Self-driving cars may be a boon for older drivers

Mark Schneider | 15/03/2016 8:00:00 AM

The conventional wisdom that young people are the early adopters of new technology while older folk struggle to come to grips with it may be turned on its head when it comes to self-driving cars. Tech giant Google, a leader in self-driving cars, believes the technology will be a godsend for older drivers who can no longer drive or who lack the confidence to get behind the wheel in city or suburban streets. The oldest person so far to travel in one of Google’s cars is 94 year-ol...

Crumple Zones Save Lives

Mark Schneider | 8/03/2016 8:00:00 AM

The aftermath of car crashes is not a pretty sight. All too frequently the car or cars involved are a tangled mess of metal on the back of a truck even after relatively low speed collisions. The bad news is that the car may be a write-off, but the good news is that these days the driver and passengers are highly likely to have survived the crash relatively unharmed. It wasn’t always this way. In the bad old days when cars were rigid and strong drivers and passengers would freque...

Doctors campaign to make Autonomous Emergency Braking standard

Mark Schneider | 25/01/2016 8:00:00 AM

Picture this: you’re driving the kids to school in stop-start peak hour traffic on the freeway and it’s already been a difficult start to the day. The kids are squabbling and carrying on in the back seat and all of a sudden there’s the sound of slapping, a scream and crying. Instinctively you turn around to tell them to sit quietly, stop fighting and behave themselves - or else. And as you turn back round to the front you discover the car in front has stopped and you...

Is the internal combustion engine facing electrocution?

Mark Schneider | 18/01/2016 8:24:44 AM

The emergence of electric cars, such as the upmarket Tesla Model S and the more modest Nissan Leaf, have many pundits asking whether the days of the internal combustion engine are inevitably numbered. Electric cars are nothing new, as we revealed in the September 2015 edition of Fleettorque. Indeed, at the beginning of the motoring era electric vehicles dominated the market. Today there’s resurgence in electric vehicles, albeit a fairly modest one so far. While Tesla remains the...

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Aussie invention had a full head of steam

Mark Schneider | 2/12/2015 9:09:15 AM

Australians are an inventive lot and never more so than when it comes to cars. We’ve invented the ute, race cam, which revolutionised car racing coverage, rack and pinion steering, the baby safety capsule and the panel van. They’ve all been remarkably successful, but Australia has also had its share of heroic auto engineering failures as well, and one of the most interesting was Ted Pritchard’s steam-powered car. What was the dominant form of propulsion in the early ...

NASA’s flying all-terrain campervan is out of this world

Mark Schneider | 15/10/2015 8:00:00 AM

Those of us of a certain age will be alarmed at the realisation that it’s been well over 40 years since men walked on the moon for the last time. In fact walking was only part of what astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt got up to on the lunar surface. On the Apollo 17 mission they drove a Lunar Rover almost 36 km during their three-day stay on the moon. The Lunar Rover looked like an electric beach buggy. It could carry two astronauts, some equipment and lunar samples....

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New developments in water injection and turbocharging

Mark Schneider | 25/08/2015 4:01:55 PM

Water and petrol do mix, apparently Water and petrol seems an unlikely combination to put in your car - they certainly don’t mix very well - so why is one of Germany’s top car makers planning to inject water into the engines of its new petrol models? The news coming out of Bavaria is that BMW will be using water injection technology on all its turbocharged petrol engine cars in an effort to squeeze more power and better fuel consumption out of them. The science behind ...

Is history repeating for electric cars?

Mark Schneider | 13/08/2015 8:00:00 AM

New car buyers are faced with more vehicle choices than ever before, and it’s not just about make and model. Today we can choose between petrol and diesel engines, hybrids, plug-in hybrids and even pure electric vehicles. Well history has a way of repeating itself and you may be interested to learn that today’s plethora of choice is a curious echo of an earlier age, especially when it comes to electric cars. Electric was more popular than petrol Electric cars have a su...

Slow but steady roll out for Australia's "electric roads"

Mark Schneider | 19/06/2015 11:10:34 AM

Australia has quite a way to go before an electric car becomes a practical proposition for anyone but the most city-bound motorists, but a couple of recent developments have eliminated “range anxiety” on some key routes. In April electric car maker Tesla announced that a supercharger station would be opened in Goulburn New South Wales by mid year, making it possible for Tesla owners to travel between Sydney and Canberra. Recharging their car is free. It’s part of Tes...

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How Fuel Is Made From Crude Oil

Jess Wallace | 10/10/2014 9:33:10 AM

We use it every time we start our vehicles and spend a fortune on the stuff, yet most of us wouldn’t have the slightest clue as to how it’s made, let alone that it’s made from crude oil. This article is here to explain how fuel is changed from its natural state to the fuel we pump into our vehicles at the local petrol station.  Where it all begins It all begins with crude oil – a black substance made up of what people in white coats call hydrocarbons. Crud...

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The power of 24/7 Information

Kirsten Brent | 8/07/2013 10:18:38 AM

In today’s global society where everyone is constantly connected by the Internet, the world of business has also become more global in nature than ever before. Because of the differences in time zones and the round-the-clock nature of modern living, resolving issues and spotting problems at any hour is more important than ever. The power of 24/7 information allows business owners to be constantly connected to every aspect of their companies, and fleet management is no exception. The...

The modern approach to road trip planning

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 31/05/2013 11:51:10 AM

The road trip is a sacred ritual carried out by all self-respecting motorists, but is it keeping up with the times? Ask most people how they plan their road trips, and you’ll get a variety of answers from the haphazard to the old school. Only rarely do you find someone who is using the best tool of all, Google maps. Yes, most will use it, along with a sat nav to get some directions and alternative routes, but would you think of using it to learn and discover more about the route itself?...

No More Bulldust–The history of Australian roads

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 6/05/2013 10:20:25 AM

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; Australia’s roads are a massive part of the landscape and it seems the more we write about them, the more interesting they and their history become. After writing a number of articles on the topic, we decided to write a piece on the history of our roads. How were they built, when were they built and how the country built such a huge network of roads in such a short timeframe. It’s easy to forget the impact of a fully rolled ...

Car security explored

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 8/02/2013 1:39:30 PM

With the exception of the 2011/12 financial year, car thefts have been falling for the past 10 years. Like the dramatic falls in car related fatalities, huge improvements have been seen in the area but as long as cars are still being stolen and unrecoved there is still room for improvement. With all that in mind we thought we would go through some of the important features which may help in your efforts to protect your car.   What are the most popular/standard features? The sta...

The connected car

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 1/02/2013 1:47:20 PM

For many a “connected car” means plugging your smart phone into the cigarette lighter/charger or, if you’re lucky connecting your car and phone via Bluetooth. In car information systems vary from poor to downright archaic. I can’t tell you how many new or near new cars I’ve driven which wouldn’t even give me information on my litres per 100km figure. So whats going on? Why are our favourite vehicles so far behind a device as small as a smartphone?   ...

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