VW now offering 48hour eGolf test drives in the UK

first_img Volkswagen Tags 10 Photos Volkswagen VW’s adorable I.D. Buzz charms us on the California coast 3:28 Check out the VW ID 3’s clever camouflage 2020 Mini JCW Clubman first drive: A fast alternative for the crossover-averse 2020 Kia Soul review: Well-rounded box More From Roadshow 2020 Toyota 4Runner first drive: Same as it ever was — mostly Enlarge ImageGet ’em while the gettin’s good. Volkswagen With a brand spankin’ new electric hatchback soon to arrive, Volkswagen is ramping up its efforts to get people to embrace electrification, and its latest scheme should both accomplish that and help shore up some leftover supply for its outgoing EV.Volkswagen announced late last week that it will start offering extended test drives in the UK. These flexible test drives are, in essence, 48-hour loans that start and end at the dealership. In those 48 hours, though, people are free to do whatever, so long as they don’t leave the e-Golf dead by the side of the road or something equally silly. It’s a smart idea from an adoption perspective. You can theorycraft all you want about how well an electric vehicle will or won’t fit into your lifestyle, but you’ll never know for sure until you give it a whirl, and this allows everyone that opportunity without requiring an actual purchase. If it turns out the e-Golf’s 144-mile range (by Europe’s WLTP standard) fits into your life, there you go.It’s also likely a clever move that will help VW push remaining e-Golf stock through its doors. The car will become all but irrelevant when the ID 3 electric hatchback launches in mid-2020. With its shortest-range battery offering about 205 miles of range (again, by WLTP measurements) and its longest stretching north of 340 miles, the ID 3 has been built from the start as an EV, as opposed to the e-Golf, which runs on a variant of the MQB platform.The ID 3 is already forming a line. According to the automaker, it has now received more than 20,000 preorders for the ID 3, and it hopes to push that number to 30,000 by the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Share your voice 0 Post a comment Electric Cars Hatchbacks Now playing: Watch this: More about 2022 Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Preview • Volkswagen I.D. Buzz: Driving this concept gets us smilinglast_img read more

Toshiba supersized glassesfree 3D TV steals IFA show

first_img More information: Press release (PhysOrg.com) — Toshiba earlier this week showed off its new no-glasses 55-inch 3-D TV. The company says it is the world’s first large screen 3-D TV that does not require any glasses. According to Toshiba, the new 55ZL2 is its most advanced television to date with the latest imaging technology. Toshiba chose the IFA 2011 event in Berlin, a high-profile trade show for consumer electronics and gadgets, as the venue to preview this supersized flat-screen television. With promotional showmanship, glasses were handed out at the press briefing with the words “bye bye” printed across the lenses. Toshiba unveils glasses-free 3-D TV This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2011 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Citation: Toshiba supersized, glasses-free, 3-D TV steals IFA show (2011, September 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-toshiba-supersized-glasses-free-d-tv.html Explore further Toshiba uses an imaging technique based on the stereoscopic principle of simultaneously delivering a picture for the left eye, and another picture with a small offset (parallax), for the right eye to achieve a 3-D viewing experience. A range of lenticular lenslets guides the images. A Quad Full HD display offering up to 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution enables an effective 3-D effect for up to nine viewers, where images are being presented to different positions throughout a room.Showcasing the TV’s features, Toshiba made special note of the new set’s face-tracking technology. This means that a camera below the screen can scan to see how many faces are in the room, with nine the limit. Faces are tracked so that the machine can adjust the images. The aim of face-tracking is to provide a 3-D experience no matter where the viewer is in the room. There are nine different optimal angles for good picture quality in the Toshiba set. The user pushes a button on the remote control, which activates the camera.The viewer can upscale 2-D content to 3-D. As part of the conversion, the Toshiba TV offers depth control to adjust the depth to the user’s liking. The TV will be available in Germany in December. The unit costs €7,999 euros, or about $11,400.The debut is viewed with interest by market watchers who note that the no-glasses 3-D advancement comes at a time of sagging television sales and heightened competition among TV manufacturers. Bells and whistles enhancing the viewing experience are ways in which the vendors can differentiate and improve sales. With this week’s debut, Toshiba has a lead over rival manufacturers still struggling to make 3-D television sales show better growth. Glasses-free viewing may change the tide of disappointing sales figures.last_img read more

Lolo Jones slams Fifty Shades of Grey

first_imgAthlete Lolo Jones has slammed erotic romantic drama film Fifty Shades of Grey, saying people should boycott the movie because it glamourises unholy sex. “Funny how some people think there’s nothing wrong with 50 shades of Grey. God didn’t create sex for that purpose. Watch another movie,” she posted on Twitter Tuesday about the Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan-starrer, reports tmz.com. Jones, who’s also a devout Evangelical Christian explained that the film’s hypersexual plot can make people feel that sex for pleasure is the answer to emotional pain.last_img

IS beheads Croatian hostage in Egypt

first_imgAn affiliate of the dreaded Islamic state miltant group in Egypt on Wednesday claimed to have beheaded a 30-year-old Croatian hostage and posted a picture of his body at the end of a 48-hour deadline.The Croat, Tomislav Salopek, was abducted last month west of the capital Cairo. Sinai Province, an Islamic State affiliate based in Egypt, released a photo on its Twitter account that shows the Croatian hostage beheaded and included a caption charging Croatia with participating in the war on IS. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resortThe caption said that Tomislav Salopek, a married man and a father of two, was killed for his country’s participation in the war against the Islamic State. The incident comes a week after the IS demanded the Egyptian government to free female Muslim prisoners in exchange for the Croatian hostage.On August 5, Sinai Province, which was previously known as Ansar Beit el-Maqdes militant group, had released a video of Tomislav in which he indicated that he worked for the Cairo branch of a French company, and was kidnapped on July 22, 2015.last_img read more

Lane closed on A500 slip road due to debris from earlier accident

first_imgThere is a lane closed on a slip road on the A500 this morning. The lane is shut on the exit sliproad on the Northbound D Road at City Road Interchange. Early reports suggested it was on the southbound carriageway near Sideway Roundabout. This due to debris on road following earlier accident in the area – a lampost has been damaged and some electrical work is being carried out. Lane one (of two ) is closed. Stay with us for the latest live information for major roads across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.12:57Slip road reopensThe A500 sliproad has now reopened.10:37Broken down vehicle causing delays on M6 Slow traffic and one lane blocked due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe).Lane one (of three). 08:35Broken down vehicle on M6One lane blocked due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J12 A5 (Gailey) and J13 A449 (Stafford South). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) is blocked.07:00UpdateThere is a lane closed on a slip road on the A500 this morning.The lane is shut on the exit sliproad on the Northbound D Road at City Road Interchange.Early reports suggested it was on the southbound carriageway near Sideway Roundabout.This due to debris on road following earlier accident in the area.Lane one (of two ) is closed. Stay with us for the latest live information for major roads across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.06:34Lane closed due to earlier accident on A500There is a lane closed on a slip road on the A500 The lane is shut on the exit sliproad on the Southbound D Road at Sideway Roundabout.This due to debris on road following earlier accident in the area.Lane one (of two ) is closed. Stay with us for the latest live information for major roads across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.06:18Accident cleared on A500This accident has now been cleared and traffic on the A500 is now reported to be flowing normally.We will bring you more information on incidents on roads across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire as it happens.05:52Location of the accidentMotorists are advised to expect delays following an accident on the A500 this morning.The crash has taken place on the A500 D-Road at the A5006, near Sideway Roundabout.It is unclear which direction on the carriageway the accident has taken place on or if the road is blocked.The accident is understood to have taken place at around 5.30am this morning.We will bring you more information on this incident as it becomes available on the live feed below.The reported location of the accidentlast_img read more