A scientist who is dying from a muscle wasting disease is taking drastic steps in his bid to become the world's first true cyborg. Dr Peter Scott-Morgan, 61, from Torquay, Devon, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease two years ago and told it would only take until this year to kill him. But instead of accepting his fate he decided to challenge what it meant to be human and now hopes to create Peter 2.0. He is gradually replacing his bodily functions with machinery – an electric wheelchair now enables to him to be upright, sitting or laid down; he has banked his voice on a computer and had his voicebox removed; and is fed through a tube and has a catheter and colostomy bag attached so he doesn't eat or excrete. Scroll down for video Dr Peter Scott-Morgan, 61, with his husband Francis. Dr Scott-Morgan shared the photo on social media with the caption: 'This is my last post as Peter 1.0. Tomorrow I trade my voice for potentially decades of life' Dr … [Read more...] about ‘I’m not dying, I’m transforming’: Doctor diagnosed with terminal motor neurone disease hopes to become the world’s first true cyborg
Skoda Octavia £18,6100-62mph 9.9 secondsTop speed 128mphMPG 52.3CO2 108g/kmEco score ★★★★☆ I’ve never been one of those people who mix up their lefts and rights. But today I’m struggling. I’m sitting at the wheel of a beautiful yellow Skoda 422. It was made in 1929 and is the kind of motor you imagine you’d arrive at the opera in and step out wearing tails and a neatly waxed moustache. But the car was, in fact, the smallest and most affordable car to drive out of the Mladá Boleslav factory gates. Life must have been very grand back then. It has a 1.2-litre engine that generates just 22hp, a three-speed gearbox and a top speed of 47mph. But, and this is where it gets confusing, its pedals are in the wrong order – the brake and throttle are reversed. And it’s quite hair-raising to step on the brake and find yourself speeding up… The 422 is part of Skoda’s heritage fleet, which includes everything from … [Read more...] about Skoda Octavia: ‘It’s a lot more than a budget Golf’
The billionaire inventor Sir James Dyson has scrapped plans to build an electric car after deciding the project was not commercially viable. Dyson, who is one of the most prominent business figures to back Brexit, confirmed in 2017 that he planned to invest £2.5bn in technologies including a battery-powered vehicle, which was due to roll off production lines in 2021. But in an email to staff on Thursday, he said that while his automotive team had built a “fantastic car” the project had ultimately been unsuccessful. “[…] Though we have tried very hard throughout the development process, we simply can no longer see a way to make it commercially viable,” he said. The entrepreneur told staff he had tried to sell the division, which employs 523 people, but that no buyer had been forthcoming. In a statement, the company said it hoped to find employment elsewhere in the company for most of the staff who were working on the project, including 498 in the UK. … [Read more...] about James Dyson scraps plans to build electric car
This feels like one of the “You’re the expert” questions that appear in Guardian Money every week. I have an old-ish petrol-fuelled car, sitting parked outside my terraced home, which I use only at weekends. And I have a brother-in-law who is evangelical about his Nissan Leaf. I’d like to be more like him. Yet the closest charging point for me is a 10-minute walk away, and often busy. Is it just too early to ditch my old car and go electric? The question marks over electric vehicles used to be about battery technology and the cost. But “range anxiety” has largely been conquered. The first Nissan Leaf batteries took you about 80-85 miles without needing a charge; the latest ones do 150 miles. The new Kia e-Niro family car manages 300 miles, while at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes was showing off its Vision EQS model with a “comfortable” range of 435 miles. Given that the average car journey in the UK is just 10 miles, according to the … [Read more...] about Is it just laziness that stops me from switching to an electric car?
My three-year-old Volvo V60 recently broke down on a journey from Scotland back to London. The Volvo dealer in Edinburgh, to which it was towed, diagnosed a snapped timing chain and advised that the car needed a new engine, at a cost of £9,000 plus labour. As the three-year warranty had expired just two months previously and there was a full Volvo dealer service record, the garage informed me that Volvo UK had agreed to meet these costs, though I had to pay for the investigative work costing £500. After four weeks, the work was completed and the car ready for collection. But then came the bombshell – Volvo was no longer willing to pay for the repair, and if I wanted the car back I would have to come up with £10,000. It had decided that the cause of the problem was faulty servicing, and that I should take up the matter with the dealer. I have only had the car serviced at two north London Volvo main dealers, so am bemused by this stance. Am I entitled to expect … [Read more...] about Volvo sent me a £10,000 repair bill for a three-year-old car