News / Scotland by Press Association June 8, 2018, 1:09 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Confectionery boss Boyd Tunnock has been “surprised by the reaction” to his donation of a Rolls-Royce to Glasgow City Council as he confirmed he was behind the gift. Politicians had criticised the council for accepting the previously anonymous donation amid an increase in nursery fees for parents. Questions were also raised over any potential conflict of interest as some demanded to know who was behind the gift. The Tunnock’s owner said he wanted the donation to be a good thing but did not want to take credit for it. Mr Tunnock said: “I have to say I’ve been a bit surprised by the reaction to this. “All sorts of important people come to Glasgow and I thought it would be right to give them a nice experience. “Glasgow always had a Rolls Royce and I was able to give mine to the city so I thought, why … [Read more...] about Tunnock’s boss behind Rolls-Royce donation
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YOUR future motor could be controlled by insurance companies - and it's for your own good. Experts reckon that driverless cars would be made safer by letting insurers set speeds and routes. Risk assessment algorithms that help set policy prices could be used to steer cars away from upcoming accidents, professors claim. Handing over control to insurers could mean autonomous vehicles are ready for sale sooner, too, according to a report by the MIT Technology Review. For example, tech firms would programme cars to see a large group of children on the pavement near a school in the middle of the afternoon as a large obstacle. But insurers could tell the car it's the end of school and therefore keep the car travelling at slow speed or change the route to a school-free area. Paul Newman, a professor at Oxford University and co-founder of driverless project Oxbotica, told MIT Technology Review: "Insurers can adjust the envelope [in which a car can operate] to control the risk on the policy. … [Read more...] about Why your driverless car of the future could be controlled by an insurance company
DRIVERLESS cars could allow us to read, watch films, and relax as we are ferried to our destination. Here, we take a look at self-driving vehicles and examine how they work and when they will arrive in the UK. When will driverless cars come to the UK? The Modern Transport Bill outlines steps that are being taken to ensure the UK is at the forefront of driverless car technology. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling confirmed in January that the cars would soon be tested on Britain's roads. And in April it was announced that 100 plucky motorists will take a prototype driverless car on a test run around a two-mile circuit over three weeks near London’s O2 Arena. It has now emerged that driverless lorries could also soon be on Britain's motorways after ministers announced an £8.1 million fund for trials. The plans will allow computer-controlled vehicles to be driven in a “platoon” just yards apart from each other, which the Government hope will save … [Read more...] about When will driverless cars arrive in the UK, are they safe and when did a self-driving Uber vehicle kill a pedestrian?
DRIVERS could be made to take another driving test to own driverless cars, a report claims. Brits might require a new driving licence to prove they can handle autonomous tech, which is due to hit UK roads by 2021. The warning has been sparked over safety fears when cars hand back control to drivers. Drivers were found to take between two and three seconds to regain control of a car when it switched from autonomous to manual mode, at speeds ranging from 20mph to 50mph. At the faster speed that was enough to travel 45 metres with nobody in control. And the study said insurers may even set premiums based on how well drivers can regain control - with older drivers who may have slower reactions charged more. New laws may even prevent owners from napping, reading or watching films in self-driving cars, according to the study. RED Driving School CEO Ian McIntosh said it was likely the driving test and Highway Code would need to be overhauled for new tech. He added: "There are still a number … [Read more...] about Brits could have to get a NEW licence and take another driving test to own driverless cars
FORD has filed a patent for a crazy new car fitted with an eight-seater meeting room. The car giant has revealed sketches of the wacky self-driving motor that features a huge circular cabin. The "vehicle with round passenger compartment" ditches a traditional steering wheel and pedals in favour of the conference-style seating. Instead of a row of front and back seats there are eight seats in a circle in the patent filed with the US Patent & Trademark Office. Positioned on a single track these can be moved around and taken out depending on how many people are needed. The sides would have windows and the roof would be a huge glass dome. For safety, an airbag would be hidden under the table ready to deploy in an accident. The Ford patent said: "The vehicle provides a versatile passenger compartment that may be used, e.g., when the vehicle is autonomously operated. "The table provides an area for occupants to collaboratively work or play. The passenger compartment provides a spacious … [Read more...] about Ford patents wacky self-driving car – with a MEETING ROOM for eight people and a panoramic domed roof