Car drivers – Taxis 4 Smart Cities http://taxis4smartcities.org/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 18:07:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://taxis4smartcities.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-05T160153.519.png Car drivers – Taxis 4 Smart Cities http://taxis4smartcities.org/ 32 32 Electric cars could break the grid if future drivers stick to today’s routines https://taxis4smartcities.org/electric-cars-could-break-the-grid-if-future-drivers-stick-to-todays-routines/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 17:59:52 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/electric-cars-could-break-the-grid-if-future-drivers-stick-to-todays-routines/ The electric car boom could put a strain on power grids for years to come, with most drivers charging their vehicles at home overnight1. Access options Subscribe to Nature+ Get immediate online access to the entire Nature family of over 50 journals Subscribe to the magazine Get full access to the journal for 1 year […]]]>

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Volvo’s EX90 electric SUV scans your eyes to spot tired drivers https://taxis4smartcities.org/volvos-ex90-electric-suv-scans-your-eyes-to-spot-tired-drivers/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/volvos-ex90-electric-suv-scans-your-eyes-to-spot-tired-drivers/ We all know the story that Volvo was the first company to patent the modern three-point seat belt, but left the patent open to other car manufacturers. This is one of the things that has helped cement its stellar reputation for security. Now the company is starting to show off the new innovations it hopes […]]]>

We all know the story that Volvo was the first company to patent the modern three-point seat belt, but left the patent open to other car manufacturers. This is one of the things that has helped cement its stellar reputation for security. Now the company is starting to show off the new innovations it hopes will make driving safer in the years to come.

The company showcased its ambitious safety plans while teasing details of its new EX90 electric SUV. The all-new electric SUV is set to be unveiled in November, but that hasn’t stopped Volvo from sharing more about the built-in safety tech that will come with the car.

Volvo had two main areas to discuss when it came to the safety of its cars. Outside, it is about to unveil a barrage of sensors to spot dangers on the road. Inside the car, cameras aimed at the driver can detect if you are not paying attention to the road ahead.

Could the Volvo EX90 be that? (Picture: Volvo)

“The idea behind it is to learn more about the driver and driver states,” says Emma Tivesten, Volvo’s safety research manager.

“To really know when a driver is attentive and alert, and when a driver deviates from normal driver behaviors, perhaps due to impairment or distractions, or drowsiness.”

To do this, the new EX90 will be accompanied by a system consisting of two cameras aimed at the driver. The cameras will monitor the driver’s eyes to make sure they are watching the road, while sensors in the steering wheel will assess their steering input.

Tivesten adds: “New hardware in the cars is the dual camera system which captures where the driver is looking, whether the eyes are open or closed, and it also captures the orientation of the head. And the capacitive steering wheel can detect if the driver is gripping the steering wheel.

“Together this adds to the existing information we already have in cars today, such as where the driver stays in lane, lane keeping performance and also steering input.”

Volvo's EX90 electric SUV scans your eyes to spot tired driversSensors in the cabin will monitor the driver. (Picture: Volvo)

All this information will be used by the car to monitor if the driver is paying attention to the task at hand, if he is distracted and even if he falls asleep. This, says Volvo, means the new car will be able to “understand when the driver is in a state that is not optimal for driving” and will be able to “take action to help avoid accidents”.

By assessing the driver’s gaze, Volvo claims the car will be able to spot a distracted driver. It could be when their eyes spend too little time on the road and instead stare at their phone, or when they’re too focused ahead, which could be a sign of “cognitive distraction” because their mind is elsewhere.

If the car suspects you’re not giving it your full attention, it may sound a warning in the cabin or flash a symbol on the dashboard. These warnings can increase in severity depending on the situation, and the car may even come to a safe stop on the side of the road and turn on the hazard warning lights.

When the EX90 is finally unveiled on November 9, this new driver tracking system will be paired with a series of sensors on the roof of the car, meaning it’s fully equipped for autonomous driving.

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Selfish drivers slammed for ‘self-permitted’ parking after £230,000 from Ferrari and £150,000 from Mercedes dumped in illegal spaces https://taxis4smartcities.org/selfish-drivers-slammed-for-self-permitted-parking-after-230000-from-ferrari-and-150000-from-mercedes-dumped-in-illegal-spaces/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 08:26:50 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/selfish-drivers-slammed-for-self-permitted-parking-after-230000-from-ferrari-and-150000-from-mercedes-dumped-in-illegal-spaces/ Drivers of INTITLED supercars have been slammed for having “more money than courtesy” after parking their engines in illegal locations. Residents of Melbourne, Australia say they have been driven mad by owners of luxury models, including Mercedes and Ferraris, who have left their cars wherever they please. 2 A Mercedes driver was criticized for parking […]]]>

Drivers of INTITLED supercars have been slammed for having “more money than courtesy” after parking their engines in illegal locations.

Residents of Melbourne, Australia say they have been driven mad by owners of luxury models, including Mercedes and Ferraris, who have left their cars wherever they please.

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A Mercedes driver was criticized for parking on a zebra crossingCredit: Reddit
Meanwhile, a Ferrari owner left his car in a non-stop zone

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Meanwhile, a Ferrari owner left his car in a non-stop zoneCredit: Reddit

A brand new £150,000 Mercedes Benz Coupe has been pictured shamelessly parked on a pedestrian crossing at Melbourne Zoo.

Fed up, a passerby shared a photo of the brazenly parked motor on social media on Thursday with the caption: “This tool at Melbourne Zoo today.”

Nearly 1,000 people piled in to slam the driver in the comments on Reddit.

One user said: “Call a tow truck, these c****s need to learn they can’t park where they want just because they gave away a nice car.”

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Another added: “Seems perfectly reasonable to walk on top of the car or push a pram in front.

“It always amazes me when people with these expensive cars put them in danger.”

A third commented: ‘I can confirm that on the way back to our car this car was fined (although something tells me that won’t phase this person).’

Meanwhile, another cheeky supercar driver outraged other motorists by leaving his £230,000 white Ferrari in a clearly marked ‘no stopping’ zone in a city park.

A furious passerby shared a photo of the illegally parked car on Reddit with the caption: “More money than courtesy”.

One user said this particular car was a repeat offender in the area, with the driver often parking wherever he pleases.

Another lambasted: ‘When you have that kind of money, a parking ticket is usually pocket change.

A second replied: “Right. Take a photo, with the license plate included, and inform the appropriate council.”

In Melbourne, fines for parking violations range from £55 to £110.

Meanwhile, near Dubai, thousands of supercars are rotting away in a junkyard after being abandoned by wealthy owners too lazy to resell them.

In scenes that would bring any supercar fan to tears, the world’s most luxurious engines, including Lamborghinis worth over £165,000, are left to gather dust in the desert.

Each year, up to 3,000 cars, including exorbitantly priced Lamborghinis and Aston Martins, are abandoned in Dubai.

From Rolls Royces and Ferraris to Bentleys and Mercedes – many of which are worth millions of pounds – once-gleaming models are doomed to decay.

Some were dumped by high-profile businessmen who went bankrupt before fleeing the country to dodge tough UEA debt laws and potential prison sentences.

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Others are dumped by wealthy owners with so much money they’re too lazy to sell their used cars.

In other cases, drivers have crashed their stuffed cars and decided they should spend more to fix it – so just buy a new one and leave the motors stuck.

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Police: Car on fire, with only 3 tires driving in darkness near UF campus https://taxis4smartcities.org/police-car-on-fire-with-only-3-tires-driving-in-darkness-near-uf-campus/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 00:48:23 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/police-car-on-fire-with-only-3-tires-driving-in-darkness-near-uf-campus/ It was quite a sight: A witness called police to report that someone in a silver station wagon was on fire with only three tires driving in the dark along a city road bordering the University of Florida. “He was missing the driver’s front tire and had occasional sparks (and) smoke and flames coming from […]]]>

It was quite a sight: A witness called police to report that someone in a silver station wagon was on fire with only three tires driving in the dark along a city road bordering the University of Florida.

“He was missing the driver’s front tire and had occasional sparks (and) smoke and flames coming from the front of the vehicle,” Gainesville Police Officer Matthew Quinn wrote in his report.

Quinn said the station wagon was seen heading south on Southwest 34th Street just after midnight Sunday. Quinn said the car swerves erratically, posing what he described as a hazard to other drivers and pedestrians. It was unclear if the driver was missing a spare tire or did not know how to change one.

Quinn said he quickly caught up to the driver, identified as Adrian Vincent Hernandez, 23, of Gainesville, and said Hernandez would not stop despite Quinn using his car lights and siren. The officer said Hernandez ran a red light as he continued to drive away from campus on 20th Avenue Southwest.

Quinn said Hernandez parked in the parking lot of a nearby apartment complex less than a mile away and got out of the 1995 Ford station wagon. Hernandez was arrested and charged with running from police, which is a felony, resisting an officer and driving with a suspended license, both misdemeanors, police said. Hernandez lives less than 100 feet from the parking lot where he stopped the car.

Hernandez told police he knew officers were trying to arrest him but that he ‘refused to stop because he wanted to drive his vehicle home,’ Quinn wrote in his report. of arrest.

Hernandez, who told the court he could not afford a private attorney, did not immediately respond to phone messages left at the number he provided to police. He was not on the UF registrar’s list as a student for the fall semester. He was released from jail on Monday without posting bail.

Quinn said Hernandez was charged with resisting an officer because he kicked and banged his head against the inside of Quinn’s patrol car while sitting on the back seat after his arrest. He said he told Hernandez to stop, but Hernandez kept kicking the door.

On Tuesday, the day after Hernandez was released from prison, he was served with court documents in an unrelated misdemeanor robbery case in which he is accused of stealing from a retail store, according to reports. court documents.

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Kia and Hyundai drivers may want to take extra precautions to deter car thieves https://taxis4smartcities.org/kia-and-hyundai-drivers-may-want-to-take-extra-precautions-to-deter-car-thieves/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 09:00:00 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/kia-and-hyundai-drivers-may-want-to-take-extra-precautions-to-deter-car-thieves/ Car thieves targeting Kia and Hyundai vehicles have put the city of Milwaukee, Wis., on high alert, prompting the police department, rental car companies and even a local brewery to warn drivers that they might be sensitive. sergeant. Efrain Cornejo says the Milwaukee Police Department really started noticing a trend in November 2020 where car […]]]>

Car thieves targeting Kia and Hyundai vehicles have put the city of Milwaukee, Wis., on high alert, prompting the police department, rental car companies and even a local brewery to warn drivers that they might be sensitive.

sergeant. Efrain Cornejo says the Milwaukee Police Department really started noticing a trend in November 2020 where car thieves were breaking a window and could leave within minutes.

“During this time, we actually contacted the manufacturers and what we were able to find out through them was that the vehicles involved were vehicles that were not fitted with immobilizers,” Cornejo said.

Engine immobilizers use electronic signals to prevent cars from being hot-wired. Most cars sold in the last 20 years have them. But many Kias and Hyundais produced before mid-2021 don’t, and Milwaukee thieves noticed.

Kia and Hyundai thefts really spiked in 2021. That year, MPD saw 3,557 Kia and 3,406 Hyundai stolen compared to 469 Kia and 426 Hyundai in 2020.

The Milwaukee-Waukesha area was in the top 10 U.S. cities for auto theft per capita in 2021. In an attempt to deter more thefts, MPD has partnered with automakers, local businesses and community organizations to distribute steering wheel locks like the Club to help deter criminals.

Businesses spread the word in Milwaukee

Some businesses, like Lakefront Brewery, try to get the word out to customers before they sit down for a drink. The brewery located in the Brewer’s Hill neighborhood of the city has a sign out front that reads “NOTICE: Please mention if you are driving a KIA or HYUNDAI vehicle to the host.”

Dylan Mazurkiewicz of Lakefront Brewery says they put up the sign to “notify our customers when a couple [thefts] happened in our area and people were calling us or coming in pretty upset.”

“It sucks. It’s traumatic for some of these people. Someone even had a bunch of luggage in their car and… they’re on their way to the airport,” he said. “It sounded like worst-case scenarios.”

Mazurkiewicz said that in addition to informing people of the situation and how quickly cars can be stolen, the brewery also does its best to get people to park their cars in areas where there are cameras. , close the building or near the patio where there are more people around. The brewery also lends steering wheel locks.

Even rental car companies are trying to increase driver awareness by putting tags on key fobs telling drivers not to park in Milwaukee County. A post on Reddit sparked a flurry of comments, including some from those who have had their car stolen or know someone who has.

“A friend had her car stolen. Insurance offered her a rental while she was waiting for the new car to arrive at the dealership. The rental was stolen. Then her new car was stolen from the lot before that she can’t get it back,” user TheCookie_Momster wrote.

Cornejo said year-to-date, the Milwaukee Police Department has seen a 19% decrease in thefts of Kia and Hyundai vehicles from high numbers last year.

Overall, there are a number of precautions people can take to help prevent car theft. Steering wheel locks are one, but Cornejo says tire — or boot — locks are also becoming more common.

Investing in a kill switch for your car could also be a good thing. And as the weather gets colder, Cornejo recommends not leaving your car unattended while it’s warming up.

As for Hyundai, a bigger solution seems to be on the horizon. The company told NPR that while immobilizers have become standard on cars produced after Nov. 1, 2021, it plans to sell a security kit “that targets the entry method thieves use to gain access. to these vehicles” from 1 October.

Kia told NPR it plans to continue partnerships with local law enforcement to distribute steering wheel locks in multiple cities.

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Sturgeon in new fury as drivers slam ‘incompetent’ plans to replace cars with bikes | Science | New https://taxis4smartcities.org/sturgeon-in-new-fury-as-drivers-slam-incompetent-plans-to-replace-cars-with-bikes-science-new/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 08:01:00 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/sturgeon-in-new-fury-as-drivers-slam-incompetent-plans-to-replace-cars-with-bikes-science-new/ Government ‘can fix’ energy cost crisis, says expert Nicola Sturgeon’s plan to cut the number of cars on the road has been torn apart by campaigners as the government now seeks to test a mobility and scrapping scheme that would encourage low-income households to travel more sustainable by replacing their polluting vehicles. Under it, low-income […]]]>

Government ‘can fix’ energy cost crisis, says expert

Nicola Sturgeon’s plan to cut the number of cars on the road has been torn apart by campaigners as the government now seeks to test a mobility and scrapping scheme that would encourage low-income households to travel more sustainable by replacing their polluting vehicles. Under it, low-income households who own an aging vehicle that no longer meets emissions standards could be offered £3,000 to replace their car with another low-carbon form of transport.

These include scrapping the old car in favor of buying bikes or joining a bike rental scheme or carpooling club, as well as bus tickets and multi-trip train.

The move to end the use of polluting cars is part of the SNP-Green led government’s move to cut transport-related emissions by cutting traffic in Scotland by a fifth by the end of the decade .

However, driver campaign groups have criticized the SNP-Green-led coalition over the plans, arguing that for many bikes and bus passes are not a viable alternative to cars.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Howard Cox, the founder of FairFuel UK, said: “What is it, about governments who believe they can just throw money at low-income drivers to follow their uninformed green ideal?

Sturgeon faces fury from drivers over ‘incompetent’ green plans (Image: Getty)

The program would replace aging and polluting cars

The program would replace aging and polluting cars (Image: Getty)

“They are not political lemmings, they need their cars and vans every day of their lives. They choose to drive because they want to drive too. A bus pass and a bike are no substitute for convenience. , reliability and safety of their vehicles.

“As usual, out of touch politicians have no idea how transporting road users on clean fuels should be allowed to evolve organically instead of passing through cliff edge targets not consulted and disguised bribes that will make no difference to the environment.”

However, the scheme has been welcomed by climate campaigners as the transport industry is currently the UK’s biggest source of carbon emissions, of which cars account for the largest share.

However, campaigners for motorists have argued that many low-income households need their cars, particularly if they are commuting to work in the early morning or late evening when public transport is less frequent.

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Demand for electric vehicles in the UK is growing

Demand for electric vehicles in the UK is growing (Picture: Express)

Mr Cox noted that while the SNP has always backed groups like FairFuel UK, “their close political links to the Greens mean they ignore pressured drivers in favor of an eco-virtuous appearance. It has become a cult following fashion that goes beyond common sense. with emotion, not with science.”

He urged the Scottish government to work with FairFuel UK “to develop cleaner fuel technology from all sources. Electricity, hydrogen, diesel and petrol should all be treated equally.

“That’s the future and making sure the electorate is on their side. However, I believe their ignorance will persist and the economy will pay dearly for their stupidity and incompetence.”

A similar scheme was piloted in Coventry last year, when car owners in Coventry were offered £3,000 in travel vouchers to scrap older polluting vehicles, in a bid to convince drivers to adopt a car-free lifestyle.

People will be incentivized to buy bikes

People will be incentivized to buy bikes (Image: Getty)

The program would offer “mobility credits” to drivers who own polluting cars over ten years old. These credits could then be used to pay for buses, trains, taxis and rental cars for the next two years while the old car is scrapped.

Transport for the West Midlands, which set up the scheme, hopes it will reduce congestion and improve Coventry’s poor air quality by encouraging drivers to abandon their vehicles and walk, cycle and use more public transport.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: ‘The West Midlands is facing a climate emergency, and tackling this means cutting air pollution and finding ways to encourage people to cut commutes unnecessary by private car in favor of public transport or active travel. like cycling and walking. Our innovative Mobility Credits system helps to do just that.

The pilot project was backed by £1million in government funding, which was enough to take 250 cars off the road.

It's part of SNP-Green's plan to reduce the number of cars on the road

It’s part of SNP-Green’s plan to reduce the number of cars on the road (Image: JANE BARLOW/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

A Transport Scotland spokesperson said: “It is disappointing that FairFuel UK has not engaged directly with us on this issue. The mobility and scrapping program is currently being developed and nothing has been ruled out yet, including helping low-income households potentially switch to low-emission vehicles.

“The key will be to help participants make decisions about how to travel more sustainably to meet their needs.

“Reducing car use is essential if we are to achieve net zero emissions, but we have always been clear that there is no one size fits all approach and we do not expect the car use is decreasing at the same rate in the population.

“For people on the lowest incomes, 60% do not have access to a car. Among those with a long-term health problem or disability, this figure is 46%.

“Young and old, women and some minority ethnic groups are also less likely to have access to a car, including in rural areas. This will lead to a healthier, fairer and greener future for all.

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The Lightyear 0 has proven to be the most aerodynamic production car in the world https://taxis4smartcities.org/the-lightyear-0-has-proven-to-be-the-most-aerodynamic-production-car-in-the-world/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 08:00:32 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/the-lightyear-0-has-proven-to-be-the-most-aerodynamic-production-car-in-the-world/ Lightyear, the high-tech company developing the world’s first solar-powered car, today announced that Lightyear 0 will be the most aerodynamic production car in the world, with a record drag coefficient of 0.175 (Cd) Lightyear, the high-tech company developing the world’s first solar-powered car, today announced that Lightyear 0 will be the most aerodynamic production car […]]]>

Lightyear, the high-tech company developing the world’s first solar-powered car, today announced that Lightyear 0 will be the most aerodynamic production car in the world, with a record drag coefficient of 0.175 (Cd)

Lightyear, the high-tech company developing the world’s first solar-powered car, today announced that Lightyear 0 will be the most aerodynamic production car in the world, with a record-breaking coefficient of drag of 0.175 (Cd). The lower the drag coefficient, the more efficiently the car will use its energy, giving drivers more range and less reliance on electric charging.

This figure was confirmed following a series of comprehensive tests conducted in one of the FKFS wind tunnels in Stuttgart, Germany under the conditions of the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). This announcement comes two months before Lightyear 0 goes into production and becomes the first solar vehicle on the roads.

The lower the drag coefficient, the higher the range

In pursuit of truly clean mobility, Lightyear places (energy) efficiency at the forefront of its design philosophy. Lightyear 0’s energy consumption, and therefore its efficiency, depends on three key elements: aerodynamics, rolling resistance and motors.

Aerodynamics are a big consumer of energy, with air resistance increasing dramatically at higher driving speeds. At highway speeds, aerodynamics accounts for about sixty percent of overall power consumption. Battery range is one of the biggest concerns for potential and current electric car drivers.

Lightyear 0 rises to the challenge with a design that minimizes air resistance and therefore achieves a very low drag coefficient, while maintaining lift and balance to provide a smooth ride for riders. A good (low) coefficient of drag means a more fuel-efficient car that uses less energy and, therefore, can go further on a single charge. Drag coefficient is a major contributor to overall efficiency that puts Lightyear 0 ahead of the market.

Lightyear Chief Technology Officer Arjo van der Ham said, “We are extremely proud of this incredible achievement. We had to start from a blank sheet of paper when we first started developing our technology, and with great dedication and hard work, we continue to push the boundaries with every step like this. . .”

Tests like these aren’t just about setting records; they are crucial in providing Lightyear’s customers with the optimal solar car. Over the next few months, Lightyear’s engineering team will continue to work on a rigorous testing schedule to deliver the world’s first and most aerodynamic solar-powered car this fall.

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Drivers wait six months for new cars as delivery times explode https://taxis4smartcities.org/drivers-wait-six-months-for-new-cars-as-delivery-times-explode/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 09:05:00 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/drivers-wait-six-months-for-new-cars-as-delivery-times-explode/ The time between posting a bond and picking up a new car has dropped to almost six months from about a month before the pandemic, as automakers struggle to secure sufficient supplies of components and parts . For some manufacturers and models, wait times can exceed a year as COVID-19 related lockdowns and reduced production […]]]>

The time between posting a bond and picking up a new car has dropped to almost six months from about a month before the pandemic, as automakers struggle to secure sufficient supplies of components and parts .

For some manufacturers and models, wait times can exceed a year as COVID-19 related lockdowns and reduced production at factories in China and other parts of Asia hamper parts supply essentials, especially computer chips.

Wait times for new cars continue to increase due to COVID-related disruptions to manufacturers’ parts supply.Credit:Rob Homer

Wait times began to increase in July 2020 as COVID-19 infections increased, factories closed or reduced production, and container ship crews fell ill, limiting transportation. Australia imports all its cars from overseas.

Figures from PriceMyCar, which collects data from dealerships across the country, show wait times hit 117 days at the end of 2021, before continuing to rise, reaching 159 days in August.

Along with skyrocketing wait times, prices paid for new cars have also increased. Figures from PriceMyCar show that since January 2019, the median price of a Toyota Yaris has nearly doubled.

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PriceMyCar reports actual prices paid by consumers, which are rising due to a combination of automakers raising their recommended prices and dealerships being less likely to offer discounts than before the pandemic due to high demand.

“Buyers often find that they pay for the full sticker [recommended] price for a car that may have been heavily discounted a few years ago,” says PriceMyCar founder and CEO David Lye.

In addition to raising prices, some manufacturers have “despecified” their cars, removing certain functions normally provided by computer chips in short supply, to restart production. This may include no longer being equipped with wireless smartphone chargers or removing blind spot monitoring.

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Every Driver Replacing Williams F1 Ranked https://taxis4smartcities.org/every-driver-replacing-williams-f1-ranked/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 08:48:21 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/every-driver-replacing-williams-f1-ranked/ Nyck De Vries will make his Formula 1 debut today with Williams in the Italian Grand Prix after his late recall to replace Alex Albon, who is suffering from appendicitis. De Vries is far from the first driver to be recruited as a temporary replacement for the venerable team, which entered F1 in 1977. Here […]]]>

Nyck De Vries will make his Formula 1 debut today with Williams in the Italian Grand Prix after his late recall to replace Alex Albon, who is suffering from appendicitis.

De Vries is far from the first driver to be recruited as a temporary replacement for the venerable team, which entered F1 in 1977.

Here is our ranking of those we loosely consider replacement Williams drivers.

We have defined them as those who drive in the place of a regular driver who is temporarily unavailable, on a provisional basis or, to stretch the classification, in a third car. So the longer-term replacements that came in mid-season (Derek Daly, David Coulthard) weren’t considered and after a little debate we decided Nigel Mansell’s 1994 reappearances were out. also part of this list.

The ranking is not based on their overall qualities as drivers, but simply on their effectiveness and impact – for better or worse – in their role as substitutes.

8 Mario Andretti

Between Carlos Reutemann’s retirement and Derek Daly getting the full-time seat, Williams needed a driver for the 1982 Long Beach Grand Prix.

Who better than 42-year-old Mario Andretti, who had a free weekend in his IndyCar schedule?

By Andretti’s illustrious standards, it wasn’t a good weekend. He qualified 14th and retired after 19 laps with suspension damage caused by hitting the wall. His return later that season with Ferrari at Monza had a far greater impact.

7 Jack Aitken

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Aitken’s only F1 start to date came at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix as a replacement for George Russell, who had been called up for a one-off first outing for the Mercedes factory team when Lewis Hamilton been sidelined with COVID.

He qualified just a tenth behind regular driver Nicholas Latifi and started 17th. He also did a very competent job in the race, but wiped his front wing on a final turn.

Aitken recovered in the pits and rejoined, finishing 18th, and was on standby to continue in the car in Abu Dhabi, but Russell returned once Hamilton was passed into form.

“Immediately after getting out of the car on Sunday, I was frustrated with myself because of the spin I was having,” Aitken said of his performance.

“Actually, after having had some time to digest everything and move on, it was a pretty solid weekend and the pace has come a long way since Friday.

“There wasn’t much notice to get ready and sort everything out and I’m happy with how the weekend went overall.”

6Jonathan Palmer

Formula 2 European Championship Misano (ita) 24 07 1983

European F2 champion Palmer was not a replacement as such, but he made his F1 debut on a one-off basis in the 1983 European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch driving a third Williams.

At the time of the race he was one of only two Williams drivers on the grid, given the failure of regular Jacques Laffite to qualify.

Palmer, whose exit was due to work he had done as a Williams test driver, qualified 25th and finished 13th in his only appearance for the team before earning a first full-time practice with the RAM team for 1984.

5 Jean Louis Schlesser

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Perhaps the most infamous Williams replacement of all, Schlesser was a sports car ace on the verge of turning 40 when he made his F1 debut as a replacement for Nigel Mansell, who was suffering from chickenpox. , at Monza in 1988.

Schlesser, who had previously tried to qualify for the 1983 French GP at the wheel of a RAM and was often used as a Williams test driver – but not for a long time before his only race outing – won his place in the legend thanks to the collision with the leader. Ayrton Senna while being overtaken at the end of the race.

Senna, who was keen not to waste time given he had “overspent” on fuel thanks to the pace of McLaren team-mate Alain Prost earlier in the race, ran into Schlesser at the first chicane of the penultimate round. Schlesser locked in and went deep, so Senna passed but was cut into a spin by the Williams.

Schlesser tried to stay out of the way by scrambling up the sidewalk, Senna not giving as wide a berth as he should have.

And while Schlesser finished 11th, Senna spun and retired. This deprived McLaren of a clean sweep of 1988 race wins and handed Ferrari a 1-2.

4 Paul de Resta

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Hungarian Grand Prix Race Day Budapest, Hungary

Di Resta was given arguably the toughest task possible when he was launched to replace the ailing Felipe Massa to qualify and compete in the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix. As in, without taking part in any of the three qualifying sessions free practice, or having driven the car before. He had only driven it virtually in the simulator, and not in the previous four months.

Di Resta somehow overqualified Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson, a performance Mercedes team principal whom Toto Wolff described as “incredible”, but given he had only 11 laps under his belt before the race , unsurprisingly, he struggled in the grand prix itself.

He retired from the race late due to excessive throttle and brake overlap. It was the inevitable result of struggling in a car that didn’t fit him well and wearing racing boots that were too small.

3 Martin Brundle

Belgian Grand Prix Spa Francorchamps (bel) 26 28 08 1988

Schlesser was actually Mansell’s second replacement at Williams in 1988, as the first driver called up was Martin Brundle. In 1988 he reconciled Williams’ test duties with a successful World Sportscar Championship season for TWR.

Brundle finished seventh in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa driving a Judd-powered Williams and would have continued at Monza had he not been made available by TWR.

He was close to a full-time racing seat in 1993 and had been led to believe he would get the team’s wheel before it was given to Damon Hill.

2 Marc Gene

Formula 1 Grand Prix, France, Race

In his four years as a Williams test driver, Marc Gene completed two stints as Ralf Schumacher’s replacement.

The former Minardi rider finished fifth at Monza in 2003, then rode in France and Great Britain the following year, finishing 10th and 12th respectively.

The team then decided to give the replacement role to the highest ranked driver on this list…

1 Antonio Pizzania

Formula 1 Grand Prix, China, Friday Practice

After driving 11 races for Jaguar the previous season, Antonio Pizzonia joined Williams as a second test driver in 2004. But after Gene’s disappointing performance in place of the injured Ralf Schumacher, Pizzonia got his chance.

He bagged a trio of seventh-place finishes in his four outings and retired from third place at Spa with a gearbox problem.

He was given a second chance the following year in place of the injured Nick Heidfeld, who was not promoted to a full-time racing seat.

Pizzonia took another seventh place in his first outing, but failed to score in his last three races and was released at the end of the year.

However, Pizzonia tops the list due to the prodigious speed he showed flashes of on his substitute outings, and the fact that he should have performed better.

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Fuel-saving tips: Drivers are encouraged to use a little-known automotive feature to reduce fuel consumption https://taxis4smartcities.org/fuel-saving-tips-drivers-are-encouraged-to-use-a-little-known-automotive-feature-to-reduce-fuel-consumption/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 07:25:55 +0000 https://taxis4smartcities.org/fuel-saving-tips-drivers-are-encouraged-to-use-a-little-known-automotive-feature-to-reduce-fuel-consumption/ According to RAC Fuel Watch, drivers now face costs of 169.33 pence per liter for unleaded petrol and 183.49 pence per liter for diesel. While prices have been dropping almost constantly for several weeks, prices at the pump are now beginning to stagnate. The RAC called out major retailers who offered drivers a “raw deal” […]]]>

According to RAC Fuel Watch, drivers now face costs of 169.33 pence per liter for unleaded petrol and 183.49 pence per liter for diesel. While prices have been dropping almost constantly for several weeks, prices at the pump are now beginning to stagnate.

The RAC called out major retailers who offered drivers a “raw deal” at the pumps.

He added that average petrol costs are expected to be “at least” 10p lower, at around 161p per litre.

With the uncertainty surrounding gasoline and diesel prices, many drivers have turned to fuel-saving techniques.

Motorists are informed that they can save fuel while driving using a little-known automotive feature.

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Most cars with ISA technology allow the driver to turn it off, although this may lead to increased fuel consumption.

The RAC has stated that driving at a constant speed is crucial to reducing fuel consumption.

The automotive organization said the “biggest secret” to achieving high mpg is to drive at the highest speed possible for the vehicle while staying within the speed limit.

The best advice in urban areas is to shift as quickly as possible with the lowest rpm possible, probably around 2000 rpm.

Drivers are reminded that the faster an engine runs, the more fuel it consumes.

Optimal fuel economy is different for every car, but over the years 56 mph has been considered the best speed.

This was because the old fuel consumption test was run at three speeds: urban, 56mph and 75mph – and 56mph was still, unsurprisingly, the most efficient of these.

Generally, cars are most efficient between 45 and 50 mph.

The fuel economy of these vehicles also depends on other factors, including car weight and driving conditions.

Since July, all new cars sold in the European Union must be equipped with ISA systems.

It was thought the UK would follow suit in implementing the changes, but the Department for Transport confirmed that no decision had yet been made.

Speaking previously to Express.co.uk, a DfT spokesperson said: ‘The EU package of measures known as the General Safety Regulations will not come into force from July in Britain .

“No decision has yet been made on which elements of the package will be implemented in Britain.”

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