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Mazda's rotary engine to make its return in Toyota's autonomous vehicle

Masahiro Moro, head of Mazda North America, has revealed the company's rotary engine will be used in Toyota's future autonomous vehicles. In an interview with Bloomberg, Moro said Mazda's rotary engine technology would be used as a generator to charge the battery and extend the operating range of Toyota's self-driving electric cars...

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GM unveils autonomous car for 2019 with no steering wheel, pedals
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GM unveils autonomous car for 2019 with no steering wheel, pedals

General Motors has unveiled the fourth-generation Cruise AV self-driving car, which it is planning on having on the road by 2019. The company claims it is the "first production-ready vehicle built from the start to operate safely on its own, with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or manual controls"...


Toyota e-Palette Concept can be programmed by its owner
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Toyota e-Palette Concept can be programmed by its owner

The scalable and programmable Toyota e-Palette Concept has made its debut at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The e-Palette is an electric vehicle capable of fully autonomous driving, and is designed to be part of the company's Mobility Services Platform, a cloud-like service that can handle vehicle tracking, management, diagnostics, routing, and software updates...


Autonomous car designs to be non-aggressive: Hyundai
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Autonomous car designs to be non-aggressive: Hyundai

The head of design for Hyundai says that autonomous and electric vehicles will likely adapt a non-aggressive design philosophy to suit their inherent nature going forward, with only the second-generation of these vehicles likely to deviate from the path...


Hyundai aiming for industry leadership in new technology era
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Hyundai aiming for industry leadership in new technology era

Hyundai says in the midst of a technological revolution taking over the automotive industry, it’s aiming to be the global leader in the fields of autonomous driving and the connected car, not a follower...


Autonomous vehicle tech is the biggest computing problem of its kind: Nvidia
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Autonomous vehicle tech is the biggest computing problem of its kind: Nvidia

The world’s leader in graphics processor unit manufacturing and the supplier of both software and hardware to the automotive industry for autonomous vehicles, says the computing challenge facing the industry is daunting. Speaking to the media at today’s Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nvidia boss Jensen Huang, said “building a computer for autonomous vehicles is at a level of complexity the world has never known...


Toyota reveals new autonomous prototype for CES
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Toyota reveals new autonomous prototype for CES

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has revealed its new-generation autonomous prototype for this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), dubbed Platform 3.0. Based on the previous-generation Lexus LS600h L, the new driverless vehicle platform features a better integration of autonomous driving systems into the car's design, along with greater capabilities over previous prototypes...


China's Byton reveals tech-heavy electric SUV concept
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China's Byton reveals tech-heavy electric SUV concept

Chinese electric start-up firm, Byton, has revealed its first concept car at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. First teased last September, the Byton Concept takes the form of a high-riding electric crossover that features new-age in-car infotainment and semi-autonomous driving systems...


Byton promises connected, autonomous EV for CES
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Byton promises connected, autonomous EV for CES

Chinese startup Byton is planning to launch its first prototype car – dubbed a "next generation smart device"  – at CES 2018. The company, which was founded in China but has offices in Munich and California, has created an acronym for its creation: the Smart Intuitive Vehicle (SIV)...


Nissan to show Brain-to-Vehicle communication at CES 2018
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Nissan to show Brain-to-Vehicle communication at CES 2018

Autonomous driving has been portrayed as a very hands-off, computer-led concept. Most manufacturers use pictures of people reading the newspaper or scrolling through their phone, in cabins with no steering wheel or pedals, whenever a new self-driving concept is released...


Five tech breakthroughs from 2017
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Five tech breakthroughs from 2017

2017 is almost over. It's time for Christmas parties, sunshine and rose-tinted reflection on the year gone by. But here at CarAdvice, we aren't taking our foot off the pedal just yet – instead, we're taking the chance to look back at some of the most interesting, exciting and downright strange stories published this year...


Australians unsure on autonomous cars - study
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Australians unsure on autonomous cars - study

Ford has released its 2018 Trend Report, with some interesting findings about Australian attitudes to autonomy. According to the study, only 52 per cent of Australians are 'hopeful' about the future of self-driving cars. Although that was on par with Canada and America, both of which returned 50 per cent, it was well behind the Middle East (71 per cent), Brazil (75 per cent), India (81 per cent) and China (83 per cent)...


Roborace pits self-driving racer against human driver in Hong Kong
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Roborace pits self-driving racer against human driver in Hong Kong

Autonomous racing series, Roborace, has put its self-driving prototype to the test against a human driver around the streets of Hong Kong. The comparison was run at the first Formula E race for the 2o17/18 season...


Renault buys media company in preparation for autonomy
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Renault buys media company in preparation for autonomy

Groupe Renault has purchased a 40 per cent stake in Challenges Group, a publisher with five magazines in its stable. It's an interesting acquisition for the French manufacturer, motivated by the looming onset of autonomy. According to the company, European commuters spend two hours in the car every day...


World-first satellite tech being tested in Melbourne
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World-first satellite tech being tested in Melbourne

VicRoads is teaming up with BOSCH, the TAC, Geoscience Australia and the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information to test a world-first satellite positioning system in Albert Park. The test is part of a wider Australasian trial of a satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS), backed by $12 million in funding from the Australian Government and $2 million from the New Zealand Government...


Rinspeed details wacky Snap concept ahead of CES
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Rinspeed details wacky Snap concept ahead of CES

You could never accuse Rinspeed of playing by the rules. Past concepts have played around with amphibious technology, drones and, in one case, been able to shrink at the push of a button. It should come as no surprise, then, the latest car to roll forth from the company's workshop in Switzerland isn't what you'd call 'conventional...


BMW autonomous vehicles coming in 2021
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BMW autonomous vehicles coming in 2021

BMW says it will release Level 3, 4 and 5 autonomous vehicles from 2021, accounting for market needs, demands and legislation around the world. Speaking at a special event in Munich, outgoing member of the BMW board of management, Dr. Ian Robertson, said the company wants to lead autonomous driving, having teamed with the likes of Intel, MobileEye, Fiat Chrysler Automotive and, to a lesser extent, Mercedes-Benz and Audi through a partnership with HERE...


Fisker Orbit: Autonomous bus confirmed for 2018
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Fisker Orbit: Autonomous bus confirmed for 2018

The Fisker Orbit, an upcoming connected and autonomous shuttle bus, has been confirmed by Henrik Fisker for an October 2018 launch. Previewed with a single image posted on Twitter by Henrik Fisker – prominent designer and company founder – the new bus hasn't been described in much detail, other than the fact it will feature connected and autonomous driving technologies...


Mercedes-Benz puts autonomous tech to the test in Australia
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Mercedes-Benz puts autonomous tech to the test in Australia

Mercedes-Benz is putting autonomous technology through testing in Aussie conditions, to better understand some of the quirks of our roads. Along with more information about the flashing, variable-speed signs becoming prevalent on our highways, the test route – from Sydney to Melbourne, via Canberra and Albury – will also look to hone the way self-driving systems deal with wombats, koalas, emus and kangaroos crossing the road...


Mazda says no to Level 5 autonomy
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Mazda says no to Level 5 autonomy

Despite most premium brands moving towards an autonomous future, Mazda has confirmed its vehicles will always feature a steering wheel. Speaking to media at the 2017 Los Angeles motor show, president and CEO of Mazda North America Operations, Masahiro Moro said that there's not a chance of Mazda ditching a steering wheel for Level 5 autonomy...