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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 23, 2016

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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 23, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

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McLaren denies Apple takeover talks
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McLaren denies Apple takeover talks

Reports overnight suggested technology giant Apple had moved to purchase part or all of McLaren, but the British luxury sports car maker has moved quickly to deny any such talks have occurred. Three anonymous sources with inside knowledge have told The Financial Times that Apple has approached McLaren Technology, which owns around 80 per cent of McLaren Automotive, about a possible takeover of, or a strategic investment in, the British automaker...


Apple puts ‘Titan’ car project on hold - report
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Apple puts ‘Titan’ car project on hold - report

The hotly anticipated Apple Car may never make it to production, a new report out of the US suggests. According to an article with the New York Times, the technology giant has laid off numerous employees that were working on the project...


How easy is it to use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
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How easy is it to use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

Read the article here. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are popping up everywhere – with the majority of manufacturers either already offering the technology in cars in Australia, or planning to in the very near future. It’s essentially software, installed into the infotainment system that gives you access to a simple version of your phones operating system on the car’s media display...


Apple appoints iPad chief to oversee ‘Titan’ car project - report
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Apple appoints iPad chief to oversee ‘Titan’ car project - report

The Apple Car, although still little more than the subject of unconfirmed reports and rumours, sure seems like a going thing. Fuelling talk of a fruit-branded automobile, a new report suggests Apple has appointed the hardware chief for its popular iPad, Bob Mansfield, to oversee the four-wheeled project...


Italdesign looking for US clients outside Volkswagen Group - report
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Italdesign looking for US clients outside Volkswagen Group - report

The boss of Italdesign, the legendary design house now owned by the Volkswagen group, has gone on record saying he would like to expand the company’s clientele beyond the European giant’s umbrella. More, he would like to extend the studio's expertise beyond the traditional automotive industry client base, eyeing the likes of Google and Apple in particular...


Apple invests $1.3 billion into Chinese Uber rival
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Apple invests $1.3 billion into Chinese Uber rival

Tech giant Apple has announced that it is taking a $1.3 billion stake in ride-sharing company Didi Chuxing, China’s own rival to Uber, marking the company’s first large-scale public move into the transportation industry. Didi Chuxing, formerly known as Didi Kuaidi, is China’s largest ride-hailing service...


2017 Kia Sorento adds safety features, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for US market
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2017 Kia Sorento adds safety features, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for US market

A lightly updated 2017 Kia Sorento has been revealed for the US market this week, bringing a number of safety enhancements and support for the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity platforms. With the South Korean car maker ushering in the updated Sorento - this particular version bound for the US - it has also been revealed that the SUV will be available to order with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto...


Apple running top-secret car lab in Berlin - report
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Apple running top-secret car lab in Berlin - report

Tech giant Apple is working on its rumoured electric vehicle (EV) at a top-secret research and development lab in Germany’s capital, according to a new report this week. German news outlet Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (also known as F.A.Z), reports that Apple has employed between 15 to 20 “top class” men and women from the German automotive industry, with backgrounds in engineering, hardware, software and sales...


BMW Personal Mobility Companion: new app is part navigation, part personal assistant
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BMW Personal Mobility Companion: new app is part navigation, part personal assistant

The gap between our digital and physical lives is ever closing, and BMW has taken a further step forward to help combine cars and smartphones with their new Connected Personal Mobility Companion app. Using your address book and calendar data, the BMW app knows when and where you have your next appointment...


Apple.car, Apple.auto web domains snapped up by Apple
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Apple.car, Apple.auto web domains snapped up by Apple

Tech giant Apple has snapped up a trio of new web addresses that could represent yet another hint at its anticipated leap into the automotive industry: apple.car, apple.cars and apple.auto. The new ‘top level domain’ suffixes, unique to the more familiar .coms and the like, were made available as part of a huge domain name expansion program launched by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in 2013...


Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come to Ford Sync 3, Fiat Chrysler UConnect
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Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come to Ford Sync 3, Fiat Chrysler UConnect

The list of carmakers offering connectivity with the new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment platforms has grown again, with Ford and Fiat Chrysler both making major announcements at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. For Ford, the move marks an anticipated upgrade to its new Sync 3 system, which was revealed last year and is locked in for an Australian launch sometime next year...


Apple boss says auto industry ready "for massive change"
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Apple boss says auto industry ready "for massive change"

It may make no sense at all to motoring industry veteran Bob Lutz, but the idea that technology giant Apple could soon launch a four-wheeled gadget has lately begun to seem less a case of ‘if’ and more a bet on precisely ‘when’...


Bob Lutz, former GM exec, questions Apple's logic in wanting to enter car business
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Bob Lutz, former GM exec, questions Apple's logic in wanting to enter car business

Bob Lutz, the famously outspoken former executive of GM, Chrysler, Ford and BMW, has told interviewers that Apple will likely burn through large piles of cash if it enters the automobile industry. In an interview with cable business channel CNBC, Lutz was asked if Apple was wise to enter the car business. "No, I don’t think so...


Apple electric vehicle aiming for 2019 deadline - report
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Apple electric vehicle aiming for 2019 deadline - report

If a report is to believed, Apple has set a "ship date" of 2019 for its first ever car. Anonymous sources have told The Wall Street Journal that the tech powerhouse is planning to have its first vehicle, an electric car of some description, ready by 2019...


Apple meets with California to discuss self-driving car regulations - report
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Apple meets with California to discuss self-driving car regulations - report

Apple has reportedly met with Californian regulators to discuss upcoming regulations that will govern the more widespread deployment of autonomous vehicles on that state's roads. Documents seen by The Guardian show that a senior legal representative from Apple met with officials from California's department of motor vehicles (DMV)...


Is Apple developing an expansive head-up display?
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Is Apple developing an expansive head-up display?

Whatever Apple may be planning for the coming world of autonomous vehicles, new reports this week suggest the company could also be cooking up new advancements in a more familiar arena: infotainment. The tech giant already offers the Carplay connectivity platform, which debuted in 2014 as an advanced take on the earlier Siri Eyes Free system, but it is now believed that Apple is deep into development on a technology that could revolutionise head-up displays...


Apple looking for locations to secretly test autonomous vehicles - report
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Apple looking for locations to secretly test autonomous vehicles - report

A new report points to evidence that the Apple's secret car project may be about to enter its initial test stages. The Guardian has obtained a set of correspondence under a public record request law, which confirms that Apple is working on a top-secret automotive project. In the documents is an email trail between an Apple engineer, Frank Fearon, and the managers of GoMentum Station...