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Autonomous vehicles to bring the trolley car problem to life…and death?

People studying philosophy, or ethics, quickly come in contact with what is known as the trolley car problem, the general thrust of which involves a runaway trolley car barrelling down the railway tracks. Ahead, are five people working on the track unaware of the runaway trolley car that is headed straight for them. You are standing some distance off in…

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The lady in red is dancing with me…VW blames bad smell on a few rotten apples and promises to try harder

  Aston Martin Lagonda Limited has had it ups and downs since 1913 when Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford teamed up to turn out the first AM using a four-cylinder Coventry-Simplex engine and a 1908 Isotta-Fraschini chassis. Over the years a variety of owners including Ford and David Brown have been responsible for turning out some ‘classics’ such as…

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Reward for 500,000 VW owner tighter than a first gear hairpin…Projecta launch heavy-duty trays…Honda go gah, gah at Festival of Speed and Bendix get a plug for brake pad tests

What do you get if you’re the 500,000 customer of VW in Australia? An all expenses paid overseas trip to the company’s headquarters in German? Perhaps a couple of seats in the company’s hospitality box at the F1, Australian Open Tennis or the Melbourne Cup? Not on your life. How about a voucher worth a…

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Three coins in a fountain for Luca Mazzanti…and something completely different

What do you get when you pair a specialist in design and development of handcrafted supercars and somebody who likes restoring classic cars? A heap of great ideas that usually don’t get past the coffee shop that is unless the designer happens to be Luca Mazzanti, the restorer is Walter Faralli and, of course, you’re both…

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Manufacturers asked to ‘put their metal where their mouth is’

Manufacturers are being challenged to ‘put their metal where their mouth is’ with a call by Melbourne-based entrepreneur Christian Schaefer for the OEMs to get behind TheCarTest, his innovative new website that allows potential buyers to hire/drive a new vehicle similar to one they are thinking of purchasing. According to Christian, who was the originator…

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New custom-built Eurocargo 4×4 lights up outback adventure tours…and a man walks into a bar…

If you’ve ever thought of going out bush on a motorcycle, then what better way to do so than in the company of former grand prix racer Daryl Beattie. Winner of the 1993 500cc German grand prix and runner up to Mick Doohan in the 1995 world championship, Daryl now runs Daryl Beattie Adventures that…