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Google and Apple car development a "wake up call", says Ford

Google and Apple’s much-publicised interest in entering the automotive space is both validating and a “wake up call” for the existing industry, says Ford’s vice-president of research and advanced engineering Ken Washington...

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Ford S-Max debuts automatic speed limiting technology that reads road signs
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Ford S-Max debuts automatic speed limiting technology that reads road signs

The Europe-only Ford S-Max people mover will be offered with a new system dubbed Intelligent Speed Limiter. In the S-Max, the Intelligent Speed Limiter effectively marries together two existing technologies: the driver adjustable speed limiter and road sign recognition...


Your car can talk - in 140 characters or less
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Your car can talk - in 140 characters or less

This month I took a leap forward into the digital age — I joined Twitter. I know, I know - Welcome to 2009! No, this isn’t some #FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) thing, nor do I feel the urge to relentlessly tweet about my food. We talk a lot about the future of the connected car here at CarAdvice, along with looking at what cars are doing today and what they might be doing tomorrow...


2016 Chevrolet Malibu to debut Teen Driver safety system
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2016 Chevrolet Malibu to debut Teen Driver safety system

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will debut a new Teen Driver safety system when it makes its world premiere at next week’s New York motor show. Similar to rival Ford’s MyKey technology that we checked out late last year, Chevy’s Teen Driver system allows parents to automatically configure the Malibu to its safest settings when a young driver gets behind the wheel...


Tesla Model S update 7 to enable auto steering mode on highways
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Tesla Model S update 7 to enable auto steering mode on highways

Due later this year, software update 7.0 will allow the Tesla Model S electric sedan to steer itself on the highway. In a press call yesterday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk detailed software update 6.2, which will be delivered over-the-air to the Model S in the coming weeks...


BMW X5 plug-in hybrid confirmed for 2016 Australian launch
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BMW X5 plug-in hybrid confirmed for 2016 Australian launch

BMW will launch its first plug-in hybrid model (beyond its niche ‘i’ sub-brand) into Australian showrooms from 2016. Earlier this week, the Bavarian brand premiered the X5 xDrive40e, a petrol-electric version of its top-selling large SUV that looks just like the regular 30d version you see in school zones everywhere...


Tesla Model S update 6.2 adds Range Assurance, blind spot monitoring, automated braking
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Tesla Model S update 6.2 adds Range Assurance, blind spot monitoring, automated braking

Overnight Tesla Motors announced an over-the-air software update for its Tesla Model S, which adds a slew of new features to the all-electric sedan. With its new Trip Planner and Range Assurance functions, Tesla is hoping to "end range anxiety" for both current and potential Model S owners...


Tesla CEO foresees a world where autonomous cars are common, human driving may be illegal
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Tesla CEO foresees a world where autonomous cars are common, human driving may be illegal

Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, told an audience at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference that, in the future, humans may be banned from driving cars for safety reasons. Musk spoke on stage at the South by Southwest conference with Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of graphics chip maker Nvidia...


Opel developing eye-tracking headlight system for future models
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Opel developing eye-tracking headlight system for future models

Opel is developing an innovative vehicle lighting system that tracks a driver’s eyes and points the headlights in the direction they are looking in an attempt to improve visibility at night. The eye-tracking technology represents the third-generation of adaptive lighting from Opel, following the German brand’s current AFL+ bi-xenon system and its forthcoming LED matrix light system that will go into series production within 18 months...


Emergency Stop Signal explained
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Emergency Stop Signal explained

Vehicle safety is becoming ever more paramount, so it's reassuring to know that high quality technology is filtering its way down from high-end models into more affordable vehicles...


Apple CarPlay destined for "more than 40" new vehicles this year
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Apple CarPlay destined for "more than 40" new vehicles this year

Apple’s CarPlay infotainment system will appear in “more than 40” new vehicles before the end of this year as the technology giant continues its integration into the automotive world. At the company’s ‘Spring Forward’ announcement today, at which the Apple Watch was detailed, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed every “major” vehicle manufacturer has now signed on to feature CarPlay in its future models...


2015 J.D. Power dependability study: Lexus on top; Bluetooth, voice recognition most cited problems
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2015 J.D. Power dependability study: Lexus on top; Bluetooth, voice recognition most cited problems

The 2015 J.D. Power dependability study has named Lexus as the most reliable brand for the fourth year running. This year's study is based on the experiences of 34,000 US owners of 2012 model year vehicles, meaning that many of these cars were purchased in 2011. The top two issues reported in this year's survey were Bluetooth pairing and voice recognition systems misinterpreting users' commands...


Porsche develops touchscreen sat nav system for its classic cars
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Porsche develops touchscreen sat nav system for its classic cars

Porsche Classic has developed a new touchscreen entertainment and navigation head unit that can be installed in classic Porsche sports cars. According to Porsche, the new head unit has been designed for vehicles as old as the first generation 911 from the early 1960s through to the 993-series 911, which was the company's last air cooled model and was sold up until 1998...


Rinspeed Budii reimagines the BMW i3 as an autonomous vehicle
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Rinspeed Budii reimagines the BMW i3 as an autonomous vehicle

The Rinspeed Budii concept will take pride of place on the Swiss company's stand at this year's Geneva motor show. Rinspeed has given the BMW i3 a wide-body restyling and a host of new technology to turn the hatchback into a glimpse of what an autonomous vehicle might look like in the showroom. The thoroughly reworked interior features a steering wheel mounted to a robotic arm...


Mystery Apple van caught on video in Silicon Valley
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Mystery Apple van caught on video in Silicon Valley

Over the weekend, an eagle eyed Silicon Valley resident spotted and filmed a mystery van, believed to belong to Apple, roaming the streets not too far from the company's HQ. The video (above) of a Dodge Grand Caravan — a Chrysler Grand Voyager with a crosshair grille — making a u-turn was submitted to MacRumors by reader Jonathan Shiu...


2015 Ford Mondeo will feature Wi-Fi hotspot as standard
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2015 Ford Mondeo will feature Wi-Fi hotspot as standard

The next-generation Ford Mondeo will feature Wi-Fi hotspot capability as standard thanks to its Sync 2 infotainment system. Ford has confirmed that the new Mondeo will be the third model in its lineup, after the FG X Falcon and SZ Mark II Territory, to offer Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. The Wi-Fi hotspot feature will be standard on all Mondeo models coming to Australia...


Apple working on an electric vehicle - report
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Apple working on an electric vehicle - report

According to a report there are currently several hundred Apple employees are working on a top-secret electric car project. Anonymous sources have told The Wall Street Journal that the car project was approved a year ago, with Steve Zadesky, vice president for product design, put in charge. Prior to helping to the lead the iPod and iPhone teams, Zadesky was an engineer at Ford...


BMW M4 MotoGP safety car features engine with water injection system
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BMW M4 MotoGP safety car features engine with water injection system

The BMW M4 MotoGP safety car that will be used during the 2015 season will feature an engine that's equipped with a novel water injection system. Aside from the eye-catching livery and its complement of flashing lights, the BMW M4 that will be used as a safety car during the 2015 MotoGP season has one extra trick hidden up its sleeve, or under its bonnet to be more precise: a water injection system that is said to improve performance and cut fuel consumption by reducing combustion temperatures...


Metrocab's range extended electric taxi begins service on London's streets
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Metrocab's range extended electric taxi begins service on London's streets

A new pilot fleet of electric Metrocabs has hit the streets of London, after authorities approved the first range extended electric taxi for fare paying service. Measuring 4.9 metres long, 1.8m wide and 1925mm tall, and sitting on a 3.18m wheelbase, the new Metrocab design can seat either six or seven passengers...


Chevrolet Bolt EV confirmed for production
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Chevrolet Bolt EV confirmed for production

General Motors has confirmed that the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt that debuted last month in concept guise is headed for production. The five-door electric hatchback, which was crafted in part by Holden designers in Australia, made its global debut last month at the Detroit motor show alongside the second-generation Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle...