Wellness Score from Jaguar Land Rover
Motion sickness affects over 70% of people. But nausea whilst on a car journey could soon be radically reduced. That's according to Jaguar Land Rover which has created an algorithm that generates a 'wellness score' for each passenger.
JLR says this can be used to automatically personalise a vehicle's driving to reduce car sickness by up to 60%. "As we move towards an autonomous future where occupants will have more time to either work, read or relax on longer journeys, it's important we develop vehicles that can adapt to reduce the effects of motion sickness in a way that's tailored to each passenger," said Spencer Salter, Wellness Technology Researcher at Jaguar Land Rover.
JLR says it has already collected 15,000 miles of motion sickness data. This will help it work towards minimising the need for steering corrections and therefore the risk of motion sickness while passengers work or relax in an autonomous vehicle.
JLR says the findings of the research are already being implemented into further and will help it create personalised cabin experiences for its customers in future vehicles.
Abarth Celebrates New Guiness World Record With 124 Spider
Abarth is celebrating achieving a new Guinness World Record after one of its 124 spider models achieved the 'fastest figure of eight, five times between two cars' in 45.66 seconds.
At the wheel of the completely standard car was world-renowned stunt driver Alastair Moffatt. He executed the astonishing manoeuvre of a figure of eight, sliding neatly between two other Abarth 124 spiders, five times in succession.
The vehicle used had no modifications made to the engine, gearbox, chassis or brakes. The car's electronic stability program (ESP) was also turned off to allow the Abarth 124 spider to be controlled using the handbrake, and the tyre pressures were increased to compensate for the abrasiveness of the surface. The record was set during the 2018 Chateau Impney Hill Climb in July this year, but has only now been officially recognised by the famous world record organisation.
Gerry Southerington for Abarth UK commented, "We're delighted that Alastair chose the Abarth 124 spider for this record attempt. Abarth have a long history of setting records in the past and it's great to have added a new one."
Ford Focus Commended By Euro NCAP For Advanced Driver Assistance Technologies
Sophisticated technologies designed to make the all-new Ford Focus driving experience more comfortable, less demanding and safer have been commended by the Euro NCAP independent crash test authority following its first ever automated driving assessment event.
The Ford Focus, which earlier this year was awarded a 5-star safety rating by Euro NCAP, received recognition from the organisation as part of a new initiative designed to deliver a greater understanding among consumers of the benefits of advanced driver assistance technologies.
Focus was selected for testing after introducing a wider range of advanced driver assistance features than any Ford vehicle before, enabled by three radars, two cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors. Ford Co-Pilot360 technologies enhance protection, driving and parking.
Euro NCAP evaluated the Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition and Lane-Centring technologies available for Focus, which helps the vehicle maintain a comfortable driving distance from vehicles ahead; helps reduce stress during long road trips by helping keep the vehicle centred in its lane; and can adjust the vehicle speed to within legal limits by monitoring the roadside and overhead gantries for speed signs in addition to using information from the on-board navigation system.
Tests conducted for the automated driving assessment event included evaluating vehicle responses when approaching slower-moving, stationary and braking vehicles, as well as responses to vehicles that cut in or out of traffic; steering support and lane re-centring when avoiding an obstacle in the road ahead; and steering support and lane-centring when driving through an S-bend.
Euro NCAP also assessed how effectively the Focus user manual explained the capabilities of the systems and the role of the driver during operation, and commended the Focus driver assistance technologies as simple and intuitive to engage.
"The Ford Focus delivers a very balanced package of driver assistance technologies, with the capability to make journeys safer, while also ensuring that the driver needs to remain alert and ready to take appropriate action in an emergency," said Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP secretary general.
Ford GT Production Extended To Satisfy Exceptional Demand
Ford has announced that production of the Ford GT supercar will be extended by approximately two years, to meet overwhelming customer demand.
Ford will re-open the application window to customers in selected markets, including the UK, for one month, beginning Nov. 8, delivering approximately 1,350 Ford GTs for customers worldwide.
Prospective owners will be able to submit their applications at FordGT.com, and successful applicants will work with the Ford GT Concierge Service for a personalised purchase experience.
"The response to our Ford GT has been unprecedented, with demand outstripping supply more than six-to-one," said Hermann Salenbauch, director, Ford Performance. "By extending the Ford GT production run for a limited period, we're able to maintain the exclusivity of the ultra-desirable supercar while offering the ownership experience to a greater number of customers in addition to the 80 Ford GT owners in Europe who've taken delivery of their bespoke car to-date."
Production of the Ford GT began in December 2016, following the announcement of a limited run of 1,000 vehicles across four years. Successful European applicants from the extended production volume will be eligible for Ford GT vehicles produced in the 2020 to 2022 calendar years.
Powered by a twin-turbocharged, 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 engine, the Ford GT's carbon fibre architecture and active aerodynamics help to achieve a top speed of 216 mph.
Ford also recently announced a new Ford GT Heritage Edition model that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1968 and 1969 Le Mans-winning Ford GT40 with a limited-edition Gulf Oil tribute racing livery, including a Heritage Blue and Heritage Orange paint scheme.
Jeep Going With a 5-3-5 Campaign
Jeep, the brand best known for 4x4, have started a 5-3-5 campaign for their award-winning SUVs. Starting this week, it consists of a five-year warranty, a three-year servicing programme, plus five years roadside assistance.
The offer applies to all models in the current Jeep line-up - Wrangler, Renegade, Compass, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and will run until further notice. It's all part of a major push to further underline the Jeep brand's confidence in the quality of its vehicle line-up.
"There has never been a better time to buy a new Jeep vehicle," says Andrew Tracey, Country Manager, Jeep UK. "I am delighted to announce that Jeep UK is launching this attractive 5-3-5 programme. The offer of a five-year manufacturer's warranty especially gives customers real peace of mind." Visit www.jeep.co.uk for current availability.