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Volkswagen will recall 75,000 cars over seatbelt fault

Volkswagen will recall 75,000 cars over seatbelt fault

Business
Volkswagen will recall about 75,000 of its VW Polo and Seat Ibiza and Arona cars after a seatbelt fault was exposed by a Finnish car magazine test drive.A new fix would be offered to affected UK owners from Monday, VW said.The test drive in Finland showed that when three passengers were in the back seats and the car turned sharply, the centre-rear seatbelt failed.VW said the tests were under "exceptional" conditions and had not been replicated or reported elsewhere.However, consumer group Which questioned why Volkswagen had sold close to 55,000 additional cars with a "potentially lethal fault" since the problem was first identified in May.An earlier cable tie solution and an "informal recall" were rejected by regulators.Alex Neil...
Driverless cars: Who should die in a crash?

Driverless cars: Who should die in a crash?

Technology
If forced to choose, who should a self-driving car kill in an unavoidable crash?Should the passengers in the vehicle be sacrificed to save pedestrians? Or should a pedestrian be killed to save a family of four in the vehicle?To get closer to an answer - if that were ever possible - researchers from the MIT Media Lab have analysed more than 40 million responses to an experiment they launched in 2014.Their Moral Machine has revealed how attitudes differ across the world.How did the experiment work?Weighing up whom a self-driving car should kill is a modern twist on an old ethical dilemma known as the trolley problem.The idea was explored in an episode of the NBC series The Good Place, in which ethics professor Chidi is put in control of a runaway tram. ...
At least 26 dead after cars plunge off collapsed bridge in Italy: Officials

At least 26 dead after cars plunge off collapsed bridge in Italy: Officials

World
A section of a towering highway bridge collapsed in Italy Tuesday, sending vehicles plunging nearly 300 feet to the ground and killing at least 26 people, officials said. The collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa occurred around midday during strong storms moving through the area of northwest Italy, according to authorities. At least 30 vehicles were on the bridge in a port section of the city when the span gave way, Amalia Tedeschi, a firefighter, told the Italian news agency ANSA. Several people were pulled from the rubble alive and taken to a hospital by helicopter, Tedeschi added. Construction involving a crane was occurring on the bridge at the time of the collapse, but it was too early to pinpoint what caused the span to fail, Italian authorities said. At least 26 people wer...
Electric cars: Charge points could be requirement in new build homes

Electric cars: Charge points could be requirement in new build homes

Science
New homes in suburban England would need to be fitted with electric car charging points under a government proposal to cut emissions.Ministers also want new street lights to come with charge points wherever there's on-street parking.Details of a sales ban on new conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040 are also expected to be set out.The strategy comes at a time when the government is facing criticism for failing to reduce carbon emissions.The government's target is to reduce the UK's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. The proposals, announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, aim to make it easier to recharge an electric car rather than refuel petrol or diesel vehicles.They include: The need to assess if new homes a...
Trump threatens 20% tariff on all European cars

Trump threatens 20% tariff on all European cars

Business
Donald Trump has threatened a 20% tariff on all European cars if the EU does not remove trade barriers introduced on Friday. His threat - which if carried out would represent a serious escalation of the burgeoning trade war - comes hours after new EU tariffs on goods imported from the US came into force. Based on the Tariffs and Trade Barriers long placed on the U.S. and it great companies and workers by the European Union, if these Tariffs and Barriers are not soon broken down and removed, we will be placing a 20% Tariff on all of their cars coming into the U.S. Build them here!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2018 In response to Mr Trump's tariffs on European steel and aluminium, the EU has imposed tariffs on ...