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Renault Group uses old batteries and new cars to power a ‘smart island’ – Roadshow

When I hear the phrase, “smart island,” I start getting visions of Syndrome’s island lair from Pixar’s “The Incredibles.” Thankfully, Renault’s plans for Porto Santo, one of two islands in the Madeira archipelago, are slightly less nefarious. Porto Santo is a small Portuguese island off the coast of Morocco that once served as the home of Christopher Columbus and his wife. Now it’s mainly a tourist destination, which, along with the fact that consistent power generation due to isolation and geography is a challenge, makes it the ideal location for a…

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‘Protect jobs, not Brussels’ French car industry WARN Macron over Brexit DISASTER

Francois Roudier, a key French car industry lobbyist, has sent a stark message to Macron, warning the French President that Brexit will be “very painful” for the country’s economy. The director of communications for the CCFA, which represents French car manufacturers, said Brexit resembled an impending “disaster” for the country’s workers. French car companys Renault and Peugeot are closely linked to Britain, both as a market and a manufacturing base. Speaking to BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme, Mr Roudier warned that a newly confident France, sparked by Mr Macron’s presidency, could falter after Brexit. He…

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British pensioner killed in three car pile up in Tenerife

Two other people in the same car as her – also thought to be British – were taken to hospital after the pile-up. The tragedy happened near the village of Piedra Hincada in western Tenerife. The woman who died, who has so far been identified only by her initials P.M.M, was travelling in the passenger seat of a Renault Mégane that was hit by a Ford Fiesta driven by a man who lives on the island. He was taken to hospital along with his girlfriend, who was evacuated from the…

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F1 news: Fernando Alonso warns Lewis Hamilton with fresh claim ahead of 2018 season

Mercedes have been dominant for the last four years and their driver Lewis Hamilton was the latest to claim the Drivers’ Championship in 2017. But McLaren rival Alonso is hoping to upset the odds and challenge at the top end of the grid this time around. The Spaniard has not ended a season as world champion since his last success with Renault in 2006. But he is hoping to add to his two championships with a strong showing in 2018. “I said I was going to win and I’ll say…

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Lewis Hamilton sent HUGE warning by F1 rival Fernando Alonso

That is because McLaren driver Fernando Alonso thinks he is ready to compete at the front of the grid. Hamilton clinched his fourth Drivers’ Championship last year after seeing off the challenge of Sebastian Vettel with two races to spare. Mercedes’ reliability ensured Valtteri Bottas finish in third spot to complete the top three. But Alonso reckons that McLaren, Hamilton’s former team, can challenge for the title as he hopes to end a 12-year personal wait for a championship. “In terms of results, it is always going to be difficult…

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Renault-Nissan now world’s largest carmaker, ousting VW Group – Roadshow

The Volkswagen group has held the title of world’s largest automobile manufacturer for a couple of years, but it would seem that with all of its recent diesel-related troubles of late, it hasn’t had time to watch the throne. Meet the world’s new largest automaker: Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi. How did this happen? Well, the credit for this big “W” goes to perhaps the most underdog car brand in the world right now: Mitsubishi. We’ll explain. Renault and Nissan each sell a lot of cars on their own, 3.76 million and 5.82 million worldwide…

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F1 2018 car launch dates: Schedule revealed as Ferrari and Mercedes CLASH

In 2017, the new set of rules saw cars with wider rear wheels and lower rear wings as the F1 authorities tried to increase the level of overall speed. This was unusual as regulation changes are usually made with the object of slowing down the cars to make them safer. But the 2016 generation of hybrid cars were heavily criticised by fans and drivers alike, with the competitors complaining about the inability to push the tyres in particular because they would overheat too easily. However, last year’s models also attracted…

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Meet Jarvis, BlackBerry’s self-driving car security software – Roadshow

If you’ve been paying attention lately, then you know that autonomous cars are a huge deal, and the technology that drives them is advancing in leaps and bounds on what feels like a daily basis. While it’s incredibly exciting to ponder the ways that self-driving cars could positively change society, they also open us up to a lot of genuinely terrifying prospects at the hands of cybercriminals. That’s why we think that BlackBerry’s new Jarvis software, announced at today’s Detroit Auto Show by BlackBerry executive chairman and CEO, John Chen, has…

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Why the year’s biggest tech conference is all about smart cars, not smartphones

Anyone who has driven a relatively recent-vintage vehicle has probably experienced the benefits – and occasional snags – of using voice control to plug in a destination, dial a call or change the radio station. But Nissan’s IMx concept vehicle aims to take things a step further. It uses brain-to-vehicle technology to respond to what the driver is thinking. “The potential applications of the technology are incredible,” helping motorists relax more while driving, while also improving vehicle safety, said Dr. Lucian Gheorghe, senior innovation researcher at the Nissan Research Center…

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F1 news: Fernando Alonso groin problem, Williams set for decision, new tyres assessed

Williams are closing in on a deal to put Sergey Sirotkin alongside Lance Stroll for the 2018 season. Felipe Massa was Stroll’s team-mate in 2017, having been rushed back out of retirement after Valtteri Bottas was lured away to Mercedes. But the Brazilian has now left the team for good after they were unable to give him an early decision on whether he would be kept on. Williams have been evaluating a number of drivers for the seat but it has come down to a shootout between Robert Kubica and…

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