Paul Walker’s Dad To Sue Porsche Over Crash
Readers of this column will know that Walker’s daughter has already filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming that Porsche were entirely at fault for the car accident, in which Walker was a passenger.
Paul William Walker III has backed Meadow Walker’s’ arguments, with his lawsuit also claiming that the Porsche Carrera GT lacked adequate safety features.
Walker III claims the super car did not have a stability control system, side-door reinforcements, or a breakaway fuel line, all of which he says could have stopped the Carrera GT from erupting in flames.
Paul Walker was a passenger when the car spun and hit trees before bursting into flames. The driver’s widow, Kristine, has already filed her own suit against the German car manufacturer.
Porsche recently responded to Meadow’s suit, absolving themselves of responsibility. They claim that the GT in question had been “misused and improperly maintained … abused and altered.”
Meadow’s lawyer responded by saying that Paul Walker would still be alive and filming Fast and Furious 8 had the Porsche installed the necessary safety features.
Meadow is the sole heir of her dad’s estate, while his father is the executor of the estate.
The 2005 Porsche Carrera GT was once the world’s best-selling super car, and attracted rave reviews.
After Walker’s death, questions began to be asked regarding its safety, with professionals claiming they were left “white with fear” after getting behind the wheel.
******* Smashed Up In Leeds Showroom
This news story is not the feint-hearted, so if you get queasy at even the thought of a Vauxhall Corsa getting smashed up, you may want to look away now.
Ah, so you decided to stick around? Lad.
Okay, so here goes: Last week, in a Leeds showroom, a £900,000 Bugatti Veyron super car was smashed up by a hooded vandal who had broken in.
The b****** broke in through a window armed with a metal bar, and went on full-out destructive mode as he smashed up the 900k beauty’s windscreen.
The good news is that the 2006 Bugatti has been taken in for repairs and could still be salvaged.
Quite what the motive was remains a mystery, but the showroom has offered a £20,000 reward for whoever can catch the vandal.
“We are willing to offer a £20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest,” said a spokesman. “This is a prestigious building and has some of the most exclusive cars in the world.
“The company makes the local area more appealing to visitors and tourists. Luckily, there was not too much damaged caused.”
CCTV caught a white male on camera, though his hood covered most of his face.
Just last week, the Veyron super car was listed at £899,875 and had clocked 16,000 miles.
A Renault Clio owner we spoke to said he knows how the dealership feels, as his car was smashed and set on fire 2 weeks ago.
“It was a ’97 model, so it was something of a classic,” said Brian. “My heart goes out to the guys at the dealership, but I’m here if they ever want to have a talk.”
Volvo And Microsoft To Team Up For Hologram Sales
A few weeks ago in this column we reported how more and more car buyers have been turned off by the whole car buying experience.
Pushy salesmen are just part of the experience that has put folk off buying new cars.
Perhaps in response to this, Volvo have teamed up with Microsoft to create a futuristic virtual showroom, where consumers can search for their next car by browsing holograms.
This takes out the need to walk around a physical showroom altogether, and it means you can search for your next car while doing mundane things, such as watching television, cooking tea, or drying off after a shower. Lovely.
Volvo will be using Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality headset that will enable consumers to have a virtual showroom experience.
The HoloLens will allow customers to take a look around the inside of a car, and they can even take a look at its active drivetrain.
Users simply have to wear the HoloLens headset before being able to see digital objects around them.
According to Jacob Demmitt of GeekWire, Volvo and Microsoft are also working on other tech initiatives, and have already teamed up to work on autonomous cars.
Volvo isn’t the first company to get their hands on the HoloLens technology, as Microsoft has already loaned it to NASA, to help with their Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
It can also be purchased by independent developers for $3,000, while a consumer version is expected to go on sale at some point in the future.
Volkswagen Slash Spending And Switch Focus To Electric Vehicles
So far, VW’s diesel emissions cheating has cost them a fair few billion dollars, and is expected to cost them at least $40billion overall.
This means that any investments planned by VW will be capped at $12billion.
Despite this, Volkswagen have plans to up investments in environmentally-friendly electric vehicles (surprise surprise), and will plough around $100billion into this sector in 2016.
Such an increase in investment means the German automotive giant will be able to develop electric cars for Audi, Porsche and VW at a quicker rate.
Matthias Muller, Chairman of the Board of Management at Volkswagen AG, said: “We are operating in uncertain and volatile times and are responding to this. We will strictly prioritize all planned investments and expenditures. As announced, anything that is not absolutely necessary will be cancelled or postponed.
“We are not going to make the mistake of economizing on our future. For this reason we are planning to further increase spending on the development of e-mobility and digitalization.”
Green Car Congress has commented on the increased investment in the electric vehicles sector, and say that consumers can expect the “next-generation Golf”, as well as the new Audi Q5.
Areas of investment that will be hit by the cuts include a new design centre in Wolfsburg. Delaying the construction of the building will save Volkswagen around $100million, while the planned development of a paint shop in Mexico is also likely to be put on hold.
In terms of cars, the new Phaeton will be delayed.
On Sale This Black Friday – The Device That Can Hack Your Car
You’re probably getting a little bit giddy about Christmas, and perhaps Black Friday is whetting your appetite.
Perhaps you’re a parent who is relishing a few bargains for your kids.
But it turns out that car thieves may also be licking their licks at the prospect of Black Friday, as the “mysterious device” that has been found to hack keyless cars is also going to be on sale.
The code-scanner will be available at 15% off for the Black Friday weekend, and is known to be perfect for unlocking Prius’ so that nosey parker’s can have a good rummage around your valuables.
The code scanner operates using so-called “nerd magic” to hack key codes, and normally sells at around £70.
Although there are probably totally legit uses for the code scanner (though OSV hasn’t figured ‘em out yet), they’ve become notorious for allowing geeks to break into cars.
And although there are instructional videos available online that teach you how to properly use them, the videos are actually strikingly baffling.
Thankfully, despite going on sale next week for a reduced price, the handheld device has courted enough controversy to ensure that car owners are on their guard.
After all, the last thing you want is to carry 7 bags of Black Friday shopping to your car, only to find it’s been hacked and stolen.
A word of advice: The best defence against keyless hackers is to keep your keys in your freezer.
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