Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Highway Code is adapting to new technologies

P1 was just a warning shot: in 2020, more than half of the cars produced by McLaren will be equipped with a hybrid drive, the only way for the brand to continue to simultaneously improve performance and environmental footprint.

"Holy Trinity" of the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 and LaFerrari has shown that the future of the sports car was passing by hybridization. In their wake, BMW, with its i8 then Honda NSX and demonstrated that the recipe could be applied in more tangible tariff spheres. McLaren prepares to join them soon.

The architecture of some of the future sports cars from Woking will indeed be "specifically designed for hybrid said Mike Flewittt, CEO of the British brand, our colleagues Automotive News. At the end of the business plan in 2022, over half of our cars will be hybrid. This new engine will exist parallel to our current V8, and will incorporate from its inception a hybrid technology. "

The CEO declined to say whether the thermal part would be provided as a Honda V6 turbo. However, he stressed that this would not be a simple hybrid variant of a thermal model fundamentally. As i8 or NSX, the future "small" McLaren hybrid will be a full model, which will allow the brand to post record programs at a time when the governments worldwide hunt down any gram of CO2, especially in China. Like the P1 (but unlike the 918 or the i8), this model however will have a rechargeable technology interesting for autonomy in all-electric and thus emissions in the combined cycle, but heavy and more complex to implement.

With this new step in his young life as a car manufacturer (McLaren Automotive was established in 2009), McLaren hopes to approach the 5,000 cars sold in 2022. After 1654 registered cars in 2015, the brand should already surpass the 3000 in 2016 with the entry into arrival of the 570S and its variants.

The reform of the highway code came into effect on Monday. It is logically accompanied by a new theory test driving license, more modern in many respects.

In addition to common sense more than knowledge, to encourage young drivers to think rather than to learn by heart the new exam goes from 700 to 1000 questions and opens new themes: eco-driving , new technologies or first aid. Questions will be taken from photos, but now also aerial views (photographed by drones?) And even videos, more realistic.

Candidates will be interviewed about GPS, automatic transmissions, radar distances or emergency brake assist. The code is more room for eco-driving and to the development of multimodality, addressing carpooling, car sharing or behavior to adopt towards vulnerable road users such as cyclists.

The review prompted by example in what conditions it is best to use the cruise control, how the emergency call eCall (geolocation), or what to do when approaching a red light ( does it demote).

The review itself will be more modern, it will not be collective, each candidate will have a different questionnaire on a tablet or on an individual computer. And in the same vein, the course will not be taught via DVD but a new case can receive new questions via the Internet.