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Self-Driving Range Rover Makes its Way Around Coventry

As you will have read in many of our previous blogs, the automotive world is currently focused on the future, investing heavily in driverless car technology. From BMW and Uber to small, independent startups, everyone is in the race to pioneer in the area of autonomous driving.

This week, Land Rover has joined the contest, testing their autonomous driving technology on one of their modified Range Rover Sports. This rather impressive prototype has been sent to the roads of Coventry, tested to navigate itself around the city’s busy streets.

According to the firm, the Range Rover Sport changed lanes, merged and exited junctions with ease, all the while sticking to the speed limit of 40mph. Chosen for its adaptive cruise control and incredible power, the Range Rover Sport proved to be the perfect car to work with.

This has been part of a £20million government-funded project called UK Autodrive; an ambitious three-year project that has encouraged businesses to further develop driverless car technology and begin testing on the streets.

Mark Cund, the company’s autonomous vehicle research manager, said:

“The Coventry Ring Road is known for its complicated slip roads and exits. It makes for very challenging conditions, especially when under pressure in the rush hour.
“Our self-driving car is not impacted by the same pressure, frustrations or fatigue that a driver may experience and so it’s capable of turning a potentially very stressful situation into a completely stress-free one.”

With plans to roll out fully-autonomous Land Rovers in the next decade or so, this side of the business is a huge focus for the brand at present.

Let us know what your thoughts are on the subject of vehicle automation; will the conventional driver become obsolete? Or, are we still a long way away from driverless cars occupying our streets?

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Manchester Pride bride travels in rainbow tram on her wedding day

When it comes to innovative wedding cars, we at Cars for Stars know our stuff. Enjoying nothing more than brides and grooms who experiment with their wedding transport, we were thrilled to see how one Manchester Bride got to the church last week. Getting married in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Pride, the bride wanted to make their mark on the city, wanting to travel to and from the wedding venue in a vehicle that caught everyone’s eye. Well, she did not fail.

Kat Mulhall and her partner, Aimee, wanted to really revel in the ‘Pride’ theme, believing the celebration for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex culture and pride to be a fitting day to have their lesbian wedding.

Chancing her arm, Kat contacted Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), asking to reserve a Metrolink carriage for her bride on their big day. Shocked when the answer was ‘yes’, the organisation went one better, providing the happy couple with a whole tram. Adorning the exterior with stunning rainbow paint, TfGM really surprised the wedding party, allowing them to take extraordinary pictures in their unique multi-coloured carriage. Having snaps inside the vehicle, alongside its driver and outside the tram, they inevitably saw the people of the city stop and stare.

Mrs Mulhall was incredibly overwhelmed when the tram arrived. Talking after the big day, she said:

“The whole tram was decorated and our names were on the outside.

“I would definitely recommend arriving at your wedding on a tram.

“And getting married on Pride weekend too. It’s been pretty hectic but fantastic. As a same-sex couple it’s making our own little statement about being able to make your own choices in life.”

What are your thoughts on arriving at you wedding in a rainbow tram? We would love to know!

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Editor’s Pick of the Day: Top 5 Luxury Chauffeur Cars

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As humans we all crave a bit of luxury, wanting to enjoy the finer things in life. Where this is not always financially possible it is important that you treat yourself from time to time, enjoying great cars where possible. At Cars for stars we are keen advocates of that, hiring out various types of chauffeur cars at commendable rates.

If you are looking to hire a luxury car for an upcoming event the be sure that we at Cars for Stars can help, sporting an eclectic fleet made up of various brands and vehicle types.

Here are our top 5 luxury cars, we hope they help you make a well-informed decision as to what you want to hire:

Mercedes S Class

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Oozing with indulgence the S Class is favoured amongst our corporate customers; those that want to experience a laid back, smooth ride. Equipped with luxury leather and a spacious interior this Mercedes models boast character, erect for those that enjoy conveying that wealthy image.

Range Rover Sport 

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The Range Rover sport has attitude, extremely popular amongst our younger customers. Being both roomy and enviably comfortable hiring a Range Rover can be a true delight, especially if you are heading out for a night on the town.

Rolls Royce Phantom

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Being such an iconic vehicle the Rolls Royce Phantom is for many the epitome of luxury, showcasing an extravagant design and set of features. From its large body to its quirky incorporations, it is true that the RR Phantom speaks to our outlandish cravings. Being such a stunning creation the Phantom has proven its worth at many different types of events, a very popular choice for wedding, prom and corporate travel.

Lincoln Towncar limousine 

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The Lincoln Towncar is a very popular choice here at Cars for Stars, with its ability to chauffeur up to 12 individuals providing to be an attractive feature. Combining space with high-tech features this particular limo is a great choice for hire.

Starline limo bus 

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If you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary then have you considered party bus hire? With cars for Stars being one of the only companies providing the Starline Limo Bus it is safe to say that we can offer the best service around, with these buss built with a wealth of extraordinary features. From televisions and sound systems to karaoke machines and champagne fridges, no single vehicle exceeds the extravagance of the Starline.

If you are interested in hiring any of the above chauffeur vehicles then call us today for more information.

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Rolls Royce Unveil Plans For Sport Utility Vehicle

RROver the past decade the British carmakers have given us a whole line of beauties, introducing a new and improved Phantom, Ghost and Wraith. The company yesterday announced plans to craft a new super luxury sport-utility vehicle, a car that will either display a progression in design or juxtapose everything we think of when admiring the Rolls Royce.

Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, the car maker’s chief executive, and Peter Schwarzenbauer, chairman, published an open letter stating they want to make ‘a new car that offers the luxury of a Rolls-Royce in a vehicle that can cross any terrain.’

The new Rolls-Royce will be ‘a high-bodied car with an all-new aluminium architecture’ built in Goodwood, already celebrated for adhering to modern requests.

With the industry now displaying an adherence to lighter, more eco-friendly vehicles it seems the venerable British car makers are moving with the times, aiming to create a beautifully classic car that speaks to the modern road user.

Mr. Oetvoes told British journalists last month that he had no doubts the SUV segment would continue to grow in global car markets.

‘For me the main question has always been, ‘Is it the right segment for Rolls-Royce, does Rolls-Royce fit into that segment, how will we look in the segment?’ he told the British daily The Telegraph.

The new Rolls-Royce SUV aims to revisit earlier RR models that “conveyed pioneers and adventurers like Lawrence of Arabia across the vastness of unexplored deserts and over mountain ranges,” Mr. Oetvoes and Mr. Schwarzenbauer said in their open letter.

What do you think, is there demand for such a vehicle or does it go against everything we know and love in the Rolls Royce? Leave your comments below.

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High Gear Insurance show further signs of Chauffeur Insurance market domination

High Gear LogoHigh Gear Insurance are really going after the chauffeur insurance market having geared up their website to attract the UK’s limo and chauffeur car drivers.

Coming from humble beginnings the Cardiff based company have apparently tripled in size since their explosion onto the scene in 2013.

Company Director, Alex Drummond, is arguably the catalyst of this success, having spent many years working in the luxury chauffeur sector.

‘Knowing the industry inside out it was a natural progression for High Gear to expand into chauffeur car insurance. With limo drivers and people who own wedding cars notoriously paying over the odds to insure their pride and joy I wanted to offer these drivers a solution.

‘With the High Gear panel expanding every single day we are now an incredibly competitive option for chauffeur insurance and we will not stop until will become the one stop shop for all types of insurance policies.’

The company has experienced incredible growth in the taxi insurance market also, being supported by a number of industry officials.

taxi-129094_439x324In a recent article from insurance news platform Lady Motor a journalist honed in on their aggressive approach to online marketing, infamously dominating the search engine for all insurance related searches.

‘Having been in business for over a year they quickly defined their niche as a business, being the best option for taxi insurance and chauffeur insurance policies in the UK. Having such a great product to sell High Gear needed to make sure that taxi drivers would stumble across their website when looking for insurance online.’ said Lady Motor.

Let us know what you think, in the near future will we be turning to High Gear before comparison sites? Leave your comments below.

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London Police Told to Pull Over all Prestige Cars After Midnight

range-rover-wallpaper-3Driving luxury cars is full of benefits, with comfort just being one of the attractions they boast. Being key signifiers on the road a prestigious car does not go unnoticed, especially when marauding the streets of London.

That said owning a lovely car has its negatives, with unwanted attention being traumatic in some cases.

The Metropolitan Police have said that they will be pulling over all highly-priced marques throughout Kensington and Chelsea to ensure they are being driven by their rightful owners. This comes as the area has experiences many keyless car thefts, with cars such as Range Rovers having their technology cloned, with thieves creating their own ignition keys.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “As part of Kensington and Chelsea’s commitment to reduce theft of motor vehicles, officers are currently stopping prestige vehicles seen being driven in the area after midnight, when many vehicle thefts take place.

“They are checking that the driver is the legitimate owner and offering legitimate owners advice on protecting their vehicles against theft.

“This forms part of their wider strategy to tackle the crime, which includes working with the local authority to raise awareness of the crime and the prevention advice.”

He added that thefts of Range Rovers now make up 10 per cent of all keyless thefts in London while BMW makes up 15 per cent of that total.

It seems that these thieves can avoid the car security systems with a devise that can be purchased for just fifty pounds.

Assistant Commissioner Helen King advised owners of prestige vehicles not to rely on factory-fitted security devices and to use an old-fashioned wheel lock to discourage thieves.

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BMW & Range Rover ‘connected cars’ targeted by Cyber Hackers

hakNew luxury cars are often celebrated for their integration of new technology, with modern features giving way to improved control systems, having huge effects on braking, acceleration and security.

Although these ‘connected cars’ are undeniably more streamlined with fingerprint technology and keyless ignition systems making more of an extremely personal driving experience are they too good to be true?

Of late they have caused an international panic, proving to pose larger theft risks than your average hatchback. According to reliable sources criminal organisations have been using sophisticated technology to steal information as well as extort money from car owners.

Edmund King, president of the AA, told:

“You are now getting the connected car. You’re getting cars that are connected to the internet 24 hours a day. If cyber criminals targeted automobiles like they’re targeting other things we’d be in for a hard and fast ride.”

“The more cars rely on technology, particularly remote technology, the more there is to get at.”

The most dangerous possibility is criminals hacking into a car’s safety systems, including cruise control and braking.

“Ultimately there could be a terrorist-type threat to transport systems,” King said. “I don’t think we’re there yet but it’s something that needs to be addressed.”

Not only is this giving hackers a new route to devise theft plans with but it can also encourage unsafe roads, with hackers being able to influence crashes as a result of their control.

Research has found that recent thefts of BMW and Range Rover marques has been a result of criminals gaining access to internal computer systems known as Controller Area Network (CAN). This can be achieved through a wireless network, Bluetooth or a car radio.

With such scepticism surrounding the modern vehicle we can take solace in the thought that future technology will hone in on car safety.

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Colossal Mercedes S600 Limo Spotted

mercedes_s600_pullmann_003As you know at Cars for Stars we love vehicles that are out of the ordinary, especially limousines that pose a bit of personality.

Well, we can safely say that we were in our element when spotting the Mercedes S600 Limo, an incredible creation that has enlivened the limousine industry.

The limo is a lot of things but it is no way understated, standing out dramatically when marauding around the city. The Pullman was spotted during testing this week and is said to sit below the ultra-lavish S600 Maybach that we saw a few months back.

This vehicle is over a meter longer than the flagship Mercedes and is said to be pretty spectacular in the inside also, especially under the bonnet.

The engine in question is a 6.0-liter V12 with 530 horsepower and 830 Nm of torque, coupled with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The Puallman is 6.4 metres long and weighting in at around three tonnes, therefore it will definitely face trouble parking in the local Tesco car park, being used for the world’s dictators and oligarchs for corporate trips.

Auto Express says:

‘Price details are sketchy for the standard Pullman, as they are for the Maybach, but we expect both will be significantly more expensive than any current S-Class, with the Maybach approaching £200,000, and the Pullman around £160,000. Both should be unveiled fully at the Los Angeles Motor Show in November.’

What do you think of the Pullman? Could it reach the same level of popularity as its predecessor?

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Cars For Stars Offer Huge Wedding Car Discounts for 2015

If you are a bride-to-be or a wedding planner then you will know just how expensive and time-consuming the whole planning process can be.

With so much to organise it can often feel like many suppliers are working against you, making things a lot more difficult than they need to be.

The news of wedding deals and discounts can be that breathe of fresh air that you need, reigniting the excitement for that big day.

From flowers and tablecloths to rehearsals and seating plans, things can get very monotonous when in charge of organising such a huge event.

It is safe to say that arranging wedding cars is one of the most exhilarating parts of wedding organisation, getting the chance to look thorough the beautiful vehicles at hand.

At Cars for Stars we are going to great lengths to make arranging your wedding cars a smooth and stress-free activity, going above and beyond to cater to your needs.

Not only are our team of wedding car specialists accommodating but also they are very generous, offering a huge 10% discount on all 2015 wedding cars throughout the month of September.

Showing a particular adherence to wedding budget we want to ensure that brides and grooms receive the wedding cars of their dreams, not having to compromise any part of their wedding.

We urge you to make the most of this discount. Not only can it provide you with more budget to spend elsewhere but it can allow you to get more for your money, choosing that car you have always dreamt of arriving at your wedding in.

If you would like to learn more about our wedding car discounts then contact Cars for Stars today.

 

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X Factor Steph Woods Shines Bright Like a Diamond

We were very proud to chauffeur Steph Woods last week and are even happier to introduce her newest addition to her musical repertoire. She is defiantly one to look out for in the coming weeks and we for one are very excited to see what the future holds for a genuinely talented young British female. The charts are bursting with songs that compromise musical for ability, the industry is desperate for a star like Steph! Keep a look put for her new songs on her Youtube, Facebook and Twitter pages.