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 thieves stab knife into steering wheel after breakdown at surfers paradise
thieves stab knife into steering wheel after breakdown at surfers paradise

A manhunt is under way for two men who used a golf club, pliers and a knife to attack a driver after his car broke down at Surfers Paradise.Police allege the men approached the 20-year-old on Commodore Drive after 8pm on Sunday and spoke to him before grabbing their weapons.They punched the victim a number of times, smashed the car windows in, drove a knife into the steering wheel and stole his phone before fleeing the scene.AAP

ford patent shows autonomous auto future with or without steering wheel

Many automotive enthusiasts are on the fence a bit about the autonomous future. Auto enthusiasts like to drive and some fear the autonomous autos will take that ability from us eventually. At the same time, there are certainly conditions where not having to drive is ideal, you only have to drive through the mountains of Colorado to know being able to look around is a good thing. A Ford patent application has turned up that shows the automaker’s vision of a future where you might be able to drive your car when you want, and pull the steering wheel and pedals out when you want to be driven.The patent says that the system would allow for a “steering wheel for development purposes, and enables the easy provision of a steering wheel as a customer-requested option.” The cabin of the vehicle in t

transforming robotic steering wheel is a reminder that your car needs you

A steering wheel that pretends to bite you could make more advanced autonomous cars safer to drive

claims about mayor could jeopardise surfers paradise land sale

Corruption investigations into the Gold Coast's mayor and chief executive could render two controversial Surfers Paradise property deals void if upheld.A group of Gold Coast businesses and residents have alleged conflicts of interest, misuse of authority and making false and misleading statements against Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate and CEO Dale Dickson.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate is facing allegations of not declaring business interests in the sale of council property. Photo: Harrison SaragossiThe allegations mainly relate to the sale of the Bruce Bishop Car Park at Surfers Paradise and a neighbouring site which Mr Tate and his business partners are in negotiations with council to buy.The 50-page complaint by Save Surfers Paradise (SSP) also includes a claim the mayor nominated himself duri

gm says: look, ma, no steering wheel

GM's Cruise claims that by 2019, it'll offer rides in a car that has no steering wheel or pedals

ford patents removable wheel and pedals for future autonomous cars

Ford actually filed the patent in February 2016, and it was awarded to the automaker last week on August 10th, as originally reported by Motor1. It's not a perfect solution, the document notes: Designers will have to reconsider how they implement airbags, which are traditionally situated in the steering wheel. Ford's patent proposes one in both the wheel and dashboard behind it, electronically switching off the latter if the wheel column is locked in.But it isn't just about popping a wheel in and out: This redesign would probably require major structural changes, as the steering column is an integral part of any car's frame. While this is only a patent, it shows that automakers are thinking hard about steering and control compromises that will let them sell autonomous vehicles in countries

ford patents removable wheel and pedals for future autonomous cars

Ford actually filed the patent in February 2016, and it was awarded to the automaker last week on August 10th, as originally reported by Motor1. It's not a perfect solution, the document notes: Designers will have to reconsider how they implement airbags, which are traditionally situated in the steering wheel. Ford's patent proposes one in both the wheel and dashboard behind it, electronically switching off the latter if the wheel column is locked in.But it isn't just about popping a wheel in and out: But it isn't just about popping a wheel in and out: This redesign would probably require major changes to an automobile's interior, both cosmetically and from a mechanical standpoint. Pretty much everything in a driver's seat has been designed around the steering wheel and column since 1908 w

presstv-autonomous buses start testing in san francisco

The US state of California is becoming a hub for driverless technology. Two autonomous buses have started testing around an empty parking lot in San Francisco.The vehicles are prepared to be used on local public roads without a steering wheel or human operator. The majority of self-driving cars are tested with a person present at a steering wheel, but this time, they were tested with no steering wheel or pedals.The 12-passenger buses will continue tests for a couple of months before they hit the local roads late this year or early in 2018.

ford recalling 1.38 mn sedans over steering defect

Ford announces a North American recall because of loose steering wheel bolts in its Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedansFord announced Wednesday a North American recall of 1.38 million Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans to address loose steering wheel bolts that could lead to the steering wheel detaching.
In the cars being recalled, the steering wheel "may not maintain torque, allowing the bolt to loosen over time," Ford said. If not addressed, "a steering wheel could potentially detach and lead to a loss of steering control and increased risk of a crash," the company added.The recall affects Fusion and MKZ models between 2013 and 2018 built in Hermosillo, Mexico and Fusions built in Flat Rock, Michigan between 2013 and 2016.Ford said it was aware of two accidents with one injury resulting from

ford warns 1.3m drivers: your steering wheel could fall off

Ford is recalling a whopping 1.3 million cars in the US, after discovering that their steering wheels could come loose and detach completely while on the road. The American automaker has warned owners of select Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars that, over time, the bolts that hold their steering wheels to the steering column could come loose. Unsurprisingly, that’s not a good thing when it comes to the mechanism by which you steer your car. “In affected vehicles,” Ford explains, “the steering wheel bolt may not maintain torque, allowing the bolt to loosen over time.” As you might expect, if it’s not caused that could be a serious problem: “a steering wheel could potentially detach and lead to a loss of steering control and increased risk of a crash,” Ford concedes. Approximately 1,378,637 c

uber driver handcuffed to steering wheel by masked armed robber on gold coast

A woman has been threatened with a knife, handcuffed to the steering wheel of her car and robbed while working as an Uber driver on the Gold Coast on Saturday night.The 39-year-old Carrara woman parked her car on Marine Parade at Biggera Waters about 8.45pm when a masked man armed with a knife got into the front passenger seat.
The Uber driver was left with minor injuries and a police search of the area failed to find the armed robber. Photo: Akos StillerThe armed intruder told the driver to take him to Harbour Town, but along Morala Drive in nearby Runaway Bay, he told her to stop and give him money.Despite handing over some cash, the man then handcuffed the woman to the steering wheel while he searched the car for more money.The Uber driver was then released from the handcuffs and orde

tesla model 3 software update puts autopilot controls on steering wheel

One of the big complaints among Tesla Model 3 owners is that all the functions of the car were controlled via the large touchscreen on the dash. The problem with that was that to adjust any settings, the driver had to look away from the road. That is not ideal in a time when distracted driving is a major hazard for all on the road.Tesla has now issued a software update for the Model 3 that changes what the scroll buttons on the steering wheel of the car do. With the new update installed, the right scroll button allows drivers to adjust Traffic-Aware Cruise Control settings. Pushing that scroll button on the right up or down will increase or decrease the set cruising speed.To adjust the follow distance between the Model 3 and the vehicle ahead of it, the driver can press that right scroll b

jaguar's steering wheel of the future revolves around ai

The AI would largely serve as a concierge. It would link you to an on-demand service club, whether or not you own your car, and would help you get a ride when and where you need it. If there's a must-attend meeting, for example, you could tell the wheel while it's still in your living room and it would figure out when a car needs to arrive and tell you when you might want to take control.Sayer (named after influential designer Malcolm Sayer) will be a core feature on an upcoming concept car, the Future-Type.Will something like this wheel ever reach production? Probably not. Jaguar Land Rover is making a few assumptions about self-driving cars, such as the likelihood that you'll have a steering wheel and the need to integrate AI into a dedicated device. Your phone and a cloud service might

zf's advanced steering wheel concept is for autonomous autos and driver interact

ZF has rolled out a new steering wheel concept that will support Level 3 and higher autonomous driving. The wheel also has displays on it to enhance the communication between the driver and the vehicle when a human is piloting the car. The wheel concept uses gesture control to trigger various functions chosen by the vehicle manufacturer.ZF says that a single tap on the cover could activate the horn and a double tap could activate other functions. Drivers could also make swipe gestures on the rim of the wheel to control the climate system. The gestures would be supported and confirmed on the center display with graphics and lights.The center of the wheel is a 7-inch LCD and the wheel could have an LED strip that would show when the vehicle is in autonomous mode. The wheel has ten capacitive

man arrested after stabbing in gold coast pub brawl

A man has been stabbed following a brawl at a Gold Coast pub on Sunday afternoon.The man suffered a "significant stab wound to the neck", while another man had a head injury following the incident at a Surfers Paradise bar, a Queensland Ambulance spokeswoman said.Both men were transported to Gold Coast University Hospital and one of the men was in police custody.A Queensland Police spokeswoman said there was no hunt for other suspects.Pubs across the south-east were busy following the Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor boxing match.

cadillac’s hands-free feature fixes the worst parts about driving

Super Cruise is Cadillac's answer to semi-autonomous features from BMW, Mercedes and of course, Tesla's Autopilot. But unlike those systems where you're chastised by the car within moments of removing your mitts from the wheel until you return them, Super Cruise is totally hands-free.Before we get into the nitty-gritty of the car and Super Cruise, let's talk about the steering wheel with a built-in light. I'll admit when Cadillac announced its semi-autonomous feature and showed off the light-infused steering wheel, I rolled my eyes. It seemed gimmicky and more importantly, ugly. When you drop a big wad of cash on a luxury car, the last thing you want is a feature that just annoys your senses. And yet, when I sat behind of the wheel CT6, it didn't seem so bad. While I was actually driving,

ford recalls 1.3 million cars for steering wheels that might fall off

Enlarge/ Obviously, if this comes off in your hands while you're driving, that's bad.FordShare this storyOn Wednesday, Ford announced it was recalling 1.3 million Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs for a rather alarming defect: it's possible their steering wheels could fall off. The problem affects model years 2014 through 2018 and vehicles built at two different factories: Flat Rock and Hermosillo.The issue appears to be the bolt that holds the steering wheel onto the steering column, which can loosen over time. Obviously, the consequences of this are serious, because no one wants their steering wheel to come away in their hands while driving.Ford's fix is to replace the bolt with a better one. Ford says the replacement part is "a longer bolt with more robust thread engagement and larger nylon

elvis week 2017 hunkers up to surfers paradise

It's the week of "doing it right and doing it tight" for Elvis in Surfers Paradise.This weekend, the Gold Coast plays host to a series of music legends who have passed from this mortal coil - John Lennon, Queen, Buddy Holly, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jim Morrison and the Blues Brothers - as part of the Viva Surfers Paradise week.
Elvis tribute artists hit the Gold Coast for Elvis Week 2017. Photo: SuppliedBut the main draw remains Elvis Presley, or rather the Elvis "tribute artists" who this week perform the magic of the man still regarded as the King of Rock and Roll.The winners, announced next weekend, will travel to Memphis Tennessee for the 2017 world Elvis Tribute Week finals.
One of the many Elvis tribute acts in full swing. Photo: SuppliedIt is the real deal, presented by Elvi

elvis week 2017 hunkers up to surfers paradise

It's the week of "doing it right and doing it tight" for Elvis in Surfers Paradise.This weekend, the Gold Coast plays host to a series of music legends who have passed from this mortal coil - John Lennon, Queen, Buddy Holly, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jim Morrison and the Blues Brothers - as part of the Viva Surfers Paradise week.
Elvis tribute artists hit the Gold Coast for Elvis Week 2017. Photo: SuppliedBut the main draw remains Elvis Presley, or rather the Elvis "tribute artists" who this week perform the magic of the man still regarded as the King of Rock and Roll.The winners, announced next weekend, will travel to Memphis Tennessee for the 2017 world Elvis Tribute Week finals.
One of the many Elvis tribute acts in full swing. Photo: SuppliedIt is the real deal, presented by Elvi

hennessey venom f5 interior looks like a comfy place to do 300 mph

Back during the SEMA show, Hennessey unveiled its American hypercar called the Venom F5. The insane car looks fantastic on the outside and aims to reach over 300 mph top speed. That would make it faster than the recent record Koenigsegg set with its Agera RS in Nevada. The car was fully unveiled on the outside, and now we have some details on the interior.The car looks fantastic on the inside in these renderings. We see a very simple cockpit that reminds more than a bit of a Lotus Exige or Elise. The F1-style steering wheel has lots of switches and buttons along with a glass screen that shows the gauges.There are no gauges on the dashboard itself in one of the renderings. Another of the renderings shows a dashboard LCD for gauges. The dash and much of the interior appears to be carbon fibe

us to 'carefully' review gm request on autonomous car: chao

GM's Cruise AV is an autonomous vehicle with no steering wheel or pedalsRegulators will "carefully and responsibly" review General Motors' request to test an autonomous car without a steering wheel, US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Sunday.
"It is now coming to the stage with the rapid advancement of self-driving technology that this request is now a reality," Chao said on the sidelines of the Detroit Auto Show."So we will view the petition carefully and responsibly."GM on Friday unveiled the Cruise AV, an autonomous vehicle with no steering wheel or pedals, announcing it had asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to exempt it from a number of federal standards that cannot be met with a driverless car.GM executives have said they planned to introduce a large-

at detroit auto show, future high tech is present

For the technology phobic, the Einride T-Pod autonomous cargo truck could be the stuff of nightmares.
It is an imposing sight, lacking a traditional driver's cab, and looks like it might have been dreamed up by a sci-fi filmmaker. The electric truck was one of many high-tech innovations on display at the Detroit auto show, where the top industry players in North America showed off their latest models and considered the future of automobiles and transportation.A spokesman for Swedish company Einride told AFP on Tuesday it will test the T-Pod on its native country's roads later this year. The promise of an autonomous future is a dominant theme for industry insiders, and many tech companies participating in the auto show focused on how to improve self-driving vehicles.Nearby, steering syste

man grabbed steering wheel, forced head-on crash: court

A man grabbed the steering wheel of his ex-partner's car while she was driving and deliberately drove them head on into a ute, a court has heard.The 23-year-old passenger then also allegedly tried to attack a female doctor and an off-duty ambulance officer who tried to help.
The woman was forced into the path of a ute when her ex-partner grabbing the steering wheel, the court heard.  Photo: SuppliedHis 22-year-old ex-partner remains in hospital with serious injuries, while the driver of the ute also received minor injuries.The man, who was not injured in the crash, faced the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday morning on a string of charges relating to the traffic incident at Stafford on February 19.He has also been charged with violent offences relating to the same ex-partner on thre

inside the life of a world champion elvis tribute artist

Looking at the photograph you might imagine that Elvis and Priscilla Presley had a surprise child they never revealed.But the picture is not what it seems.
Viva Surfers Paradise Elvis Tribute Artists Jay Dupuis Elijah Mannah Photo: Tony MooreThe Elvis Presley here is Jay Dupuis, from Baton Rouge in Louisiana, who was proclaimed the world's number one Elvis Presley tribute artist in 2014.Priscilla Presley is Kay Shannon, from Dallas Texas, a former CBS news anchor, who in recent years makes a good living hosting Elvis Presley tribute events because of her stunning resemblance to Elvis's great love.
Woolloongong's John Collins is heading to Viva Surfers Paradise to compete in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Photo: Sylvia LiberThe young man is nine-year old Elijah Mannah from S

jaguar's ai steering wheel is a gateway to self-driving rideshares

As the car of the future – and the ownership model to go with it – approaches, Jaguar is setting out a vision of a smart steering wheel that doesn’t even live in your garage. The automaker is outlining its concept at Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest, a new event intended to explore the cutting edge in transportation, including self-driving vehicles, on-demand ridesharing, and more. First up? Much cleverer controls. Of course, some might say that, in the world we’re headed toward, steering wheels themselves will be redundant. The approach of self-driving cars would seem like it could do away with manual controls altogether, as occupants rely solely on the vehicles’ autonomous systems to get them from A to B. That’s why Jaguar’s “Sayer” steering wheel isn’t actually found in the car itself. Inste

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