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Local Motors Strati mounts 3D printed body, chassis on Twizy drivetrain

Arizona-based Local Motors has begun 3D printing and assembling an electric car, dubbed the Strati, at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago. The majority of the car's structure is printed as large block by a Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine...

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Is the Apple Watch legal to use while driving?
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Is the Apple Watch legal to use while driving?

America’s largest technology company is set to release what will surely be the must-have accessory early next year, but is the Apple Watch legal to use behind the wheel? Of course, you may instantly think that indeed, it’s just a watch and like every other watch, it should be allowed. But that may not be the case...


Jaguar XE debuts InControl media system
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Jaguar XE debuts InControl media system

The all-new 2015 Jaguar XE will debut a new infotainment system known as InControl, which the brand claims connects the car, driver and the outside world. The InControl system is centred around an 8.0-inch touchscreen in the guts of the Jaguar XE's centre console, and can be accessed using a plain speech voice control system at any level, according to Jaguar, “without navigating through menus, so drivers can keep their eyes on the road”...


Cadillac to offer hands-free driving, vehicle-to-vehicle communication from 2016
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Cadillac to offer hands-free driving, vehicle-to-vehicle communication from 2016

Over the weekend, at the Intelligent Transport System World Congress, GM CEO Mary Barra announced that Cadillac will soon offer Super Cruise and vehicle-to-vehicle communication in some of its upcoming vehicles. Super Cruise is only a working name for now, but it will allow an equipped car to pilot itself in "certain highway driving conditions"...


Ford's virtual reality: We strap on Blue Oval's headset and sit inside a digital Mustang
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Ford's virtual reality: We strap on Blue Oval's headset and sit inside a digital Mustang

Ford Australia’s healthy Australian design and engineering division has invested in an upgrade of its immersive virtual reality studio that lets you ‘sit’ inside a car’s cabin before it’s actually built — and it was kind enough to give CarAdvice a go...


California rules that Google self-driving car must have steering wheel, brakes
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California rules that Google self-driving car must have steering wheel, brakes

Google's plans to begin public road testing of self-driving cars that do without a steering wheel and brake pedal have been killed off by new rules in California. In May this year Google made global headlines when it demonstrated a prototype self-driving vehicle (above) that had neither steering wheel nor brake pedal...


CarPlay roll out delayed by Mercedes-Benz, Volvo
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CarPlay roll out delayed by Mercedes-Benz, Volvo

Both Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are delaying their US roll out of Apple CarPlay, although it’s unclear whether there will be flow on effects for Australian customers. Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are two out of the five automotive brands that were initially scheduled to offer CarPlay compatible entertainment systems, at least in the US, by the end of 2014...


2015 Jaguar XE interior sketched out: Will feature remote smartphone control, laser head-up display
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2015 Jaguar XE interior sketched out: Will feature remote smartphone control, laser head-up display

The new Jaguar XE will feature an 8-inch touchscreen and a laser head-up display, as well as a smartphone app which can remotely control a host of car functions. Prior to today, Jaguar has given the world a sneak peak of the XE's front end, as well as its overall shape. The Tata-owned luxury brand has also detailed the car's lightweight aluminium construction and its new family of Ingenium engines...


A quiet cruise in the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
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A quiet cruise in the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

What looks like a Panamera, but doesn't sound like a Panamera? The Porsche S E-Hybrid is the German luxury car maker's first plug-in hybrid to hit Australia.


J.D. Power exec reports voice recognition failure is the most common new car complaint
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J.D. Power exec reports voice recognition failure is the most common new car complaint

In a recent speech, a J.D. Power executive claimed that the failure of voice recognition systems was the most common complaint amongst new car buyers. Speaking at the Center for Automotive Research's Management Briefing Seminars that were held this week in Michigan, Kristin Kolodge, J.D...


Navdy developing portable head-up display with gesture controls, voice recognition
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Navdy developing portable head-up display with gesture controls, voice recognition

Start-up Navdy is planning to launch a portable head-up display (HUD) that can display navigation instructions, caller IDs and other info from the driver's smartphone. The Navdy unit consists of a projector that casts all the relevant information onto a 5.1-inch transparent display ahead of the driver...


Autonomous car trials to begin in the UK from 2015
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Autonomous car trials to begin in the UK from 2015

Vince Cable, the UK's business secretary, has launched a review into Britain's road laws, which currently ban autonomous vehicles from the country's roads. Cable said, "Today's announcement will see driverless cars take to our streets in less than six months, putting us at the forefront of this transformational technology and opening up new opportunities for our economy and society...


Tesla, Panasonic join forces to make battery Gigafactory a reality - report
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Tesla, Panasonic join forces to make battery Gigafactory a reality - report

Panasonic and Tesla have signed a partnership agreement to jointly build a massive new factory for lithium-ion batteries, dubbed the Gigafactory, in the US. Japanese newspaper Nikkei is reporting that the two have agreed in principle to an arrangement where Tesla will be responsible for the land and buildings, while Panasonic will provide the machinery required to produce lithium-ion battery cells en masse...


Audi laser headlights explained and tested
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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. Audi head of lighting innovations and functions Stephan Berlitz spoke with CarAdvice on the attractions and limitations of laser headlight technology, before talking about its ongoing development...


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...


Mercedes-Benz S-Class Technology Overview
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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Technology Overview

Tony Crawford takes a look at some of the high-tech safety and luxury features that make the Mercedes-Benz S-Class that bit extra special.


Holden Caprice V Self Parking
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Holden Caprice V Self Parking

Ever wanted to see how automated parking actually works? Mike Costello lets Holden's largest sedan, the 6.0-litre V8-powered Holden Caprice V, park itself.


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...