cars: September 2010 Archives

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After briefly being held by a Brit, the lawnmower land speed record is now back in the hands of American Bobby Cleveland.

Just a couple of months ago we told you how Don Wales set a 87.3mph record in Wales on lawnmower Project Runningblade, taking the title from the American.

Well it turns out Cleveland wasn't happy about losing his 2006 record and sponsored by goldeagle.com he decided to build an even faster mower to win it back.

Now, after a series of runs on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats he has upped the record to 96.5 miles per hour - to prove it was still a lawnmower he had to us it to cut grass on the same day.

Cleveland says he'd hoped to reach 100mph. In odd news, we've promised to cut the lawn when he does -- no rush Bobby.

Bosses at car manufacturer Volvo were left red-faced when a demo of their new pedestrian avoidance system didn't exactly go as planned.

Journalists had been gathered in Verona, Italy, to see the technology which Volvo claim could save the lives of hundreds of pedestrians each year.

The system is supposed to detect pedestrians in the direct path of the vehicle and automatically apply the brakes to avoid a collision.

But in several of the tests the test dummies were knocked flying when the automatic breaks were applied too late. Bosses say this was because the test dummy was not recognised as human.

We're just glad Volvo didn't decide to show off their system by driving AT the journalists… not all of who would have been easily recognisable as human either.

275x250.jpgThe average in-car argument starts just 22 minutes into a journey and is about getting lost or finding somewhere to park, it has been found.

Research suggests many couples argue more while in a car together than anywhere else, and that these fights can be more aggressive than most.

The study of 3,000 motorists found 71% of people have argued with their partner while driving, often about the daftest of things.

Getting lost is the most common cause for a fight as experienced by 44% of people, followed by arguing about where to park (37%) and driving too fast (34%)

Other common complaints include backseat driving, having the heating too high or the air-conditioning too low… amazingly ogling a scantily-clad pedestrian wasn't on the list.

DTV Shredder: The motorised skateboard-tank

A motorised skateboard which looks like a ride-on tank could be the next military must-have, claim army experts.

The DTV Shredder can reach 30mph, travel across any kind of terrain and even be equipped with a machine-gun and other weaponry.

It is the creation of Canadian firm BPG Werks and makers say it's ideally suited to military tasks such as reconnaissance, rescue/recovery and mobile surveillance.

The device, which is powered by a Honda 200cc engine and has a turning radius of four feet, recently went on show at Military Vehicles conference in Detroit.

It's not known if the U.S. Army have already placed an order… but you should expect some pretty cool YouTube clips from Iraq if they have.




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