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Are driverless automobiles really that close to reality?

by Paul Healy on 11 May 2012

changagoidem Features | Are driverless automobiles really that close to reality?

Ever wondered why Google has invested so much time and money in its Street View technologies? Amazingly, the California-based company did not send a fleet of camera automobiles around the world so you could spy on your neighbour or search for those elusive oddities like alfresco fornication on a college campus. Instead, the technology forms the backbone of Google's driverless automobile software.

Unless you have been living under a stone recently the Google Automobiles (as they have become known) are big news and even bigger over the last day or two with the announcement that the state of Nevada…

Is Porsche working on a successor to the 959?

by Paul Healy on 10 May 2012

changagoidem Features | Is Porsche working on a successor to the 959?

It is said that revenge is a dish best served cold and after a twenty five year wait it couldn't really be any colder.

In 1986, Auto, Mund und Sport (the German equivalent of Autoautomobile) tested the technological tour-de-force that was the Porsche 959 and achieved a top speed of 197mph, making the 959 the fastest street-legal production automobile in the world. Posters were plastered all over bedroom walls and a young Boris Becker rushed out to purchase one of the 200 road-going versions of the automobile that was primarily built for Group B racing.

Then the Ferrari F40…

Roberto Giolito: the star designer you've never heard of

by Graeme Lambert on 08 May 2012

changagoidem Features | Roberto Giolito: the star designer you've never heard of

Automobile designers need thick skins - more so than an engineer, company executive or even humble hack merrily pushing opinion across the airwaves, information super highway or ink-laden page. With every new automobile revealed - concept or production - you're invited to look through a window into the designer's mind - showcasing personal taste, thought process and even lifestyle choice. This is their creation, the equivalent of offspring; their baby.

There's no middle ground. Design is so subjective that as soon as you lay eyes on a new automobile your opinion will be formed. It might soften, or even…

Guide on how to change your wheel

by Paul Healy on 01 May 2012

changagoidem Features | Guide on how to change your wheel

Recent research commissioned by tyre specialists Kwik Fit has shown that more than half of motorists could not change their own wheel if they got a puncture.

Of those surveyed, 36 per cent of respondents said they had both the spare wheel and the tools required to change a flat tyre but not the knowledge. A further 10 per cent automobilery the spare but not the tools, while six per cent had neither the equipment nor the knowledge to make a swap. Most worryingly, three per cent, or roughly 54,000 motorists, had no kind of provision in place.

While…

Farewell to Ferdia

by Shane O' Donoghue on 27 Apr 2012

changagoidem Features | Farewell to Ferdia

At the end of February this year I received one of the saddest emails of my life. The subject was simply "ceasing writing" and the sender was none other than Ferdia O'Dowd. Into his seventies Ferdia was an active and fit man and his love for automobiles and the automobile industry was undimmed. He wrote for the Sunday Business Post on the subject for well over twenty years and it must have pained him to have to pass that baton to me.

In comparison to his close friends and family I only knew Ferdia a short time, but was…

We visit the Top Marques Monaco superautomobile show

by Iain Curry on 26 Apr 2012

changagoidem Features | We visit the Top Marques Monaco superautomobile show

It's the show that gives two fingers to any economic crisis; the ninth edition of Top Marques Monaco held at Monte Automobilelo's Grimaldi Forum is under way, showcasing some of the most exotic and expensive offerings the automotive world has seen.

Alongside luxury boats, limited edition watches, rare jewels and art, at Top Marques the super-rich can view and even experience the latest Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin, but also the truly low volume superautomobile manufacturers. Think Pagani, Koenigsegg, Savage, GTA, Roding, Fisker and new Slovenian superautomobile builder Tushek. For those needing to upstage billionaire neighbours, these are the…





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