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by dvenman
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Advanced Driving - Cars
Topic: GBOL & DSG Gearbox
Replies: 38
Views: 1424

Re: GBOL & DSG Gearbox

Potential thread hijack (sorry) Why are people still talking about BGOL and implying if you do it it will kill you so must be avoided at all costs? ...snipped... As a tool stop a driver rushing everything it is helpful but the insistence that this is an imperative is that really true or just good o...
by dvenman
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why autonomous cars won't be able to drive properly...
Replies: 28
Views: 206

Why autonomous cars won't be able to drive properly...

I saw this comment on an email list I subscribe to (for those interested, http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Risks/ ) The Las Vegas bus incident demonstrates a basic problem of autonomous cars, which no one seems to have addressed yet. As every student driver learns within the first few lessons, operating a v...
by dvenman
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Nitty Gritty Truth
Replies: 9
Views: 181

Re: Nitty Gritty Truth

If only they just came out when they are needed and not just on a gamble from overly pessimistic weather forecasts. It's a constant discussion of why their forecasts differ so much from the actual weather. Met folks aren't referred to as "weather guessers" for nothing. On a slightly more ...
by dvenman
Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Flat bottomed steering wheels - why??
Replies: 66
Views: 2493

Re: Flat bottomed steering wheels - why??

Horse wrote:Really pedantic people might comment that some helicopters have a ducted fan rather than rotors. And a really annoying pedant might mention NOTAR ;)


Yep, still not rudder pedals :)
by dvenman
Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Flat bottomed steering wheels - why??
Replies: 66
Views: 2493

Re: Flat bottomed steering wheels - why??

Oh , if you ever progress to helicopters , you then have cyclic ( stick ) , rudders , and collective which give additional degrees of freedom over fixed wing . <Pedant mode on> Cyclic - yes, controls the tilt of the disc. Collective - yes, controls how much lift the disc provides. Rudder pedals - n...
by dvenman
Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: VW Trailer Assist
Replies: 14
Views: 209

Re: VW Trailer Assist

waremark wrote:Can anyone describe what trailer assist does?


http://www.volkswagen.co.uk/technology/ ... ler-assist
by dvenman
Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Advanced Driving - Bikes
Topic: Pros and cons of hi-vis
Replies: 82
Views: 913

Re: Pros and cons of hi-vis

A friend's ex was involved last year in an RTC where he felt he hit something, stopped a little down the road to check, found nothing and carried on. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous and failing to stop, the death by dangerous was dropped and he was convicted o...
by dvenman
Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: VW Trailer Assist
Replies: 14
Views: 209

VW Trailer Assist

Quirky commercial to show off VW's Trailer Assist feature:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCeyxEuRNi4
by dvenman
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Armistice Day at Duxford
Replies: 10
Views: 435

Re: Armistice Day at Duxford

GeoffGrayer wrote:Hi Mike,
Was that biplane on the first line giving flights?


Can't answer that question but that type are routinely used to give pleasure flights - nostalgic 30s atmosphere and all that.

It's a De Havilland (aaaah) Dragon Rapide, for info.
by dvenman
Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Limited Slip Diffs?
Replies: 43
Views: 1374

Re: Limited Slip Diffs?

And seat cooling isn't necessarily all that effective. 45 minutes of black seats in a convertible, open to the Utah sun in August, needed a towel over the driver's seat to be even bearable!

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