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GM Introduces Hands Free Driving

Following a number of recalls, GM has announced this week that they are to introduce hands free driving, which Acklam Car Centre thinks could revolutionise the industry.

Car Technology is Changing All the Time

To be a provider of first rate second hand cars like Acklam Car Centre, is to find emerging car technology fascinating, The changing nature of the world in which we live, is quickly redefining the way we drive, altering the face of the global car industry.

One of the most exciting technological trends in cars right now is the rise of the self-driving car. This innovative technology is changing the way we think about driving. That is why it is no surprise that GM have jumped on the bandwagon, with the introduction of hands free driving.

Welcome to Super Cruise and Other New Car Technologies

According to Yahoo News UK, Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, unveiled the plan last Sunday. Essentially, it will see the introduction of hands free technology to GM vehicles to make driving them safer, following a number of embarrassing recalls for GM this year.

Specifically, semi-auto pilot (dubbed ‘super cruise’) will be provided on certain 2017 model year cars for GM’s first rate Cadillac brand. Meanwhile, the same Cadillac model – the 2017 Cadillac CTS – will also include technology that allows vehicle-to-vehicle communication which reacts to others at intersections and in other situations

GM Will Make Driving Safe

In speaking out about the move, Barra revealed that this new technology will be available to customers outside of the US as well. With demand high in China and Europe – due to the increasingly heavy toll of GM related accidents – this is move that is sure to be welcomed.

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Barra went on to elaborate, saying that “we are not doing this for the sake of the technology itself. We’re doing it because it’s what customers around the world want,” and that “through technology and innovation, we will make driving safer.”

Perhaps Now, People Will Be Able to Buy GM Vehicles Again

Well, Acklam Car Centre certain hopes so. It’s been a bit of a nightmare year for GM drivers, with a number of recalls due to safety issues. Hopefully, the move towards hand free technology will once again make it a good idea to buy GM vehicle!

Drive Diesel in London? You Could Be Set to Pay Extra.

Acklam Car Centre has learned that plans drawn up by London Mayor Boris Johnson, could see motorists pay extra for driving diesel in the capital.

Acklam Car Centre Recognises the Value of Diesel Cars

We have a range of top quality, diesel fuelled cars at Acklam Car Centre. As a Middlesbrough-based, second hand car broker, who has grown to become a market leader in the North East of England, Acklam recognises the value of diesel vehicles.

We have seen many people opt for diesel. Quite frankly, they’re cheaper to run than normal cars, and more widely available than their electric equivalents. However the affordability of diesel engines for drivers in London could be set to change. That is at least, if Boris Johnson gets his way.

An Extra £10 Charge for Diesel Drivers in Central London

According to the Daily Mail, the London Mayor plans to force diesel drivers to pay an extra £10 to drive into the thriving central London area. The plan would come into effect in 2020, and establish an ‘ultra-low emissions zone’ in central London. Diesel vehicles that meet the Euro 6 emissions standards, however, would be exempt from the charge.

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The idea forms a part of Johnson’s latest initiative, designed to curb pollution in the richest city in the UK. Johnson’s plans are hardly unique. Other cities across the UK are currently considering similar low emission zones, in order to reduce the volume of diesel fumes that permeate their atmospheres. Cities currently considering similar plans include Bradford, Leicester, Sheffield and Birmingham; all known for their poor air quality.

Further Plans to Reduce the Amount of Diesel Drivers on UK Roads

This isn’t the only move Johnson is planning to make to reduce the number of diesel drivers on Britain’s roads. The publication also reported that the London Mayor plans to lobby Cameron’s government to raise road tax on diesel engines. He hopes this will convince motorists to switch to cleaner cars.

Meanwhile, Johnson’s counterparts in the Labour Party are also looking at ways to slash the amount of diesel drivers on Britain’s roads. According to the paper, Labour plans to introduce a network of similar low emissions zones, which would be geared towards forcing older diesel vehicles out of the UK’s cities.

It May Become Increasingly Expensive to Drive Diesel

Right now, this single piece of news alone is unlikely to wildly drive up your household budget. However, Acklam Car Centre would suggest that it looks like it will become increasingly expensive to drive diesel. You need to ask yourself; is it a cost you will be able to afford?

Government Cars Turn Electric

Acklam Car Centre has learned that ministers in the UK government will be travelling to official engagements in electric cars.

The news comes as an incentive to help the fight against climate change and will see Downing street fitted with charging points to top the cars up on power.

More than 150 electric cars will be drafted in from as soon as this autumn, the government wish to ‘lead by example’ and boost public confidence in the electrically powered cars.

The government car service along with the department for transport will be the first to receive the new electric cars. All of the government’s fleet will eventually be replaced by electric cars.

Departments will be asked which of the cars they currently possess could be swapped for an electric alternative when they come up for renewal. The initial lease is likely to last two years according to sources close to Acklam Car Centre.

Later on this year, the wider public sector will also be included in the £5 miilion scheme which will mean an extra 135 electric cars can be added to councils, the police force and the NHS. The £5 million will also go to ensuring there are more charging points around, with some even being installed on Downing Street.

There is not, as of yet, a shortlist of the types of vehicles that will be included, but Acklam Car Centre understands that the list will likely include the Nissan Leaf and Vauxhall Ampera as replacements for cars and the Nissan E-NV200 light van as an alternative to existing work vehicles.

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The Nissan Leaf is just one of the cars that could be added to the Government’s new electric fleet

With regards to the higher end luxury cars in the governments fleet which currently includes Jaguars and Range Rovers, they may be replaced by the Tesla Model S which went on sale in the UK in May and costs from £49,900 to £68,700. Unfortunately the Tesla Model S is not available to purchase at Acklam Car Centre!

The Chief Secretary to the treasury, Danny Alexander said that they aim to one day make all of the government’s fleet 100% electric in the future, although he added that “There may be some specific tasks when that’s more difficult or where the vehicle technology isn’t ready yet”.