Motoring Matters

Here is our roundup of news from the motoring scene for November.

Electric Youth

More than eight in 10 (81%) 14 year olds believe the first car they buy will be electric, a survey has found. Researchers polled 800 teenagers aged 14 to 17 and found that the popularity of greener-fuelled cars increased as the interviewees became younger. 88% of the young people surveyed also felt that more motorists – regardless of their age – should be driving an electric car. The study was commissioned by Go Ultra Low, a government and industry-backed campaign to increase sales of ultra-low emissions vehicles.

Oh Deer

Motorists in Kent and Sussex have been asked to drive carefully in rural areas where there may be deer. GEM Motoring Assist, which has run a road safety charity for over 30 years, said that deer were more active as they entered the mating season. Chief executive David Williams says, “periods of highest deer activity tend to occur at dawn and dusk, coinciding with the morning and evening rush hour, increasing collision risks in areas where deer are common.” Deer collisions cost over £17 million in car damage every year, with over 75,000 deer involved – 10,000 of which die instantly.

Droning On

Swiss high-tech concept car makers Rinspeed have developed a sports car that drives itself and records the journey by an accompanying drone in the same colour as the car. The Etos, a two-seater which features a drone helipad on the back, has an autopilot function that the company says is “capable of learning”, and a feature that allows the steering wheel to fold into the dashboard and be replaced by a widescreen so that passengers can be entertained on their journey.

A prototype model will be displayed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next January.

Under The Hammer

A classic Morris Minor was sold for just the second time in nearly six decades after being auctioned off by British Car Auctions for £2,850. The 1957 two-door model, last sold by BCA in 1980 for just £680, has a mileage of 48,000, comes with a large collection of original spare parts and is in good working condition – although the company said it could do with some restoration. BCA Blackbushe centre manager James Gibson described the car as “iconic car with a well documented history”.

Hands On

A survey has found that over 70% of British drivers have no intention of switching to a driverless car in the future. Of these, 45% were uncomfortable with handing over driving control and 36% said they enjoyed driving too much. Others expressed concerns about hacking and vehicle cost.

The survey was run by insurer Adrian Flux, and will come as a disappointment to companies pioneering the technology, including Google, Mercedes and Toyota. General manager at Flux, Gerry Bucke, says “the biggest stumbling block to this new technology, however good it may be, could well be that people simply don’t want it.”