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Audi laser headlights explained and tested

Audi will introduce laserlight technology to more production models next year, with the Audi R8 LMX shown as a glimpse of the future potential of the system...

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Toyota Driver Awareness Research Vehicle tracks how safely you're driving
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Toyota Driver Awareness Research Vehicle tracks how safely you're driving

The latest Toyota Driver Awareness Research Vehicle has made its debut at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado. Dubbed DARV 1.5, the car uses Microsoft tech gear and InfoSys biometrics software. It was developed by the Toyota's research safety centre and based on the latest Avalon, which forms the basis for the current generation Lexus ES...


Volvo XC90 to feature auto braking at intersections, run off road protection
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Volvo XC90 to feature auto braking at intersections, run off road protection

The new Volvo XC90 will feature two world first technologies: automatic braking at intersections and run off road protection. As the name "auto brake at intersections" suggests, the safety systems in the second-generation XC90 keep an electronic eye peeled for cars that might run into it at an intersection...


WiFi-Honk app can alert distracted pedestrians, drivers of impending accident
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WiFi-Honk app can alert distracted pedestrians, drivers of impending accident

Researchers at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) have come up with an app, WiFi-Honk, that can alert smartphone-toting drivers and pedestrians about possible danger. According to a study cited by the UMKC team, the incidence of headphone-wearing pedestrians being injured or killed has increased by 300 per cent in the last 10 years...


Jaguar Virtual Windscreen brings racing lines, ghost cars to real life
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Jaguar Virtual Windscreen brings racing lines, ghost cars to real life

Virtual racing lines and ghost cars could be about to take the leap from video games to reality thanks to the latest concept from Jaguar. The Jaguar Virtual Windscreen concept uses virtual imaging technology to project high-quality graphics across the entire windscreen, giving drivers extra information and an enhanced ‘virtual’ view of the road or racetrack...


Tesla Model S hacking competition will have $10,000 prize
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Tesla Model S hacking competition will have $10,000 prize

Next week a computer security conference will host a competition to hack a Tesla Model S sedan with a prize of US$10,000 on offer. According to Forbes, the conference organisers, SyScan (Symposium on Security for Asia Network), will have a Tesla Model S on site for participants to electronically intrude upon...


Jaguar Land Rover developing 'self-learning car' technology
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Jaguar Land Rover developing 'self-learning car' technology

Jaguar Land Rover is developing ‘self-learning car’ technology that will allow its vehicles to ‘get to know’ their drivers, promising increased comfort and convenience and reduced driver distraction...


Audi e-tron owners’ app ruled out for Australia
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Audi e-tron owners’ app ruled out for Australia

The new Audi A3 Sportback e-tron may be pushing the brand into new territory in terms of technology, but Australian idiosyncrasies continue to prohibit the progress of the brand in terms of connectivity. Audi Australia will be unable to offer buyers of the new A3 Sportback e-tron the opportunity to control or monitor their car from their smartphone via the SIM-based Audi Connect e-tron services app...


Low profile tyres: how low can you go?
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Low profile tyres: how low can you go?

Next time you’re driving, take a look around and I’ll bet you spot a set of 45 aspect, low profile tyres on a car that didn’t roll out of the showroom with them. Their popularity from both an aesthetic and performance enhancing perspective shows no sign of waning...


The car that slows down for speed cameras
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The car that slows down for speed cameras

Would you buy a car that automatically slows down for fixed speed cameras? That’s what you can get in South Korea with the new Hyundai Genesis's 'Speed Trap Auto Deceleration', which we sampled last week. Numerous other satellite navigation systems already warn drivers of fixed speed camera locations but Hyundai has taken this to a new level, with its system capable of bringing the vehicle’s speed below the speed camera limit...


Autonomous emergency braking explained
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Autonomous emergency braking explained

Kids fighting in the back seat, a bad day at work, police sirens off in the distance, these are just a few of the reasons any of us could lose concentration, if only temporarily, while driving a car. In those seconds when our minds and eyes are elsewhere, someone could cut in unexpectedly or the car in front could brake suddenly...


Apple CarPlay, Android Auto can co-exist on the one entertainment system, according to Audi, Honda, Volvo
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Apple CarPlay, Android Auto can co-exist on the one entertainment system, according to Audi, Honda, Volvo

Audi, Honda and Volvo have confirmed that their future in-car entertainment systems will be supported by both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. In a statement released overnight confirming ongoing development work to integrate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into the brand's MMI entertainment and nav systems, Audi said that "customers will be able to choose at any time which of these platforms they wish to use in their cars"...


Android Auto launched: In-car smartphone interaction system available by end of 2014 in US
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Android Auto launched: In-car smartphone interaction system available by end of 2014 in US

Today Google demonstrated its Android Auto smartphone interaction system during the keynote speech at the Google I/O conference for developers in San Francisco. Like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto will allow drivers to control, interact with and use their smartphones via their car's built-in entertainment system...


Headlight assistance technology explained: Adaptive headlights, cornering lights, and automatic and selective high beams
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Headlight assistance technology explained: Adaptive headlights, cornering lights, and automatic and selective high beams

Earlier we explored the different ways that headlights produce light and how they stack up up against each other. In this feature we’ll look at some of the automated assistive technologies being incorporated into headlights and how they work. Adaptive or directional headlights Come hell or high water, regular static headlights point straight ahead...


BMW Connected-Drive Review
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BMW Connected-Drive Review

BMW is rolling out its innovative ConnectedDrive in-car services system across its range from March and April production, meaning the first versions are now in Australia. Essentially, the idea according to BMW is that this technology will make drivers more efficient and, crucially, more mobile. BMW ConnectedDrive is based around and powered by a fully integrated and fixed on-board SIM card...


Free-form displays coming to cars
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Free-form displays coming to cars

The age of hard corner LCD displays is coming to an end with Japanese electronic giant Sharp creating the world’s first ‘free-form’ display, with in-vehicle applications the highlight of the new technology. Current LCD panels are restricted to rectangular or square shapes due to the display’s circuitry but the new technology provides the means to create display designs that can be shaped to a variety of applications...


Google Auto Link to debut June 25, will rival Apple CarPlay
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Google Auto Link to debut June 25, will rival Apple CarPlay

The Android equivalent of Apple CarPlay, tentatively dubbed Google Auto Link, will debut at the search giant's developer conference that begins on June 25. According to sources who have spoken to Automotive News, Google will debut an in-car mirroring and control system for Android phones at this year's Google I/O developer conference, which takes place on June 25 and 26 in San Francisco...


Toyota investigating hover cars, unlikely to produce a driverless vehicle soon
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Toyota investigating hover cars, unlikely to produce a driverless vehicle soon

During a Q&A session at the Bloomberg Next Big Thing summit, the research and development chief of Toyota said that the company was investigating hover cars. The revelation occurred in a discussion titled "The Future of Cars" with David Friedman, Acting Administrator of the US' National Highway Transport Safety Administration, and Hiroyoshi Yoshiki, Toyota's head of R&D...


Tesla's patents now available for use by all for free
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Tesla's patents now available for use by all for free

Tesla Motors has taken down the patent certificates in its lobby and will not prosecute anyone who uses the company’s technology in "good faith”. In a blog post titled “All our patent are belong to you”, a reference to a famous piece of poor translation from the Japanese game Zero Wing (below), Tesla CEO Elon Musk said: "At Tesla ..


Tesla may open up patent library, is willing to share Supercharger stations
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Tesla may open up patent library, is willing to share Supercharger stations

At a string of recent events Tesla CEO Elon Musk has hinted at doing something dramatic with the company's patents and reiterated Tesla's willingness to share its fast charging stations with other manufacturers. When asked by an investor at the company's annual shareholder meeting about what he might do to speed up the development and adoption of electric vehicles, Musk said he was "contemplating something fairly significant [and] controversial with respect to Tesla's patents"...