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Honda and Hitachi unveil breathalyser small enough for a smart key

Earlier this month Honda and Hitachi demonstrated a new, small, tamper-proof breathalyser that can be incorporated into future smart keys. The prototype device features a sensor that's only around five square millimetres in size...

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Pirelli P Zero and Dragon Sport Review: Pushing new tyres to the limit at the Shanghai F1 Circuit

Pirelli P Zero and Dragon Sport Review: Pushing new tyres to the limit at the Shanghai F1 Circuit

If I told you that it was genuinely hard work to test a new tyre with a bunch of supercars at a world famous Formula 1 circuit, you probably wouldn't believe me. Well, it's true. It is actually hard work. With these types of events, there's no reference tyre available, nor is there a method of quantifying tyre performance...


Pirelli Dragon Sport launched: High-performance tyre exclusive to Asia-Pacific
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Pirelli Dragon Sport launched: High-performance tyre exclusive to Asia-Pacific

Pirelli has revealed the Pirelli Dragon Sport tyre in Shanghai this week, which is rubber designed exclusively for aftermarket fitment in the Asia-Pacific market. The high-performance tyre has been designed to offer consumers a safe and sporty option that can be fitted to their car to replace OEM tyres...


Pirelli P Zero launched: Latest tyre benefits from F1 technology enhancements
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Pirelli P Zero launched: Latest tyre benefits from F1 technology enhancements

Pirelli has taken the wraps off the all-new Pirelli P Zero high-performance tyre in Shanghai this week, revealing two different tread patterns and 11 variants. The latest P Zero tyre joins a line of P Zeros that first launched in 1986 with tyres attached to the incredible Lancia Delta Integrale...


New Peugeot i-Cockpit interior technology revealed
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New Peugeot i-Cockpit interior technology revealed

Peugeot has unveiled its next-generation ‘i-Cockpit’ interior, introducing a new evolution of the French brand’s cabin design and infotainment systems. Revealed in Paris this week to international media including CarAdvice, the new i-Cockpit interior represents a first look at the layout and technology that will appear in Peugeot’s new and recently spied SUV models, among others...


2017 Ford Escape debuts FordPass remote smartphone tech
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2017 Ford Escape debuts FordPass remote smartphone tech

Ford’s newly revised Escape SUV, which will be sold here as the updated 2017 Ford Kuga, is the first model to feature the company’s new FordPass system, which allows drivers to remotely unlock, locate and start their vehicle via a smartphone app. The ‘FordPass with Sync Connect’ system hooks up to the Escape’s new SYNC 3 infotainment system, which also adds support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto...


New Peugeot i-Cockpit infotainment system surfaces online
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New Peugeot i-Cockpit infotainment system surfaces online

A set of images that preview what looks to be the next generation of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit infotainment system has surfaced online, offering a look at what will likely be the new 3008 SUV’s interior. The images, made up of two leaked marketing shots and a collection of close-up spy photos that appeared in the Chinese press over the weekend, reveal a new dashtop screen and an expansive display in place of the conventional instrument cluster...


How easy is it to use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
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How easy is it to use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

Read the article here. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are popping up everywhere – with the majority of manufacturers either already offering the technology in cars in Australia, or planning to in the very near future. It’s essentially software, installed into the infotainment system that gives you access to a simple version of your phones operating system on the car’s media display...


Hyundai details connected-car plans
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Hyundai details connected-car plans

Korean car maker Hyundai has unveiled its plans for the development of new ‘connected car’ technologies, paving the way for new in-car connectivity and car-to-car communications systems. The Hyundai Motor Group, which includes the Hyundai and Kia brands, will collaborate with IT and networking companies to develop its “hyper-connected and intelligent car” concepts, promising to bring new value and efficiency to drivers...


BMW Personal Mobility Companion: new app is part navigation, part personal assistant
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BMW Personal Mobility Companion: new app is part navigation, part personal assistant

The gap between our digital and physical lives is ever closing, and BMW has taken a further step forward to help combine cars and smartphones with their new Connected Personal Mobility Companion app. Using your address book and calendar data, the BMW app knows when and where you have your next appointment...


UK to begin public road trials of autonomous vehicles this year - reports
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UK to begin public road trials of autonomous vehicles this year - reports

The British government is poised to allow testing of self-driving vehicles on public roads this year. Bloomberg and other sources have indicated that the change in policy will be officially announced as part of the Conservative government's 2016 budget, which will be delivered on Wednesday, UK time...


GM purchases highway autopilot company Cruise Automation
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GM purchases highway autopilot company Cruise Automation

General Motors has acquired San Francisco-based autonomous vehicle technology company Cruise Automation. GM expects the purchase of Cruise Automation to be complete some time during the second quarter. Once all the legal paperwork is complete, Cruise Automation will become an independent part of GM's Autonomous Vehicle Development Team and will continue to be based out of San Francisco...


Ford patents in-car cinema experience for driverless vehicles
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Ford patents in-car cinema experience for driverless vehicles

Ford has filed a patent in the US for an in-car entertainment system that could one day bring the cinema to the driver’s seat. No, you're not misreading that: the American motor giant recently lodged a patent application for an “autonomous vehicle entertainment system”, complete with its own projector and portable screen...


2017 Porsche Cayenne pricing and specifications: More standard kit, higher prices
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2017 Porsche Cayenne pricing and specifications: More standard kit, higher prices

The model-year 2017 Porsche Cayenne is now available to order in Australia, with customer deliveries scheduled to kick off late in the third quarter of 2016. Prices are up across the range, but Porsche says much of the increase can be credited to a newly expanded list of standard equipment...


Google self-driving car has "some responsibility" in bus accident
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Google self-driving car has "some responsibility" in bus accident

In February 2016, one of Google's self-driving Lexus RX450h SUVs, operating in autonomous mode, collided at low speed with a bus. Unlike previous incidents on public roads involving the search giant's fleet of self-driving cars, the internet giant is claiming a share of the responsibility...


Tesla Summon remote parking now available for Australia: BMW, Mercedes-Benz next?
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Tesla Summon remote parking now available for Australia: BMW, Mercedes-Benz next?

Tesla’s new Summon feature, revealed in January for overseas markets, is now making its way to Australian models through an ‘over the air’ software update. Initially kept from Australian owners while the company worked through the necessary regulatory requirements, an announcement this weekend has confirmed that local models are now receiving Summon via the latest version 7...


Goodyear celebrates a centenary in Australia
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Goodyear celebrates a centenary in Australia

With all the changes we have seen happen to cars in Australia over the past five years, let alone the last ten, it's staggering to think there is one thing that has remained constant for the best part of a century.  Rubber tyres. Goodyear, one of the most famous names in tyres, celebrates its Australian centennial this year...


Audi USA boss believes fully autonomous cars are over 10 years away
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Audi USA boss believes fully autonomous cars are over 10 years away

The boss of Audi USA disagrees with Tesla's outspoken CEO about when fully autonomous cars will be ready for the road. In an interview with Car and Driver, Scott Keogh, the president of Audi USA, believes that it could be "ten-plus years" before fully autonomous vehicle start hitting problem. Keogh made this statement when responding to comments by Elon Musk...


Porsche backs Apple CarPlay over Google’s Android Auto for new in-car tech
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Porsche backs Apple CarPlay over Google’s Android Auto for new in-car tech

German carmaker Porsche is rolling out the latest generation of its Porsche Communication System (PCM 4), which is good news for iPhone users - but not so good for those that prefer the Android mobile phone platform...