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Waymo's driverless cars make thousands of decisions every second to keep you alive

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Waymo's driverless cars make thousands of decisions every second to keep you alive

Google’s self-driving project, Waymo, has shared a safety report with the US Transport Department, shining a light on how it operates its autonomous test fleet...

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Nuon Solar Team wins World Solar Challenge
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Nuon Solar Team wins World Solar Challenge

The Nuon Solar Team has taken out the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge at an average speed of 81.2 km/h, running from Darwin to Adelaide two hours faster than its nearest competitor. The Dutch team led the University of Michigan and Belgian entry Punch Powertrain Solar Team in the headline Challenger Class...


Sergio Marchionne casts doubt on Tesla, electric vehicle viability
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Sergio Marchionne casts doubt on Tesla, electric vehicle viability

Fiat Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne, is still sceptical about the economic viability of Tesla, and the short-term profitability of production electric vehicles. Speaking at an event in New York, Marchionne said he was “unconvinced” as to whether Elon Musk would be able to bring Tesla to profit with his current model...


Study shows benefits of active safety and connected tech
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Study shows benefits of active safety and connected tech

Road trauma could be “significantly reduced” by widespread adoption of the latest active safety and connected features, according to a study from the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC). The study examined the potential benefits of technology like forward collision warning and lane-keeping assist being fitted to every vehicle on Australian and New Zealand roads...


Nvidia unveils new 'supercomputer' for driverless vehicles
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Nvidia unveils new 'supercomputer' for driverless vehicles

Nvidia has continued its push toward a fully autonomous future, launching a new 'supercomputer' capable of supporting level 5 autonomous driving. The Drive PX Pegasus chip, billed as the "first artificial intelligence computer designed to drive fully autonomous robotaxis", is capable of 320 trillion calculations per second – over 1o times more than its Drive PX 2 predecessor could handle...


Rolls-Royce looks to electrify Phantom, stays cool on autonomy
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Rolls-Royce looks to electrify Phantom, stays cool on autonomy

While there was no surprise that Rolls-Royce chose to launch the new Phantom with a V12 petrol engine, the company has also been dropping broad hints it will follow with an EV version. Those hints started as long ago as 2011 with the 102EX concept, but now CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös has confirmed that the new Phantom is likely to receive the option of a pure electric powertrain during its lifespan...


Holden OnStar review
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Holden OnStar review

What happens when someone steals your car? Or you forget the keys? Worst of all, what happens when you have a serious car accident? For most of us, that last reality has thankfully never eventuated so the thought of consequent actions has been unnecessary. Sure, we probably assume or hope that passers-by will call an ambulance if we are unable to, and we also hope that emergency services can find us quickly...


Holden confirms OnStar coming in 2019
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Holden confirms OnStar coming in 2019

  Holden has confirmed that from 2019 it will begin fitting its models with the OnStar in-car system that utilises a full suite of connectivity and safety features that take the idea of a connected car to the next level. OnStar, which is a General Motors platform of in-car technologies, was first launched in North America in 1996...


GM’s autonomous cars to take responsibility in driverless crashes?
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GM’s autonomous cars to take responsibility in driverless crashes?

Update: A GM spokesperson later told CarAdvice that the liability space is very complex and the company has not made any official comments or position on liability General Motors says it will take full responsibility if its vehicles crash during an autonomous driving trip, alleviating fears that owners would be held responsible by their vehicle’s artificial intelligence system...


Hydrogen is the future, not battery-electric cars: Lexus
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Hydrogen is the future, not battery-electric cars: Lexus

Despite what you’ve heard from many major car corporations, and Tesla, electric vehicles are not the future, and never will be - according to Paul Williamsen, Lexus’s manager of global strategic communications - because the charging times will never fall to acceptable, practical levels. It’s “a simple matter of chemistry,” the company’s self-described “tech guy”, explains...


Audi to offer autonomous vehicles for different needs and wants
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Audi to offer autonomous vehicles for different needs and wants

Audi used the 2017 Frankfurt motor show as a launching platform for its level 3, 4 and 5 autonomous production and concept vehicles, with the company now indicating it will likely offer a range of autonomous vehicles that suit alternative use cases. When asked whether an autonomous vehicle can be sporty, Audi board member for technical development, Peter Mertens suggested autonomy comes in different shapes and sizes...


Car technology can be 'stupid', according to Genesis
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Car technology can be 'stupid', according to Genesis

If you’ve ever found yourself thinking ‘there’s a bit too much tech in this car, why couldn’t it just be simpler?’ - there’s every chance you’d get along with Albert Biermann...


Fatal Tesla Autopilot crash due to 'over-reliance on automation, lack of safeguards'
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Fatal Tesla Autopilot crash due to 'over-reliance on automation, lack of safeguards'

The United States' National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) has released its final findings on the fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S operating in semi-autonomous Autopilot mode. The crash occurred in Florida in May 2016, when Joshua Brown's Tesla Model S collided with the underside of a tractor-trailer as the truck turned onto the non-controlled access highway...


BMW: Fully-autonomous driving technology not yet available
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BMW: Fully-autonomous driving technology not yet available

BMW says that in order to meet its own stringent safety requirements and built in redundancies, fully autonomous 'Level 5' driving technologies are not yet available for mass-market production. Speaking to the Australian motoring media at the Frankfurt motor show, Klaus Fröhlich, member of the board of management at BMW, said that his company now uses more sensors and more hardware for Level 2 autonomous technologies than some competitors (such as Tesla) have for Level 5...


2018 Audi A8: Level 3 autonomous driving test
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2018 Audi A8: Level 3 autonomous driving test

Audi has made traffic jams a thing of the past with the world's first level 3 autonomous car, the all-new Audi A8. We hop behind the wheel to see how the Audi A8 handles traffic jams autonomously thanks to technology it calls traffic jam pilot.


Audi refuses to use customers as test subjects for autonomous vehicle tech
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Audi refuses to use customers as test subjects for autonomous vehicle tech

Audi used an event in Germany earlier this week to reveal the world's first level 3 autonomous vehicle in the all-new Audi A8, confirming that its technology is tested and it won't be using customers as a test bed. The all-new Audi A8 is capable of driving itself as a level 3 autonomous vehicle in traffic jams, where the driver is able - technically, but not yet legally - to take their eyes off the road and focus on another task...


2018 Audi A8: We've driven the world's first Level 3 autonomous vehicle
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2018 Audi A8: We've driven the world's first Level 3 autonomous vehicle

The modern day equivalent of the race to the moon is the race to full autonomy in cars - and Audi has landed the first blow. The company has showcased a world-first for production cars, with level 3 autonomous driving technology available in the all-new 2018 Audi A8. Debuting in the Audi A8, the vehicle will launch with a new feature called Traffic Jam Pilot...


Australians burn $1.3 billion in petrol each year... just looking for parking
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Australians burn $1.3 billion in petrol each year... just looking for parking

New research shows that Australians are spending a lot of time and money in search of a parking space, and HERE Technologies believes that connected cars will help curb the problem. A survey of more than 1000 people found that Australians spend, on average, 14 hours per year looking for that elusive perfect parking space...


Delphi’s got a fuel-saving alternative to diesel ready to roll
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Delphi’s got a fuel-saving alternative to diesel ready to roll

UK tech giant Delphi believes it has the technology to wean Europe (and China) off its diesel addiction, in light of ever-tightening global CO2 standards. Actually, it’s two technologies: a 48-volt mild hybrid system, and a new type of cylinder deactivation that Delphi is calling Dynamic Skip Fire...


Audi working on panoramic roof with built-in solar cells
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Audi working on panoramic roof with built-in solar cells

Audi and Alta Devices are working on thin film solar cells that can be embedded into a panoramic roof and used to power various in-car functions. Energy generated by the solar cells would be fed into the car's electrical system, and could be used to drive various amenities, such as the air conditioning system or seat heaters...