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L3Pilot autonomous driving test program launched in Europe

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L3Pilot autonomous driving test program launched in Europe

The European Research Project L3Pilot for autonomous drive systems has been launched this week, led by the Volkswagen Group...

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French self-driving bus company to open factory, regional HQ in Adelaide
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French self-driving bus company to open factory, regional HQ in Adelaide

Navya, a French company specialising in autonomous shuttle buses, will establish its Asia-Pacific headquarters and a new factory in Adelaide. In announcing the "partnership" with Navya, South Australian premier Jay Weatherill said: "Establishing a driverless car vehicle operation here in South Australia is the perfect bridge connecting our past in traditional vehicle manufacturing and our future in advanced manufacturing in a clean, carbon neutral environment...


BMW: Autonomous cars to greatly influence car design
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BMW: Autonomous cars to greatly influence car design

BMW’s head of design says the onslaught of autonomous vehicles and their expected reduction in accidents will have a radical change on car design, with manufacturers able to introduce smaller cars that will not require today’s passive safety requirements...


Fatal Tesla Autopilot crash due to 'over-reliance on automation, lack of safeguards'
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Fatal Tesla Autopilot crash due to 'over-reliance on automation, lack of safeguards'

The United States' National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) has released its final findings on the fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S operating in semi-autonomous Autopilot mode. The crash occurred in Florida in May 2016, when Joshua Brown's Tesla Model S collided with the underside of a tractor-trailer as the truck turned onto the non-controlled access highway...


BMW: Fully-autonomous driving technology not yet available
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BMW: Fully-autonomous driving technology not yet available

BMW says that in order to meet its own stringent safety requirements and built in redundancies, fully autonomous 'Level 5' driving technologies are not yet available for mass-market production. Speaking to the Australian motoring media at the Frankfurt motor show, Klaus Fröhlich, member of the board of management at BMW, said that his company now uses more sensors and more hardware for Level 2 autonomous technologies than some competitors (such as Tesla) have for Level 5...


Skoda Vision E: Revised EV concept revealed
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Skoda Vision E: Revised EV concept revealed

The Skoda Vision E concept has made its European debut at this week's Frankfurt motor show, sporting a more resolved look than the original concept that was revealed in Shanghai earlier this year. Much like the Volkswagen I.D. Crozz II concept, the Vision E has received a light nip and tuck for Frankfurt, making it appear closer to production-ready...


Audi Elaine and Aicon: Level 4 and 5 autonomous vehicles on the horizon for Audi
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Audi Elaine and Aicon: Level 4 and 5 autonomous vehicles on the horizon for Audi

It was only last week that we had the chance to sample the world's first level 3 autonomous production vehicle, the Audi A8. Audi has today unveiled the Audi Elaine and Aicon concepts that further push the boundaries of vehicle autonomy. Revealed at the Volkswagen Group preview night at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, the concepts shape the path for Audi's move into the high technology space of autonomous vehicles...


Audi confirms R8 RWD, RS4 Avant, autonomous concepts for Frankfurt motor show
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Audi confirms R8 RWD, RS4 Avant, autonomous concepts for Frankfurt motor show

Audi has teased a number of new vehicles it plans to reveal at the Frankfurt motor show this week, including a pair of autonomous concepts, a rear-wheel drive version of its R8 supercar and the new-generation RS4 Avant...


Audi to take full responsibility in event of autonomous vehicle crash
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Audi to take full responsibility in event of autonomous vehicle crash

Audi has taken out the gong with the world's first level 3 autonomous vehicle, but the best news for consumers is that the manufacturer has confirmed it will take full responsibility in the event of an accident. The all-new Audi A8 debuts an autonomous driving technology designed to work in traffic jams...


Audi refuses to use customers as test subjects for autonomous vehicle tech
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Audi refuses to use customers as test subjects for autonomous vehicle tech

Audi used an event in Germany earlier this week to reveal the world's first level 3 autonomous vehicle in the all-new Audi A8, confirming that its technology is tested and it won't be using customers as a test bed. The all-new Audi A8 is capable of driving itself as a level 3 autonomous vehicle in traffic jams, where the driver is able - technically, but not yet legally - to take their eyes off the road and focus on another task...


Jaguar reveals Sayer, the steering wheel of the future
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Jaguar reveals Sayer, the steering wheel of the future

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has taken the wraps off a 'steering wheel' concept named Sayer, previewing the company's plans for autonomous and connected vehicles. Revealed as part of the company's 'Tech Fest' taking place at Central Saint Martins art, design and technology college in London, Sayer is envisioned as a homebound piece of technology that can help carry out numerous tasks...


Samsung is the latest player in driverless cars
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Samsung is the latest player in driverless cars

Mega smartphone manufacturer and technology giant, Samsung, has officially entered the race for autonomous car dominance after securing approval to test self-driving cars on state roads in California. According to the DMV’s (Department of Motor Vehicles) California website, as of August 30, 2017, there are now 39 tech companies listed as registered permit holders, including the likes of Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen Group, Waymo, BMW, Apple, NVIDA, GM and Samsung Electronics...


Smart Vision EQ Fortwo revealed ahead of Frankfurt debut
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Smart Vision EQ Fortwo revealed ahead of Frankfurt debut

Just days after being teased on social media, the Smart Vision EQ Fortwo concept has been revealed ahead of the Frankfurt motor show. Launching under parent Mercedes-Benz's new 'EQ' electric sub-brand, the Smart Vision EQ Fortwo show car measures a diminutive 2699mm long, 1720mm wide and 1535mm tall, and potentially previews the next-generation of the urban carmaker's smallest model, the Fortwo...


Smart teases autonomous EV concept ahead of Frankfurt reveal
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Smart teases autonomous EV concept ahead of Frankfurt reveal

Smart has taken to social media to tease its upcoming concept bound for the Frankfurt motor show next month - an autonomous electric vehicle. Pitched as "the smart vision of urban mobility for tomorrow", not much is given away by the Mercedes-Benz micro car subsidiary other than the image of the vehicle's face posted on Instagram, which replaces the traditional front grille with a screen saying "on my way"...


Bosch promoting active safety tech that protects cyclists
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Bosch promoting active safety tech that protects cyclists

Bosch is focusing a greater part of its electronic engineering nous on the task of preventing collisions between cars and cyclists. The German electronic engineering juggernaut - and world's biggest automotive supplier - today sent out a release promoting two new systems that it wants to sell to as many car makers as possible...


UK Royal Mail reveals new electric delivery van, and it's adorable
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UK Royal Mail reveals new electric delivery van, and it's adorable

Postman Pat will be very excited. The United Kingdom's postal service, Royal Mail, has revealed its new all-electric autonomous-capable van that begins deliveries this week. Sourced from UK-based light commercial automaker, Arrival - formerly Charge Automotive -  the vans have an all-electric range of 100 miles (160km) while producing zero emissions...


Victorian driverless testing highlights need for improved infrastructure
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Victorian driverless testing highlights need for improved infrastructure

Autonomous vehicle technology trials currently underway in Victoria have delivered a first round of results, revealing aspects of infrastructure and technology that must be improved for autonomous systems to reach their full potential. Using current-model vehicles with 'level 2' autonomous technology systems already in market, the trials were first announced in December and have been actively testing in regular daily traffic on the Eastlink corridor...


New Ford CEO backs away from 2021 full-autonomy target
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New Ford CEO backs away from 2021 full-autonomy target

New Ford CEO Jim Hackett says the advent of autonomous driving technology has been overhyped by the industry and press alike, and that he wouldn't count on seeing fully-driverless cars on the roads in 2021...


Australian company to trial autonomous vehicle tech for the elderly
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Australian company to trial autonomous vehicle tech for the elderly

Australian aged care provider, the IRT Group, has announced a world-first partnership with UK-based technology firm RDM Autonomous to develop driverless vehicles for residential aged care facilities...


Dyson potentially developing an electric self-driving car - reports
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Dyson potentially developing an electric self-driving car - reports

Dyson, the high-end household appliance company, may be developing an electric car, if a string of recent executive-level appointments are anything to go by. David Wyer recently joined Dyson as its new head of procurement after 22 years at Aston Martin, where he had spent most of his time in the procurement division, including the last 15 months as the head of purchasing for the entire company...