Fea­ture: the low spark of the EV

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THE Dat­sun GO is one of the most af­ford­able ve­hi­cles in our mar­ket, but upon its launch it re­ceived a luke­warm re­cep­tion from the mo­tor­ing media. Eye­brows were raised when it was an­nounced the GO would fea­ture nei­ther ABS nor airbags as stan­dard (although the top-of-therange Lux model was re­cently equipped with a driver’s airbag). There are thou­sands of ve­hi­cles on our roads with­out the afore­men­tioned safety sys­tems and, we as­sume, many driv­ers who are happy to forego automotive safety tech­nol­ogy for the sake of their in­de­pen­dence.

It’s there­fore some­what ironic that Dat­sun South Africa has launched the Dat­sun GO sim­u­la­tor, fea­tur­ing ac­tual GO com­po­nents, to pro­vide vir­tual driver train­ing for learner driv­ers. “In or­der to im­prove safety on our roads, it’s cru­cial to de­velop driv­ers’ un­der­stand­ing of traf­fic rules and fa­cil­i­tate the learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with an af­ford­able learn­ing pro­gramme,” says Des Fen­ner, gen­eral man­ager of Dat­sun SA.

These sim­u­la­tors will be avail­able in 10 Dat­sun deal­er­ships around the coun­try as part of phase one of the roll-out. The sim­u­la­tor boosts driver con­fi­dence by pro­vid­ing a real-world driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing of­fer­ing feed­back on per­for­mance with­out the risks as­so­ci­ated with learn­ing on public roads. The vir­tual train­ing pro­gramme is free when you buy a new GO. Although it’s a good idea in the­ory, we’d pre­fer it if the GO came equipped with ABS as stan­dard in­stead.

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