Hyundai in for a joke: ‘right lane assist’
Today, car manufacturer Hyundai has issued a press release drawing our attention to the new regulations, which will impose stricter fines on middle-lane drivers on the motorway. Hyundai takes advantage of April 1st and launches an April Fool’s joke by promising a driving assist system that helps to prevent this behaviour.
According to the traffic safety barometer of the Vias Institute (Belgian knowledge centre for road safety, former BIVV), the problem of middle-lane drivers is one of the most important annoyances in traffic. Federal Minister of Transport, François Bellot (MR), has ensured that this will be fined more severely because it makes overtaking more difficult and unsafe. That much is true.
Right lane assist
However, Hyundai claims on April 1st that it will launch a new driving aid system for its new models. It would be based on the lane keep assist and adaptive speed controller. It alerts the driver via vibrations in the steering wheel and an audible signal not to stay on the middle lane.
BMW Motorrad goes step further
Other manufacturers go one step further and opt to launch exceptional driving aid systems on April 1st. BMW Motorrad provides one of its fastest engines (S1000 RR with 207 hp) with the IRACE driving mode which, through high-level autonomous driving function, provides aspiring motorcyclists with the driving skills of an experienced race pilot. The iRace Kit would also brake, steer and accelerate and would even be available from September 2019.
SKODA thinks of the dog
Skoda is committed to connectivity and wants to prevent the driver from forgetting important things in his digital agenda. For example, when you get out of the car, a hologram is projected on the ground which reminds you, for example, that the dog still got no food in the morning…