Smartphone use tops road safety concerns in Australia
Nearly three-quarters of Australian motorists are worried about mobile phone use, and more than half are calling for a strong police presence to tackle the problem.
According to a study of 1500 NRMA members, illegal phone use tops the list of safety concerns on the road, with 72 per cent of respondents listing it as a concern, topping drunk drivers (56 per cent) and speeding (55 per cent).
Ford Ranger Raptor design patent confirms North American launch
Ford is yet to officially confirm the existence of a Ranger Raptor for the North American market, but documents filed with IP Australia referencing an American design patent suggest its announcement is imminent.
The long-awaited return of the Ranger to the USA was announced earlier this year, but left out any mention of the Raptor, which shares its four-wheel disc brakes with the American chassis, but picks up a coil-sprung suspension and a Watt's linkage instead of leaf springs.
Lexus LC500 powers through Bristol carpark - video
It's no secret the Lexus LC500 is quite a looker, but it also sounds fantastic. To showcase this, the company's British arm has released a new video online.
Posted to Lexus UK's YouTube channel, the clip shows James Bond stunt driver, Mark Higgins, piloting a bright yellow LC500 V8 around the Caboose Circus multi-level car park in Bristol.
If the visuals aren't enough to get you excited, the coupe's 'Exit Music' will make you drool.
Semi-autonomous systems 'aren't robust substitutes for human drivers' - study
The current crop of semi-autonomous driver assists aren't proper substitutes for hands-on attention, according to a new study from the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
According to the non-profit's research, current semi-autonomous systems like lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control displayed behaviours ranging from "the irksome, such as too-cautious braking, to the dangerous".
The upcoming Mini Electric hatchback has been spied undergoing evaluation on public roads in southern Europe.
The prototype features a grille element with only a small horizontal air opening, and no tailpipe. On the inside, the car has a small completely digital instrumentation screen ahead of the driver and a different transmission shifter.