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Jaguar C-X75 and Land Rover Urban Windscreen

Is Jaguar the new Aston Martin for Bond

Jaguar C-X75 to star in new Bond film

Two weeks ago, it was announced that Aston Martin's DB10 would star along side Daniel Craig in Spectre, the upcoming James Bond film. Now we know that the (previously cancelled) Jaguar C-X75 will join the supporting cast. The C-X75, an 850bhp ultra-low emission hybrid supercar, was thought lost, when JLR's last minute decision meant it was never brought to production.

Now though, one of the five working prototypes is being reengineered to make it fit for film purpose. Disappointingly, this apparently involves gutting the hybrid powertain and replacing it with the less impressive 5litre V8. The C-X75 is reported to be driven in the film by Bond's latest nemesis, and if true, Jaguar are developing somewhat of a Bond villain legacy. Bond's enemies have already taken the XJ8 and XJR for a spin in Casino Royale, and the XKR in Die Another Day.

UK government proposes ban on smoking in cars with children

England's parliament soon have to rule on a proposal to ban smokers from indulging when sharing a car with under 18s. Under the new law, drivers would be eligible for a £50 fine if anyone in their car was caught endangering young passengers with second-hand smoke.

"Second-hand smoke is a real threat to children's health and we want them to grow up free from the risks of smoking." explained Jane Ellison, Minister for Public Health, "The only effective way to protect children is to prevent them breathing second-hand smoke and our plans to stop smoking in cars carrying children will help us to do this."

Second-hand smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, some known to cause cancer, and can linger in the air for up to two hours, regardless of ventilation. Exposure to second-hand smoke has been repeatedly linked to chest infections, asthma, ear problems and cot death in children, with an estimated 300,000 children visiting a GP in England each year for reasons directly related to second-hand smoke.

If passed, the law will come into being on 1st October 2015, with MPs voting on the issue before the election. A successful ban would have the UK join many US states, Canada, and Australia, who all already enforce a similar law.

Jaguars urban windscreen technology in action

Jaguar Land Rover's ground-breaking 'Urban Windscreen' technology

Jaguar Land Rover has created a virtually enhanced windscreen, dubbed the Urban Windscreen, which allows for aided navigation, the elimination of blindspots, assisted hazard detection, and much more. The Urban Windscreen essentially turns your vehicle's entire windscreen into a Heads Up Display, presenting virtual information layered over what the driver can see in real life.

The Ghost Car application, for instance, projects an ethereal car the driver can follow, showing which lane or exit to take. Information like available parking spaces, petrol prices, addresses, and even traffic light timers can be displayed to augment the driver's experience. On top of this though, are the cameras and screens embedded in the car's pillars. Potentially completely eliminating blindspots, the screens activate when the vehicle is changing lanes or being overtaken, allowing the driver to see through the pillar.

JLR's Director of Research and Technology, Dr Wolfgang Epple, said the technology was designed to make driving safer and easier, "Driving on city streets can be a stressful experience, but imagine being able to drive across town without having to look at road signs, or be distracted trying to locate a parking space. If we can keep the driver's eyes on the road ahead and present information in a non-distracting way, we can help drivers make better decisions in the most demanding and congested driving environments."

There's no release date on any vehicle with these features, but Jaguar Land Rover are expected to have the technology in production models by 2020. Until then, you can see the Urban Windscreen at work here.

Ayrton Senna's first F1 car is up for sale

For sale: the 1983 Toleman TG183B in which Ayrton Senna made his Formula 1 debut, starting a career that would finally see him become arguably the sport's greatest legend. Designed by Rory Byrne and Pat Symonds for F1 privateers Toleman in 1983, the TG183B first raced at the Brazilian Grand Prix in March 1984. It was also the car that won Senna his first World Championship point, when he placed sixth in Kyalami, South Africa.

Hauntingly, his final race in the TG183B was at the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola, the circuit which would famously claim his life 10 years later. After it was retired, the Toleman was retained by the team until the 90's, when it was sold to a private collector in the USA (who restored it). Senna's TG183B comes with original Hart Turbo engine and the full documentation and history. Interested collectors can inquire here.

Ayrton Sennas F1 car

Price of petrol lowest in 5 years

The recent global dive in the cost of crude oil will see fuel prices across Europe at their lowest since May 2009. The RAC predicts the price of crude oil, currently between $54 and $60 a barrel, will continue to drop into the new year. If retailers pass on savings to consumers as they have so far, the average cost of petrol in the UK could be under £1 a litre. Today, the UK average is 116.9p per litre of petrol, and 122.3p per litre for diesel.

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said, "What's currently happening at the pumps with falling fuel prices is something many motorists will not remember seeing before. The cost of going to visit family and friends this Christmas will be the cheapest it's been for nearly five years, but the prospect of petrol going below £1 a litre in the new year is incredible, particularly when prices at the beginning of 2014 seemed to be heading ever upwards."