Welcome to Overdrive, a program about the wonderful world of cars and transportation. I’m David Brown
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- Do information systems and control systems of modern cars help or hinder the distraction of the driver?
- Nissan so needs four new models
- Brand new electric iX3 from BMW
- NZ Clean Car Discount moves on to the second stage
Art History (7:35)
We were very lucky to get an interview with Tim Schenken, an Australian racer who competed in Formula One in the early 1970s.
His early start is a great reflection of the automotive industry in the fifties, and his struggle in Formula 1 was not due to a lack of talent.
Incredible reaction to one of our videos. The detail that some people see is, to put it mildly, amazing
We received massive reviews of our 1958 story about FC Holden
- Subaru BRZ (19:35)
- Citroen C4 (27:59)
Information systems and control systems of modern cars – is it a help or an obstacle to distract the driver?
Modern cars have many ways to make information available to drivers, about car performance or entertainment capabilities or even inputs that will help in driving.
But excessive information or poorly conveyed information and actions can be more distracting than helpful
Overdrive has assembled a team to constructively look at how drivers interact with modern systems, and encourage best practices in future car designs.
- Excessive information
- Information that is not relevant to the immediate driving task
- Information that is difficult to read – some numbers and symbols on car screens are equal to the bottom line of the eye chart
- Characters who don’t usually understand
- Information that may encourage more aggressive driving or
- Simple tasks that require a few steps
All of this is part of what is more formally called the human-machine interface.
The team includes:
Engineer BE (Hons)
Traffic engineering, transport planning, policy development and behavior change
- Honored Professor
- Integrated Transport Innovation Research Center
- NSW University, Sydney
- Former President of the NRMA
- CEO of Dyno Dynamics
- President – Government. Autoclubs Relations Council Inc.
- Former security officer of the Railway Department
We also talk to an expert in ergonomics not only from physical aspects such as setting up a driver’s seat, but also from a broader perspective of the emotional reactions you can create for a regular or infrequent car driver.
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Brand new electric iX3 from BMW
The average BMW X3 SUV is the best-selling car for the first four months of 2022, in this segment with a higher price of $ 60,000, ahead of the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Wagon, Volvo XC60, Lexus NX, Audi Q5.
Now they have a fully electric iX3 model.
With a rechargeable battery capacity of 80 kW / h, the nominal range is 460 km.
It can charge up to 150 kW, which is not an industry leader. This means it can charge 10 to 80 percent in 32 minutes.
It has a good seat inside and a comfortable, quiet trip even on the highway.
With a very reliable 210 kW and 400 Nm and confident handling, it copes with vigorous traffic on a winding secondary road.
It has adaptive LED headlights, while the BMW Laserlight can be described as an option for $ 2,000. At speeds above 60 km / h, the dynamic Laserlight module increases the range of the high beam to a maximum of 650 meters and follows the course of the road.
The digital screen for the driver is not loaded and is generally easy to read. A great feature is the adaptive cruise control with a one-touch button that will set the speed to the current speed limit.
Its cost is from $ 114,900 plus travel expenses
With the BMW eDrive fifth-generation electric motor, power electronics and transmission housed in one housing. The engines drive the rear wheels.
This highly integrated topology of the electric drive system, located in the rear axle subframe for a particular model, allows you to significantly reduce both the required installation space and the weight of the components compared to the power they produce.
This has led to an increase in power density of about 30 percent compared to BMW eDrive technology, which was previously used in electrified models.
The latest version of the electric motor also shows an efficiency of up to 93 percent – an increase of 53 percent for modern internal combustion engines.
NZ Clean Car Discount moves on to the second stage
The owner can apply for a fixed discount if his car was a vehicle with a low level of pollution on the right list.
The scheme was introduced to make more affordable low CO purchases2 ejection vehicles.
From April 1, 2022, the discount on a clean car has become a sliding scale based on the car’s CO2 emissions. Zero or low emission vehicles will be eligible for a discount, and high emission vehicles will be charged.
Monetary values can be significant.
In New Zealand dollars, the maximum discount for zero CO2 emissions is $ 8,625 for a new car and $ 3,450 for a used car.
At the other end of the scale, depending on your CO2 emissions, you may be charged a maximum of $ 5,175 for a new car or $ 2,875 for a used car.
In Australian dollars for new cars, the maximum discount is almost $ 7,800 and the maximum fee is almost $ 4,700.
There is a range range as a transition point where no discount or fee is offered from 146 g / km to 192 g / km.
This would mean, for example, that a regular Corolla, Camry or RAV4 with a petrol engine would pay a small fee or not pay at all, and their hybrid models should get a reasonable discount.
Speaking to industry representatives in New Zealand, it seems that, despite general support for climate action, the impact on personal finances is likely to lead to significant trends in buyer preferences and significant counteraction.
It is also a matter of concern that the scheme is targeted at passenger vehicles and does not affect more specific areas, such as trucks, which pollute the environment.
Several of the conditions include
Getting a discount
If you receive a discount under the Clean Car discount scheme, you will not need to pay income tax on the discount. One of the following will apply, the discount will be:
Payment of the fee
The fee payable under the Clean Car discount scheme is a capital expense. Since this is a capital expense, you will not receive a deduction for the amount of the fee.
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