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April 2016 News Round Up

Ford Fusion

Driverless cars

Self-drive cars made an appearance in the news again, giving us a peek into the future.

A coalition (dubbed the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets) which includes the likes of Google, Ford, Volvo and Uber has been formed to quicken the reality of driverless cars. A spokesperson said, "Self-driving technology will enhance public safety and mobility for the elderly and disabled, reduce traffic congestion, improve environmental quality, and advance transportation efficiency."

Meanwhile, Ford claim to have overcome a major technological hurdle with the Ford Fusion now being able to drive in complete darkness, going one better than a car driven by a mere human. With 94% of fatal road accidents caused by human error, the move towards self-drive cars is being seen as a positive thing.

Ford Fusion Autonomous Research Vehicles
Tesla Model 3

Diesel Pollution

Modern diesel cars were in the spotlight. According to Emissions Analytics (EA), 97% of them emit more toxic nitrogen oxide pollution on the road than the official limit.

It turned out that emission levels during normal driving conditions were significantly higher than when testing in the lab. Although since the current legislation relates to laboratory testing, only Volkswagen had actually broken the law - the other manufacturers having met the laboratory test standard. In another twist, the new data revealed that the small number of models not exceeding the levels were Volkswagens.

It was also revealed this month that Mitsubishi has rigged emissions testing since 1991.

Emissions Analytics

Electric cars

Tesla once again proved to be at the forefront of EV innovation.

This month billionaire inventor Elon Musk unveiled the Tesla Model 3, introducing a more affordable electric car onto the market. This accessibility makes the reality of an age without fossil fuels even closer.

In addition to this there will soon be twice as many Tesla 'Supercharger' stations globally. Most charging stations would take over 30 hours to fully charge a car. Tesla's ultra fast chargers take less than half an hour.

The Tesla Model 3 will be shipped in 2017 and sales are already through the roof.

Tesla Model 3

Best Electric Cars 2016

Beijing Motor Show 2016

Name Jeremy Clarkson's new Amazon Show

Clarkson, May and Hammond are to present a new car show on Amazon, and they want you to come up with the name. Have we learnt nothing from Boaty McBoatface? Possible titles include Two and a Half Me, Three Easily Distracted Blokes and House of Cars.

In addition to the new show, the three plan to launch a new website - DriveTribe. This site will fill the gap in the market for car-lovers, according to Clarkson.

The new show and website are due to go live this Autumn.

Read More about Drivetribe

Beijing car show

Carrying on the EV and self-drive themes - this year's Beijing show was dominated by futuristic concept cars.

Ten of the best can be seen here - Top 10 concept cars Beijing

And Finally

Don't surprise your Mum with driverless technology like this guy did - Grandmother's Reaction to Autopilot