In Dubai, good driv­ers win cars

Weekend Herald - - GOOD OIL -

Af­ter you . . . no, no, I in­sist, you first.

Per­haps this is an idea the police and the NZ Trans­port Agency could get be­hind. In Dubai, mo­torists who do not com­mit any traf­fic vi­o­la­tions for a year go into the draw to win new cars. The lottery is called the white- points sys­tem and the lat­est two win­ners — se­lected from a pool of 2000 el­i­gi­ble driv­ers — re­ceived their cars ( a pair of Hyundais) last week.

The 2000 el­i­gi­ble driv­ers were made up of 1344 men and 656 women. To be in to win, the driver needs to have a reg­is­tered driver’s li­cence ( well, duh!) and have a ve­hi­cle reg­is­tered in their name.

In essence, it seems like a good idea. Although the fact the lottery ex­ists does raise a few ques­tions.

We can’t help but won­der how bad on av­er­age the driv­ing in Dubai must be. Could the au­thor­i­ties find only 2000 “good” driv­ers, or is that sim­ply the cap they put on the com­pe­ti­tion? Also, a com­muter needs to be­have only for 12 months? That doesn’t seem like too tough a stretch, but per­haps in Dubai it’s a mir­a­cle any­one doesn’t get caught drift­ing through in­ter­sec­tions in their McLaren 720s … or maybe we’ve just been watch­ing too much YouTube.

Ever no­ticed how sports­peo­ple are rarely seen with­out a big pair of head­phones?

There are prob­a­bly mas­sive en­dorse­ment deals be­hind the ac­ces­soris­ing, but it’s in­ter­est­ing how mu­sic is es­sen­tially a psy­cho­log­i­cal pre- game/ race tool. Or maybe they’re lis­ten­ing to the talk­ing- book ver­sion of

. . . But for any mo­tor­sports com­peti­tor, surely a pair of Pin­in­fa­rina head­phones should be part of the uni­form? We came across the LZR 980 head­phones while we were sup­posed to be work­ing, and fell in love im­me­di­ately.

They are a co- de­sign project with the Ger­man au­dio boffins at Mag­nat, who got the Ital­ian de­sign house to pen th­ese range- top­pers. There is a lot of waf­fle about how the polyg­o­nal shape for the ear­piece cups re­de­fine com­fort and that the or­ganic sur­faces are punc­tu­ated with a ridge rem­i­nis­cent of au­to­mo­tive styling and de­tail. But re­ally, they just look su­perb.

Why they’re not hang­ing on the heads of every F1 driver this sea­son, we’re un­sure. We’d wear them in the high street

re­gard­less.

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