App matches compatible drivers and passengers

Your daily drive could become a source of income, and even help you to make new friends, with an innovative app that fills empty car seats and, connects like-minded drivers and passengers based on location and route.   The idea, from French-based start-up Zify, is among three winning apps from our Make It Driveable AppLink […]

Ford and Brake Offer Simple Solution to Reduce Mobile Phone Use at the Wheel – the ‘Phone Box’

Ford and Brake are joining forces to launch a new campaign to tackle one of the biggest killers on British roads: mobile phone misuse. In a move to prevent phones from becoming a fatal distraction, Ford and Brake are campaigning to banish handsets from the driver’s sight – and place them in the glove box. […]

‘Robutt’ the Robot taught to mimic motion of human bottom

A robot has been created to move like a human behind – and perfectly simulate how drivers and passengers get in and out of their car seats.   Engineers used pressure maps to establish a “perch pattern”, the data enabling them to test the wear and tear of materials, using the robotic bottom – or […]

Seeing the Future through VR

Many of us have experienced virtual reality, but not many of us have done it at the same time as 500 other people.   This is exactly what happened at a recent event when our “Autolivery” concept came to life in a virtual reality experience shared by the whole audience.   Autolivery is a future […]

Six tips that could cut your car’s fuel bill by one-third

How would you like an extra third of a tank of fuel for free, every time you fill up at the pumps?   That’s how much you could save by following six simple eco-driving tips, as we demonstrated at the UK’s MPG Marathon, where drivers compete to be the most fuel-efficient. This year’s overall champions, […]

Syrian refugees rebuild lives by joining fight to help save bees

Two years ago, Hafez Al-Moussa was one of 40 men, women and children, aboard a flimsy dinghy, making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea, to Europe. He was one of the lucky ones – surviving the journey to seek a new start in Germany, after fleeing war-torn Syria.   As a child, Al-Moussa had […]

Change sports car roar to a purr to keep neighbours happy

For some, there is no better sound to start the day than the firing up of a finely tuned sports car engine. For others, it can lead to a call to the police and a request to keep the noise down.   This was the scenario which led Steve von Foerster’s to come up with […]

One for the bucket list?

The ocean drive where the sun doesn’t set It’s an incredible feat of engineering that during the height of summer is bathed in sunlight almost around the clock – and all-year round is guaranteed to quicken the pace of any visitor.   The Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway – the Land of the Midnight Sun […]

No More #FOMO for London’s Pedestrians?

Fear of Missing out (FOMO) because of no Internet connectivity or a flat smartphone battery could become a thing of the past – at least for some pedestrians in London.   Together with smart cities start-up Strawberry Energy, we are rolling out smart benches that offer free solar-powered mobile charging and Wi-Fi access.   The […]

The self-driving cars that could give you a Lyft

We’re making a significant step toward bringing self driving vehicles to the masses by partnering with US ride-sharing service Lyft.   The partnership will combine our autonomous vehicle and large scale manufacturing experience with Lyft’s network of customers and growing demand for rides.   “Someday, when you open the Lyft app during a period of […]

NAO’s musical memories help drivers feel good

We don’t all feel like little rays of sunshine first thing in the morning, and need all the help we can get to set our mood for the day.   London-based soul singer/songwriter NAO is here to help: she’s drawn on happy musical memories to create her new track Nostalgia, the latest addition to a […]

Going undercover to teach people skills to self-driving cars

Today, a simple head nod or hand wave from a driver is usually enough to indicate it’s OK for a pedestrian to cross the street. But how will a self-driving car, with no human aboard, communicate with walkers, cyclists or people operating other cars on the road?   We partnered with Virginia Tech Transportation Institute […]