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Mini Cooper green-mode - Fish game

Read our Mini Cooper review here. Green and Eco Driving modes are nothing new, but in the third-generation Cooper, Mini have taken it a step further and turned it into a game! When on the go, select 'Green Driving Mode' - which automatically puts the car into an eco-friendly state...

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Google self-driving pod vehicle ready for public roads
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Google self-driving pod vehicle ready for public roads

The next-phase of Google's self-driving car project will kick off soon, with the company's in-house designed autonomous vehicle set to hit public roads. So far, Google has only been using its 20-or-so strong fleet of specifically modified, autonomous Lexus RX crossovers on public roads...


AEB slashes rear-end collisions by almost 40 per cent, NCAP study finds
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AEB slashes rear-end collisions by almost 40 per cent, NCAP study finds

ANCAP has once again called for low-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB) to be made standard on all new vehicles, after publishing a joint-study said to overwhelmingly prove its efficacy. Findings announced today from a research project jointly commissioned by ANCAP, the Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development, and ANCAP's sister organisation Euro NCAP, found that AEB led to a 38...


Ford Sync 3 better for driving than Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, says car maker
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Ford Sync 3 better for driving than Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, says car maker

Ford says its new-generation infotainment system software is better suited to driving than interfaces offered by the likes of Google Auto (Android) and Apple CarPlay (iOS). Speaking with CarAdvice at the Ford GT innovation forum in Detroit today, the company’s senior technical leader for Human Machine Interface (HMI), Jeff Greenberg, noted that smartphone manufacturers do not have the equivalent experience to develop interfaces for drivers...


Increased mobile phone usage in cars not increasing crash rates, says Ford
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Increased mobile phone usage in cars not increasing crash rates, says Ford

The global director for human machine interface at Ford says it’s pointless to try to reprimand handheld mobile phone usage in vehicles as the crash data doesn’t reflect media reports of drivers distracted by mobile phones causing accidents...


Google confirms 11 accidents involving its self-driving cars over six years
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Google confirms 11 accidents involving its self-driving cars over six years

Google has confirmed that its fleet of self-driving cars have been involved in 11 accidents during the programme's six-year life, but not once were its software or drivers at fault. Yesterday we reported that since September 2014 there have been four accidents involving autonomous cars in the state of California...


Self-driving cars involved in four accidents since September 2014 - report
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Self-driving cars involved in four accidents since September 2014 - report

According to a report, four autonomous vehicles have been involved in accidents in California since September 2014. The Associated Press claims that three of the self-driving vehicles that had prangs were from Google's fleet of 23 modified self-driving Lexus RX SUVs. The other car is reported to be one of two Delphi development vehicles...


Freightliner Inspiration self-driving truck approved for Nevada trials
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Freightliner Inspiration self-driving truck approved for Nevada trials

The Freightliner Inspiration and its Highway Pilot system have been approved for use on the roads of the US state of Nevada. At a ceremony overnight at the Hoover Dam, about an hour outside of Las Vegas, Nevada's governor, Brian Sandoval, ceremonially installed specially marked autonomous driving number plates on the futuristic-looking Freightliner Inspiration...


ISOFIX Seats Australia: The benefits and how to fit correctly
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ISOFIX Seats Australia: The benefits and how to fit correctly

What is ISOFIX? And should you have queued up like a crazed Apple iPhone fan to buy one when they first hit the shelves? To answer the second question first, no. ISOFIX child restraints that are compliant under the Australian Standard can now be used legally. The old way is still ok, but for a number of reasons, parents are being encouraged to make the move to ISOFIX...


Audi on Demand smartphone-driven daily rental service launched in San Francisco
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Audi on Demand smartphone-driven daily rental service launched in San Francisco

Audi on Demand, the German luxury marque's smartphone-driven daily rental service has been launched in San Francisco, California. The beta programme allows users to book an Audi for between one and 28 days via a smartphone app. Users can book a variety of vehicles from the A4 up to the R8, as well as specify options, such as child seats, ski or bike racks...


EU mandates emergency call devices in cars by 2018
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EU mandates emergency call devices in cars by 2018

Emergency call devices that automatically alert rescue services to car crashes will be mandatory in all new cars and light commercial vehicles in the European Union by March 2018. Road accidents killed 25,700 people in the EU in 2014, and the organisation believes that the requirements for all new cars and light vans to be fitted with ‘eCall’ technology could cut the death toll by up to 10 per cent (2570 lives) per year...


Porsche and BMW among first to offer Apple Watch apps
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Porsche and BMW among first to offer Apple Watch apps

The much anticipated Apple Watch doesn't hit buyers' wrists until June, but that hasn't stopped German luxury manufacturers Porsche and BMW rolling out updates to their smartphone apps to support the new tech gadget. Apple's smartwatch isn't a standalone device, and essentially acts as a remote interface to your phone...


Car Technology : Driving on a flat run flat tyre
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Car Technology : Driving on a flat run flat tyre

Run flat tyres cop a lot of flack, yet BMW continues to offer Run Flat Tyres (RFTs) as original equipment across most of its range and has done for decades, while among its European competitors, Mercedes-Benz has developed its own version in recent years and Audi is yet to come to the party...


Car technology: driving on a flat run flat tyre
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Car technology: driving on a flat run flat tyre

Read the article here. What are run flat tyres? Essentially an RFT is a self-supporting tyre with a very different construction to that of a conventional pneumatic tyre. The sidewall is made of thicker rubber and has been reinforced to make it stiffer. It's this section that will bear the weight once the air pressure is gone...


Amazon, DHL, Audi trial online deliveries straight to your car boot
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Amazon, DHL, Audi trial online deliveries straight to your car boot

Amazon, DHL and Audi will run a limited trial in Germany, where customers can have packages delivered directly to their car boot. The limited pilot programme is open to German members of Amazon Prime, an annual 49 euro ($57) subscription plan that offers free two-day shipping for most products on Amazon's site...


Norway may scale back its incentives for electric cars after 50,000th EV sold
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Norway may scale back its incentives for electric cars after 50,000th EV sold

A report indicates that Norway is considering ending or reducing some of its incentives for electric cars because the scheme has been almost too popular. According to Automotive News Europe, the finance ministry is currently conducting a review of its automotive and fuel taxes, which will be complete before the federal budget is announced in May...


BMW iDrive to make way for touchscreens, says design boss
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BMW iDrive to make way for touchscreens, says design boss

The head of design at BMW has admitted the company’s trademark iDrive infotainment system controller will make way for touchscreen technology in the future. BMW Group design director Adrian van Hooydonk told Autocar recently that touchscreens were one of a number of technology formats the car maker will use to allow drivers and passengers to interact with its next-generation vehicles...


More details on Ford patent for eleven-speed automatic transmission
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More details on Ford patent for eleven-speed automatic transmission

As was revealed recently, the Ford Motor Company has filed a patent in the United States that documents the development of an eleven-speed automatic gearbox in several configurations — a cool reference to Spinal Tap? But to understand it better we decided to take a look at the actual gear ratios to determine just what makes this 'box different to existing Ford units...


Mini previews augmented reality glasses ahead of Shanghai show
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Mini previews augmented reality glasses ahead of Shanghai show

The British brand will debut its Mini Augmented Vision glasses concept at the upcoming Shanghai auto show, which starts later this month. Developed by Mini's parent, BMW, and automotive and electronics supplier Qualcomm, the thick-rimmed Augmented Vision glasses were styled by BMW's creative consultancy, Designworks...


Delphi's autonomous Audi SQ5 completes trip from San Francisco to New York City
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Delphi's autonomous Audi SQ5 completes trip from San Francisco to New York City

An Audi SQ5 fitted out with autonomous driving technology by automotive supplier Delphi is the first self-driving car to complete a US west coast to east coast trek from San Francisco to New York City. Accompanied by a team of engineers from the Delphi — an automotive supplier spun off, in part, from GM in 1997 — have helped the modified Audi SQ5, dubbed Roadrunner, complete the nine day, roughly 5470km, cross-country trek...