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Autonomous cars have 'a long way to go', local Mazda chief says

Mazda says that autonomous vehicles are still in the hype stage, with the actual reality of fully self-driving cars still a long way away. Speaking to the media at the launch of the new CX-5 in Los Angeles today, Mazda Australia boss Martin Benders, said the Japanese brand’s philosophy is to always put the driver at the forefront of the car’s operations...

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Important: Uber delivers beer with self-driving truck
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Important: Uber delivers beer with self-driving truck

If your goal is to win people over to the idea of driverless cars, this could prove a clever strategy. Otto, a self-driving technology company acquired by Uber in July, made the world's first commercial beer delivery in an autonomous truck earlier this month...


Jaguar Land Rover showcases new autonomous and connected vehicle technologies
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Jaguar Land Rover showcases new autonomous and connected vehicle technologies

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is stepping up its game in the autonomous and connected vehicle fields, showcasing three new technologies at this week’s UK Autodrive demonstrations. The company says it is working with other manufacturers including Ford (former owner of Jaguar and Land Rover) and parent Tata Motors to test the connected technologies that allow vehicles to communicate with each other in addition to roadside infrastructure - such as traffic lights...


All new Tesla cars will make full self-driving leap in 2017, if regulations allow
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All new Tesla cars will make full self-driving leap in 2017, if regulations allow

Tesla chief Elon Musk says that by the end of 2017, all new models will have the capability - if not the legal freedom - to travel the breadth of the continental United States without human input. Musk's ambitious comments come as part of an announcement today that all Tesla vehicles now rolling out of the company's factory in Fremont, California, are equipped with sensors and processing capabilities far superior to those feature in existing Teslas...


Tesla standardises significantly more advanced 'Level 5' self-driving hardware
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Tesla standardises significantly more advanced 'Level 5' self-driving hardware

All Tesla electric vehicles being produced from now will come with the company’s new-generation full self-driving hardware, dubbed simply "Hardware 2", hastening the commercial rollout of autonomous cars. But, as we’ll reveal further down the story, there’s a small snag for prospective buyers to consider...


No, a driverless Mercedes will not plow into a family to save you
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No, a driverless Mercedes will not plow into a family to save you

No surprise, reports this week that a Mercedes-Benz executive had declared the company's future autonomous cars would prioritise the lives of occupants over those of bystanders, quickly elicited cries of "a-ha, I knew it!" from all corners of the internet. It started with a report in America's Car & Driver, which quoted - and nothing is as sure as a direct quote - Mercedes-Benz driver assistance systems manager Christoph von Hugo...


University of Melbourne to create ‘urban laboratory’ for connected vehicles to reduce congestion
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University of Melbourne to create ‘urban laboratory’ for connected vehicles to reduce congestion

The University of Melbourne will partner with American company Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) and some 30 other organisations to develop a National Connected Multimodal Transport (NCMT) Test Bed, claimed to be the first of its type in the world...


Tesla Autopilot declared 'traffic hazard' by German government investigation - report
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Tesla Autopilot declared 'traffic hazard' by German government investigation - report

An investigation by the German government into the Tesla Autopilot system has reportedly concluded that the assisted driving setup is a 'considerable traffic hazard'. According to Heise Online, Der Spiegel has seen a copy of a report compiled by Germany's Federal Transport Ministry, which notes several dangerous characteristics of the system...


Driverless car acceptance growing in Australia, but further community education needed
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Driverless car acceptance growing in Australia, but further community education needed

Before the first self-driving car has even gone to market, a new study suggests a significant proportion of buyers will be ready to make the leap into hands-free motoring. The research, carried out by the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) - a venture coordinated by independent roads and transport research company ARRB Group - is described as "the first comprehensive national study" into the Australian commuter's views on driverless vehicles...


FCAI backs study into rollout of autonomous vehicles in Australia
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FCAI backs study into rollout of autonomous vehicles in Australia

Australian motor industry body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has come out in support of the ‘coordinated’ approach to the rollout of autonomous vehicle technology. The announcement comes after a report released by the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI), argued a coordinated government roadmap is required before the country adopts driverless vehicle technology...


Victoria throws support behind autonomous vehicle testing: Bosch, TAC, VicRoads partner up on 'Towards Zero' goal
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Victoria throws support behind autonomous vehicle testing: Bosch, TAC, VicRoads partner up on 'Towards Zero' goal

Competition for the status of leader in autonomous driving technology between Australia's state governments is heating up, with Victoria this week declaring it is "leading the way" on advanced driverless systems. The announcement, part of a $1...


Audi's driverless future is coming sooner than you think
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Audi's driverless future is coming sooner than you think

The next-generation Audi A8 luxury sedan will feature autonomous driving and is due in Australia in 2018, the company has confirmed. Audi board member Dr Dietmar Voggenreiter told CarAdvice the brand is marching ahead with autonomous driving technology, despite government legislation around the world yet to catch up with the new tech...


Don't mess with Autopilot: Tesla's updated safety alerts demonstrated in new video
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Don't mess with Autopilot: Tesla's updated safety alerts demonstrated in new video

Tesla's Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system recently received a pretty significant software update, and one of its new features makes sure you don’t get complacent behind the wheel - like an angry parent. Demonstrated in the above video, Autopilot Version 8...


Renault Nissan Alliance to partner with Microsoft on connected-car tech
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Renault Nissan Alliance to partner with Microsoft on connected-car tech

There's an old joke that has Bill Gates boasting that if General Motors were as advanced as the computer industry, "we'd all be driving cars with V32 engines that got 1000 miles to the gallon". The 1990s-era joke then has former GM boss Jack Smith retort with the idea that a Microsoft-inspired car would crash twice a day and the airbag would ask 'are you sure?' before activating...


Audi sees autonomous future in Australia
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Audi sees autonomous future in Australia

Audi’s local arm believes driverless cars are an inevitable part of Australia’s automotive future. It’s more a matter of “when” than “if”, according to Audi Australia communications manager, Anna Burgdorf. “It is likely to be technology that’s available worldwide and Australia will be no different, ” she said...


Tesla Autopilot version 8.0 announced with new emphasis on radar - UPDATE
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Tesla Autopilot version 8.0 announced with new emphasis on radar - UPDATE

Update - Tesla's local arm has confirmed the rollout of the Version 8.0 software in Australia over the coming weeks. See bottom of article for more details. Tesla has announced a Version 8.0 software update, which for its Autopilot driver-assistance system, switches the car’s primary sensor to radar technology as opposed to the camera and image processing system...


US unveils national guidelines for autonomous cars
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US unveils national guidelines for autonomous cars

The US government has announced a new federal policy for self-driving cars, which includes guidelines for the responsible federal agencies, a model legislative template for state governments, and a 15-point checklist that car makers and technology companies will be encouraged to measure their autonomous vehicles against...


Ford commits to making driver’s cars alongside autonomous vehicles
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Ford commits to making driver’s cars alongside autonomous vehicles

Ford's manager of global consumer trends and futuring, Sheryl Connelly, has said the company will continue to offer cars for enthusiasts in the face of the wider adoption of autonomous vehicles. Speaking to the UK’s Autocar, Connelly said: “We remain committed in future to models where autonomous driving makes sense and others where it does not”...


‘Smiling’ driverless concept developed for pedestrian safety research
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‘Smiling’ driverless concept developed for pedestrian safety research

Semcon, a Swedish-based product development company, has developed 'The Smiling Car', a fictional autonomous car concept that uses a digital smile to let pedestrians know it’s safe to cross the road while the 'driver' goes about their own business inside the car...


Grand Theft Auto V used by researchers to train self-driving software
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Grand Theft Auto V used by researchers to train self-driving software

Grand Theft Auto V and other open world computer games are being used by researchers to train artificial intelligence systems that could one day power computers responsible for self-driving cars. Commercially available assisted driving systems, as well as most prototype autonomous vehicle technologies, work best in closed environments, such as freeways and motorways, where the number of variables that need to accounted for by the computer are limited...