cars: November 2009 Archives

Mechanics who were meant to be fixing a broken radiator on a car took it on a 120 mph joyride - not knowing it had a camera fitted.

As a result, when the owner of the £30,000 Vauxhall Monaro confronted them about the joyride they initially denied it… until this saw the hair-raising footage.

The owner says he became suspicious when he picked up his repaired car to find his petrol tank was lower than he remembered.

When he got back to his home in Reditch he decided to check his Roadhawk device which he had earlier installed to record video and log GPS data for every journey the car made.

He then saw the footage of his pride-and-joy being raced through country lanes at speed up to 120 mph - to get into the mind of this pertol-head imagine seeing your baby dangled off a balcony.

A spoof advert filmed by the Top Gear team - in which a man commits suicide by shooting himself in the head - breached broadcasting guidelines.

Ofcom say the mock advert for a VW Scirocco - part of a challenge in an August episode of the BBC show - was too graphic and prompted 50 complaints from viewers.

The Jeremy Clarkson advert was a remake of a classic VW car commercial, but with a  typical Top Gear twist.

The BBC had claimed the advert was a "ludicrous and obviously comic depiction of suicide" but Ofcom said it was too violent given that children were likely to be watching.

It sounds like the children probably have a better idea of what to expect when tuning into top gear.

Ford set to launch inflatable seat belts

275x250.jpgA car company had revealed a range of inflatable seat belts which they claim will reduce head, chest and neck injuries.

Ford, which will debut the belts in their new Explorer, say the inflatable device spreads crash forces over five times more area of the body than conventional seat belts.

This means that it reduces pressure on the chest in an accident and helps control head and neck motion, which can cause injury. Upon sensing a crash the belt inflates in just 40 milliseconds filling a tubular air bag.

Cold compressed gas, flows through a specially designed buckle from a cylinder housed below the seat to inflate the belt… just make sure you aren't wearing anything too spiky.

275x250.jpgA South Korean woman had finally passed her driving theory test, after taking it 950 times.

68-year-old Cha Sa-soon will now be able to get behind the wheel and start actually learning to drive.

Since 2005 she has been trying to get the 60 percent needed on the 50 minute 50 question test.

Sa-soon, who claims she needs the licence for her vegetable-selling business, has paid more then £2,500 in application fees alone and taken the test over 300 times this year.

While we don't know too much about South Korean driving laws, we are pretty certain we could have passed the test sooner, by closing our eyes and randomly ticking the page.

275x250.jpgBoffins have created a robot which sits on you dashboard and tells you the best route, when you are running low on petrol and even when to do the shopping.

AIDA (Affective Intelligent Driving Agent) has been created by experts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology to change the way we interact with our cars.

They say that rather than acting like your GPS, the AIDI robot learns about your routines and even adapts depending on your mood - picked up by cameras assessing your facial expression.

It then communicates with the driver through a expressive robot 'face' and will tell you when you need to go to the supermarket or fill up with petrol… sound's like my wife.

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