Renault, Nissan and Fiat have been the biggest laggard in Indian market. Renault has been happy with its success of Duster but was caught napping with the onslaught of Suzuki and Hyundai's cross over vehicles. Even though Creta from Hyundai and X-cross from Suzuki are smaller than Duster, there appeal and build quality has made them favorites of the Indian customers. Renault took a long time (more than 2 years) to bring its next generation Duster in India. The only interesting thing in this launch is the fact that Renault has come up with a automatic transmission in its Diesel variant. There is almost no competition in the Diesel AT space at this price range in India. There are only four options (below) and none of them is a cross over vehicle. Skoda Rapid Volkswagen Vento Hyundai Verena Tata Zest Good luck to Renault, the last slump in sales hopefully brought down the snobbishness from there sales staff ! Team BHP review of Duster
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Our own Dr Roshy John who works for TCS in Kerala has converted his Nano into a driver less car. The car can autonomously change lanes, navigate traffic, brake and is also equipped with an emergency stop switch. Dr. John has also confirmed that the development has been in a form of a kit that can be installed in any other car with slight modifications. Check out the video details below where he discussed in great detail on how his car was built: Though we can see that the car has not been tested extensively on the roads but in true Rajnikant style Doctor John comes in front of the car to show its auto stop capability. Made with LOVE in India !
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Probably the first time ever Google car has hit a bus in California the test driver in the car mentioned that he was expecting the bus to yield and that is why it did not override the car's controls. If the DMV ruled this against Google this will be the first time that Google would have been at fault in a Google car accident. I think the bus might have purposely not slowed down - with Google's ambition to come in public transport there are lot of enemies out there ! Google's report with incident statement is available in this report