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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"...

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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...


Hyundai adds Android Auto to i30, Elantra, Veloster, Tucson, Santa Fe
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Hyundai adds Android Auto to i30, Elantra, Veloster, Tucson, Santa Fe

Hyundai has added Android Auto compatibility to the majority of its line-up this week, joining Apple CarPlay as part of a quick software update. Like its fruit-branded counterpart, Android Auto allows drivers to get directions, make phone calls, send and receive messages, set reminders, play or stream multimedia, and more, without needing to touch their phone...


Five ways your car is smarter than you
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Five ways your car is smarter than you

There are plenty of movies and books that explore the possibility of artificial intelligence and machines that manage to outsmart their creators, reprogram themselves with the intention of taking over the world and enslaving or wiping out the human race, thus establishing robots as the alpha species. The scary thing is, we could actually be looking down the barrel of that eventuality...


Varsovia concept: Polish start-up reveals high-tech, ultra-luxe PHEV
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Varsovia concept: Polish start-up reveals high-tech, ultra-luxe PHEV

Poland-based startup Varsovia has revealed its range-extended plug-in hybrid (PHEV) concept, which promises to “broaden the definition of a luxury vehicle”. Varsovia Motor Co - named after the Polish capital of Warsaw - pitches the new sedan as a “mobile office”, featuring two 19-inch transparent displays, a built-in computer and advanced information system...


Welcome to the dashcam age: Navman launches new safety-focused range

Welcome to the dashcam age: Navman launches new safety-focused range

We are living in a postmodern society, re-writing contemporary history on a daily basis as we work our way through the information age while concurrently existing in both the social age and big data age... and now we've created the dashcam age. Or, perhaps, the 'watching' age. Who knows what future philosophers will call it...


Audi Virtual Reality experience to expand to dealerships
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Audi Virtual Reality experience to expand to dealerships

Virtual reality is the new buzzword term in technology, and with headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift readily accessible, Audi has spent the last three years working on a dealership-ready customer experience that dives into the virtual...


2018 Audi A8 the most technologically advanced car ever, tech chief claims
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2018 Audi A8 the most technologically advanced car ever, tech chief claims

The automotive game is moving forward at a rapid pace, with interior technology now equally as important as driving dynamics. No surprise, then, that the team behind the 2018 Audi A8 is already claiming it will change the scene with the most advanced automotive technology ever seen...


Ford Sync 3 rollout confirmed
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Ford Sync 3 rollout confirmed

The new Ford Sync 3 media system will be rolled out incrementally across a range of models over the coming months. Ford's updated media system offers better connectivity options, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, as well as improved mapping and menu layouts...


2017 BMW 7 Series adds remote parking tech for Australian range
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2017 BMW 7 Series adds remote parking tech for Australian range

The updated 2017 BMW 7 Series range lands in Australia in October, bringing the company's 'Remote Parking' function, along with a new air-cleaning air conditioner as standard across the range. Already available in overseas markets, the autonomous self-parking system was previously disabled due to government legislation that requires a person to be in the vehicle while it is being operated...


Ford could beat Uber to driverless taxi fleet with 2021 plan
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Ford could beat Uber to driverless taxi fleet with 2021 plan

No steering wheel, no accelerator, no brake pedal: this is Ford's plan for a driverless vehicle fleet it aims to launch in just five years.  Personal transport upstart Uber has made no secret of its plans to swap human drivers for driverless cars, but Ford has stepped up as the first car maker to declare its own assault on the 'Johnny Cab' market...


Audi's new V2I system will plan for the next green light
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Audi's new V2I system will plan for the next green light

Audi has taken the first steps to make connected vehicles a reality, announcing its first vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) service in the US, which communicates when traffic lights are turning green. The German company has already demonstrated the technology in Europe, but this latest step marks its first move into the wider global market...


Seat releases first car manufacturer-developed Apple CarPlay app
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Seat releases first car manufacturer-developed Apple CarPlay app

Spanish manufacturer Seat has become the first auto manufacturer to release an app specifically for Apple CarPlay. Developed in-house, the Seat DriveApp allows customers to view full vehicle-status data, including scheduled maintenance and tyre pressure, along with a dealer finder. More features and services will be added over the next few weeks...


Volkswagen key fobs prone to hacking; other brands vulnerable too
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Volkswagen key fobs prone to hacking; other brands vulnerable too

Four European researchers, led by Flavio Garcia from the University of Birmingham, have published a paper detailing how they successfully imitated the remote control key fob signals used by up to 100 million Volkswagen vehicles produced since 1995. The paper details how the team was able to successfully produce valid key fob signals using around US$40 ($53...


How easy is it to use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
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How easy is it to use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

Read the article here. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are popping up everywhere – with the majority of manufacturers either already offering the technology in cars in Australia, or planning to in the very near future. It’s essentially software, installed into the infotainment system that gives you access to a simple version of your phones operating system on the car’s media display...


Audi unveils energy recuperating shock absorbers
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Audi unveils energy recuperating shock absorbers

Audi has announced that it is currently working on a new electromechanical rotary damper concept, or eROT for short, that can recover otherwise wasted energy. At present, the eROT setup is only available for the rear wheels. The prototype system ditches the usual upright shock absorbers in favour of a lever arm connected to a series of gears and a compact horizontal electric motor...


Success of autonomous tech could come down to psychology: study
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Success of autonomous tech could come down to psychology: study

Delivering a quantum leap in safety may be the key to winning hearts, but it will be psychology that determines the success or failure of autonomous driving technology, a new report claims. The development of autonomous and fully driverless systems has become a hot topic in recent years, with more than a few car makers aiming for the once far-off year of 2020 to launch a new era of road safety technology...


Five cool car-related apps for Android and iPhone
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Five cool car-related apps for Android and iPhone

The number of mobile apps available is simply astounding. There's around 1.6 million on Google Play, and more than 1.5 million are available through the Apple App Store. That's more than anyone could ever use, and there are plenty that would rarely be found unless they were stumbled across or managed to drum up some publicity...


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


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...