Overdrive: e-Scooters; Jaguar I-Pace electric taxis; Alfa’s 110 birthday; Tesla’s sign confusion

Welcome to Overdrive, a program that probes deeply into the issues of motoring and transport


  1. National Walk Safely to School Day Rescheduled for Friday 11 September (1:43)
  2. UK trialling e-scooters on public roads (2:41)
  3. Ford will allow some new customers to return vehicles if they lose their job (3:39)
  4. Jaguar i-pace electric taxis on world’s first wireless high-powered charging rank (4:36)
  5. Ford debuts F-150 (5:43)
  6. An historic celebration: 110 years of Alfa Romeo (6:43)


We talk to our Melbourne Correspondent Chris Leadbeatter about the love and affection (and the need to have a vehicle for his daughter’s wedding) in restoring a Mk 1 Jaguar (7:49)

Adrian Feeney is the chairman and CEO of the Society of Automotive Engineers.  He has some strong words about our potential for car manufacturing in the Australia. (14:20)

Quirky news

  • And in sort of quirky news we again catch up with Brian Smith to talk about an assessment of how well Tesla autopilot vehicles interpret road signs that have been mischievously modified. (22:17)

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Originally broadcast 4 July 2020

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