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Storing energy for hybrids and EVs: Batteries v Capacitors v Flywheel accumulators v Compressed air

One of the great challenges facing auto makers when they’re designing hybrid and electric cars is how to store energy for their combustion-free engines. Lead acid batteries Invented way back in 1886 and consisting of lead-based electrodes in a sulfuric acid solution, lead acid batteries were the first rechargeable batteries made by man...

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Land Rover reveals virtual Transparent Bonnet technology
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Land Rover reveals virtual Transparent Bonnet technology

Land Rover has revealed new augmented reality technology that effectively makes a car’s bonnet ‘see-through’, allowing under-car terrain to be ‘virtually’ visible from inside the cabin...


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Microsoft 'Windows in the Car' to take on Apple 'CarPlay'

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0AuletNl_8 ‘Windows in the Car’, Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s ‘CarPlay’ in-car connectivity and infotainment system, has debuted in concept form before being rolled out into future production models...


Hybrids explained: Mild v Full v Plug-in v Extended Range Electric Vehicle
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Hybrids explained: Mild v Full v Plug-in v Extended Range Electric Vehicle

With the recent launch of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle), it’s probably a good time to look at the state of play in Hybridland. What’s a hybrid? Any vehicle with two different types of motor can be considered a hybrid. In cars this usually equates to a petrol motor being paired to at least one electric engine...


Transmissions explained: Manual v Automatic v Dual clutch v CVT v Others
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Transmissions explained: Manual v Automatic v Dual clutch v CVT v Others

To help it get from A to B a car’s engine sucks in air and some fuel, combusting the two to generate rotating motion, which is then transferred to the wheels via a transmission. Not that long ago choosing between transmissions was easy: manual or automatic. Those who prioritised value, fuel economy, performance or driving pleasure went for manuals, while everyone else chose automatics...


Digital radio in the car: All you need to know
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Digital radio in the car: All you need to know

The third-generation Nissan X-Trail is arriving in Australian showrooms now, and along with its less utilitarian styling, the new mid-sized family SUV features digital radio in its mid-level ST-L and top-spec Ti models. So, now is as good a time to answer the questions: What is digital radio? Is it any good? And which cars have it? Background As the name implies, digital radio is traditional analogue radio with a twist...


Headlights explained: Halogen v HID v LED v Laser
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Headlights explained: Halogen v HID v LED v Laser

It wasn’t that long ago that headlights were a no-thought-required feature. All cars had them and no one really paid them much heed unless they failed or were shaped in a particularly ugly manner. Halogen Reliably generating light with the limited resources at a car’s disposal was a problem for early automotive engineers...


Music streaming apps for the car: Pandora v Spotify v Rdio v iTunes Radio v TuneIn
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Music streaming apps for the car: Pandora v Spotify v Rdio v iTunes Radio v TuneIn

It wasn’t that long ago that our car gloveboxes were a minefield of CDs and lovingly compiled mix tapes. Now, thanks to the ubiquitous nature of auxiliary jacks, USB ports and Bluetooth in new cars, our gloveboxes can go back to storing tissues, Mars bar wrappers and, if you're so inclined, gloves...


Volvo sensor technology reads drivers
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Volvo sensor technology reads drivers' eyes and attention

Volvo is conducting a new research project into in-car driver monitoring aimed at improving safety and allowing cars to better know their drivers. Conducted with involvement from Gothenburg's Chalmers University of Technology, the Swedish car maker says the driver monitoring sensors already installed into test vehicles can recognise and distinguish whether a driver is tired or inattentive...


Apple CarPlay under fire over safety concerns
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Apple CarPlay under fire over safety concerns

The Apple CarPlay infotainment system that debuted just last week at the Geneva motor show has already drawn criticism from safety experts. The new media unit - which is available to order in the Ferrari FF, and will also be offered in the all-new Volvo XC90 and in future Mercedes-Benz models - essentially allows owners to control their iPhone's functions through the car's dashboard...


Ford to dump Microsoft for Blackberry - report
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Ford to dump Microsoft for Blackberry - report

26/02/14/ Update: Ford Australia told CarAdvice "there is no plan to drop SYNC. In relation to partners, Ford works with a variety of partners and suppliers to develop and continuously improve our in-car connectivity systems for customers. We do not discuss details of our work with others or our future product plans for competitive reasons...


US Government bodies push for Vehicle-To-Vehicle technology
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US Government bodies push for Vehicle-To-Vehicle technology

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have announced a new push to enable future new cars with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology...


Secret remote vehicle stopping technology to end high-speed chases
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Secret remote vehicle stopping technology to end high-speed chases

A secret European Union project that would allow police to remotely turn off vehicle engines could make dangerous high-speed chases and road spikes a thing of the past. The UK's Telegraph newspaper reports a committee of senior EU police officers has devised a strategy dubbed 'Remote Stopping Vehicles' designed to give them the power to halt any vehicle in the name of public safety...


BMW developing in-car advertising app
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BMW developing in-car advertising app

BMW is developing a program that will allow businesses to deliver in-car advertising to drivers through their vehicles' navigation systems. The BMW Group research and technology project, dubbed ‘Virtual marketplace of the future’ is being developed as a potential new feature of the German car maker’s ConnectedDrive system...


Google Glass-wearing driver
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Google Glass-wearing driver's fine dismissed

A US woman fined late last year for driving while wearing Google Glass glasses has had her citation dismissed after a court commissioner ruled there was no proof the device was operating. Cecilia Abadie was pulled over and fined by a California Highway Patrol officer in October for speeding and driving while distracted – the officer claiming her view was blocked by her Google Glass headset...


Google automotive alliance targets Android-compatible cars in 2014
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Google automotive alliance targets Android-compatible cars in 2014

Google has formed a new industry alliance committed to bringing the tech giant's Android operating platform to cars by the end of 2014. Dubbed the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) and comprising Audi, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai and US technology company Nvidia, the group says it is dedicated to driving innovation and vehicle safety via a more intuitive common platform...


Audi Connect Review : Google inside
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Audi Connect Review : Google inside

Audi Connect brings all the best of Google to the car.


Hyundai Genesis to be compatible with Google Glass
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Hyundai Genesis to be compatible with Google Glass

The Hyundai Genesis sedan will debut a new, cloud-based technology platform called Blue Link Glassware capable of linking the car to an owner's Google Glass device. Hyundai Blue Link Glassware, available as an app on Genesis sedans, will allow drivers to integrate wearable devices such as Google Glass with their car’s in-built infotainment system...


Mercedes-Benz S-Class: technology breakdown
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Mercedes-Benz S-Class: technology breakdown

The launch of a new-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class has always been regarded as an insight into the future of the automotive world – and a sneak peek into what will eventually become standard equipment on everyday cars of nearly all manufacturers. Times have changed, though...


Direct injection petrol engines produce 1000 times more particles than older engines: study
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Direct injection petrol engines produce 1000 times more particles than older engines: study

An environmental lobby group in Europe has criticised car makers for failing to fit particulate filters to vehicles powered by direct injection petrol engines, quoting research that reveals they emit up to 1000 times more particles than older-style engines...