report on future classic car use|
What is an autonomous vehicle?
An autonomous car is a vehicle that is capable of sensing its environment and
navigating without human input.
The Future of Road Transport - abolishing
CEBR report which suggests it's a blueprint for cleaner roads
with fewer hold ups. See an online summary of their analysis and recommendations.
report & website
He is the founder and chairman of the Centre for Economics and
Business Research (CEBR) which has produced the report. He was chief economic
advisor to the CBI but interestingly owns a Jaguar XJ-S and an Aston Martin DB6
and will be competing in the Paris to Peking run in his Bentley S1 soon. He says
"as a classic car enthusiast I'm certainly not enthusing about any of
the policies" mentioned in the report! He probably will not be around
to be accountable for his predictions either.
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from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) on how to tackle the
increasingly choked roads in many parts of Britain provides disturbing news for
classic car enthusiasts. It's the lead story in this week's issue of Classic Car
Weekly which says "classic cars could be segregated on to different roads
from other road users from the 2030s" with the greater use of autonomous,
alternative fuelled vehicles. They touch on an economic factor which could be
a major issue for classic car motoring and that is as the demand for oil derived
motor fuels declines the viability of fuel stations on motorways and around the
country could fall making the availability of motor fuel a difficulty. Fuel producers
faced with falling sale volumes will inevitably face costs recovered from smaller
sales volumes and hence higher prices at the pumps - at least where pumps are
available! The prediction is that between 2030 and 2050 there will be no fuel
is a leading independent commercial economics consultancy with particular
strengths in macroeconomic and market forecasting and passenger demand forecasting.
Sir Greg Knight chairman of
the All-Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicle Group says "no democratic government
will ban people from driving cars. Driverless cars should be a supplement not
a replacement". Geoff Lancaster, communications director at the Federation
of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) commenting on many predictive reports
and similar statement from politicians, says "I'd say there's a lot of grandstanding
going on". It's worth reviewing the CEBR report for yourself - visit the
CEBR webpage. More
Car Weekly is out on the stands at newsagents every Wednesday and carries
many topical items of interest to classic car enthusiasts together with product
reviews, auction listings and results, features and classified cars for sale adverts.
Well worth buying a copy and judging for yourself.
Update on 27th July
Angus Munro posted a concise and perceptive note on the "Sale
Prices" thread on the V8 Bulletin Board saying "Classic cars have become
an investment largely due to the combination of pension release funds and interest
rates on savings not even keeping up with inflation. The medallion men within
our society were quick to spot the opportunity to promote the concept of the enjoyment
of savings while enjoying considerable profit, not least for themselves.
concept may be about to change however. It has just been boldly announced that
from 2040 there will be a ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars. I'm assuming
that means new vehicles but whether it does or it doesn't the mind set of the
public, and certainly the younger public, may well be conditioned to reject the
idea of the remaining vehicles owned and driven as socially acceptable. Sadly
many of us will not be around in 2040 but the conditioning of the younger public
mind began yesterday with the 2040 ambition announcement."
on 28th July 2017
electric cars in 2040? This plan hasn't been thought through|
lead Letter to the Editor in today's issue of the Daily Telegraph is from Ron
Gammons with a concise and well argued comment on the plans announced yesterday
by the Government to end diesel and petrol cars by 2040 with electric vehicles.
Ron's comments raise the essential issues and risks that people with practical
experience with planning and managing activities can anticipate.
a letter published in a leading UK daily newspaper is rare - it's is partly chance
but also a need for a letter which has topicality, brevity, focus and clarity.
Ron's letter achieves that very well.
See other letters to the editor on
this topic. More