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Jaguar Land Rover lands deal to supply self-driving cars to Waymo

Early this morning at Chelsea Piers in New York City, the CEO of Waymo, John Krafcik announced a new model of car powered by their own self-driving technology. Waymo has partnered with Jaguar Land Rover to bring the Waymo-outfitted Jaguar I-PACE to the public, it is already being dubbed the worlds first premium fully self driving car.

Waymo revealed plans to outfit 20,000 units to be used for a public self-driving service over the next few years, a service which will offer in excess of 1 million rides per day.

Waymo’s lineup features six models, including a small car, an SUV, a firefly prototype, a minivan and a semi-truck for operations.

At the reveal John Krafcik said “We want to build a self-driving car for every passenger and every trip.”

Krafcik also stated that the Jaguar Land Rover model has a bigger battery which would allow the car to drive all day. Moreover, this partnership signals a move across the Atlantic for Waymo, expressing interest in bringing self-driving cars over to Europe.

Waymo has already announced that Waymo would bring self-driving service to the public in 2018.

As part of the deal with Jaguar, Waymo plans to have 20,000 units on the streets, starting in Phoenix with about 100 square mile area, roughly one-sixth of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Krafcik was extremely vague at the event when asked how many cities he’d like to see Waymo in in the next two years. “More,” he said simply.

This comes at a time when self-driving tech is having a bit of a publicity crisis. One of Uber’s self-driving cars was recently involved in a fatal collision with a pedestrian, which may slow public adoption of the technology.

In turn, Uber’s self-driving testing has been suspended in the state of Arizona, where many AV companies test their fleet.

When asked about the accident at today’s press event, Krafcik fell back on Waymo’s comments from this weekend.

“We made some comments over the weekend over the situation in Arizona, and those comments suffice for now,” said Krafcik. “Today, we’re talking about moving forward into the future with technology we’re very confident in, with the I-PACE, and integration of our driver with I-PACE is a safe benchmark for the world.”

Earlier this year, Waymo placed an order for even more Chrysler Pacifica minivans from FCA to outfit its self-driving fleet. This is on top of the original 500 vehicles already supplied to Waymo, as the company begins to ramp up to its 2018 public launch.

Moreover, these companies seem to be racing to launch public fleets first. GM’s Cruise fleet is supposed to launch in 2019, with Uber working to get their fleet out by mid-2019.

This also comes on the heels of a long and gritty legal battle between Uber and Waymo over self-driving IP, which was settled in February.

 

Steg's Supplies New Tuning Product For Land Rover 200 / 300 TDi 1

Steg’s Supplies New Tuning Product For Land Rover 200 / 300 TDi

Anyone with a Land Rover 200 or 300 TDi will be aware that the engines tend to lack power, however we have been secretly testing a product from Steg’s supplies that is set to be a real game changer for anyone with a sluggish agricultural engine!

The new tuning product takes less than two minutes to fit, even the least mechanically minded person could fit it. Whilst we have been sworn to secrecy about the latest innovation from Steg’s supplies, we can reveal that we gained a lot of power after fitting it.

Keep your eyes on Steg’s 4×4 because this is going to fly off the shelves and trust me when I say, you do not want to miss out on this!

If you can’t wait to get more gains from your Land Rover, then you can always try a Chris Mason Boost Pin or a Dynamic Advanced Timing Spacer from Nick Steggel. With both bits of kit fitted there has been a power increase of over 30bhp reported, this is backed up by a dyno test which a customer actually made a video of.

I wonder if they can hook me up with some wheelie bars!!

Jaguar Land Rover: All Routes Open by Spark44 2

Jaguar Land Rover: All Routes Open by Spark44

A Good Service Is Running On All Routes: Land Rover – Above & Beyond

Land Rover is running a tactical advertising campaign during the UK’s recent snow storm. The ad illustrates that winter is when their vehicles comes into their own. It is also having a cheeky dig at all the travel services and two wheel drive vehicles that were halted due to adverse weather conditions.

The advert shows a snowy scene with nothing but Land Rover tire tracks going down the middle of a snow covered road, in the distance there are snow covered mountains and dark looking storm clouds. It was shot in the Cuillin Hills on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. The ad was created by Nick Thompson and Joshua Haines at Spark44.

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It is based on the insight that some Land Rover owners actually enjoy driving in the snow, which certainly seems to be the case with hordes of 4×4 drivers turning out to assist emergency services, deliver aid and rescue equipment, check on the elderly and offer lifts to those in need during the recent ‘snowmageddon’.

Credits

Chief Creative Officer, Spark44

Brian Fraser

Creative Directors, Spark44

Matt Statham, Chris McDonald

Creative Team, Spark44

Nick Thompson, Joshua Haines

Account Team, Spark44

Sophie Ford-Masters, Richard Oakes, Holly Abbotson

 

Limited Edition £150k Land Rover Defender V8 Sold Out Already 4

Limited Edition £150k Land Rover Defender V8 Sold Out Already

Land Rover’s most powerful Defender ever built sold out within the first month it was announced.

Land Rover are celebrating the upcoming 70th anniversary of the iconic Defender by releasing 150 Land Rover Defender Works V8. Every one of which has already been sold, within one month of the special edition off-roader being announced. It’s hardly surprising, however, when you consider that this is the fastest and most powerful Land Rover Defender ever built.

Limited Edition £150k Land Rover Defender V8 Sold Out Already 5

Each one of the special edition Defenders are being hand-built by Land Rover Classic, under the bonnet of the re-engineered Defender lurks a 5.0-litre, naturally-aspirated petrol V8 which kicks out 400 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque, making this significantly more powerful than a standard Defender, which produced 120 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. The 5.0 litre V8 can do 0-60 mph in just 5.6 seconds, with a top speed of 106 mph.  The limited edition Defender also features an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with sports mode, along with uprated brakes, improved handling kit and exclusive 18-inch alloys with 265/65/18 tires.

Limited Edition £150k Land Rover Defender V8 Sold Out Already 6

Defender Works V8 will be available in 90 and 110 wheelbase versions with a choice of eight colors and a contrasting black roof, wheel arches and grille. The interior has been updated with Windsor Leather trim covering the dashboard, door panels, headlining and Recaro sports seats, along with LR Classic’s own infotainment system. Customers that ordered a Defender Works V8 were charged a cool £150,000 by Land Rover. Now that it’s sold out, this final Defender’s value will no doubt increase over time.

Land Rover Explore Smartphone Launches April 26th 7

Land Rover Explore Smartphone Launches April 26th

Land Rover Explore will be available from April the 26th, the rugged smartphone aimed at those with a love for the great outdoors.

We all use our smartphones on a daily basis, they have apps for everything these days. Whenever I go out greenlaning I use my Sony Xperia Premium to record the byways and take pictures, the only problem is that its not exactly built for the great outdoors.  Land Rover have built a smartphone that is designed specifically for those with a love for outdoor pursuits.

The device, known as the ‘Land Rover Explore,’  is water-proof up to 1.8 meters, and salt water will not even damage it. The phone has been styled after Land Rovers own Discovery, despite its durability it still looks like a sleek device. It also features a custom skin for quick access to utilitarian information and custom apps for outdoor activities. It can be used even when you’re wearing thick gloves and includes some essential emergency features including a compass and an SOS light.

Unlike a Samsung Galaxy or an iPhone it can also handle being dropped, extreme temperatures, thermal shock, and intense vibrations. The handset features dual-SIM support and comes with a massive 4,000 mAh battery that Land Rover claims will give you two days of usage with the screen constantly on, or one day of activities which involve constant GPS tracking, perfect for a phone designed for the great outdoors.

Exploring is a unique experience – only you can define your own adventure. The award-winning Land Rover Explore: Outdoor Phone has been made to help you explore further, for longer and with added confidence. Find new routes, tracks, trails and paths – step out and embrace the outdoors. The Explore will help you live your adventures to the fullest. It’s waterproof, drop tested and built to withstand temperatures from the mountain to the surf, with a battery that won’t cut your day short. Take control and stay connected with a phone that’s as tough and durable as you are. Its sleek design makes it a piece of outdoor gear that fits the rest of your life too.

Additional battery packs are available, including the Adventure Pack 3,600 mAh and the additional battery 4,370 mAh.

The device is “designed for people who live for adventure and need a phone that can survive whatever it’s put through

Other specs include the deca-core MTK Helio X27 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 16-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel front camera, and Android Nougat with a planned Oreo update sometime in the future. The Adventure Pack also includes a 25 x 25 ceramic patch GPS antenna, protective case, and stainless steel carabiner with canvas strap.

Technical Specs:

  • 4000mAh plus additional add-on Battery Packs
  • IP68 Splash, Water and Dust resistance
  • Drop-proof to 1.8 metres with factory fitted screen protector
  • Premium grade, detailed off-road topographical mapping options from ViewRanger
  • Android™ ‘Nougat’, with scheduled upgrade to ‘Oreo’
  • 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM, expandable via microSD™
  • Deca-core 2.6GHz 64 bit MTK Helio X27 chipset with Dual SIM functionality
  • 16 MP Rear camera, 8MP front camera, 4 x digital zoom
  • Bright 5 inch FHD display, Corning ® Gorilla® Glass 5 protected, optimised for outdoor use
  • LTE Cat 6

The Land Rover Explore is set for release April 26th and will cost £599. The Adventure Pack is apparently included for that price.

 

ABF Charity Land Rover Run Sunday 15th April 8

ABF Charity Land Rover Run Sunday 15th April

Rachael Lee-Templeton and Wendy Carter are organising a charity Land Rover run that will take place in the Army off road course at the Prince William of Gloucester Barrack on Sunday 15th of April.

The event will be open to all Land Rovers and will take place on a fully marshalled route. There will will be full washing facilities for vehicles and hot and cold refreshments for drivers and passengers.

The course is open to Land Rover drivers no matter how much experience you have, recovery will be available for those that get stuck.

Test your off-road driving skills on the military Off-Road driving course at the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks, Grantham. Refreshments will be available in the marquee for a small donation to the charity.

For more details please join the Facebook page dedicated to the charity, ABF Charity Land Rover Run.

Contact details:

Rachael Lee-Templeton: [email protected]
Wendy Carter: [email protected]

Billing Off Road Show Hosting Land Rover 70th Anniversary World Record Attempt 9

Billing Off Road Show Hosting Land Rover 70th Anniversary World Record Attempt

This year is Land Rover’s 70th Birthday and to celebrate than Billing Off Road Show and Land Rover Monthly are attempting a new world record!

The Billing Off Road Show, along with Land Rover Monthly, will attempt to set a new World record for the Largest parade of Land Rovers/ Range Rovers. The event is set to take place on Saturday 30th June 2018, from 4pm (exact timings to be confirmed).

The record to beat is 516 vehicles, set by LandMania Clube de Portugal in Gouveia, Portugal on 7th September 2014.

THE RULES
– each vehicle must drive at least 2 miles in the parade
– each vehicle must be no more than 2 vehicle lengths away from the next one

HOW TO GET INVOLVED
to enter:
– you must have a Show ground or Campsite wristband
– you must have a ticket for the world record attempt (available at: https://www.thebillingoffroadexperience.co.uk/book-now/)
– you must have a full driving licence
– your vehicle must be road legal

Each vehicle will receive a World Record attempt plaque after the event. We would love for all you Off Road enthusiasts to get involved, so please invite any friends with a Landy and lets smash that record!!

Cornwall Charity Land Rover Tour 18th-27th August 2018 10

Cornwall Charity Land Rover Tour 18th-27th August 2018

Cornwall Charity Land Rover Tour hosted by Land Rover Charity events and charity Mania 4×4 will take place from the 18th to the 27th of August 2018.

Meet at 10am leave at 11am
Everyone will be given a clue sheet for the route you choose Routes are A all road and B all road and some green lanes C easy green lanes with some roads D medium green lanes with some roads E harder green lanes with some roads, you will need to follow the directions to get the clues; collect words, numbers, symbols; all the while you can enjoy the scenery and explore the local community.

Start Haytor Top Car Park TQ13 9XT. Meet from 10am leave 11am End The Royal carvery Hotel you can purchase food here.

£5 per truck to take part – any Land Rover or 4×4 vehicles can take part as long as road legal. Our charities this year are Children’s Hospice South West; LARF CORNWALL and CORNWALL SEARCH & RESCUE

Itinerary – Cornwall 2018
A route plan will be available on arrival – sites are ‘wild camping’ – toilets and water will be available. A utility tent where you can freshen up will be provided – bring your own travel shower if required.

All arranged outings and meals are optional

Day 1 Saturday 18th August Meet and greet
Arrive at The Countryman Inn, Launceston PL15 8NL (nr North Petherwin) from 10am.
Live Band Saturday Night.

Day 2 Sunday 19th August
Function Room booked for Sunday lunchtime from midday – 2pm if you wish to join in for Carvery or Special Board available – (charge applies)

One of the local landowners will lead us out for a leisurely drive around the area to include a few green lanes – setting off approximately 4pm.

Day 3 Monday 20th August
Depart The Countryman Inn by 11am

Travel to site 2 nr Penzance TR19 6EJ. We will take in some of the coast road to explore the North Cornwall coastline. Alternatively you can drive directly to the site.

Day 4 Tuesday 21st August &
Day 5 Wednesday 22nd August

Days free to explore the area. Ideas for days out will be included in your pack.

Day 6 Thursday 23rd August
Depart by 11 am. Travelling to site 3 Pendoggett PL30 3HQ.

Day 7 Friday 24th August
Day free to explore the area.
Ideas for days out will be included in your pack.

Day 8 Saturday 25th August
Depart by 11 am. Travel to Pentille Castle PL12 6QD via Bodmin Moor.

Day 9 Sunday 26th August.
Day free to explore the area
Ideas for days out will be included in your pack.

Day 10 Monday 27th August.
Time to say farewell to your new friends or spend some time exploring either as groups or individually before heading off.

Tickets are now on sale at £60 for one Land Rover for all the tour or £20 per a day not per person please don’t forget before you purchase your ticket this is for wild camping every Land Rover will receive a plaque

For booking tickets or questions about the event please contact Neil or Claire here.

How To Install A Dynamic Advanced Timing Spacer For More Boost On 200 TDi / 300 TDi 11

How To Install A Dynamic Advanced Timing Spacer For More Boost On 200 TDi / 300 TDi

I have just received my Dynamic Advanced Timing Spacer which is designed to give any engine using a Bosch VE injector pump extra boost. I am fitting my spacer kit to a 200 TDi Land Rover engine and figured I would do a walk through guide.

I got the kit from Steg’s Supplies, it consists of the following:

x2 Genuine Bosch O rings
x1 Timing spacer
x1 pre-load washer
x2 longer bolts

I also got a Boost pin in the kit which is a fully hardened Boost pin and not a cheap imitation from fleabay!

How To Install A Dynamic Advanced Timing Spacer For More Boost On Bosch Injector Pump

Bosch VE timing cover plate

Step 1: Remove the plate shown in the image above from the side of the Bosch injector pump by undoing the x2 torx bolts.
Step 2: Remove the spring
Step 3: Remove the old O ring
Step 4: Place a new O ring where the old one was.
Step 5: Place the other O ring into the spacer from the kit.
Step 6: Replace the spring
Step 7: Place the spacer with the o ring facing against the plate
Step 8: Insert shim washer into plate and bolt up with the new longer bolts.

Purchase Dynamic Timing Advance Spacer For More Boost

How to Install A Boost Pin:

Installing a boost pin is easier than a dynamic advance timing spacer, only because there is more space.

Step 1: Remove the four screws from the top of the diaphragm housing, leaving the boost pipe intact.
Step 2: Remove the diaphragm and pin
Step 3: Use x2 10mm spanners to undo the original pin from the diaphragm.
Step 4: Replace old pin with your new boost pin. Note the small dot on the diaphragm, the notched out part of the pin needs to line up with that dot.
Step 5: Remove the spring and take out the nylon washer
Step 6: Replace spring
Step 7: Grease the new pin in the notched out section
Step 8: Replace the pin with the small dot facing the front of the engine.
Step 9: replace housing top.
Step 9: Enjoy!

Purchase Boost PIN… NOT boost RING here

New 2018 MOT Rules & How They Will Affect You 12

New 2018 MOT Rules & How They Will Affect You

*New 2018 MOT Rules & how they will affect you…

*New stricter assessment of diesels fitted with particulate filters from May

*If any visible smoke is emitted from the exhaust the car will fail the MOT 

*New defect categories also being introduced – ‘Minor’, ‘Major’ and ‘Dangerous’

*The latter two will result in an automatic test failure – Minor will still pass 

*New inspections of reverse lights and brake discs will also be introduced

New stricter MOT rules for particulate filters designed to reduce harmful exhaust-pipe pollutants are being rolled out by the Government in a bid to crackdown on diesel cars.

A new MOT Inspection Manual draft document states that any vehicles fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF), should be checked so that ‘no visible smoke is emitted from the exhaust during the metered check’.

If smoke is detected, the car will automatically fail the examination which is bad news for those of us that roll coal!

MOT testing stations have been required to check for a DPF during the inspection of the exhaust system as part of the MOT test since February 2014.

The vehicle will ‘automatically fail the the roadworthiness check if the filter had been fitted as standard but is found to be no longer present’, the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency says.

The changes due in April will require an inspection to ensure these filters are functioning correctly, else the car will fail under a ‘Major’ defect – one of three new criteria that will also be added to the test in four months’ time.

HID’s installed into halogen headlight units will now get a major fail even if the aim is correct. It has always been an offence to fit HID bulbs to halogen headlamps so the MOT now falls in line with that.

Reverse lights are now part of the MOT for any car registered from 1st September 2009 (59 plate onwards). Daytime running lamps (DRL’s) & front fog lamps must work on vehicles registered from March 2018 (18 plate onwards).

Engine Management Light is now a major fail. It must come on with the ignition and then turn off when the engine is started.

Brake pad warning lights are a major fail

Handbrake with excessive travel is now a major fail. Before it would only a fail if there was no reserve travel.

Contaminated (dirty) brake fluid is a major fail. Not sure how that will work as the MOT tester isn’t allowed to remove the fluid cap.

Oil leaks (engine, gearbox etc.) can be a major failure if they are deemed large enough.

It seems they have removed the failure for tyres not being fitted according to sidewall instructions. Inner/outer or rotation incorrect.

Any modifications/removal to emissions related devices, this includes DPF’S and EGR’s is now a major fail.

Where a DPF canister has clearly been cut open and re-welded, it will now fail.

A vehicle fitted with a DPF that emits any kind of visible smoke during the metered test will now fail

Emissions limits for diesels registered on or after 1st of January 2014 have been reduced. All diesels will now need to pass the limit that was set by the manufacturer when the car was new. This can be found on the VIN plate. For example the current limit for your diesel car may be 1.50. That could change to as low as 0.30 with the new rules.

Let us know your thoughts on the new rules Landy owners!

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Highways Traffic Land Rover Discovery Catches Fire… and Ice On M62

A spokesperson said: “A traffic officer vehicle caught fire on the eastbound carriageway between junctions 21 and 22, nearer to 22.

It was part of a road block to allow a crew to grit the area.

Land Rover Explore Smartphone Reveal Trailer

Exploring is a unique experience – only you can define your own adventure. The award-winning Land Rover Explore: Outdoor Phone has been made to help you explore further, for longer and with added confidence. Find new routes, tracks, trails and paths – step out and embrace the outdoors. The Explore will help you live your adventures to the fullest. It’s waterproof, drop tested and built to withstand temperatures from the mountain to the surf, with a battery that won’t cut your day short. Take control and stay connected with a phone that’s as tough and durable as you are. Its sleek design makes it a piece of outdoor gear that fits the rest of your life too.

Green Lane Nr Trewithian Cornwall – St Just In Roseland

Nice green lane near St Just in Roseland, trewithian, Cornwall driven by Nick Osborne in his Defender 90 16/02/2018. This lane has a little bit of everything, few rutted areas, some steps, a stream, nice solid lane and a good drive.