• About Jim Deere

    Jim is a US-based journalist whose interest in cars is really just an extension of his obsession with all things tech-related. He drives a Volvo S60 automatic and is looking forward to the days when cars drive themselves. Outside of cars, he loves trying new microbrewery beers and travelling.

    Ford’s Traffic Jam Assist brings driverless cars a step closer

    by  • June 26, 2012 • Motoring News, Technology

    2012 Ford Traffic Jam Assist - driver viewpoint

    Ford is working to join the dots on its current advanced driver assistance features to produce a car that can drive itself in slow moving motorway traffic. Traffic Jam Assist, which builds on existing features such as Active Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Aid, will also cut the time drivers spend...

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    Mercedes SL ages beautifully

    by  • June 25, 2012 • Motoring News

    2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class exterior - front

    The latest version of the iconic Mercedes-Benz SL-Class has arrived on Irish shores but she doesn’t come cheap. This legendary roadster’s story began 60 years ago, on the track in 1952, with the introduction of the W194 300SL racecar. This was followed two years later, at the 1954 International Motor Sports Show in New...

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    Inflatable seatbelts to debut in Mondeo

    by  • June 22, 2012 • Motoring News, Technology

    2012 Ford Inflatable Seatbelt

    Ford’s inflatable rear seatbelt, which combines an airbag with a conventional seatbelt, will make its European debut in the new Mondeo. The inflatable seatbelt is designed to reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear-seat passengers. In an accident, the belt rapidly expands across a body area five times greater than that achieved by...

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    Record-breaking ZOE on the way

    by  • June 22, 2012 • Motoring News, Technology

    2012 Renault ZOE exterior - right side

    Fans of electric cars will be able to get their hands on Renault’s record-breaking ZOE towards the end of this year. The car recently beat the world record for the longest distance travelled in 24 hours by a production electric car by 25 per cent. It completed 363 laps of the Aubevoye speed ring...

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    Report recommends higher penalty points for speeding

    by  • June 11, 2012 • Motoring News

    Higher points for speeding and using a mobile phone are among the proposals to emerge from a government review of the penalty points system. The Department of Transport review recommends increasing the penalty points from two to three for speeding. It also suggests consideration be given to introducing a graduated range of penalty points...

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    Road train premieres on Europe’s motorways

    by  • May 28, 2012 • Motoring News, Technology

    2012 Volvo Sartre road train

    Volvo has successfully completed the first-ever test drive of a road train among other road users. Road trains, or platoons, are made up of a number of vehicles that automatically monitor the distance, speed and direction of the car immediately in front and mimic its actions. Volvo’s test, carried out on 200km of motorway...

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