Vespa Elettrica, an electrically powered scooter, will zoom the streets of many cities and towns, at least in Europe in 2018. The all-electric model of the iconic scooter has retained its beautiful ageless looks, while adding a bit of extra power for that moment when the red lights change to green. For travelers, an electric Vespa brings a little bit of quietness to noisy city streets, and perhaps scooter rentals pick up the model for tourists to rent.
Head-up display (HUD) devices for cars typically project navigation information, travel speed and other useful pieces of information to the windshield so that the display doesn’t block driver’s view to the road ahead. It is easy to install a head-up display to an old and trusty road trip vehicle as well, but is the device worth the investment?
A new electric vehicle from Segway may be a solution for travelers who have been looking for a small vehicle for transporting them in cities to nearby sights. The Segway One S2 is a electricity-powered unicycle that is small enough to easily fit into a campervan, motorhome, or ordinary hatchback.
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The introduction of electric vehicles is bringing many innovations for all travelers and commuters. One of the smartest ideas for charging electric cars is being trialed in London where ecar owners can charge their autos from street side lampposts in 2018.
Managing a navigation device or a music player in a car by voice while driving is an essential safety feature, and helps the driver to relax on long road trips in unfamiliar territories. Apple CarPlay is one of these systems that let you talk to your dashboard and listen to messages from your phone and responses to your questions from the system. The CarPlay is already available in more than 200 car models, and now it is also available for the Honda Gold Wing motorbike.
Certain regions of Europe and especially, a number of big cities on the continent have so much traffic that inevitably, roads become congested during peak hours. If you are planning a road trip in Europe, the best thing is that it is very easy and usually fast to drive from one country to another, but the downside is that some cities can be choked with vehicles. Here is the top 20 ranking for the most congested cities in Europe.
Travelers who are making long road trips don’t think much about the availability of petrol stations because they are everywhere. If you are planning to make a long tour on an electric car, careful planning is required today. Ionity, a joint venture of German automakers, aims to change that. The new company is going to build a network of charging stations along major route across Europe.
Imagine that you are on a road trip in a country where you haven’t been before and whose culture you don’t know. Street signs are familiar, with the exception of one or two odd signs that feature encrypted local language. Then, on the road ahead you spot a pedestrian crossing that is floating above the street. Welcome to Iceland.
Even if your car or campervan doesn’t have a shining new entertainment system with a myriad of external connectors, you can add voice control to your car. Most importantly, you can easily add speech-enabled navigation (you don’t need a dedicated GPS device), access to news, and music. The small gadget that does all this is the Garmin Speak.
Electric cars, scooters and bicycles are here already, but conducting a long road trip on a fully electric car has a problem: range. For instance, manufacturers of compact electric cars may specify a 200 mile / 350 km range for their vehicles, but in reality, the range can be one-fourth or one-third shorter than that. Toshiba’s solution to the problem is the SCIB vehicle battery that fully charges in six minutes.