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Volkswagen Group to invest $52b into electrification, autonomy, connectivity

The Volkswagen Group, parent to brands like Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Porsche, has announced its future investment plans this week, including a commitment of over $52.81 billion (EUR 34 billion) into new-age automotive technology development...

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Volvo wins Uber self-driving contract
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Volvo wins Uber self-driving contract

Volvo has won a contract to deliver tens-of-thousands of XC90 SUVs to Uber. The cars will be modified for autonomous driving, with a delivery date some time between 2019 and 2021. Estimates from the Financial Times suggest the deal could be worth more than US$1.9 billion ($2.5 billion). According to Uber, the key to its Volvo deal is flexibility...


UK to have fully-autonomous cars on the road by 2021 - report
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UK to have fully-autonomous cars on the road by 2021 - report

The United Kingdom could have fully-autonomous cars driving on its roads by 2021, according to new reports. Autocar says the British government is expected to announce plans to introduce legislation allowing driverless vehicles to be tested and driven on public roads as part of this week's Budget, which will require a change to the UK Road Traffic Act...


Could truck platoons become the new road trains?
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Could truck platoons become the new road trains?

Truck platooning technology being put to the test in America could be suitable for use on Australian roads, bringing truck platoons to our highways. Speaking to CarAdvice at the International Driverless Vehicle Summit in Adelaide, Shad Laws, director of advanced development at Peloton Technology, highlighted the similarities between truck platoons and the road trains prevalent on our country highways...


Autonomy isn't gunning for your sports car
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Autonomy isn't gunning for your sports car

There seems to be a sense of fear among petrol heads whenever the topic of autonomy is raised. Fear of handing control over to computers coupled with an overwhelming love of driving - and the dash of hubris that humans are as good as a driver can get - makes the idea of handing over control scary...


Jaguar Land Rover conducts first autonomous driving tests on public roads
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Jaguar Land Rover conducts first autonomous driving tests on public roads

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has taken part in in the UK's first road tests for autonomous and connected vehicles this week, as part of the UK Autodrive project. The company has already revealed it is developing fully- and semi-autonomous technologies for future models, and these latest tests show that JLR is one step closer to bringing the systems to market...


Driverless tech could be a decade away for Australia: RACV
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Driverless tech could be a decade away for Australia: RACV

The RACV says it could be ten years before we see fully-autonomous last-mile buses shuttling commuters around public roads. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of driverless bus trials at LaTrobe University, Bryce Prosser, general manager of public policy and corporate affairs at RACV, said autonomous technology testing was still in its "embryonic" stage...


Victoria's first driverless shuttle enters service
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Victoria's first driverless shuttle enters service

An autonomous shuttle trial has kicked off at LaTrobe University in Bundoora, giving Victorians the chance to ride on a self-driving Navya bus. The trial will be run on an existing transport route at La Trobe, and continues until July 2018. It's designed to gain a better understanding of how self-driving vehicles interact with other road users and, perhaps more importantly, the general public...


Volkswagen to use Google quantum computing technology for research
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Volkswagen to use Google quantum computing technology for research

Volkswagen and Google have agreed to work together on "practically oriented research" related to quantum computing. The German automaker will use Google's quantum computing technology in three fields of research: traffic optimisation, machine learning, and material simulation, specifically for high-performance electric car batteries...


Mercedes-Benz: More cooperation needed on autonomous cars
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Mercedes-Benz: More cooperation needed on autonomous cars

Mercedes-Benz says it's continuously evaluating local market requirements for autonomous vehicle development, but it needs the cooperation other manufacturers, along with legislative and government bodies to bring about a driverless future. Speaking to CarAdvice at the GLC63 AMG launch in Germany, local head of communication, David McCarthy, said it would be remiss to think Mercedes could go it alone with it comes to autonomous cars...


Navya unveils autonomous taxi in Paris
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Navya unveils autonomous taxi in Paris

French autonomous car manufacturer Navya has slotted its self-driving hardware into a fully-autonomous taxi. The pure-electric Autonom Cab has room for six passengers, and hits 55mph (89km/h) given enough room. Oh, and it'll be on the roads next year. Central to the car's operation is the array of sensors scattered around its exterior...


Napping driver leads Google to end level-three Autonomous development
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Napping driver leads Google to end level-three Autonomous development

Waymo, autonomous vehicle technology division at Google, has admitted it stopped developing self-driving technology requiring human intervention a few years years ago. John Krafcik, Waymo's CEO, told Reuters and other outlets that five years ago, the division was developing assisted driving technology as a quick route to market...


Renault obstacle-avoidance technology "as good as professional test drivers"
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Renault obstacle-avoidance technology "as good as professional test drivers"

Renault has demonstrated its latest autonomous driving systems, including obstacle avoidance technology "as good as professional test drivers". The systems are a product of the Renault Open Innovation Lab, focused on improving active safety and autonomous driving systems within the broader 'Groupe Renault...


Mercedes-AMG EV prototype spied
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Mercedes-AMG EV prototype spied

A mystery prototype wearing the body of a Mercedes-Benz SLS Electric Drive has been spied around the Nurburgring in Germany, raising questions as to what the company is developing. The SLS Electric Drive was an all-electric version of the SLS AMG supercar, featuring combined outputs of 552kW and 1000Nm from its four electric motors...


Hands-free driverless testing "5 or 6 years away" for Victoria
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Hands-free driverless testing "5 or 6 years away" for Victoria

Revised regulations could allow autonomous vehicles on California roads without a human minder in the driver seat next year, but it could be five or six years before we see similar tests on local roads. Proposed changes to the California DMV Driverless Testing and Deployment Regulations remove the need for “physical control by a natural person sitting in the vehicle’s driver’s seat” during tests...


Subaru opens new tracks for autonomous driving tests
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Subaru opens new tracks for autonomous driving tests

Subaru has installed new tracks and made a number of changes to existing facilities at its Bifuka proving ground, in order to help it develop advanced driver assistance technologies. In addition to a new administration building and general upgrades to all of the facility's test roads, Subaru has created a new urban test track and given a major upgrade to Bifuka's high-speed circuit, bringing it closer to the real-world conditions found on many restricted access motorways...


Nissan plans self-driving road cars from 2022
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Nissan plans self-driving road cars from 2022

Nissan plans to offer "fully autonomous" cars in 2022, and will take responsibility for any incidents that occur on the road with them from this time onwards, as Volvo and a few other brands have committed to do. The company discussed its plans for vehicle autonomy with media at its headquarter city of Yokohama this week, sharing findings from testing conducted in Tokyo, London and Silicon Valley dating back as early as 2013...


Lexus LS+ Concept launched in Tokyo
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Lexus LS+ Concept launched in Tokyo

Lexus has whipped the covers off the LS+ Concept at the 2017 Tokyo motor show, providing a peek at how the Japanese marque envisions its luxury flagship of the future. Central to the concept is a suite of autonomous driving systems, designed to deal with driving from “entrance ramp to exit ramp on motor-vehicle-only roadways”...


Audi CEO: Autonomous cars give time back to customers
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Audi CEO: Autonomous cars give time back to customers

Rupert Stadler, CEO of Audi, says self-driving cars will let drivers better use their time 'behind the wheel'. Talking to CarAdvice and international media at the second-generation A7 launch, Stadler said "one outcome" was clear in Audi customer research. "Time is the most valuable [commodity]," he said...


Audi CEO: Level five autonomy possible in 'a few years', but many hurdles remain
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Audi CEO: Level five autonomy possible in 'a few years', but many hurdles remain

Rupert Stadler, CEO of Audi, says he expects level five self-driving cars to be technologically feasible in the next few years, but many roadblocks remain. Speaking to CarAdvice and members of the international press at the Audi A7 launch, Stadler said level five autonomous driving systems would be ready "technology wise ... in the next few years"...