All posts by Trisha Flood

The Terrafugia TF-X ..the future of transport?

This the Terrafugia TF-X a conceptual design for a car/plane crossover! Screen-Shot-2015-07-22-at-14.42.34-e1437572610458 The Terrafugia TF-X concept is a complete hybrid & includes four-seats, a cruise speed of 200 mph, a range of 500 miles and two electric motor pods which recharge them-selves. The flying element of the concept is auto-piloted, you simply tell it where you want to go and off it goes. It also takes off and lands via auto pilot so you don’t even need to know how to fly in order to use one! Terrafugia the company behind the FT-X have stated that it expects development to take between eight and twelve years, so don’t expect to see flying cars anytime soon! To see what the Terrafugia TF-X might look like in action, check out the video below!

Introducing the ALEX eRoadster

Irish company Swift Composite Prototypes have announce they are about to enter the electric car market with the ALEX eRoadster. 


In recent years it has become more and more apparent that the future of the motor industry will largely be based on electric vehicles, we have seen this through the growth in popularity of hybrid cars and the impressive rise of electrical cars companies such as Tesla who have experienced huge growth in only a few short years. It is this popularity and growth that has allowed Swift Composite too confidently enter the electric car market.

The ALEX eRoadster is expected to be an affordable electric car option, with the company hoping it will only cost consumers around €30,000. The company also hope to have a prototype ready as early as mid 2016, with full production beginning in late 2016. 

The design itself will take inspiration from the Lotus 7 and will include some impressive features such as solar roof panels which will offer an additional power boost and scissor doors & roof. The car itself will be made from carbon fibre which will help keep it as light as possible and in turn allowing the best possible range. The company believe that by making the car from carbon fibre they can make it up to 30% lighter than the average car, but it will actually be stronger and safer as a result.

To find out more about the ALEX eRoadster check out Swift Composite Prototypes website!

40% of drivers admit to parking on double yellow lines!

A recent survey has found that 40% of Irish drivers admit to parking on double yellow lines.. These are a cheeky bunch! parking_tcm13-3877 The study was conducted by our friends over at and they discovered some interesting results. For example 29% of drivers admit to parking in prohibited loading bays, 16% in bus stops and 15% in bus lanes and clearway’s!

The study also asked people what their biggest driving pet peeves were; the majority of male drivers surveyed (82%) said that their biggest pet peeve was when drivers took up two parking spaces..(ugh! too guys) and 90% of female drivers said that what ticks them off the most is cars park too close to them!

Other annoying driver habits were:

  • Illegally parking in a disabled spot
  • Parking in family space, without a family!
  • Taking your space before you get a chance to drive into it!
  • Blocking the aisle when waiting for a space.

We would have to agree with all the these…very annoying indeed!

Another interesting discovery from the survey was the significant difference between male and female parking preference. More than half of males surveyed said that they preferred on street parking, this is compare to only 33% of female drivers. The remaining two thirds of females explained that they prefer multi-story car parks because they find them more convenient, they are less likely to be clamped, its cheaper and they find them safer & more secure.


Samsung Transparent Truck

Tech giant Samsung has announced its plans to enter the motor industry in a very unique way. The company are currently developing a technology that will enable large trucks to essentially become… well transparent!


We all know driving behind a truck (or as we here in Europe like to call them lorries) can be a bit of a nightmare, not only do they drive slower (and rightly so) but they can also be very difficult to over take because of the many risks involved. Samsung have come up with a solution which will help reduce these difficulties.

They call it the ‘Safety Truck’ and it is a very simple and effective idea. It involves placing a front facing camera on the truck, which captures the road ahead, this is then transmitted to an exterior LCD screen which is mounted on the rear of the truck, allowing whoever is behind the truck to see an uncompressed vision of the road ahead. It is available both day and night and has the potential to greatly reduce the number of accidents from drivers over taking blindly.

The system has already been tested in Argentina and with a largely positive results according to the electronic manufacture. Samsung are planning further testing which is to be done on motorways and are hoping to include the relevant road authorities in these tests.

Samsung have not made any announcement on when we can expect the system to be available or how much the system will cost.

To see the Transparent Truck in action, click on the below.

Jaguar Mind Sense

Jaguar has announced that it is to test the use of brainwave sensors in the steering wheel and heart & respiratory sensors in the seats of its XJ Sedan. Together these sensors will be called Mind Sense and will detect weather the driver is alert or about to drift off.


In recent years we have seen more and more car manufactures embrace new technologies and Jaguar are no different. However the British car brand is the first to introduce NASA and medical-grade sensors such as these. The idea behind the introduction of technology such as these is to gather a better understanding of the drivers needs, when they are stress, tried or become distracted.  It is hoped that by know this information the car will be better prepare for accidents and in future autonomous cars, be able to take over at the most appropriate times.

Jaguar also announce that they are working on a new infotainment system which they say will help drivers focused on driving and keep their hands on the steering wheel. This is a very clever system which actually anticipates what control the driver is reaching for and while their hand is in mid air it activates the control so they can resume their two hand position on the wheel. Pretty clever right? It manages this by deploying a ultrasonic pulse which replicates the touch by without anything physically having to touch it.

Unfortunately Jaguar is currently only conducting user trials with theses technologies and there is no official word on when they will be available in production vehicles.

A Car that won’t allow you to drink drive!

We all know how stupid it is too drink drive, however a vast number of us still do it. Well now thanks to new technology soon our car won’t let us. A new prototype system is currently being developed which has the ability to block drivers who are under the influence from driving.

DADSS The system is called the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety or DADSS for short. It was conceived through a joint venture with the American National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a number of leading motor industry representatives. All of whom came together to try and eliminate the number of death on the roads related to drink driving.

So how does it work? Well the system itself is very clever, it has two detection features; a breath based system and a touch based system. The breath system tests the driver as they breath normally, while the touch based system test the driver when they touch either the push start button or the cars gear stick. This testing method means that it is not necessary to rely on the driver to take a test, the car tests the driver without there knowledge and determines their ability to drive based on their blood alcohol. The system can measure the drivers blood alcohol level in less that one second.

The system can also be tailored to each driver, meaning that it can be programmed to have a lower acceptable measurement for teenagers than say adults, this feature means that parents can implement a zero tolerance when it come to their teenage children attempting to drink drive.

DADSS is the most impressive system we have come across in the fight against drink driving and although the system is not expected to be available for about another five years it will be sure to have a positive impact when it eventually hits the roads.

To see more about the car that won’t allow you to drive drunk, check out the video below.

Plan suggests removing cars from Dublin City Centre

A new plan proposed by Dublin City Council has suggested some of the most radical changes to Dublin City Centre has ever seen.


The new plan call for private cars and taxis to be banded from certain area’s of Dublin City Centre and in turn the creation of wider footpaths, more cycle lanes and pedestrianised streets.

The streets which the study has suggested should be pedestrainised are Suffolk Street and St.Stephen’s Green which will link up with the already pedestrianised Grafton Street. It is suggests that College Green become public transport only, with no private cars or taxis allowed only Dublin Bus and The Luas permitted along with cyclist and pedestrians. To accommodate these changes Dublin City Council suggests widening the footpaths and introducing two way cycle lanes.

Other streets mentioned in the study are Westmoreland Street, Bachelor’s Walk, D’Olier Street and Georges Quay. Westmoreland Street would be reserved for public transport and local access only. Bachelors Walk would be closed entirely to private vehicles but would allow taxis and public transport. D’Olier Street would again be public transport only with local access available. And Finally George’s Quay would mirror Bachelors Walk and be closed to private cars, but would allow taxi’s and public transport.

The new plan was undertaken as part of a study to improve the transport corridors that currently exist between College Green and Parnell Square. The hope is to redirect traffic around the centre of the city, but still provided access for deliveriess and carparks. The study proposes a €150 million investment in improving Dublin City Centres public transport and cycling and pedestrian facilities. Some of the suggested plans are expected to come into effect as early as 2017 when the new cross city Luas line arrives, with the remaining being implemented by 2023.

If you would like to view the suggested plans, they will be available online on the Dublin City Council website from Thursday 11th of June & also on in the various city libraries.

Fiat: Parking Billboard

Introducing the Fiat: Parking Billboard an interactive billboard that helps drivers park! The clever parking assistant is currently in use on the streets of Germany.


The purpose of Fiat: Parking Billboard is to showcase the parking software that is currently available in the Fiat 500 by using its parking sensors in a very clever way.  This is achieved by combining the parking sensors with an interactive billboard to help drivers park easier. But, how does it work? Well the sensors are synchronised with the billboard, which means that when a driver approaches a parking space the billboard can determine how close it is too other cars or the curb, it then communicates this to the driver via some parking helpers who are displayed on the interactive billboard. These helpers then direct the driver into the parking spot via some handy hand movements… which is pretty darn clever if you ask us!

The idea was the brain child of advertising company Leo Burnett, who explained that the creation of the Fiat: Parking Billboard has proved that car technology can be very entertaining and we agree!

Check out the Fiat: Parking Billboard below!

Ford Launches Go-Drive in London

Ford has launched a new car-sharing serivce in London called Go-Drive. The service is part of the motoring groups ongoing effort to explore smart mobility.

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So how does it work? Well the system is very similar to that of the GoCar service we have here in Dublin. The Ford offering currently has 50 cars in 20 locations across London all of which are in busy or commuter areas. The scheme is currently in the testing phase with 2,000 people invited to test the service.

The cars available for Go-Drive are the Ford Focus Electric and the Fiesta EcoBoost. The service is a pay as you go service, with all costs included (even the London Congestion Charge), users can see the running cost via the convenient smartphone application. There service also offers a one way service and guaranteed parking on arrival.

Membership to the London based go-Drive is currently free and new members get £20 free credit to set them on their way. Ford are also testing similar car-sharing projects in Germany, India and America.

To see Ford’s Go-Drive in action check out the video below!

Car Manufactures get handy with the Apple Watch

So as you are all probably well aware the Apple Watch is now among us. The latest technology hit from Apple is helping us to tell the time, improve our health and loads of other exciting things..


Now a number of car manufactures have begun to create applications for the Apple Watch, some of which are actually quite clever. Mercedes, BMW and Volkswagen have all already announced their app’s and more car manufactures are sure to follow suit.

The Mercedes app is called the MB Companion and its main feature is navigation. The appliction is designed to integrate with the cars existing navigation system. Meaning the user can type their destination into the Apple Watch or iPhone and when they get into the car it will seamlessly transfer over to the Mercedes navigation system. When they have parked the car the navigations will then seamlessly transfer back across to the initial device… Pretty smart right! The Mercedes MB Companion is expected to be available in the Autumn and will be compatible with the new Mercedes C-Class & S-Class.

Volkswagen also have a smart application for the Apple watch its name is the Volkswagen Car-Net app. With this app the user will be able to lock & unlock their vehicle, check fuel levels and even flash the lights or honk the horn remotely (handy when you can’t find your car in a dimly lit carpark!) Another clever feature of the Volkswagen Car-Net app is the monitoring feature, which allows the Apple Watch user to monitor the car while other family member are driving it, handy if you share with a teenager.

The final manufacture we are looking at is BMW who were actually the very first car manufacture to ever be connected with the Apple Watch way back in September 2014. One of the many features the Apple Watch has is its ability to provide real time information, it can do this on the BMW i3 or i8 electric plug in vehicles. It can also locate the vehicles and monitor heating and air conditioning too this is because of the Bimmer-centric features on the Apple Watch..

These are just some of the features that are available via the Apple Watch and as the technology grows along with its popularity we are destined to only see more!