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Jaguar-Backed Blockchain Startup to Trade Tokens for Data

Jaguar-Backed Blockchain Startup to Trade Tokens for Data

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A UK-based startup has announced an ethereum-powered platform aimed to reward users for sharing their transport data. DOVU, which reportedly already has notable investors on board, plans to create a secure environment for individuals and companies to share any data relating to mobility – such as location, distance traveled and weather conditions.   ADVERTISEMENT According to TechCrunch, the startup has already received an undisclosed amount of funding from InMotion Ventures, an investment arm of automaker Jaguar Land Rover, and Creative England, a fund backed by the U.K. government for the support of creative industries. The data collected will be used to create more efficient services, such as combining "car data with insurance data to calculate smarter policies" or "geo
AMG’s 1000bhp Project One hypercar uncovered

AMG’s 1000bhp Project One hypercar uncovered

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Mercedes-AMG confirms a hybrid hypercar at the 2016 Paris motor show. CAR magazine UK reports The powertrain for the AMG hypercar, revealed at the 2017 Nurburgring 24h race ► Latest on AMG Project One hypercar ► Due to be launched at Frankfurt ► Hybridised F1 powertrain, 1020bhp  We’ve had an early access sneak peek at the Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar months before its official debut date at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show. The £2.4 million halo car is set to develop 1020bhp from its 1.6-litre F1-derived hybrid powertrain, with an approximate 20-mile all-electric range also promised. A sneak preview of AMG Project One hypercar Holed up in a hidden AMG hospitality room at the 2017 Nurburgring 24 hours, the all-new hypercar showed off a radical mid-engine design, w
Aston Martin’s brave new world – the DB11

Aston Martin’s brave new world – the DB11

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Aston Martin’s DB11 feels as if it is in a different century to some of its predecessors. Chris Pickering reports The DB11 marks the start of a brave new world for Aston Martin. Out goes the old VH platform that has underpinned most of the company’s models since 2003. The glorious naturally aspirated V12 that stretches back to the DB7 is gone now too (at least from this part of the range). In comes a new bonded aluminium chassis, plus an all-new 5.2-litre V12 sporting pair of twin-scroll turbochargers. This is also the first product of a tie-up with Daimler. Aston Martin is at pains to point out that the engine and chassis – and indeed most of the other parts – have been designed and produced in-house. Nonetheless, there are elements, such as the heating ventilation and cooling (
Second-built Samba discovered

Second-built Samba discovered

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Had it not been for an ID plate that had remained with the bus – and a Volkswagen enthusiast with an eye for rare Wolfsburg tin – then a rare 1951 VW Microbus Deluxe left sitting in a German field for more than 50 years might well have become so much scrapyard fodder. Instead, it’s now destined for a 10-year restoration. According to that ID plate, which current owner Florian Kalff of Bonn, Germany, ran by Volkswagen’s archives before buying the dual pickup loads’ worth of rusted metal, the 23-window Microbus – aka “Samba” – not only dates to 1951, the first year of production, it also dates to one of the first days of production. Reportedly, the Volkswagen archives only list one earlier chassis number for a Samba, which has since gone missing. Introduced in April 1951
Does Volvo move mark end of the beginning for EVs

Does Volvo move mark end of the beginning for EVs

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Volvo’s announcement that it will stop making purely internal combustion engine vehicles within the next few years is important, but signals a shift for the sector and not a revolution The automotive sector seems to have reached, if not a tipping point, then certainly an important inflection with the news that Volvo is going to cease making cars powered solely by internal combustion engines by 2019. After this date, says the Chinese-owned manufacturer, all of its models will be plug-in hybrids, purely electric vehicles or mild hybrids (incapable of purely electric operation but using an electric motor to allow the petrol engine to be turned off when the car is coasting, braking or stopped). But to paraphrase Winston Churchill, this is not the end for the internal combustion engine, nor