Satnav – MTI Horizon http://mtihorizon.com/ Mon, 25 Oct 2021 14:12:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://mtihorizon.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Satnav – MTI Horizon http://mtihorizon.com/ 32 32 Trace trails to North Ayrshire Park for the return of orienteering https://mtihorizon.com/trace-trails-to-north-ayrshire-park-for-the-return-of-orienteering/ https://mtihorizon.com/trace-trails-to-north-ayrshire-park-for-the-return-of-orienteering/#respond Mon, 25 Oct 2021 13:59:46 +0000 https://mtihorizon.com/trace-trails-to-north-ayrshire-park-for-the-return-of-orienteering/

Orienteering makes a welcome return to Eglinton Country Park in Kilwinning, North Ayrshire.

With improvement works starting in the spring – delayed due to challenges of
pandemic – installation work is now complete to refresh the
three previous orientation routes organized in the local national park with a
completely redesigned offer.

Delivered in collaboration with Ayrshire Orienteering Club (AYROC) and North
Ayrshire Council’s Ranger Service, there are three permanent courses in total
– short, medium and long.

Scott McKendrick, AYROC Club Development Manager, said: “We are
happy to launch the new orienteering courses at Eglinton Country Park.
“The improved routes and permanent adaptations mean that orienteering
the control markers presented throughout the course will be displayed to the public all
the weather.

“This will allow people participating in the courses to benefit from the
trails as well as other visitors such as school trips or local community groups
are looking to improve their map reading and navigation skills.

“After a very difficult year for all of us, it’s great to help the park
Rangers promote active outdoor activities and encourage people of all ages
and the ability to enjoy the fantastic orienteering races that
Eglinton Park has to offer.

The new and improved routes will also help council park rangers to
use orientation routes in other ways such as scavenger development
hunts and quizzes for children and youth who visit Eglinton Park.

Classes are free, and each can be enjoyed as part of a quick time trial,
practicing map reading or treasure hunting, or even just to enjoy a
walk around the park with a little twist.

Countryside Ranger, Graeme Wallasaid: “We are delighted to have
permanent orienteering races back on the map at Eglinton Country Park.

“Whether you are an experienced hiker or just find yourself in the great outdoors with
family and friends, with the Ayrshire Orienteering Club we can once
once again to offer a rewarding orientation course adapted to all levels.

“Orienteering is a fantastic way to build your confidence, to stay
active and helps improve both your compass reading and map reading skills
– so you don’t always have to depend on the benefits of your phone’s satellite navigation to
backup! “

To participate, you can download the maps for free from a QR code on the Start
Post office (next to the large stone map and notice board at the main entrance of
Eglinton Park). Alternatively, you can download the maps by visiting:
https://www.ayroc.co.uk/permanent-orienteering-courses

The link will take you to the Go Orienteering website which will take you
through a short questionnaire in the form of a store.

Councilor Louise McPhater said: “Since the easing of restrictions, more than ever before, many of us are reaping the benefits of spending time outdoors.
“The relaunched orienteering courses at Eglinton Country Park offer park visitors the perfect opportunity to try something new while enjoying the beauty of the green spaces on their doorstep.
“I urge anyone interested in getting involved to enroll in a class today and enjoy the benefits of enjoying the fall scenery of Eglinton Country Park while being active and participating in a rewarding outdoor activity. . ”

Head to https://www.ayroc.co.uk/beginner for more information.

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Truck driver who trusted his GPS gets stuck at railway crossing, accident is inevitable https://mtihorizon.com/truck-driver-who-trusted-his-gps-gets-stuck-at-railway-crossing-accident-is-inevitable/ https://mtihorizon.com/truck-driver-who-trusted-his-gps-gets-stuck-at-railway-crossing-accident-is-inevitable/#respond Sat, 23 Oct 2021 21:10:00 +0000 https://mtihorizon.com/truck-driver-who-trusted-his-gps-gets-stuck-at-railway-crossing-accident-is-inevitable/

The driver of a semi-trailer that had to take an alternate route due to road construction in the area decided to ignore the road signs and just use his GPS software for the whole thing.

But because the satellite navigation system didn’t know he was driving a truck, it simply sent the vehicle on a route suitable for passenger cars and passed an acute crossing.

So, when crossing the crossing, the truck ended up with the wheels suspended, eventually getting stuck and the driver unable to reverse.

The incident happened on Addington Bend Road, near Thackerville, and it turns out that it was not the only truck on the route although it is not suitable for large vehicles.

This time, however, ignoring the road signs had more serious consequences. Because the driver was no longer able to move the truck, an approaching Amtrak passenger train crashed directly into the car transporter. And what happened next can easily be the scene from a horror movie that some unfortunate ones had the misfortune to watch live.

The good news is that everyone is fine, as only a few passengers on the train were sent to hospital with minor injuries. In addition, the driver and his dog were able to get out of the truck before the collision.

The bad news is that more and more people think it’s okay to take everything GPS says for granted. And in some cases this proves to be fatal, especially when the driver ignores all the signs that indicate that he should not take a certain route.

Not so long ago, a Russian driver and his friend found themselves on an abandoned road with their car broken down and no cell signal after taking an alternate route provided by Google Maps. The driver ultimately froze to death in the harsh winter temperature, while the passenger was rushed to hospital with serious injuries.

WARNING: Some viewers may find the video disturbing. Discretion of viewers recommended.

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Weekly overview of crime in Arun district https://mtihorizon.com/weekly-overview-of-crime-in-arun-district/ https://mtihorizon.com/weekly-overview-of-crime-in-arun-district/#respond Fri, 22 Oct 2021 16:42:00 +0000 https://mtihorizon.com/weekly-overview-of-crime-in-arun-district/

A cabin on a commercial construction site in Charles Purley Way, Bognor Regis, was broken into overnight between October 11 and 12, but nothing was stolen. The serial number of the policy is 0232 – 12/10/21.

A bicycle and several power tools were stolen from a garage at an address in Osprey Gardens, Bognor Regis, in the early hours of October 14. The serial number of the policy is 0147 – 10/14/21.

This Week’s Crime Update

Two cordless drills and their chargers were stolen from a shed in Greencourt Drive, Bognor Regis during the night of October 13-14. The serial number of the policy is 0238 – 10/14/21.

A dash cam was stolen from a vehicle parked on Ivydale Road, Bognor Regis, on the night of October 14-15. The serial number of the policy is 1074 – 10/15/21.

Graffiti – including swastikas – and other hate-related symbols were found on several rooftops on London Road on the afternoon of October 12. The serial number of the policy is 0934 – 10/14/21.

The rearview mirror of a car parked on Ellasdale Road, Bognor Regis, was damaged and overturned on the night of October 16-17. The serial number of the policy is 1115 – 10/17/21.

A common glass door at a Glamis Street property, Bognor Regis, was damaged and shattered on the evening of October 17. The serial number of the policy is 1369 – 10/17/21.

Five bikes were stolen from a shed in Stroud Green Drive, Bognor Regis, on the night of October 17-18. The serial number of the policy is 0239 – 10/18/21.

Littlehampton, Rustington and surrounding areas

A church window on Vermont Drive in East Preston was smashed in the early hours of October 16, but nothing was reported stolen. The serial number of the policy is 0407 – 10/16/21.

Power tools were stolen from a number of containers in Harwood Road, Littlehampton. The serial number of the policy is 0332 – 10/17/21.

A phone charger, sunglasses and a screwdriver set were stolen from a vehicle parked at Brookenbee Close, Littlehampton on the night of October 14-15. The serial number of the policy is 0949 – 10/15/21.

A cell phone, laptop computer, jewelry and GPS were stolen from a vehicle parked in Clun Road, Littlehampton during the night of October 16-17. The serial number of the policy is 0624 – 10/17/21.

A purse was stolen from a residential property in Wick Farm, Littlehampton, on the night of October 17-18. The serial number of the policy is 0217 – 10/18/21.

Fishing tackle was stolen from an unsecured garage in Kestrel Way, Littlehampton on the night of October 17-18. The serial number of the policy 0459 – 10/18/21.

Arundel, Barnham and surrounding areas

A string trimmer and hedge trimmer were stolen from a container at a construction site in Church Hill, Slindon overnight October 11-12. The serial number of the policy is 0242 – 10/13/21.

A hole of unknown origin was found at the bottom of a resident’s garage door in Orchard Way, Barnham on October 15. The serial number of the policy is 0410 – 10/15/21.

Anyone with information on any of the above incidents is urged to contact the police online or by calling 101 and quoting the appropriate serial number.

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Away Fan Guide: Peterborough United https://mtihorizon.com/away-fan-guide-peterborough-united/ https://mtihorizon.com/away-fan-guide-peterborough-united/#respond Thu, 21 Oct 2021 17:50:00 +0000 https://mtihorizon.com/away-fan-guide-peterborough-united/

The QUEENS PARK RANGERS are back on the road this weekend, as Mark Warburton’s side look to build on Tuesday night’s win over the Blackburn Rovers, with an upcoming trip to Peterborough United to order of Ranger Day.

The famous London Road, now known as Weston Home Stadium, will host the Sky Bet Championship game with Peterborough United on Saturday, in our first league meeting with the Posh since 2010.

Bolstered by an impressive following this weekend, Warburton’s men will be eager to put last week’s loss to Fulham in the derby, with a trip to the A1 to face newly promoted Peterborough the perfect opportunity to do so. do, in what promises to be an exciting affair for all involved.

With the lockdown restrictions relaxed, a crowded QPR end will once again welcome the Rs when they enter the field, ensuring an electric atmosphere at 3pm.

As a result, we’ve put together this helpful guide for fans on the go, to make sure you’ve got everything you need to know ahead of our clash with the Posh.

COVID protocols

As we seek to limit the risk of transmission of COVID-19, QPR management and players are unable to sign autographs or pose for photos at this time. We look forward to the return of normalcy, but ask all supporters to understand and respect the reasons behind this.

Ticket information

The club are happy to announce that Mark Warburton’s side will be back with just under 4,000 R supporters in Peterborough, a big thank you for your fantastic support once again.

But, please note that the fixture has now been classified as ALL TICKET and no sale will be available for same day purchase. Accordingly, supporters are informed that any changes or refunds to reservations must be made before tickets go on sale at 12 noon on Friday 22.sd October subject to availability.

Turnstiles

Traveling R supporters heading to Peterborough will be accommodated in both the Deskgo stand and part of the main north stand, of course both behind the goal and on the side of the pitch.

Despite its recent renovations, which have seen the outer end shift from an old-fashioned terrace to a fully seated end, much like the Kiyan Prince Foundation stadium, the famous old pitch remains relatively dated, ensuring an after- memorable midday on Saturday.

But modern facilities mixed, hopefully, with an impressive R performance will hopefully ensure an enjoyable trip for Rangers fans.

Itinerary

When driving to the stadium from Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, it is advisable to take the A1 to junction 17, before following the signs for Peterborough (A1139) on the A1139 Fletton Parkway. Exit the Parkway at junction 3, before turning left onto the A1260. Head to Shrewsbury Avenue and turn right onto the A605, follow this road for a mile and the stadium will be straight ahead.

As with us, there is no public parking near the stadium, but there are car parks in the Pleasure Fair Meadow Council and Rail world parking lots which are located in front of the stadium.

NAV SAT: PE2 8AL

Public transport

When traveling to Peterborough by train, Peterborough Station is approximately one mile from the stadium, with regular trains from London St Pancras serving the station.

The journey from London should take just under an hour, followed by a short ten-minute walk.

Simply exit to the right of the station and head towards boulevard de Bourges, head for the underpass and at the traffic lights, turn right and the stadium will be on your left.

Alternatively, there are plenty of taxis available from the station.

Pubs and refreshments at the stadium

In Peterborough there are many pubs and food outlets for traveling supporters including ‘The Cross Keys’ pub which is a popular spot for many fans outside.

However, elsewhere it is advisable to check if these pubs are reserved for local supporters.

Refreshments are also available at the stadium, with a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available. On top of that, food, including burgers, hot dogs, and general snacks and drinks, are available for purchase in the lobby.

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After All: Four voices in a camper van (to say nothing of the barking) https://mtihorizon.com/after-all-four-voices-in-a-camper-van-to-say-nothing-of-the-barking/ https://mtihorizon.com/after-all-four-voices-in-a-camper-van-to-say-nothing-of-the-barking/#respond Wed, 20 Oct 2021 13:00:30 +0000 https://mtihorizon.com/after-all-four-voices-in-a-camper-van-to-say-nothing-of-the-barking/ Continuing his motorhome adventures, our columnist introduces readers to his gaunt but noisy techno travel companions.

We were not three, but four in this relationship. Not to mention the dog …

The four of us (or five) were stuck inside the converted Toyota Alphard (aka Alphie) motorhome. No wonder the atmosphere inside is often volatile.

“You’ve exceeded the speed limit! George crackled in his hoarse, squeaky voice.

“Oh, George, here we go again! My wife would exclaim. “Can’t you see we’re actually in a queue?” “

“Yes, George, why don’t you shut up once and for all?” I would echo from the driver’s seat.

“At the roundabout 800 meters, take the third exit and turn right,” Liz calls out. She spoke with a chic accent, which made her annoyed all the time …

In the direction of Dumfries, I drove Alphie through the Scottish Borders, which HV Morton once described as a “strange compromise between fairyland and battlefield”. It was our fifth camping trip this year, and now I could proudly admit that we had learned the basics of motorhome. Gone are the days when we needed more than two hours to set up camp. We came to experience the benefits of concerted teamwork, with me unloading Alphie, setting up a storage tent and lighting the fire, my wife circling around the seats inside the living room (easier said than do) to create a comfortable bed the size of a Pavarotti, and Tashi, our downy Tibetan terrier, sitting on the grass chewing a bone and barking half-heartedly at low-flying birds or bats (depending on the season). Each of us knew what to do, and we barely spoke until everything was set for a quiet evening around the bonfire.

Packing our bags in the morning was a bit more tedious, but not as difficult as finding our next campsite. For some reason most campsites are in the middle of nowhere. They are connected to the rest of the world by narrow and often unpaved unnamed paths, made up almost entirely of bumps and potholes. In Russia, they rightly refer to such places as “bear corners”.

This is where satnavs, with their dubious ability to make no distinction between a freeway and a permanently deserted country road (as they tend to calculate your route only in distance, you see), come into play: tired after spending the better part of the morning packing your bags you don’t want to worry about how to negotiate every turn and roundabout.

We inherited “George the SatNav” (that’s what my wife called him) as part of an outdated sound system that looked more like the original Game Boy and was firmly integrated into the board. on board our Toyota Alphard, made in Japan, but converted to a motorhome in the UK a few years later. Operated via a series of buttons and without a touchscreen, the system was clearly antediluvian. With her favorite mantra being “You’ve exceeded the speed limit!” Cantankerous and crackling, often voiced when the car was stationary, George was useless. No wonder we quickly started calling him “our SatNag”!

George’s other annoying eccentricity was triumphantly announcing “Route recalculation!” At the most inappropriate times, such as when negotiating a seemingly endless roundabout – an unsolicited intervention that could easily lead to an accident.

Why didn’t we get rid of George right away, you will tell me? Well, just like turning the seats inside our motorhome, it was a lot easier said than done. George has proven to be extremely resilient and – as a courageous voice of determined political opposition in a totalitarian country – utterly unstoppable. Not just ourselves, but a number of experienced audio technicians have been unable to silence him completely.

Not quite defeated, George was still very unreliable so we started using Google Maps GPS from my wife’s smartphone instead. ‘Liz’ was what we dubbed the pleasant female voice – a direct opposite of George, best described as the half-hearted drawl of a longtime geezer. Liz was chic, precise and down-to-earth, her only eccentricity being an unbridled affection for bridleways and semi-abandoned paths where she sent the not so little Alphie without the slightest hesitation, as if to direct him towards. a toll-free bridge or highway. As a result, I once had to back up on a very narrow dirt road for about a mile to give way to a farm tractor. Another time we got stuck on top of a small mountain on ‘the roof of England’, that is to say in the Pennines, and I was only able to retreat after several. dozens of frantic three-point turns on the edge of a steep slope.

As you can see, having two noisy and mutually incompatible GPS inside one vehicle, with George’s insane “route recalculations” in the middle of Liz’s instructions on how to negotiate another giant roundabout. similar to an octopus, is not conducive to successful navigation. And here I would like to urge all members of my Virtual Campervanning Club (see AND June 2021) to be very careful in choosing their GPS, which (who) – like pets – are not just for Christmas. Whether you like it or not, you end up forming an almost intimate relationship with them, for how could it be otherwise as they become directly responsible for your life and the lives of your RV mates? In my dreams I can see a new generation of GPS that could be interviewed before you buy them to let you decide if you like their voices, accents, and manners. Ideally, you should be able to take them for a test drive to see if you can work as a team. Because teamwork, as I have already said in this column, is the guarantee of a successful motorhome!

… Well, unlike George’s, Liz’s speech has always been formal. Therefore, it was a surprise when at some point in our trip to Scotland I heard her say: “In 500 meters turn left towards Devil’s Porridge!”

My first thought was that she had somehow – perhaps under George’s corrupting influence – learned to swear. But then I spotted a road sign: ‘Devil’s Porridge’. We followed him and soon arrived at one of Dumfries & Galloway’s many engineering marvels. What wonders? With the help of Liz and George, I will show them to you in my next column.

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Audi Q3 TFSI and Sportback https://mtihorizon.com/audi-q3-tfsi-and-sportback/ https://mtihorizon.com/audi-q3-tfsi-and-sportback/#respond Tue, 19 Oct 2021 05:46:04 +0000 https://mtihorizon.com/audi-q3-tfsi-and-sportback/

John Challen takes the wheel of Audi’s latest plug-in hybrid in the form of a Sportback coupe.

Audi Q3 TFSI and Sportback

SECTOR SUV Coupe THE PRICE £ 42,410 to £ 50,300 FUEL 141.2 mpg CO2 44g / km

Audi’s new Q3 TFSi e Sportback offers a plug-in hybrid with up to 141 mpg in the combined cycle, around 30 miles of electric power alone from its 13.0 kWh battery (which cannot be charged quickly) and CO2 emissions of 44 g / km.

These numbers are the same, in the fleet-friendly S-Line trim, for the Q3 45 TFSi e and Q3 45 TFSi Sportback, as is the tax rating of 11% in-kind benefits, with the latter a figure of slimmer coupe, commanding a £ 1,200 premium over the Q3 45 TFSi e. It’s also worth noting that the non-Sportback Q3 offers an entry-level Technik model that starts at £ 37,810 versus £ 41,260 for the S-Line variants.

Audi says the Sportback will likely account for around 25% of Q3 TFSi e sales and that sounds pretty logical. It’s purely subjective as to whether it looks better, and there’s no denying that the Q3 is already an attractive car. Thus, when one takes into account a little less space for the head at the rear, a cubic capacity of the trunk less suitable for families (already reduced by the hybrid system) and the effect of the price premium on BiK , it’s not hard to see why 75% opt for the more familiar sight on UK roads. Audi has also invested heavily in its online car configurator to simplify the specification process for fleet drivers.

The Sportback will be available from October and behind the wheel, that’s familiar Audi ergonomics … that is, nicely appointed seats, comfortable and – sometimes frustrating apart from satellite navigation – controls intuitive.

In Q3 and Q3 Sportback form, the Audi is a direct competitor to our FW Fleet Cupra Formentor – both offer a fiery 245bhp with similar driving characteristics, a BiK rating of 11% (although the Cupra weighs 100kg less) and both are excellent. The real winner here is therefore the fleet operator who must choose.

Verdict FW: 4/5

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TLE drives: Caterham Seven 620S https://mtihorizon.com/tle-drives-caterham-seven-620s/ https://mtihorizon.com/tle-drives-caterham-seven-620s/#respond Mon, 18 Oct 2021 07:28:57 +0000 https://mtihorizon.com/tle-drives-caterham-seven-620s/

The kit car saw some revival during the lockdown months. In line with a wider push toward owning something retro – even cassettes are enjoying a fiery comeback – there’s an undoubted appeal in the simplicity of something like a Caterham. Seats, steering wheel, three pedals; it is driver against road. Driving something like a Caterham Seven 620S says a lot about you, too.

Few cars I have had the pleasure of driving have garnered so many admiring glances and comments than this Lamborghini Viola Parsifae Caterham Seven 620S. It’s purple for you and me, but there’s no denying that it looks great. There is also something very accessible about it. Ferraris, McLarens and Bentleys all have their own appeal, but the Caterham is a different beast. People love it. The children stop to look in the cabin. Everyone asks questions. I met four of my neighbors for the first time while doing the roof one evening. The Caterham Seven 620S was a social occasion.

How does the Caterham Seven 620S like to drive?

It’s less of a social occasion once you lower yourself into the cabin. The tested model was however equipped with heated seats. They will then install adaptive cruise control and airbags. With the four point harness clipped in, you are ready for action. Turn the key, push the ignition button, and the 2.0-liter Supercharged Ford Duratec engine comes to life.

It might not seem like much on paper, but 310hp in a car weighing only 610kg is enough to get you to sit down and take note. 0-60 is removed in 3.44 seconds. It will go up to 144 mph.

The performance is wild and takes a little getting used to. The throttle was a little difficult to modulate at first. At low speeds, it is advisable to leave a healthy space in the front car to allow the Caterham Seven 620S to move forward. Once you move, however, everything becomes a lot easier.

So it’s a shame to have spent my first two hours in the Caterham Seven 620S sitting in traffic on the M25 (thank you Insulate Britain!). This is not a car made for that.

Put it in the right setting, however, and it looks absolutely stunning. Management is wonderfully crisp, responsive, and filled with commentary. The response of the accelerator is there. Passing it through the gears connects you more to the experience. There is nothing to help; it’s just you and the machine. Putting it on along a route B is a delight. You will smile like an idiot.

Stay on your favorite roads

One of the great things about ownership, I understand, is that you will only be using the Caterham Seven 620S when the conditions are right. I had the 620S Thursday thru Tuesday and probably used it too much. This is not a car for a quick run to the shops. Without power steering, it’s a pig to park in the supermarket. There is little space for you to shop. Entering and leaving is a test. It can get a bit overwhelming in mundane settings when you experience it all.

I just wanted to drive this car. Any excuse to get behind the wheel and I buckled up again. The local Lidl is a two minute drive away. I have come a long way. You are still chasing the dragon on a deserted road.

It’s so rewarding when you get there too. Even on the highway, however, the Caterham Seven 620S impressed. If you are planning a weekend getaway, this will be a perfect companion. At 70 mph, the cabin isn’t as loud as you might expect and you can have a conversation.

Mid-range acceleration is also abundant. A straight kick and you’ll breach easily. The only downside is the way the mirrors vibrate, so it’s essential that you pay attention to your surroundings when making lane changes.

Highways also lead to better roads. Take a detour, head out into the countryside and enjoy it. Accept the lack of a satellite navigation system and get lost. Jumping from corner to corner, it will be some time before reality catches up with you.

What about the more mundane Caterham Seven 620S?

As I mentioned, the Caterham Seven 620S is not a car to sit in traffic. It is however more comfortable than I expected. I reviewed the Caterham Seven 310R earlier this year and the R specification, among other things, meant 13-inch wheels. The 620S ran on 15-inch wheels, which greatly facilitates the day-to-day task.

The retarders can be disengaged easily. The bottom of the car does not catch on the mini-roundabouts. The ride is more forgiving. High intensity LED headlights let you see at night. The full beam icon does not burn your retinas. The 620S is, for a Caterham at least, quite comfortable. You could live with this car. Maybe not daily, but definitely use it extensively. As long as it doesn’t rain. The Caterham Seven 620S is, like all Caterhams, a fair weather car. But you already knew that.

Then you come back to an open road, stick it second, roll it up and… you’re on the horizon in no time. Another comment to note is the experience of friends with whom I have driven the 620S. Everyone said it was more captivating and enjoyable from the passenger seat than the Caterham Seven 310R. No surprise, perhaps, given the extra oomph it gets, but the 620S is an extremely exciting car to see, drive and drive.

Caterham 620S

Conclusion

Glad I drove the Caterham Seven 310R first. Going from nothing to Caterham Seven 620S would be a bit too much. Leaving the Caterham car park near Gatwick I initially struggled with the throttle response to the point of exiting the backend at the start. They must have wondered who the hell they had lent their car to.

It was a timely reminder, however, that you are alone here. You have to respect a car like this and I like it. It also means that it is extremely easy to enjoy, as you can dance at your own pace. Everyone will experience a Caterham Seven 620S in their own way.

Where the 310R was perhaps a bit of a disappointment in performance issues, the Caterham Seven 620S delivers in spades. It feels every inch exactly what you expect from a Caterham. It’s vocal, raw, basic, thrilling, wild and it sounds awesome.

I remember watching a segment of a well-known TV show about the Caterham superlight R500 and always wanted to drive one. Getting the opportunity to drive the Caterham Seven 620S was an opportunity, in a roundabout way, to tick one off the to-do list.

They say you should never meet your heroes, so putting such expectations on a car takes the excitement up a notch. Did it disappoint? It’s hell. The Caterham Seven 620S feels in every inch what a Caterham should feel. It sounds like the ultimate expression of the brand.

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The standard white cane is an essential getting out and moving aid for many visually impaired people, but to date it hasn’t offered many affordable modern updates – something a group of researchers want to change.

Borrowing technology designed for autonomous vehicles, the team developed an auto-navigating smart cane that can identify obstacles in the surrounding environment and safely move the user away.

In testing, the smart and augmented cane increased the walking speed of visually impaired volunteers by 18%. For the 250 million people with sight difficulties around the world, this assistive technology could lead to a significant increase in their quality of life.

“We wanted something more user-friendly than a simple white cane with sensors” says mechanical engineer Patrick Slade from Stanford University in California. “Something that can not only tell you that there is an object in your path, but tell you what that object is and then help you navigate around it.”

The smart cane relies heavily on LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), which uses reflective lasers to spot objects and just from a distance. Sensors common to smartphones – GPS, accelerometers, magnetometers, and gyroscopes – keep track of the user’s position, speed, and direction, respectively.

On the software side, the cane uses several artificial intelligence algorithms, including simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) – a way to build a map of an unknown area while keeping track of a user’s location inside it.

At the end of the cane, a motorized omnidirectional wheel can push walkers in one direction or another, and can even be used to steer someone to a destination like a cafe (much like a smartphone or car GPS would. ).

“We want humans to stay in control, but provide them with the right level of smooth advice to get them where they want to go in the safest and most efficient way possible,” says computer scientist Mykel Kochenderfer, also from Stanford.

(Andrew Brodhead / Stanford University)

This isn’t the first time the technology has been incorporated into smart rods, but current models are heavy and expensive. This new one is lightweight and could be available for a few hundred dollars, less than a tenth the cost of some existing smart rods.

The cane was developed with help visually impaired people, who gave “incredible feedback” according to Slade. Many design and navigation decisions were made based on feedback from those who would actually use the device.

For now, however, this is still a research prototype. The team made their design open source, so anyone with the necessary craftsmanship and materials (which cost around $ 400) can create their own version of the smart rod and help with its development.

“We wanted to optimize this project to facilitate its replication and the cost” said Kochenderfer. “Anyone can download all code, nomenclature and electronic diagrams for free. “

The research was published in Scientific robotics.


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Prince William said to forget to go to space https://mtihorizon.com/prince-william-said-to-forget-to-go-to-space/ https://mtihorizon.com/prince-william-said-to-forget-to-go-to-space/#respond Fri, 15 Oct 2021 21:39:00 +0000 https://mtihorizon.com/prince-william-said-to-forget-to-go-to-space/

IT IS tricky for people who advise Prince William because he has to be interesting without being interesting and nervous without being nervous.

And he has to say things that matter without saying anything at all about things that matter.

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Prince William’s complaints about space exploration were misjudgedCredit: La Méga Agence

Normally they’re pretty good but this week I’m afraid they’ve put the ball down a little and decided to let him express his opinion on the billionaires walking in space.

So he said, out loud, that people with great minds (and deep pockets) should try to fix this planet before they try to find the next place to go to live.

Without a doubt, this anti-rich, anti-business tone has played well in millennial and awakened discussion groups, but it doesn’t quite stand up to scrutiny.

A great mind?

Because one of the billionaires engaged in the new space race is Elon Musk, who made his fortune by designing and building electric cars.

This is what the green movement wants us all to drive, if we can’t afford to follow in the footsteps of Prince Charles, who sort of trained his Aston Martin DB6 to run on cheese and wine.

Then there’s Jeff Bezos, who actually doesn’t seem to want to find another planet to live on.

He just wants to build a road to space, so that it becomes cheaper and easier to go there and do important things. Like the launch satellites your cell phone and GPS need.

There have been claims that it is massively polluting to launch a rocket. But that’s nonsense, because they run on hydrogen, which isn’t a fossil fuel, and oxygen, which isn’t either.

And all that comes out of the back is water vapor.

I once went on a bright blue summer day to a NASA rocket test in Louisiana, and ten minutes later a little cloud formed and it started to rain.

It remains one of the most amazing things I have ever seen.

Of course, in the early days of space flight, the whole rocket was used once, and then a new one had to be built.

But not anymore – Musk and Bezos are both as reusable as the family sedan.

And that brings us to Sir Branson. Hmmm. Is he a great mind?

I think, all things considered, I would rather have him roam around space than trying to fix anything major on Earth.

Prince William is wrong, space rocket flights are truly amazing

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Prince William is wrong, space rocket flights are truly amazingCredit: PA

And I feel pretty much the same for Prince William. He is without a doubt a very charming man and he has an almost impossible job. Wait. And in the meantime, to be, not to do.

But the next day he gave us his thoughts on space travel, he criticized people for throwing trash.

This is safe ground, Your Highness. And if you want you can come to my farm and help me pick up the mountain of shit that is blown in the fields every day. And the old fridges that are thrown into the catwalks.

Then in the evening we could grab a pint and chat about how you once secretly played the role of a Storm trooper. . . in a movie called Star Wars.

The green team is futile

ALL week, everyone urged world leaders to deal with the upcoming Glasgow climate summit. “Action this day” is the rallying cry of social media.

Basically they don’t want politicians to just sit there talking. So what do they want instead? For them to sing? Make origami animals?

Trying to sort through shows without China's cooperation is futile

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Trying to sort through shows without China’s cooperation is futileCredit: Getty

The problem is, when politicians stop talking and “do” something, it’s usually a disaster. Iraq War, are you interested?

On the green front, our glorious leaders in Britain decided to ban internal combustion engines, which is stupid, they said they wanted to plant 30 million trees that they didn’t have, and recently they said that farmers should use animal dung to fertilize their fields and that farmers should NOT use animal dung to fertilize their fields.

Fortunately, it is unlikely that they could achieve anything in Glasgow even if they wanted to, as Chinese President Xi has announced that he cannot make it, likely because he has opened a new power plant. coal electric that day.

And trying to solve our carbon emissions without China in the room would be like trying to sort out the future of newspapers without a representative from The Sun at the table.

Free poor Adam

COUNTRYFILE got a lot of hook this week, with many claiming that I have done more for agriculture with my one show on Amazon than the BBC flagship in 30 years.

It’s a little unfair, I think, because Countryfile is not a farm show. It is a festival of wheelchairs and turbans, an assortment of righteousness and a celebration of minority.

Countryfile presenter Adam Henson appears to be restrained by BBC

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Countryfile presenter Adam Henson appears to be restrained by BBCCredit: BBC

He doesn’t even try to tell us what’s going on in the countryside, only what his producers want to happen.

That’s why we get articles about women lying under trees in a wood, humming.

I actually feel sorry for the show’s farmer, Adam Henson, because I’ve been in the business long enough to know he’s talking with a hand tied behind his back and an off-camera gun to his head.

He’s a damn good presenter and a nice guy and what I would love to see is a series called Henson Unleashed.

Where he can say whatever he wants. And he can start, in the first, by telling us the truth about badgers.

We all want agriculture to branch off, where middlemen are cut off. Well that would be farm to front room with no BBC interference in between.

Soon we will all have a dog in the fight …

Robot dogs of war are trained in America

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Robot dogs of war are trained in AmericaCredit: U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Anabel Del Valle

At an air base in America, a robotic dog is used to patrol the perimeter, sending a video stream to human operators returning to the base.

And now it is planned to equip it with an assault rifle. The idea is simple. If the human operator sees someone trying to break in, he can load the rifle, aim, and, without getting up from his chair, shoot.

Some even suggest that one day these remote control dogs could replace soldiers on the battlefield. Great.

Because when both sides use them, all world conflicts will be settled by everyone playing what is essentially a Robot Wars game.

We saw you Keir

YOU MUST admire Sir Starmer’s nerve.

This week he attempted to back up a truck and immediately crashed into a fence.

A normal person would say, “it’s harder than it looks”, or “I’m a numpty”.

But Starmer said “great” and went on with his day, hoping we hadn’t noticed and now think he’s an Ice Road Trucker.

In the money

This Banksy painting cost ridiculous £ 16million

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This Banksy painting cost ridiculous £ 16millionCredit: SWNS: Southwest Press Service

FOLLOWING the announcement of a partially shredded Banksy painting being auctioned for £ 16million, I would like to announce that I will be selling my crumpled and slightly torn poster of tennis player Athena.

Let’s start the auction at ten miles.

Blow in the teeth

There was no good reason to eliminate Jack Grealish against Hungary

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There was no good reason to eliminate Jack Grealish against HungaryCredit: Getty

I don’t claim to be a football scholar, but I know enough to recognize that Jack Grealish made a good change in the game against Hungary this week.

He was all over the pitch and always looked like he wanted to score.

And then he was kidnapped. Did I miss something? Or was Mr. Southgate not paying attention?

Star Trek’s William Shatner, 90, becomes oldest person to go to space as he takes off from Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket
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Fiat 500 Red 2021 range: price and specifications revealed https://mtihorizon.com/fiat-500-red-2021-range-price-and-specifications-revealed/ https://mtihorizon.com/fiat-500-red-2021-range-price-and-specifications-revealed/#respond Thu, 14 Oct 2021 13:08:11 +0000 https://mtihorizon.com/fiat-500-red-2021-range-price-and-specifications-revealed/

Fiat has revealed prices and specifications for the upcoming Red editions for the 500 family, created in partnership with the Red charity, which was formed to fight global pandemics.

All models of the 500 family will benefit from an all-red design. Prices start from £ 16,435 for the 500 mild hybrid, £ 22,995 for the electric 500 and £ 24,125 for the 500X crossover.

Each car receives red paint, logos, mirror caps and design cues on the alloy rims. Inside, they get a red dashboard, custom floor mats, and a red aluminum accelerator pedal.

The seats are made from recycled plastic recovered from the ocean. As standard, the driver is red in color and accompanied by black passenger seats, but buyers can choose a uniform color.

A black panoramic roof is available for hatchback models, while the red logo is positioned on both door pillars.

The entry-level 500 Red (£ 16,435) is powered by a 70bhp 1.0-liter mild hybrid petrol engine. It is based on the Dolcevita specification and includes a chrome grille, chrome door handles and a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It can be specified with Pasodoble Red, Electroclash Gray, Bossa Nova White or Crossover Black paint.

The electric 500 Red (£ 25,495) comes with a choice of two powertrains: 95 hp and WLTP range of up to 118 miles or 118 hp and range of up to 199 miles.

Mineral Gray, Ice White and Onyx Black paint colors can also be selected.

Prices for the 500X Red start from £ 24,125. It is based on the Cross specification with 19-inch alloy rims and a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with GPS.

It is available as a regular model or with a black soft top. Paint colors available include Passione Red, Fashion Gray, Ice White and Cinema Black, all accompanied by red design elements.

Orders for the 500 Red range are open now.

Each model comes with a welcome kit, including a hand sanitizer dispenser and a custom key guard. New customers will also receive an email signed by Fiat CEO Olivier François and Red Bono co-founder.

As part of the partnership with Red, Fiat, Jeep and Ram will donate more than $ 4million (£ 2.96million) over the next three years to help fight global Covid-19 pandemics and HIV / AIDS.

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