Enlarge ImageThe 2020 Subaru Legacy packs turbo power and great infotainment tech. Michael Shaffer/Subaru Welcome to Roadshow’s week in review, where we take a look back at this week’s biggest stories as we head into a long Labor Day weekend. This week started with first drives of several updated Volvos and the brand-new 2020 Subaru Legacy, and stayed interesting with a bunch of Corvette rumors, some recall news and more.Here’s a recap of our most important stories from Aug. 25-31, 2019.Top reviews 2018 Volvo XC60 T8: More hustle from a hybrid 37 Photos 2020 Subaru LegacyThe new Subaru Legacy might not be the prettiest midsize sedan you can buy today, but with a huge list of features and onboard technology, it’s a seriously competitive offering. For 2020, it even packs turbocharged power.Click here to read our full 2020 Subaru Legacy first drive. 28 Photos 5 things you need to know about the BMW M340iBMW’s new 3 Series is even more charming in its hotter M340i guise. In this video, reviews editor Jon Wong goes over what’s most important about this sport sedan. More about 2019 Chevy Malibu 2020 Volvo XC90 is a slicker, safer Swedish SUV Comment 5 things you need to know about the 2020 BMW M340i The top 5 cars from the Pebble Beach Concours d’EleganceRevisit the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours with our Carfection team as they point out some of the highlights of this year’s show. Tags Top newsThe cars that won’t live to see 2020: When we change our calendars at the end of this year, prepare to say goodbye to these vehicles.A 434-horsepower Porsche Macan: Say hello to the 2020 Macan Turbo.Corvette going hybrid: An electrified, mid-engine Corvette could have as much as 850 horsepower.New AMGs: Mercedes pulled the wraps off the new GLB35 and GLE53 Coupe this week.Quick Corvette: Rumors suggest the new C8 Corvette could run the quarter mile in as little as 11 seconds.Farewell, Jessi Combs: Car culture lost a good one this week with the death of the fastest woman on four wheels. Top videos Roadshow 36 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Now playing: Watch this: Driving the VW ID Buggy conceptReviews editor Emme Hall gets behind the wheel of Volkswagen’s electric dune buggy concept to see what it’s all about. 1 2019 Chevy Malibu packs a darker look with new RS package 2019 Chevrolet MalibuOn the other side of the midsize sedan class, we have the 2019 Chevy Malibu which is… not very competitive. Still, there are a few reasons to like Chevy’s midsizer, as associate editor Andrew Krok explains.Click here to read our full 2019 Chevy Malibu review. Top 5 Cars at the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 9:31 2019 Subaru Ascent review 2020 BMW M340i: A hotter, but not hottest 3 Series sedan Share your voice Preview • 2019 Chevy Malibu: No better, no worse 2:44 2020 Subaru Legacy is tech-rich and turbocharged Now playing: Watch this: 52 Photos More From Roadshow 27 Photos Review • 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss Chevrolet Mercedes-AMG’s GLB35 is small, boxy and fast We drive the VW ID Buggy concept 2018 Subaru Crosstrek: Just as good as before, only better 2:38 2020 Volvo XC90The XC90 SUV launched the new direction of Volvo several years ago, and it’s still one of our top picks in the three-row luxury SUV space. It doesn’t look all that different heading into 2020, but there are a few meaningful updates that make it easier to live with every day.Click here to read our full 2020 Volvo XC90 first drive. Chevrolet Rumors Subaru Volvo
Footpaths in Dhaka are being adjusted for the visually impaired people. Karwan Bazar, Dhaka, 11 January. Photo: Abdus SalamSome of the newly laid footpaths in Dhaka city have special yellow and red tiles. These are to facilitate visually impaired persons.The yellow tiles are set along the centre with the red ones on either side. The yellow ones have four vertical raised lines as warnings and the red tiles have block patterns. This works as a code while walking. At the end of the footpath, the yellow tiles have a pattern of 6×6 dots, indicating a change ahead.Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) has already finished laying up the tiles in Gulistan, Bailey Road, and New Market areas while Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has finished with the Karwan Bazar, Bangla Motor, Green Road, Gulshan and Banani areas.Several visually impaired pedestrians were happy with this initiative enterprise, though several complained about obstacles and insufficient indicators.Md. Jahangir Alam, co-ordinator of Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) Bangladesh said, “We had been asking for such footpaths for the visually impaired,” adding, “There are some problems though. At places there the raised lines are on the red tiles though they should be on the yellow ones. Then in some places there are trees and electric poles on the pavements without any indication. I faced problem on a footpath in Gulshan.”Being visually impaired himself, Jahangir shared his concerns over this lack of signs. He stressed the need for an extensive campaign to let the visually impaired know about the special pavements.Neither visually impaired persons nor common pedestrians are fully aware about these special footpaths yet.This reporter found the Green Road footpath, a straight route from Panthapath to Farmgate, has been paved with yellow tiles with dot patterns (a signal to stop) instead of raised bars (the signal to go).Moreover, there are various obstacles including the foot over bridge stairs, telephone poles, metal barriers for reckless motorcycle drivers, shops and bus stop shelters.Khan Mohammad Billal, chief executive officer of DSCC, said, “We are looking into these problems. We have to consult organisations working with the visually impaired.”*This report has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin.
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: E-3POD electric vehicle concept wins the Double Challenge Project (2011, February 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-e-3pod-electric-vehicle-concept.html (PhysOrg.com) — It’s a car. It’s a bike. It’s the winner of the Double Challenge project sponsored by Citroen. It may look like a prop from the move TRON, but in actuality it is an ultra-compact electric vehicle. Somewhere between a motorcycle and a car this vehicle is light, aerodynamically efficient, economical and cheap to build. The project, which was designed by Heikki Juvonen, a masters degree students at London’s Royal College of Art, is called E-3POD Antistatic. Honda Introduces All-New Insight Dedicated Hybrid Concept Vehicle at Paris Motor Show Explore further The bike sets the driver in a large wheel, sans the hub of course, along with two other wheels, which provides for a greater amount of stability than a traditional two-wheeled motorcycle could hope to have. The E-3POD was designed as an entry-level electric vehicle for young professionals and students. It has a specific focus of the daily commute and other short distance trips, as the designer expects that most users would still rely on more traditional fossil fuel based combustion engines for trips of any long distance. At least in the near future. The design in low weight thanks to several features such as the shared suspension for both front wheels, the choice of a scratch resistant plastic in the vehicle canopy, and a rear wheel that doubles as a supportive structural element. Some choices, such as the plastic canopy are only possible because of the electric motors, which produce less vibrations than their gasoline and diesel fueled counterparts.The vehicle also has some unique advantages on road as well. Unlike a motorcycle this design allows for an isolated personal space, and the vehicle can also tilt slightly in order to get a better grip on the road during turns or lane change maneuvers. In addition, the compact size of the vehicle may make parking in crowded urban areas easier, though probably not any less expensive. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Heikki Juvonen, the designer of the E-3POD, in addition to getting the bragging rights of having his design chosen as the best overall design by representatives from Citroën’s Style Centre and Electric Vehicle Development Team, will also receives a six month employment contract to at the PSA Design Centre in Paris, France.