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Volkswagen, BMW partner to install around 100 US fast charging stations

Volkswagen and BMW will install a set of almost 100 fast charging stations across the US by the end of 2015. The concerted effort by the two German automakers will expand the existing charging station network operated by Chargepoint...

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Peugeot Citroen puts Hybrid Air development on hold - report
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Peugeot Citroen puts Hybrid Air development on hold - report

Reports claim that development of the Hybrid Air system by PSA Peugeot Citroen has been put on hold after the departure of the programme's chief and an unsuccessful search to find an automotive partner with whom to share costs with. According to a report in French business newspaper Les Echos, development of Hybrid Air technology has stalled...


Ford opens new US research centre alongside Google, Apple, Facebook
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Ford opens new US research centre alongside Google, Apple, Facebook

In a move that signifies us moving ever closer to the 'connected car', Ford Motor Company has opened a new research centre in California's Silicon Valley to aid in the development of technologies that will herald the next step change in automotive evolution. The new Ford facility is in Palo Alto, the centre of Silicon Valley, where the automaker's neighbours will be tech giants Google, Apple, Facebook and many others...


Google talking to suppliers, car makers about producing self-driving vehicle
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Google talking to suppliers, car makers about producing self-driving vehicle

The project leader for Google's autonomous car project has said that any production vehicle from the internet company would need to be produced in association with an established car maker. Late last week, Chris Urmson, the leader of Google's self-driving car project, spoke at the Automotive News World Congress...


Jaguar Land Rover trialling safety system that taps drivers on the shoulder to warn of cyclists
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Jaguar Land Rover trialling safety system that taps drivers on the shoulder to warn of cyclists

Jaguar Land Rover is trialling a new advanced safety system to help warn drivers of nearby cyclists and motorcycles in a number of unique ways, including making sounds like ringing bells and physically tapping drivers on the shoulder. The technologies form part of the British luxury car maker’s ‘Bike Sense’ project that is currently being conducted at its Advanced Research Centre in the UK...


3D printed cars could revolutionise small scale manufacture, improve car safety
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3D printed cars could revolutionise small scale manufacture, improve car safety

At the 2015 Detroit motor show, we talked to Lonnie Love, group leader for automation, robotics and manufacturing at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, about not only his team’s 3D printed replica of the Shelby Cobra, but also about what impact 3D printing may have on the world of automobile manufacture...


Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid unveiled, capable of 35km in EV mode
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Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid unveiled, capable of 35km in EV mode

Hyundai's first plug-in hybrid, the Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, has made its global debut at the 2015 Detroit motor show. Both externally and under the skin, the new Sonata Plug-in Hybrid shares a lot with the recently revealed Sonata Hybrid...


Audi A7 Piloted Driving concept: In-depth look how an autonomous car is developed and how it works
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Audi A7 Piloted Driving concept: In-depth look how an autonomous car is developed and how it works

Audi’s showpiece event for CES 2015 was the Audi A7 Piloted Driving Concept, which was able to guide itself the vast majority of the way from California to Nevada in time for the show. At the show, we spoke to Daniel Lipinski, project leader for Audi’s automated driving projects, about how his team developed the A7 Piloted Driving car, nicknamed Jack, and all the ins and outs of the technology under its skin...


Honda CR-V: European model to debut predictive cruise control in 2015
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Honda CR-V: European model to debut predictive cruise control in 2015

The European version of the Honda CR-V will this year gain a predictive cruise control system, which is able to brake more smoothly when a car cuts in ahead. Dubbed Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, the system uses camera and radar to monitor the position and movement of nearby cars. The CR-V's computers then calculate the likelihood of each car cutting into the SUV's lane...


Nissan and NASA partner on autonomous car tech; Nissan plans self-driving car for 2020
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Nissan and NASA partner on autonomous car tech; Nissan plans self-driving car for 2020

Nissan and NASA have announced overnight that the two organisations will begin a research and development partnership centred around autonomous car technology. The two companies will focus their joint research efforts on the systems required for autonomous vehicles both in space and on Earth. NASA and Nissan will also look into human-machine interfaces, networking applications and software analysis...


Ford Sync 3 entertainment system should arrive in Australia in 2016
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Ford Sync 3 entertainment system should arrive in Australia in 2016

Ford's new-from-the-ground-up Sync 3 entertainment, navigation and telephony system will not be coming to Australia in 2015. The bad news for potential Ford buyers was related to Car Advice on the floor of CES by Ford Asia Pacific's Abhi Mahapatra, product strategy manager for communications...


Audi Prologue Piloted Driving Concept debuts at 2015 CES
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Audi Prologue Piloted Driving Concept debuts at 2015 CES

The Audi Prologue Concept has been updated for the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, debuting the company's Piloted Driving technology, a new powertrain and new styling elements...


BMW M4 Iconic Lights concept debuts laser headlights with spotlight, width markers
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BMW M4 Iconic Lights concept debuts laser headlights with spotlight, width markers

The BMW M4 Iconic Lights concept currently lives at the Las Vegas Convention Center, home to much of this year's CES, in a large tent in the middle of what is normally a car park. This odd setting allows the M4 Iconic Lights concept to demonstrate its prototype illumination technologies to a small audience via an elaborate light and sound display...


Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion autonomous concept unveiled at CES
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Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion autonomous concept unveiled at CES

The much rumoured autonomous Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion concept has been unveiled at CES, becoming the first dedicated concept car unveiled at the electronics show. After a lengthy and humour-filled introduction by Dr Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler, the Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion piloted itself onto the stage...


Volkswagen Golf R Touch previews possible touch-enabled and gesture cabin technology
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Volkswagen Golf R Touch previews possible touch-enabled and gesture cabin technology

At its first ever CES, the German behemoth unveiled its Volkswagen Golf R Touch, which packs an array of high resolution screens, gesture sensing technology and capacitive buttons into the cabin. As far as the drivetrain goes, we're lead to believe that the Golf R Touch features the same kilowatt-packed 2...


Toyota makes its hydrogen fuel cell patents freely available
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Toyota makes its hydrogen fuel cell patents freely available

At its press conference at this year’s CES, Toyota has announced that it will open up its hydrogen fuel cell patent library to its competitors and collaborators. On stage, accompanying Bob Carter, Toyota USA's senior vice president in charge of automotive operations, was a production version of the Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan...


Harman Individual Sound Zones allows occupants to tune out in-car noise
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Harman Individual Sound Zones allows occupants to tune out in-car noise

A new car stereo system from Harman is said to enable passengers to hear "only what matters to them". The newly announced Harman Individual Sound Zones uses micro-speaker technology to reduce "sonic clutter" caused by personal electronic devices, navigation systems and phone calls...


Parrot RNB6 audio system runs Android Lollipop, supports CarPlay and Android Auto
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Parrot RNB6 audio system runs Android Lollipop, supports CarPlay and Android Auto

At CES 2015, the French electronics manufacturer unveiled the Parrot RNB6 head unit, which runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, but supports both the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring protocols. The double-DIN head unit features a 7.0-inch high resolution touchscreen...


Autonomous Audi A7 begins 885km journey from California to Las Vegas for CES
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Autonomous Audi A7 begins 885km journey from California to Las Vegas for CES

The Audi A7 Piloted Driving Concept has begun its 885 kilometre, largely autonomous journey from Stanford, California to Las Vegas, Nevada. For much of the 885km trip the experimental Audi A7 will drive itself along the United States' Interstate Highway System. On the highway the A7, dubbed Jack by the development team, can pilot itself at anywhere between zero and 113km/h (70mph)...


Google self-driving car revealed in production guise
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Google self-driving car revealed in production guise

The long-awaited Google self-driving car has been uncovered with the technology company claiming it is "the best holiday gift we could’ve imagined". Described as "the first real build of our self-driving vehicle prototype", the cutesy two-door, high-topped hatchback (pictured top) may look mighty similar to the "mockup" version seen in May (pictured below), but it now features several legally required items...