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An artist demonstrates how a circle of salt could be used to trap an autonomous vehicle. This lighthearted exercise – which highlights the current limitations of the technology – is meant to signify the raft of potential challenges developers of AVs are yet to overcome

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Ford develops radical seat test system

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Robutt is a specially built robot designed to move like a human bottom, used to simulate how passengers get in and out of their car seats

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A US$33,000 Aston Martin? There must be a catch…

 Aston Martin has developed the Cygnet, a luxury commuter concept, which the company claims will be a production reality, and “offer customers a distinctive, intelligent and exclusive solution for urban travel in style and luxury.”

Sounds great, and the US$33,000 price tag sounds even better, but inevitably, there are a couple of catches. Firstly, the concept is based on the Toyota iQ, making this more of a styling project. Secondly, the Cygnet may only be purchased in conjunction with a significantly more expensive Vantage, DB9 or DBS.

Aston Martin chief executive, Dr Ulrich Bez explained: “Now is the right time for Aston Martin to take this first bold step to embark on this special project - made possible with the support of an organization of Toyota’s stature and capability and the intelligent design and perfect city car package of the iQ.”

“Much work is still required, but I am confident that this project could become reality in the not too distant future. This concept - akin to an exclusive tender to a luxury yacht - will allow us to apply Aston Martin design language, craftsmanship and brand values to a completely new segment of the market.”


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