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Off Topic (Non-Honda) / Re: Electric cars
« Last post by John Ratsey on September 19, 2018, 02:55:18 PM »
Cameras have their advantages (eg less likely to be damaged) but one probably needs a backwards-looking cameras on the front corners to cover the blind spot over the driver's shoulder in addition to any camera on the back. However, putting cameras on the vehicle body makes them lower than mirrors and hence more vulnerable to collecting muck. I also wonder how well the sensors can handle a long dose of direct sunshine without quality deterioration.

Going slightly off-topic, but I've often wondered why aircraft don't have backwards-looking nose-mounted cameras so the pilot can see the condition of the engines (eg a fire warning) and wings without having to send someone to look. Such problems are infrequent but the cost would be negligble compared to the cost of the plane.
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Hybrid / Re: 256k and no more
« Last post by John Ratsey on September 19, 2018, 02:42:55 PM »
Did you use the vehicle enquiry site?

https://vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk/

If it's been scrapped I believe it will no longer shows up on here but will still come up on the MOT history check.

My 53-plate Jazz can't be found if I run the reg through the vehicle enquiry.
I'm surprised you can't find it. All my previous vehicles are there, going back to my 1958 Austin A35 (which I sold a few years ago as a restoration project). One vehicle shows up as having an SORN but another has the tax overdue from 1995 and, as it's an Austin Allegro, it's unlikely to be in someone's collection.
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Off Topic (Non-Honda) / Re: Electric cars
« Last post by Jocko on September 19, 2018, 11:59:56 AM »
Yes, quite legal. Found this:

MOT Test of Mirrors – Visibility (3)
View to the rear
This section is now covered under the new general section ‘Visibility’ (3), which includes Windscreens, and is repeated in the relevant section on this website here.

The Tester will check that all mandatory rear-view mirrors or indirect vision devices provide an adequate view to the rear from the driver’s seat.

Indirect vision cameras may replace mirrors on some vehicles. If such devices are fitted, the camera(s) and the screen will be inspected.

Rear view mirrors and indirect vision devices can be any of the following positions:

an exterior mirror or device that provides a view along the offside of the vehicle
an exterior mirror or device that provides a view along the nearside of the vehicle
an interior mirror or device which provides a view to the rear of the vehicle

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Off Topic (Non-Honda) / Re: Electric cars
« Last post by Jocko on September 19, 2018, 11:55:38 AM »
I'm convinced Audi's sweeping indicators are designed to encourage their customers to use their indicators, at least as a means of showing off if nothing else!  ;)
You could be right! The e-tron in the video has brake lights which start in the middle and sweeps to the edges. (See 8 minutes in)
Are cameras instead of mirrors legal in UK? Video says it is the plan in Europe. I know cars only needed a mirror, and old vehicles only had in interior mirror. I'll have to check out the regs.
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Hybrid / Re: 256k and no more
« Last post by RichardA on September 19, 2018, 11:16:51 AM »
Did you use the vehicle enquiry site?

https://vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk/

If it's been scrapped I believe it will no longer shows up on here but will still come up on the MOT history check.

My 53-plate Jazz can't be found if I run the reg through the vehicle enquiry.
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Off Topic (Non-Honda) / Re: Electric cars
« Last post by RichardA on September 19, 2018, 11:03:07 AM »
I'm convinced Audi's sweeping indicators are designed to encourage their customers to use their indicators, at least as a means of showing off if nothing else!  ;)
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Off Topic (Non-Honda) / Re: 30 mph to become 20 mph?
« Last post by RichardA on September 19, 2018, 10:57:36 AM »
These speed bumps are useless, I'm sure these are narrower than my Jazz!

https://goo.gl/maps/DMYBRKtbS4F2

The chicane idea works if done properly. This one is too close the corner, I've been forced to brake when a someone coming in the opposite direction approaches it without slowing down and drives straight round it. It doesn't help when the nearby BMW dealer park their cars are right up at the chicane:

https://goo.gl/maps/DG9uE4ZWqWT2

(The next chicane after this one had to been relocated soon after installation, you see the outline the previous markings on the road.)

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Off Topic (Non-Honda) / Re: 30 mph to become 20 mph?
« Last post by culzean on September 19, 2018, 10:20:06 AM »
*some new build like the other development up the road don't even have street lights!

Council have just replaced the orange sodium streetlights with LED type in our area, the white light much better and more directional ( i.e.. downwards) than older lights, hopefully this will darken the sky and remove that horrible orange glow in the sky over our built up areas.
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Off Topic (Non-Honda) / Re: 30 mph to become 20 mph?
« Last post by Jocko on September 19, 2018, 10:15:33 AM »
As I said, I don't mind 20 mph speed limits as long as they don't stick speed bumps down too.
If need be, I prefer this type of traffic calming.
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Off Topic (Non-Honda) / Re: 30 mph to become 20 mph?
« Last post by RichardA on September 19, 2018, 10:08:42 AM »
We had a 20mph limit through the road that all the residential streets run off from. It's been removed as the estate is yet to be adopted (it's a new build estate). The main road that this leads off from is a 40mph rural road and there are no signs indicating that the 40mph limit has ended, although the presence of street lights* (and common sense) should indicate this would be no more than a 30mph.

*some new build like the other development up the road don't even have street lights!
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