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Jaguar-Land Rover launches noise-cancel tech

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Jaguar Land Rover says it has developed active road noise cancellation technology that can help remove unwanted sound around the cabin area.

It says in a statement that by reducing low-frequency noise exposure, it can help prevent driver fatigue on longer journeys.

Specifically, the automaker says it is pioneering the software that will reduce motion sickness by adapting the driving style of future autonomous vehicles, to continue to provide its customers with the most refined and comfortable ride possible. It notes that there are a myriad of noises that can distract drivers and increase fatigue.

“In order to quell it, Jaguar Land Rover has revealed new noise cancellation technology that removes unwanted road and tyre sounds from the cabin and provides a quieter and more refined experience for drivers and passengers,” it states.

It says the technology, introduced on the new F-Pace, new XF and Range Rover Velar, is capable of lowering unwanted noise peaks by 10dB and overall noise levels by 3-4dB – the equivalent of turning down the in-car sound system by four ‘steps’.

The firm says this significant reduction in exposure to low-frequency noises up to 300Hz can help prevent driver fatigue on longer journeys.

According to theJLR, its aim to make roads safe by reducing accidents and improving driver well-being is a key component of the car company’s journey to Destination Zero: an ambition to make societies safer and healthier and our environments cleaner through relentless innovation.

Explaining how it works, it states that the Active Road Noise Cancellation, enabled by Silentium’s Active Acoustics technology, uses sensors on each wheel to constantly monitor the vibrations from the road surface and calculates the opposite phase sound wave needed to remove the noise heard by the occupants.

It also says the system uses sensors to monitor in real-time, unexpected noises from potholes or rough surfaces can be isolated and removed.

The cancellation sound is said to play through the Meridian sound system, with the vehicle monitoring cabin occupancy to optimise Active Road Noise Cancellation performance for all drivers and passengers.

The JLR says the technology offers a no-compromise solution to balancing refinement, vehicle weight and driving dynamics for a complete premium feel.Active Road Noise Cancellation combines with Engine Noise Cancellation on the updated F-Pace and new Range Rover Velar with the P400e plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain to further enhance the sense of well-being.

Iain Suffield, Jaguar Land Rover Refinement Advanced Technologies Specialist, is quoted as saying, “We are committed to creating a haven for our customers and this new technology allows us to remove unwanted noises from the cabin. It makes the experience more tranquil, improving passenger wellbeing and helping to reduce cognitive load and thus reaction times. This research is all part of the journey to Destination Zero.”

Dr Steve Iley, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Medical Officer, also said, “Active Road Noise Cancellation technology not only has the potential to improve road safety but also well-being and quality of life for our customers.

“In a post-coronavirus world, where a ‘new normal’ is emerging, we expect customer expectations of private transport to change. An extra focus will be placed on safe, clean mobility where personal space, well-being and hygiene carry a premium.”

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CFAO, TotalEnergies unveil four new service centres in Lagos

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AutoFast, a multi-brand quick service franchise of the CFAO group, in partnership with TotalEnergies Marketing Nigeria Plc, has announced the unveiling and operation of four additional service stations in Lagos.

A statement by the CFAO obtained on Thursday said the initiative was in line with its promise to make quality and quick auto service more accessible to Nigerians.

It stated that the new service stations are Lekki 2, Igbobi, Alapere 2, and Sura, adding that they were part of the first batch of development within the TotalEnergies Marketing Nigeria Plc network, across the State.

Other branches, according to the statement are TotalEnergies service station, Wuse 2, Zone Six, Abuja and AutoFast stand-alone, Akin Adesola, Victoria Island in Lagos.

“Our AutoFast sites carry-out routine vehicle maintenance such as quick oil change with Total QUARTZ Lubricants range, wheel balancing & alignment, A/C maintenance as well as sales and replacement of oil filters, air filters, cabin air filters, spark plugs, wiper blades, brake pads, batteries and tyres,” it stated.

It quoted General Manager, CFAO (Winpart /Autofast) Nigeria Limited, Mohamed Taleb, as saying, “We are excited and pleased that we have successfully opened additional four (4) service centers in Lagos in line with our expansion drive and quest to be closer to our customers’ needs. There is no doubt that customers’ tastes and preferences are increasingly changing and what the AutoFast brand brings to bear are quality and affordability. Customers are sure to get the best of service at the best price, and we look forward to expanding and having a network capable to cover Lagos properly.

“We pride ourselves in the fact that our servicing parts are directly sourced from the Independent Aftermarket Manufacturers across Europe and customers are guaranteed that parts used at our service centres are original.”

The firm noted that AutoFast technicians had been well trained and could boast of extensive experience in diagnosing and servicing the different models of both old and recent vehicles.

“Similarly, our service centres have modern equipment. For instance, its AC recovery machine provides an eco-friendly mode of recycling and topping up refrigerant as well as compressor oil. It is also equipped with a manifold gauge that detects if your AC is faulty,” it stated.

It also explained that at the AutoFast Service centre, each vehicle is made to undergo a 35-point control check to ascertain its general condition, adding that such service is free.

According to the firm, AutoFast offers three maintenance packages; Standard, Performance, and Premium Packages and one can service one’s vehicle starting at ₦13,000.

“We also offer vehicle maintenance services for corporate organizations tailored to fleet size and brand,” it added.

 

 

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Lagos threatens to suspend NURTW, RTEAN over clashes

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The Lagos State Government has threatened to suspend operations of transport unions in the Mile 2 area of the state should they continue to clash.

Three people reportedly died during a bloody clash last week on the Mile 2 and Amuwo Odofin axis between the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria and the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Amuwo division.

Responding to the violence, the Lagos State Government on Tuesday brokered peace between the warring factions in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Oluwatoyin Fayinka, stated that the state government would deal with the case after the police had concluded their investigation and presented the report of the crisis.

He noted that multiple levies on truckers by the unions around the axis had been the cause the dispute.

Fayinka warned the unions to beware of infiltrators as this would soil their reputation and lead to an abrupt end of the activities by the state government as the safety of lives and properties is first and sacrosanct.

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Toyota Nigeria paying correct import duty, says Customs

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(L-R): Mr. Olaleye Ige, Branch Manager Northern Operation, Elizade Nigeria Limited presenting the two units of brand new Digital Sharp photocopiers AR-6031N to ACG Mohammed Abba-Kura at the Service Headquarters in Abuja recently.
  • NCS gets Toyota customer of the year prize

Toyota Nigeria has been paying the correct import duty on new vehicles it brings into the country, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has confirmed.

The NCS stated this at a ceremony in Abuja where Toyota Nigeria honoured the Customs as the Customer of the Year.

Assistant Comptroller General, Headquarters, Muhammed Abba-Kura, who represented Comptroller General of Customs, Col Hameed Ali (rtd), said, “Toyota Nigeria Limited has been consistently compliant with extant fiscal policies regarding their importations, paying appropriate duty always.”

At the ceremony, Toyota Nigeria presented two units of brand new digital Sharp photocopiers AR-6031N to the NCS in recognition of patronage by the Nigeria Customs in the year 2019.

The NCS in a statement issued by DSC Abdullahi Maiwada, Public Relations Headquarters, said that the “special package was presented in recognition of the Service emergence as Customer of the year 2019 by Mr Olaleye Ige, branch Manager, Northern Operation, Elizade Nigeria Limited at the Service Headquarters in Abuja.

“While receiving the items on behalf of the Comptroller General of Customs, Col Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd), the Assistant Comptroller General, Headquarters, Muhammed Abba-Kura, appreciated the gift and commended the cordial relationship between the two organisations.“

The ACG stressed the commitment of the Service to sustaining such partnership in the interest of national growth and development.

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