes have been fitted to two beach trees in the grounds of Essendene House and Heathfield House. The area is known for its costly homes and equally costly cars, many of which are parked under the trees' branches - leaving them open to aerial assault from pigeons and other urban avians.