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Man 'hacks' Google Maps traffic measure using a trolley of smartphones
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5th Feb 2020
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Man 'hacks' Google Maps traffic measure using a trolley of smartphones

A Berlin-based artist was able to generate fake traffic jams on the Google Maps interface simply by carting a wagon filled with 99 smartphones around a city block. In an experiment conducted in 2019 but published on YouTube this month, Simon Weckert was able to turn a 'green' street red by opening the Google Maps app on all 99 phones and leaving it running as he traversed various streets around the city.
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Susannah Guthrie
2021 Mercedes-Benz EQS prototype photographed
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31st Jan 2020
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2021 Mercedes-Benz EQS prototype photographed

The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS concept, revealed at last year’s Frankfurt motor show, was a dazzling, futuristic-looking concept car, as concept cars tend to be. If you were worried something would be lost in the transition to production EQS, Mercedes-Benz has released some official photographs of the concept and a pre-production prototype side-by-side to put your mind at ease.
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William Stopford
Volkswagen preparing mobile EV-charging robots
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31st Dec 2019
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Volkswagen preparing mobile EV-charging robots

Volkswagen is developing robots that can find and charge electric vehicles in need of a range boost. The idea behind the robots is simple: vehicles low on charge can park in a regular multi-storey carpark, and wirelessly communicate with the charging infrastructure. An autonomous robot will then deliver a small charger to the vehicle, wirelessly open the car's charge port, and connect up the charger.
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Scott Collie
Queensland: $1000 fines for in-car phone use, phone-monitoring cameras coming
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29th Nov 2019
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Queensland: $1000 fines for in-car phone use, phone-monitoring cameras coming

Being caught using a mobile phone while driving in Queensland is about to get a lot more expensive. The Queensland Government has announced any driver caught using a mobile phone behind the wheel will be fined $1000 and four demerit points. For drivers caught twice within 12 months, double demerit points apply and they may now lose their licence. Queensland will also trial cameras recently introduced in New South Wales to detect mobile phone usage.
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William Stopford
Bentley V8 engine turns 60
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17th Nov 2019
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Bentley V8 engine turns 60

The motoring world isn't kind to old technology. The average model cycle is eight years, with a styling change halfway through to keep things fresh – if you're really good at facelifts, maybe a model can be stretched to 12 or 13 years. Bentley doesn't really work on the same timelines as the rest of the motoring industry, though. Forget 12 years, the V8 engine in the current Mulsanne has just turned 60.
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Scott Collie