Overdrive: US Congress moves on autonomous cars, ARRB new direction, Mercedes GLC, birthing in cars

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Hello and welcome to Overdrive, a program that looks at the fantasises and fallacies of anything to do with motoring and transport.

And in this program we look at news stories including:

  1. Apple gets vocal on self-driving cars/ Congress revs up debate over self-driving cars
  2. Samoa transport minister defends rules on old cars
  3. This Roller Guardrail Seems Brilliant, Except For One Major Problem
  4. Oslo Offers Citizens $1,200 to Buy an E-Bike
  5. Government ‘nudge unit’ to take on complex problems (like nudging people to travel outside of peak times)

We have a chat with the new CEO of the Australian road research board.  Sounds like it could be a very academic organisation but Michael Caltabiano has a clear vision of making as helpful as possible to you and to me.

We road test the Mercedes GLC – as an SUV wagon and as a coupe

And in our panel discussion with Brian Smith and Errol Smith we take a light-hearted look at stories including:

  1. Sweden trains midwives in car births after maternity ward to be closed
  2. Canada homeless charity uses car as pop-up for homeless campaign
  3. London’s annual No Trousers day on the Tube
  4. Canadian police ride the bus to catch cellphone-using car drivers


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Originally aired on 18 February 2017. For past programs and individual segments visit

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