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Ford calls for developers to dive into Sync 3 app creation, Aussies welcome

Ford has released new emulator software designed to encourage developers to create and test apps for compatibility with its latest infotainment system Sync 3 - including Australians...

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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 22
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 22

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...


2017 Porsche Panamera infotainment system detailed
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2017 Porsche Panamera infotainment system detailed

Details of the 2017 Porsche Panamera’s all-new infotainment system have been revealed, which will eventually feature across the brand’s line-up. Depending on the market, the new Porsche Connect system will offer a number of connected mobile services and apps, along with satellite navigation and a WiFi hotspot...


Fiat Chrysler offers reward to hackers in boosted safety push
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Fiat Chrysler offers reward to hackers in boosted safety push

In a move that further highlights the closing gap between cars and technology, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is now offering financial incentives to hackers that successfully expose flaws in the company's software systems. Using a third-party code-sharing platform called BugCrowd, FCA is offering bounties between $150 and $1500 to participants who identify security gaps in vehicle and customer-facing software architecture...


Nissan ProPilot self-driving system launched in Japan
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Nissan ProPilot self-driving system launched in Japan

Overnight Nissan launched the ProPilot self-driving system in the new domestic market Serena people mover. This first version of the ProPilot system is only capable of piloting the car in a single lane on a highway. The driver activates the system via a button on the steering and sets a preferred speed between 30 and 100km/h...


Chinese company creates 'world’s first smartcar' with Roewe RX5 SUV
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Chinese company creates 'world’s first smartcar' with Roewe RX5 SUV

Chinese e-commerce and technology firm, Alibaba, has created what it claims to be the world’s first 'smartcar', complete with its own integrated operating system. Using the Chinese-market Saic Roewe RX5 compact SUV as its base, the Alibaba smartcar runs the company’s YunOS operating system, allowing it to automatically pay for fuel, parking, and tolls...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 8
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 8

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...


Volkswagen and LG to develop connected car platform
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Volkswagen and LG to develop connected car platform

The Volkswagen Group has signed an agreement with LG Electronics to collaborate on the research and development of a new connected car platform. Aimed at enhancing vehicle connectivity, the two companies will work together on Volkswagen’s next-generation Cross-Over-Platform...


Tesla unsure if Autopilot involved in second crash
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Tesla unsure if Autopilot involved in second crash

UPDATE, JULY 22: And now, a good-news story on Tesla's Autopilot. Elon Musk has tweeted a letter from a Model S owner that describes his belief that Autopilot saved the life of a pedestrian he nearly hit.  US authorities are investigating the crash of a Tesla Model X in Pennsylvania, with the driver claiming that the semi-autonomous Autopilot system was active at the time...


Ford Mondeo update announced: Sync 3 standard across the range
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Ford Mondeo update announced: Sync 3 standard across the range

Ford has announced a ‘2016.75’ model-year update for its Mondeo mid-sizer, which now sees the company’s new Sync 3 infotainment system fitted as standard across the range. Like the Mustang pony car and Ranger ute before it, the updated Mondeo range - on sale now - features the new 8...


Mirrorless cars now legal in Japan - report
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Mirrorless cars now legal in Japan - report

Japan has become one of the first markets in the world to allow car makers to ditch the conventional glass wing mirror in favour of camera monitor systems, according to a new report. Using cameras as rear- or side-view mirrors is nothing new - numerous concept cars such as the Lamborghini Urus have already previewed the technology, and some Honda models feature a wide-angle monitoring camera beneath the passenger-door mirror...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for June 24
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for June 24

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...


Hyundai adds Apple CarPlay to Accent, iMax and iLoad
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Hyundai adds Apple CarPlay to Accent, iMax and iLoad

Hyundai Australia has expanded its growing rollout of Apple CarPlay connectivity, this time upgrading variants in the Accent, iMax and iLoad ranges. Essentially gracing the vehicle’s infotainment system with the familiar look and feel of an iPhone or iPad, Apple’s CarPlay software offers access to Apple Maps navigation and Siri voice command - such as hands-free phone calls, messaging and dictation - along with music, calendar and apps like Spotify...


Ford Australia offering free map updates
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Ford Australia offering free map updates

Ford Australia will offer free annual Sync 2 satellite-navigation updates at scheduled services (from participating dealers) from July 1. The new initiative, a global Ford first, saves owners about $79 per year over a total period of seven years. Australia has a rapidly changing road infrastructure with more than 120,000 kilometres of roads added annually, almost 23,000 road name changes and around 2000 roundabout changes...


Cadillac CT6 includes first surround-view recording system
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Cadillac CT6 includes first surround-view recording system

The top-of-the-range Cadillac CT6, which went on sale in the US earlier this year, is being touted as the first car in the world to come with a factory-fitted surround-view recording system. In addition to allowing drivers to view live video from the surround-view camera setup, the CT6 also lets them record footage, in one of two modes, onto an SD card located in the car's boot...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for June 10
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for June 10

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...


Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV security hacked through mobile app - UPDATE
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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV security hacked through mobile app - UPDATE

UPDATE: Mitsubishi's Australian arm has commented on this report. See bottom of article.  Mitsubishi is the latest car maker to fall victim to software hackers, with the security and on-board functions of its Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid compromised this week...


Four-wheel-driving : Top 10 tips for beginners

Four-wheel-driving : Top 10 tips for beginners

Gone are the days of utes being rugged workhorses used only by tradies from Monday to Friday. Today’s utes are lifestyle vehicles that aim to be all things to all people, attempting to blend their traditional practicality and toughness with the comfort and refinement of passenger cars and the pulling-power and off-road prowess of SUVs...


2017 Porsche Panamera interior revealed in leaked image?
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2017 Porsche Panamera interior revealed in leaked image?

The first clear look at the upcoming 2017 Porsche Panamera may now be online, thanks to an image that surfaced today on social media network Instagram. The new 2017 Panamera has been spied a number of times in the past year, with the regular 'sedan' body and its new wagon sibling both caught in varying states of undress at the Nurburgring and elsewhere...


Google overhauls Maserati's infotainment with Android interface
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Google overhauls Maserati's infotainment with Android interface

Technology giant Google has taken a leap beyond its Android Auto smartphone integration system, with the unveiling of a complete in-car infotainment system running its Android operating platform. At its latest I/O developers conference, Google presented a Maserati Ghibli running a next-generation version of the Android platform...