Volvo Cars to launch UK’s largest and most ambitious autonomous driving trial


Volvo Cars is to begin the UK’s most ambitious autonomous driving trial in 2017 in order to speed up the introduction of technology that promises to massively reduce car accidents as well as free up congested roads and save drivers valuable time.

The Swedish company, whose name has been synonymous with automotive safety ever since it invented the three point seat belt in 1959, is pioneering the development of autonomous driving (AD) systems globally as part of its commitment that no one will be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo by the year 2020.

Volvo’s UK-based test will be called ‘Drive Me London’ and differentiate itself from other AD programmes by using real families drivingAD cars on public roads.

Volvo will source its data from these everyday users and use it to develop AD cars which are suitable for real world driving conditions, rather than the more unrealistic conditions found on test tracks. Thatcham Research will be providing the technical data analysis and any professional test drivers needed as part of the trial.

Drive Me London will begin in early 2017 with a limited number of semi-autonomous cars, expanding in 2018 to include up to 100 fully-autonomous cars, making it the largest and most extensive AD testing programme on Britain’s streets. The introduction of AD cars promises to revolutionise Britain’s roads in four main areas – safety, congestion, pollution and time saving.

Independent research has revealed that AD has the potential to reduce the number of car accidents significantly, in some cases by up to 30 per cent. Up to 90 per cent of all accidents are presently caused by driver error or distraction, something that should largely disappear with AD cars.

In terms of congestion, AD cars allow traffic to move more smoothly, reducing traffic jams and by extension cutting dangerous emissions and associated pollution. Lastly, reduced congestion saves drivers valuable time.

All-New Ford EcoBlue Engine Cleaner, More Fuel Efficient, More Power, More Torque

Ford’s new EcoBlue advanced diesel engine will offer optimised fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 and NOX emissions for customers, using sophisticated technologies and innovative design.

Building on the industry-leading performance and technology of Ford’s award-winning EcoBoost petrol engines, Ford’s range of EcoBlue diesel engines will power the company’s future passenger cars and commercial vehicles with power outputs ranging from 100 PS to 240 PS.

The four-cylinder 2.0-litre Ford EcoBlue debuts in the new Transit and Transit Custom commercial vehicles, delivering an unrivalled package of fuel efficiency, performance and refinement.

Drivability is enhanced with 20 per cent more torque at 1,250 rpm compared with the outgoing equivalent power 2.2-litre TDCi diesel engine, helping commercial vehicle drivers effortlessly tackle challenging everyday driving scenarios such as creeping in traffic, or overtaking slower-moving vehicles. The new engine also delivers passenger car refinement to the commercial segment, reducing radiated noise by 4 decibels at idle.

Advanced technologies include an integrated intake system with Ford’s first application of mirror-image porting for optimised engine breathing; a low-inertia turbocharger featuring rocket engine materials designed for high temperature applications; and an all-new high-pressure fuel injection system that is more responsive, quieter and offers more precise fuel delivery.

New fuel injectors are capable of delivering up to six injections per combustion event, with each injection taking as little as 250 microseconds (0.00025 seconds) and delivering 0.8 mg of diesel  equivalent to a grain of sugar. This tiny volume of fuel is injected through eight conical holes each 120 microns in diameter  about the width of a human hair.

The all-new compact turbocharger has been specifically designed to deliver more air at lower engine rpm compared with the outgoing 2.2-litre TDCi engine, for a light and urgent feel across the rev-range and up to 340 Nm of torque at 1,250 rpm.

The 2.0-litre Ford EcoBlue engine will be the first diesel commercial vehicle powertrain from Ford to achieve passenger car noise, vibration and harshness criteria, contributing to enhanced driving appeal.

The new 2.0-litre Ford EcoBlue engine meets Ford’s demanding global commercial vehicle durability standards for extreme usage in markets as diverse as Europe, the U.S. and China.

SAFETY TIPS for Driving in the Rain

Did you know that when it’s raining with poor visibility, wearing your sunglasses helps – the rain droplets on the windscreen disappear and you get clear visibility on the road.

Another good tip – never drive in the rain with your cruise control on.  If you think you are being cautious by setting the cruise control and maintaining a safe consistent speed in the rain, you actually are more at risk.  If the cruise control is on, your car will begin to hydroplane when the tyres lose contact with the road, and your car will accelerate to a higher speed making you take off like an aeroplane.

COACHING puts everything that one does into perspective

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From my Kitchen



  • 10 slices white bread,
  • remove crusts
  • Butter or margarine
  • 30ml raisins
  • 3 eggs
  • 500ml milk
  • 60ml sugar
  • 3ml vanilla essence
  • Ground nutmeg or cinnamon


Remove the crusts from the bread and butter, cut into triangles.  Layer bread with the buttered side up in a greased ovenproof dish.   Sprinkle over raisins.  In a bowl, beat the eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla essence together.  Pour over the bread, sprinkle top with a little ground nutmeg or cinnamon.  Bake at 180°C for about 45 minutes or until golden brown and set.  Just before serving, sprinkle over a little more sugar.

Serve with cream or custard.

Edgemead Primary support De Grendel Lions Easter Egg project

Edgemead Primary School has done it once again by donating a very large amount of Easter Eggs to the De Grendel Lions Club for their Easter Egg Project. The Easter Eggs were distributed to many underprivileged retirement homes for the elderly and children’s homes in our community. The De Grendel Lions Club would like to extend a huge thank you to the Edgemead Primary School Principal, learners and the parents who have so generously donated Easter Eggs, allowing them to continue their Easter Egg project.

Edgemead High Grade 11’s take on Orange River rapids

A group of 36 Grade 11 learners from Edgemead High School went on the Orange River from the 20 to the 25 March. They were all very excited because it was the first time many of them were crossing the South African border.

“Our experience was amazing. As a group we bonded and formed new friendships with people we would never have expected to call our friends. The food was delicious and we were always excited to see what would be prepared for us. We developed a newfound respect for the teachers as we listened to their advice and laughed at their jokes,” said Grade 11 learner Jade Vester.

She added that a definite highlight was the Shambok Rapid. “We were all extremely nervous as this was the toughest rapid on our route. Thankfully, only two of the canoes capsized. We were all very proud of ourselves after that.”

“We enjoyed the water fights, the constant rowing, tanning in the breaks and going down the safer rapids on our bums.  It was a once in a lifetime experience and we definitely look forward to going again in the future,” added Jade.