Overdrive: Diesel- good news and bad news; car sales; classic design but electric engine

Hello and welcome to Overdrive a program that puts a magnifying glass to the role of cars and transport in our society and ends up burning a hole in it.

I’m David Brown

And in this program, we look at news stories with including:

  1. Further woes for diesel drivers as fuel consumption found to be up to 75% more than stated by car manufacturers
  2. ‘Diesel-saving’ technology could make it to market in two years
  3. Slump in diesel demand continues to hit UK new car market but Australia is pushing forward
  4. Netherlands launches first real-time Talking Traffic services for 1.2 million road users
  5. Hyundai rolls out student traffic safety initiative in Saudi Arabia
  6. New York City Makes (Some) Space for E-Bikes

We give a summary of the vehicle sales figures for the first quarter of 2018 and despite financial constraints in many areas we are still buying new cars.

I talk to Brian Smith about what the road system needs to provide to help autonomous vehicles

And Brian also offers his expertise as we have a happy-go-lucky ramble through some unusual news stories

  1. Czech firm reveals retro coupe with a modern twist
  2. Thieves steal highway in China
  3. Study finds cyclists don’t break road rules more than car drivers


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Now to begin the program let’s have the news.

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