A night of partying may be all in good fun, until it's time to go home that it. All too often, late night revelers get behind the wheel after a one drink too many. Accidents caused by drunk driving is a major problem all around the world, and the city state of Singapore is no exception.
But one nightclub is taking an unconventional approach to prevent drunk driving. The solution - a 'Pee Analyser'.
Working with marketing agency DDB Group Singapore, popular nightspot Zouk came up with the charmingly named Pee Analyser, a urinal-based system that detects the amount of alcohol in a punter's pee before issuing a warning if they're over the legal limit.
And here's how it works. When a driver arrives at the club, they hand over their keys in exchange for an RFID parking card. Once activated, the card is capable of identifying a driver and recording information regarding the driver's alcohol level.
It does this by way of a urine testing device fitted in the urinal, a device that its maker says will instantly reset to accommodate consecutive readings, thereby avoiding any mix-ups with the pee of previous urinal visitors.
The urinal-based testing device is paired with an RFID reader that detects, tags and reads information from the cards, so if a patron's pee contains too much alcohol, a message will flash up on a screen directly in front saying - "Maybe you've had one too many to drive. Call a cab or use our drive home service."
Of course, there's a chance the person peeing may be too drunk to focus on the words in front of them, or simply too wasted to compute the information, so when they hand in their card at the end of the night in exchange for their keys, an RFID reader at the exit will convey the information from the tagged card to the valet, who'll once again suggest the car-owning clubber to make alternative arrangements for getting home.
The pee analyser may be the most technologically advanced approach, but some experts have called urine testing an unreliable method for determining alcohol impairment.
And although the system is only installed in male toilets, we reckon it still does some magic in curbing the numbers of drink drivers. Good work there, Zouk. Check out the below video from DDB Group Singapore to learn more about the system.
Established in 2005, Zotye, an automobile manufacturer based in Zhejiang, China, revealed its new T700 recently. And there is no doubt that it is modeled after Porsche's mid-sized SUV, the Macan. While the lights do differ from the real thing, the rest of the T700 is almost a direct copy and paste exercise. Even the shape of the door handles are almost identical!
According to Chinese media, Zotye plans to launch the mid-size model later this year offering a choice of 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre turbocharged engines borrowed from other vehicles in their range. The 2.0-litre will have 177bhp and there is also talk of a larger 3.0-litre V6 turbo.
Said to carry a starting price tag of 170,000 yuan (S$37,000), it is very much cheaper than the Porsche Macan which will set you back 558,000 yuan (S$121,000) in China.
Although ZOE sounds like COE, they are entirely different. One is a piece of paper while the other is an electric vehicle in the making.
Following last year's ZOE Z.E. coupe, Renault took the opportunity at the Paris Show to show off the ZOE, which presents a more realistic look at the production version that will be available in 2012. Wearing Renault's newest face, it may also preview the next Clio as well.
Similar in size to the Clio, this little electric automobile gets some high-end passenger comfort technology that may show up in the production model (Renault claims 90% of what you see here is what you'll get). To pamper the occupants, the ZOE has a humidity-regulating climate control system with an integrated toxicity sensor and scent diffuser. It also provides "light therapy", which is being co-developed with Philips.
The concept seen here is 4.1 meters long and rides on 19-inch wheels. For production, dimensions are going to be similar, but expect those wheels to be replaced by smaller ones. Power comes from an 80-horsepower electric motor that makes 222 Nm of torque.
A charge will take from 6 to 8 hours and can be done in two different ways: either with a wall box that you connect to your home's outlet, or by the optional EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment). Renault recommends the wall box method for the sake of convenience.
ZF recently gave a live demonstration of the prototype for the pre-crash external side airbag system in Germany.
According to the company, the system which only works for side impact crashes, can help save lives and reduce occupant injury severity by up to 40%. In Germany alone, they account for nearly 700 deaths per year, nearly a third of all occupant fatalities.
Up to 30% of the force of the offending vehicle could be reduced by the external side airbag which is deployed milliseconds before a collision to provide an additional lateral crumple zone.
ZF did not detail how it works but said that the external airbags can communicate with the car's radar, cameras sensor systems. They “developed algorithms that are capable of determining if a crash is imminent and decide whether or not to deploy the airbag.”
Challenges faced by the ZF include the programming of the system to reliably recognize an unavoidable collision and deploy the external side airbag before the collision takes place. The other issue it faced was that the airbag has a capacity of between 280 and 400 liters, five to eight times the volume of a driver airbag making it harder to fill up fast enough.
About 4 years ago in May 2007, ZF unveiled their 8 speed automatic transmission which found its place under the bonnets of the BMW 760LI saloon, Rolls-Royce Ghost and many others. In the quest for efficiency, car manufacturers have increased the number of gear selection to their products and even a base model such as the latest BMW 1 series is benefiting from an 8 speed transmission. Recognizing such a need, ZF launched the world
ZF, the German company that is famous for manufacturing automotive transmissions has developed a nine speed automatic gearbox for front wheel drive passenger cars. Yes, NINE forward speeds and it isn't a typo. And we thought seven or eight gears was more than sufficient for most cars. ZF has also stated that this gearbox isn't a prototype as it will be making its first appearance in a US made Chrysler (which is now owned by Fiat) and the nine speeder will be manufactured at ZF's brand new factory in South Carolina, United States.
We've heard Mercedes using their 7 speed G-tronic automatic and Lexus using their eight speeder but now ZF claims that the nine speed gearbox enhances driving performance and also maximizes fuel economy. This compact looking nine speeder is similar to ZF's eight speed automatic gearbox for its rear wheel drive cars in its design and its characteristics. It will select the
Zenvo premiered the road-going TSR-S at March’s Geneva Motor Show. Watch how the extremely cool rear wing work around a track in the video...
Called the Centripetal Wing, the wing is tilts away from the absolute horizontal when the car turns, producing downforce that stays perpendicular to the plane of the wing thereby generating a centripetal force. This centripetal force reduces the tendency of the rear end to break away. Also, the high pivot point of the wing allows it to act as an additional rear anti-roll bar. This provides additional grip to the inner wheel, reducing the chance of a loss of traction at the rear.
To be honest, it all sounds cool but we aren't sure it actually works...
Nonetheless, the TSR-S is a pretty cool car. It has 'two' gearbox - a motorsport-spec seven-speed dog-box transmission, which can 'switch between a standard road gearbox configuration and a brutal mechanical direct power-shift race set-up that delivers a genuine race car experience on the track'.
Also, it is equipped with a 5.8-litre flat-plane V8 with two superchargers and a crazy 1177bhp. All that power allows the TSR-S to reach 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds and 200 km/h in 6.8 seconds.
Russian automaker Zavod Imeni Likhachova (commonly known as Zil) was once known as the Rolls Royce of the Soviet Union and is also known for making armoured limousines and up-scale sedans for the influential in Russia and also for former Soviet officials.
Although the company does not mass produce such cars anymore, but that does not mean that they won
Of all the pan-European collaborations, the decades-old partnership between Aston Martin and Zagato is among our favorites. It's a tie-in that dates back to the DB4 GT from 1960 and has materialized in numerous forms over the years since. What you see here is the latest.
Unveiled today at the Chantilly Art & Elegance show in France, the Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake Zagato follows in the same style as the DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial and the DB9 Spider Zagato Centennial one-offs revealed last year as part of Aston's 100th anniversary celebrations. It adopts a similar rectangular style to the previous two examples, but reinterpreted in a classic, low-slung, three-door wagon form to celebrate Zagato's 95th birthday.
Completing the trilogy, this coachbuilt custom is based on the Virage model that itself was based on the DB9 and slotted in below the DBS until being discontinued two years ago. The atelier didn't reveal much in the way of technical details, but its underpinnings suggest it's powered by Aston's long-serving 6.0-liter V12 with 490 horsepower. Whereas the previous models were commissioned by American and Japanese collectors, the Shooting Brake was built for a European customer.
This shooting brake follows in a long line of Zagato-bodied Astons including the aforementioned DB4 GT, the 1986 V8 Vantage Zagato and V8 Volante Zagato, the 2002 DB7 Zagato, the one-off 2004 Vanquish Roadster and the 2011 V12 Zagato.
This special edition Bentley was introduced at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show and was a joint venture between Bentley and Italian styling house Zagato.
The Continental GTZ is equipped with a 600bhp, twin-turbo 6.0-litre W12 Continental GT Speed with a Zagato bodywork and special two-tone finish. It also weighs a 100kg less than the standard GT.
During the Concorso D'Eleganza event in northern Italy, the same car was present with special panels covering the rear wheels.That aside, it features Zagato's signature double-bubble roof, a round tail with a unique taillight design, and a hand-painted pin-stripe that's the same color as high quality tan leather, which comes complete with Z motifs hand-stitched into the seatbacks.
The original GTZ was priced at
It's only natural for today's children, even toddlers, to play with their parents' smartphones, at least so it seems. Even my 2-year old niece is used to playing her mother's iPad. Well, most of the time, nothing of a big deal would actually happen as she would only play games or watch some videos on the tablet. However, it seems that this toddler seen in the video is just one step ahead of other kids of her age in terms of being tech savvy.
While playing with his Dad's smartphone, Sorella Stoute (a 13-month old toddler living in Portland, Oregon, America) happened to successfully place a bid - which she finally won - on eBay for a 1962 Austin Healey Sprite!
When eBay sent the car to Paul Stoute, the toddler's father, he was all shocked as he had never even placed any bid on the '62 Austin. He also wrote to eBay mentioning that it was his daughter who accidentally placed that bid, which later caused the auction site to consider the previous highest bidder. However, when eBay mentioned that Paul's daughter had such an eye for a nice car, he changed his mind and borrowed some money from his family to pay for the car.
Now, what Paul has in mind is to place the car as a gift for her daughter's 16th birthday. He has also set up a website from which people can donate some money to help him fix the car before her daughter finally reaches 16.
One great thing about the car I'll have to say is that despite it being made back in 1962, it has almost no rust on it, at least that's what Paul noted on his website. For your information, though, the car would need its roof, brakes, transmission, and engine replaced if Paul really wants to give his daughter a working car on her 16th birthday.
The car costs $225 in total and Stoute mentioned that it was lucky for him that his daughter didn't happen to buy the Porsche he was also looking at on the auction site before his daughter tampered with his smartphone. Had the 13-month old bought the Porsche instead, Stoute would have had to pay a total of $38,000!
It seems that this is really going to be a good lesson to remind us never to leave our smartphones unattended. As for Stoute, he has now secured his smartphone with a new PIN and also a face recognition application.
Seriously, how many toddlers can share their pride of having actually carried out online shopping successfully?!
Photo credit: CBS News
We have spotted an inconsiderate driver who spends their weekends with their family on the famous dim sum restaurant, Red Star restaurant at Chin Swee Road.
Image Credit: http://www.maksinwee.com/2017/03/red-star-restaurant-dim-sum-singapore.html
According to Alex Wong from SG Road Vigilante, a Toyota Alphard was spotted taking two lots in front of the restaurant.
And here are some of the notable comments on Facebook.
Let's be gracious and take this opportunity to remind ourselves not to make the same mistake as this Toyota Alphard owner. I hope everyone manages to find a parking lot that day while enjoying the dim sum at red star restaurant. 🙂
According to bloomberg, Beijing plans to require car buyers to show proof they have secured a parking space before buying a vehicle, as the city battles congestion and pollution.
The city aims to introduce the rule next year, Vice-Mayor Zhang Yankun said yesterday. If implemented, Beijing will be the first city in China to require proof of parking for a vehicle purchase. Tokyo has a similar requirement.
The rule, first proposed in 2010 as part of a package of measures to regulate traffic, could put an additional damper on vehicle sales in China's capital. The same year, it put a cap on the number of new licence plates issued yearly. In 2011, it began awarding new licences through a lottery system.
Parking has become a problem in Beijing, and many Chinese cities, as new office and shopping developments draw more cars to the city centre. Beijing bans cars from roads on specific days each week, depending on the last digit of the licence plate. Drivers of vehicles not registered in the capital also need a permit to enter the city.
The news was greeted with dismay in some online forums. "You already need an apartment before you can get a wife," read a posting by zmast-com on one forum. "Soon, you will need a cemetery plot before you can die."
For petrolheads out there who love to go sideways and wish to have a little affordable car that can do so, we are sad to report that the Renault Twingo supermini, does not drift at all. Thanks to the guys at Automix.sk, they made a video which showed that it is almost impossible to get the rear-wheel driven hatch to hold slide.
Even with the ESP fuse plucked out from the fuse box and them using the handbrakes to initiate the drift, it didn't do it. As long as the car detects some sideways angles, power is automatically cut, which in turn stops the driver from holding a slide.
Refusing to give up, the guys tried again a year later with a more powerful variant. Unfortunately, the faster car understeers even more! So for you drifters out there, let's hope RenaultSport will release a racier variant that has a switchable traction control. And when they do, let's pray the car will come to our shores!
For those who tend to park illegally, be glad that we don't have enforcement methods like this. Shot in Istanbul at the Sabiha Gokcen Airport, the video shows an illegally parked Renault Clio being removed from where it was stopped.
Amazingly, the small hatch, with its hazard lights still on, was cleared by the tow truck with cranes in around a minute or so. Bystanders do nothing as the helpless car gets carried away.
While we aren't sure that is common practice or not in Istanbul, we should be glad we don't have trucks like that here!
Seeing the red and blue lights in your rearview mirror can cause a bit of mild terror. Was i speeding? Did i signal when i changed lanes? What did i do wrong? Now, if you're an actual serial bad person, maybe there's a serious reason for a cop car to be on your tail. If that's the case, perhaps you start to think about starting a car chase, unless they're driving Police Pursuit #23, might as well surrender, unless you're in a 1,000-horsepower hypercar like the McLaren P1.
That's because Police Pursuit #23 is a Nissan GT-R that's been reimagined as a chase vehicle for the fictional Skyline Metro Police Department. Nissan built this car as a flight of fancy, using the Skyline name to play off the New York City skyline graphics.
Nissan has kept the powertrain stock . That seems fine as any cop car packing a 565-horsepower 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 is best left as is. Upgrades have been applied to the corners, though, as coil-overs have been swapped in and the stock wheels have been replaced by 22-inch rollers designed to mimic the look of steel wheels.
The body is also modified. Carbon fiber wide body pieces up front and carbon fiber rear fender flares give it a more imposing stance. The side mirrors and rear wing are also carbon fiber, the front bumper is a custom piece, and the front push bar says "move over or I'll do it for you."
Of course, it gets all the appropriate police lights and goodies. It has a Federal Signal Valor Light Bar up top, a Slim ILS interior light bar, and Micro Pulse lights for various body panels. The front bumper has message board, and it is outfitted with an ES100 loud speaker and an SSP 2000B siren.
This fake cruiser creates a vision of a city filled with folks who worship Japanese performance cars. Our kind of town.
So if you see this mad machine in your rear glass, and unless you've just stolen a Bugatti Chiron, you should probably just go ahead and pull over. You're not going to win this battle.
Toyota North America's latest document on car sales revealed that there were two LFAs that were sold in all of 2018.
This comes as a pleasant surprise as production of the Japanese supercar ended in December 2012. Seems like the company had problems selling all 500 built...
According to Carscoops, 2017 also saw three brand new units being sold and a possible seven still up for grabs in the States.
Back then, the LFA was known for its rev-happy 552bhp 4.8-litre naturally-aspirated V10 that needed a digital rev counter as the normal analogue one couldn't keep up with how fast it revved.
It is believed that we have around five or so units of the LFA running around/kept in Singapore with one or two rumored to have been exported away.
If you are a Porsche fan and you have an Android Watch, we have some good news for you. Porsche is now offering an official watch face for Android Wear on Google's Play Store and it can be downloaded and installed for free. Yup, its free. No typos here.
According to Porsche, the watch face changes between the different flylines of iconic Porsches of the past and present. And when there is a round of the World Endurance Sportscar championship happening during that weekend, it will show the layout of the track where the race is held at.
For those of you who read our blog posts regularly, you might remember a post about the China-made Land Wind X7, which is basically a clone of the real Range Rover Evoque.
According to CarNewsChina, you can now purchase replica grille for your Land Wind X7, so that your car can look even more similar to the real Evoque. You can even get replica badges too!
While it can look pretty similar to most people, true car geeks can still spot the X7 easily with the grill and the badge. But I guess for the rest of the folks, this 'upgrade' would be good enough.
Now, to save buyers the hassle, Land Wind dealers should made this the new grille, lettering and badge an option!
With 1,479bhp, the Bugatti Chiron can do an electronically limited 420km/h. But that is only 5km/h faster than a Veyron. If you are upgrading to a Chiron/adding a Chiron to your collection, you might be a little disappointed considering the additional power and tech the Chiron has.
According to Autoblog, the limit is set at 420km/h to protect the tyres from disintegrating. Willi Netuschil, head of Bugatti’s engineering department, said the top speed can be increased to about 458km/h if a customer wishes to. He also mentioned that customers is unlikely able to achieve such speeds as a much greater braking distance is needed at these levels.
Oh, and just for fun, the average Chiron customers is said to have around 42 cars, 1.7 jets and 1.4 yachts. Sounds reasonable to us!
Prior to the CATS car-nival on 26-27 Nov 11, Borneo Motors has been advertising heavily on the all new Prius C hatchback. The Prius C is the second spin-off of the Prius family, and combines the features of a Yaris-sized car with a hybrid powertrain. I was looking forward to viewing the actual car at car-nival but was disappointed to see only a pair of live-sized cardboard showing information about the car. I understand from the sales lady that the car is not launched yet but interested buyers can put down a $2000 cash deposit, which is refundable if he decides not to make the purchase ultimately. Some research on the internet reveals that the production version of the baby Prius will be unveiled in the November 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.
The Prius C measures 3995 mm(L) x 1695 mm(B) x 1445 mm (H). In terms of dimension, it is slightly larger than the VW Polo. According to the sales lady, the launch price of the new hybrid model is expected to be around $110K, according to the current COE level. The damage to the wallet is quite similar to the Polo as well. Power is provided by the combination of a 1.5L VVT-I engine and a high-output motor to generate a total of 100 bhp. This propels the Prius C from 0 to 100km/h in 10.7 sec and returns a claimed fuel efficiency of 27km/L. The century sprint timing is somewhere between the Polo 1.4L and the 1.2TSI Sport.
Although the achievability of the claimed fuel efficiency is unknown, what is certain in that the Prius C is a very safe car. It comes fitted with Traction Control, Anti-Lock Braking System and is awarded a 5 star NCAP rating. The baby Prius is stuffed with 7 SRS airbags
Spyshots of the 2010 BMW M3 facelift were posted onto the web last week. If you were expecting those aggressive looking contour lines that appeared on the hood of the 2009 BMW 3 series sedans, you can forget it. The Bavarian manufacturer didn't bother with those. The flagship M3 only received minor changes to its front bumper and a new LED tail-light arrangement. Most changes were made on the inside with better trim, improved iDrive system and better interior lighting.
BMW designers seem to be picking up a thing or two from the people at Porsche...haha
The Euro NCAP has awarded the new Audi A6 the maximum five-star rating for passive crash safety. The results for adult occupant protection in a frontal, rear or side collision and for child safety and pedestrian protection make the new Audi A6 one of the safest cars in its class. Founded in 1997, the NCAP evaluates the crash performance of new cars and is made up of international representatives from European transport ministries, automobile associations, insurers and consumer protection organizations.
The scores awarded by the testers to the A6 for driver and passenger protection in frontal and side impact collisions earned the car the top rating of five stars. Children are also well protected in the new Audi A6. Audi commented that ensuring protection for pedestrians and cyclists is also an important concern for the company. A vehicle front end specially designed for this requirement helps to mitigate the consequences of a collision.
Audi added that active safety is just as important. For this reason, the Audi A6 offers an integral pedestrian protection system with standard daytime running lights and optional night vision assistant with a pedestrian warning. Additional driver assistance systems include Audi active lane assist or the all-weather light with adaptive headlight range control. The A6 also features the
According to CarThrottle, you aren't creating 'smoke' when you are doing a burnout or a long drift. So, what are you creating then? Before we reveal what the answer is, do you know that if you do set a tyre on fire, the smoke produced is black in colour actually. So, why is the 'smoke' created white then?
That's because the friction between the spinning tyre and the tarmac superheats the rubber to as much as 400 degrees (though this does depend on the length of the burnout) which in turn melts the rubber tread, vapourising the chemicals and oil within it, sending these molecules into the air. The vapourised molecules then cool quickly and condense in the air, becoming the visible white ‘smoke’ you see. Calling it 'steam' rather than 'smoke' might be a more accurate term actually.
So now you know, the white 'smoke' is actually a by product made up billions of vapourised molecules that come from a tyre’s rubber, oil and chemical makeup.