Friday, September 22

Tag: Auto

Jaguar-Backed Blockchain Startup to Trade Tokens for Data

Jaguar-Backed Blockchain Startup to Trade Tokens for Data

Auto, Bitcoin, Breaking News
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
Aston Martin’s brave new world – the DB11

Aston Martin’s brave new world – the DB11

Auto, Breaking News
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

Auto
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