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Goodyear celebrates a centenary in Australia

With all the changes we have seen happen to cars in Australia over the past five years, let alone the last ten, it's staggering to think there is one thing that has remained constant for the best part of a century.  Rubber tyres...

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Audi USA boss believes fully autonomous cars are over 10 years away
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Audi USA boss believes fully autonomous cars are over 10 years away

The boss of Audi USA disagrees with Tesla's outspoken CEO about when fully autonomous cars will be ready for the road. In an interview with Car and Driver, Scott Keogh, the president of Audi USA, believes that it could be "ten-plus years" before fully autonomous vehicle start hitting problem. Keogh made this statement when responding to comments by Elon Musk...


Porsche backs Apple CarPlay over Google’s Android Auto for new in-car tech
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Porsche backs Apple CarPlay over Google’s Android Auto for new in-car tech

German carmaker Porsche is rolling out the latest generation of its Porsche Communication System (PCM 4), which is good news for iPhone users - but not so good for those that prefer the Android mobile phone platform...


2016 Hyundai i30, Tucson, Santa Fe pick up Apple CarPlay in Australia - UPDATE
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2016 Hyundai i30, Tucson, Santa Fe pick up Apple CarPlay in Australia - UPDATE

Hyundai Australia has now rolled out an infotainment upgrade for a handful of models, adding Apple CarPlay connectivity to variants in the i30, Tucson and Santa Fe lines. Developed to essentially replace a vehicle’s in-car infotainment system with the familiar look-and-feel of the iPhone platform, Apple CarPlay has now launched internationally in more than 100 model lines since it was revealed in March 2014...


US government to spend $5.7 billion on autonomous car research
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US government to spend $5.7 billion on autonomous car research

Today, the secretary of the US' Department of Transport, Anthony Foxx, announced at the 2016 Detroit auto show that the government plans to invest US$4 billion ($5.7 billion) into autonomous vehicle research, as well as introduce unified nationwide rules regarding autonomous vehicles...


Aston Martin Autolink concept: Letv develops new infotainment system
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Aston Martin Autolink concept: Letv develops new infotainment system

Aston Martin has offered buyers a glimpse of what could become the infotainment system in its coming DB11 supercar, unveiling the new Autolink concept at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show. Developed by Chinese entertainment company Letv as part of a new partnership, Autolink features a tall 13.3-inch display in the dash centre and a similarly large 12...


Audi e-tron quattro concept's OLED interior displayed at CES
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Audi e-tron quattro concept's OLED interior displayed at CES

Audi has used CES 2016 to demonstrate a working cutaway interior of the e-tron quattro concept car. The e-tron quattro concept debuted at the Frankfurt motor show in late 2015, and is said to preview the company's Q6 EV, due in 2018...


Ford details next-generation autonomous car, teams up with Amazon
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Ford details next-generation autonomous car, teams up with Amazon

At CES 2016, Ford announced that during 2016 it will triple the size of its autonomous vehicle test fleet from 10 today to 30, at which point it will be "the largest in the automotive industry". Like its existing self-driving cars, the new additions to the fleet will be based on the company's Fusion hybrid sedan...


BMW i Vision Future Interaction concept unveiled
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BMW i Vision Future Interaction concept unveiled

The BMW i Vision Future Interaction concept car has been unveiled at CES 2016, and provides clues about what's in store for future iterations of the brand's iDrive infotainment system. Based on the 2012 plug-in hybrid i8 Spyder concept, the i Vision Future Interaction goes a step further by eliminating the doors altogether, presumably to allow attendees at CES 2016 an easy look at the concept's remodelled dashboard...


Volvo XC90 gains Apple CarPlay connectivity, Android Auto to follow - UPDATE
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Volvo XC90 gains Apple CarPlay connectivity, Android Auto to follow - UPDATE

Update: Australian availability and price confirmed, article updated.  The new Volvo XC90 is the latest model to climb aboard the Apple CarPlay wagon, with the popular mobile connectivity platform added to the big SUV’s infotainment system this week...


Ford unveils drugged-driving suit
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Ford unveils drugged-driving suit

Ford of Europe has come up with a driving suit that simulates what its like to drive under the influence of illicit drugs. The new suit is said to simulate some of the effects of drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin and MDMA or ecstasy...


BMW i3 will soon feature an upgraded battery - report
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BMW i3 will soon feature an upgraded battery - report

The Germany luxury car maker is reportedly working on a new battery pack for the BMW i3, which is said to improve its EV driving range. According to internal sources who have spoken to Autocar, BMW is currently developing a new lithium-ion battery pack for the i3 using some new technology and techniques developed since the car's 2013 launch...


Audi readying fifth-generation hydrogen car: Audi A7 h-tron detailed
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Audi readying fifth-generation hydrogen car: Audi A7 h-tron detailed

Audi is deep in development of a fifth-generation hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle that is set to feature extended range, better performance and the ability to operate at higher temperatures. Audi's commitment to hydrogen dates back to 2004, when the company released the Audi A2H2...


Volvo Concept 26 previews autonomous vehicle interior
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Volvo Concept 26 previews autonomous vehicle interior

The Volvo Concept 26 gives a realistic impression of how its vehicle interiors could evolve as autonomous driving technology advances over the coming years. Volvo says Concept 26’s name reflects the average daily commute time of 26 minutes – time the Swedish car maker says could be spent doing something more meaningful than crawling through peak-hour traffic...


2017 Jaguar XE gains new infotainment system
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2017 Jaguar XE gains new infotainment system

The Jaguar XE may have only gone on sale recently in Australia, but an update for the 2017 model year will see a new infotainment system added to the British luxury sedan. The 2017 Jaguar XE range is due on sale in Australia from mid-2016, with the 10.2-inch InControl Touch Pro media unit to be offered as an option on all variants of the updated line-up...


2016 Ford Kuga pricing and specifications
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2016 Ford Kuga pricing and specifications

The updated, 2016 Ford Kuga will arrive in Australian showrooms next month with a reverse-view camera standard across all variants and Sync 2 in mid- and high-grade models. Previously only included in the flagship Kuga Titanium, a rear camera will be fitted to 2016 versions of the entry- and mid-level Ambiente and Trend variants...


Gesture control just 'hype', says Porsche
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Gesture control just 'hype', says Porsche

The man in charge of human machine interface (HMI) design at Porsche says the current use of gesture control technologies, like those introduced in the latest version of BMW iDrive, are nothing but hype and a gimmick. “We tested gesture control a lot but I do not think that this is the future. I think it’s in hype now and it’s not so exact...


EuroNCAP introduces tests for autonomous braking systems with pedestrian detection
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EuroNCAP introduces tests for autonomous braking systems with pedestrian detection

EuroNCAP will soon begin evaluating vehicles the effectiveness of autonomous emergency braking systems that can detect pedestrians. For these new tests, the organisation will employ a set of pedestrian dummies that are mounted on a trolley and drawn across the path of an oncoming vehicle...


Audi working on world-first regenerative suspension system
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Audi working on world-first regenerative suspension system

Audi has used the Audi Future Performance Days innovation conference to unveil a world first suspension technology that allow the manufacturer to harness energy from a vehicle's suspension dampers that would otherwise be lost as heat...


Local Motors LM3D Swim launched, 3D printed car on sale 2016
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Local Motors LM3D Swim launched, 3D printed car on sale 2016

The Local Motors LM3D Swim has been unveiled and is set to become the first commercially available 3D printed vehicle. Local Motors says that the all-electric Swim is the first in a series of LM3D vehicles. New variants will be unveiled in 2016 while the company seeks to complete the homologation process, which includes the federal crash testing and highway certification...