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Google begins public 'early rider' trial of autonomous cars, orders 500 more vehicles

Waymo, Google's self-driving car division, has started an early rider program for its autonomous vehicle fleet, and has significantly increased its order for autonomous Chrysler Pacific plug-in hybrid people movers...

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Get ready for 5G connectivity with your autonomous car
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Get ready for 5G connectivity with your autonomous car

Autonomous cars are going to need to send and receive mountains of data, and the current 4G wireless networks simply won’t cut it. That’s where the next-generation 5G comes into play, promising insanely-fast data transfer rates of up to 45 gigabits-per-second and one-millisecond latency...


Audi and Porsche partner up for next-gen vehicle platforms
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Audi and Porsche partner up for next-gen vehicle platforms

German stablemates Audi and Porsche have announced they'll collaborate on the development of a shared next-generation vehicle architecture for future mobility including autonomous driving, electrification and digitisation...


Mercedes-Benz, Bosch to work together on self-driving technology
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Mercedes-Benz, Bosch to work together on self-driving technology

Mercedes-Benz and Bosch have announced they will work together on self-driving vehicle technology. The two German automotive firms will jointly develop the software and algorithmic systems required for SAE level four and level five autonomous vehicles, which can drive themselves in urban and extra-urban environments...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for March 31, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for March 31, 2017

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...


Autonomous cars will be awesome for Aussies
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Autonomous cars will be awesome for Aussies

Sydney to Melbourne. It's the trip by which all other trips are measured when it comes to a great Australian drive. And just imagine when the day comes that you'll be able to drive from Sydney to Melbourne without touching the accelerator, the brake pedal or the steering wheel as your car ferries you between the two biggest cities in the country - and all you have to do is go along for the ride...


Computers can't beat human intuition: Mercedes-Benz
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Computers can't beat human intuition: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz admits that as good as a computer will ever be at driving, it would be very hard to beat a human’s intuitive abilities. Talking to CarAdvice at the Australian Formula One grand prix, Mercedes R&D validation and testing manager Jochen Haab said a computer would find it difficult to beat Formula One world champion and Mercedes-AMG driver Lewis Hamilton on the track...


Full autonomous driving at least a decade away: Mercedes-Benz
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Full autonomous driving at least a decade away: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz says that fully autonomous vehicles are at least a decade away, as it starts a pilot data gathering program on Australian roads for its autonomous driving technology project. So important is the program that the head of validation and testing at Mercedes-Benz Cars R&D is in Australia to oversee the project...


Uber suspends autonomous driving project after crash - UPDATE
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Uber suspends autonomous driving project after crash - UPDATE

UPDATE: Uber appears to have rolled its autonomous XC90 back onto its wheels, with Reuters reporting the company's self-driving development project is now back in testing after police gave it the all-clear. As before, the company is understood to have resumed testing in Tempe, San Francisco and Pittsburgh...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for March 24, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for March 24, 2017

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...


Mercedes-Benz begins collecting safety tech data on Australian roads
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Mercedes-Benz begins collecting safety tech data on Australian roads

Mercedes-Benz has begun gathering data for its upcoming active safety and driver assistance systems in Australia, in conjunction with the company's research and development team based in Sindelfingen, Germany...


Bosch Australia video showcases 'Highly Automated Driving' system: interview
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Bosch Australia video showcases 'Highly Automated Driving' system: interview

The Australian arm of technology specialist and automotive supplier Bosch has this week released a new video highlighting the features of its latest Highly Automated Driving (HAD) vehicle...


Audi’s first electric SUV won’t be its most expensive high-rider
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Audi’s first electric SUV won’t be its most expensive high-rider

Audi is set to introduce three all-new electric vehicles by 2020, and the company’s chairman, Rupert Stadler, reckons the market is ready for it. Audi’s first pure EV will be a “pure electric SUV with a luxury character”, Stadler said when speaking to Australian media at the 2017 Geneva motor show – but he confirmed that it won’t be the most expensive SUV in the company’s line-up...


Volvo autonomous cars 'won't make moral decisions' for occupants
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Volvo autonomous cars 'won't make moral decisions' for occupants

The head of Volvo Cars has stated that its autonomous vehicles will not make ‘moral decisions’ on behalf of the driver or occupants in the car. Hakan Samuelsson, Volvo Cars CEO, said at the 2017 Geneva motor show that the company would not allow the vehicle to choose between saving the driver or saving pedestrians or other road users in the event of an imminent accident...


Audi boss says the car industry is undergoing its ‘biggest transformation’ ever
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Audi boss says the car industry is undergoing its ‘biggest transformation’ ever

The speed at which things are changing in the automotive world is at times baffling, and even the heads of some of the most successful companies on the planet are trying to keep up. Audi chairman of the board Rupert Stadler, for instance, told CarAdvice at the 2017 Geneva motor show that he feels things are changing faster now than ever before in the industry...


Porsche working on 'Mark Webber mode' for autonomous cars
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Porsche working on 'Mark Webber mode' for autonomous cars

When the age of autonomy comes to Porsche, the company is set to have an intriguing option for buyers to experience: a racing driver that can take over when you hit the track. Imagine this: It's 2020 and you own the latest Porsche model, which features some handy autonomous driving technology...


Intel buys autonomous driving technology company for $20 billion
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Intel buys autonomous driving technology company for $20 billion

Intel has just announced that it will buy Mobileye, a leading supplier of advanced driver assistance and self-driving vehicle technology, for US$15.3 billion ($20.3 billion). While anyone who has ever used a laptop or a desktop has heard of Intel, Mobileye is a name that's mostly known to technology and automotive industry insiders...


Govt commits $55 million to vehicle tech research in congestion fight
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Govt commits $55 million to vehicle tech research in congestion fight

The Federal Government has announced a $55 million investment over 10 years into digital and evolving vehicle technologies to help improve traffic flow, named the iMove Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). As part of a $151.5 million pledge towards four CRCs, including iMove, the initiative will deliver practical solutions to problems and produce tangible outcomes - according to the minister for industry, innovation and science, Arthur Sinodinos...


Toyota i-TRIL concept unveiled at Geneva
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Toyota i-TRIL concept unveiled at Geneva

Unveiled at the 2017 Geneva motor show, the Toyota i-TRIL concept takes a step into the not-so-distant future, with its eco-friendly mobility vehicle. A cross between a trike and the Japanese brand's i-Road concept, the city car features two wheels placed close together at the rear, at just 600mm, and two wheels even further apart at the front with a 1200mm track...


Volkswagen Sedric concept revealed ahead of Geneva debut
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Volkswagen Sedric concept revealed ahead of Geneva debut

The Volkswagen Sedric concept, looking like an old '80s Mac computer or a sidekick robot fresh out of Futurama, has been revealed ahead of its debut at the 2017 Geneva motor show this week. Sedric (SElf DRiving Car) is a level five autonomous vehicle - meaning there is no need for a driver at all - and is the first concept to be branded under the Volkswagen Group and its cross-brand ideas platform...