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2017 Fiat 500 Mirror adds latest smartphone tech

The special-edition 2017 Fiat 500 Mirror has been revealed in Europe with the latest smartphone connectivity, but it appears buyers in Australia are set to miss out...

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2018 MG ZS to debut ‘smartcar’ tech, but not in Australia... for now
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2018 MG ZS to debut ‘smartcar’ tech, but not in Australia... for now

The upcoming MG ZS small SUV, due to launch in Australia later this year, will feature some of parent company SAIC Motor’s intelligent internet technologies in its home market of China, a first for the MG brand. From launch, Chinese versions of the ZS will feature the intelligent voice-controlled personal assistant sourced from e-commerce giant Alibaba, integrated into the infotainment system of higher-grade models...


Get ready for 5G connectivity with your autonomous car
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Get ready for 5G connectivity with your autonomous car

Autonomous cars are going to need to send and receive mountains of data, and the current 4G wireless networks simply won’t cut it. That’s where the next-generation 5G comes into play, promising insanely-fast data transfer rates of up to 45 gigabits-per-second and one-millisecond latency...


Mercedes-AMG: Say goodbye to atmo engines, and you can forget about diesel
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Mercedes-AMG: Say goodbye to atmo engines, and you can forget about diesel

At this year's New York motor show, Australian media spent time with Tobias Moers, the head of Mercedes-AMG - and chief among the topics discussed was performance, specifically how best to achieve it. In recent times, petrol engines have become so efficient, so technologically adept and so clean-running, that there is hope we may one day return to the glory days of naturally-aspirated petrol engines, even if they do run an electric motor of some sort to help things along...


Automatic number plate recognition in detail: We go on patrol with Queensland police
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Automatic number plate recognition in detail: We go on patrol with Queensland police

Driving dodgy in the digital age? You're caught already. As in most Australian states, Queensland Police are now actively operating the next-generation of crime fighting technology: Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR). In Queensland alone, the tech has been used to accurately scan number plates over 23 million times in the last 15 months...


Interview: Ford technical leader Ellen Lee on the future of 3D printing

Interview: Ford technical leader Ellen Lee on the future of 3D printing

Three-dimensional (3D) printing is taking the world by storm, but it’s not as new as you might think. Also known as additive manufacturing, 3D 'printing' was invented by Hideo Kodama at Nagoya Municipal Industrial Research Institute in 1981, with a patent filed in 1984...


Audi and Porsche partner up for next-gen vehicle platforms
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Audi and Porsche partner up for next-gen vehicle platforms

German stablemates Audi and Porsche have announced they'll collaborate on the development of a shared next-generation vehicle architecture for future mobility including autonomous driving, electrification and digitisation...


Kia Australia rolls out Apple CarPlay and Android Auto across core range
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Kia Australia rolls out Apple CarPlay and Android Auto across core range

Kia Australia has quietly introduced Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring software across most of its range, while also hinting at mid-life 'upgrades' for the Carnival MPV, Optima sedan and Sorento SUV...


Mercedes-Benz, Bosch to work together on self-driving technology
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Mercedes-Benz, Bosch to work together on self-driving technology

Mercedes-Benz and Bosch have announced they will work together on self-driving vehicle technology. The two German automotive firms will jointly develop the software and algorithmic systems required for SAE level four and level five autonomous vehicles, which can drive themselves in urban and extra-urban environments...


Mercedes-Benz slowing down fuel-cell vehicle development - report
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Mercedes-Benz slowing down fuel-cell vehicle development - report

Mercedes-Benz is reportedly slowing down its development efforts with hydrogen fuel cell cars in favour of battery electric vehicles. According to Smart2Zero, Dieter Zetsche made these comments at an automotive conference in Stuttgart, Germany, towards the end of March...


Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV on ice
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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV on ice

Read the full article here Mitsubishi's Outlander plug-in has a clever twin-motor AWD system that gives you much more dynamism than you might think. In the right hands, it can even pull off controlled drifts!  ...


Ford VR shopping to bring test drives to you
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Ford VR shopping to bring test drives to you

Ford has become the latest manufacturer to preview upcoming virtual reality (VR) technology that it will use to transform the way customers test drive and buy cars. The company said in a release this week it is exploring a range of virtual and augmented reality technologies to layer digital holograms onto the real world that could be available within the next decade, allowing customers to interact with every aspect of products at their convenience...


MG and SAIC to pioneer new age of in-car connectivity
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MG and SAIC to pioneer new age of in-car connectivity

British brand MG and its Chinese parent SAIC Motor are planning to pioneer a new generation of connectivity in cars, according to the company's local arm. Speaking with CarAdvice at the local launch drive of the new GS SUV, Danny Lenartic, senior manager for marketing and communications at MG Motor Australia, said in the near future he hopes that these developments will help people see Chinese car companies in a different light...


Are Mitsubishi's performance days done?
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Are Mitsubishi's performance days done?

Q: I’m a Lancer Evo fan, and it kills me that Mitsubishi isn’t doing performance cars anymore. I remember talk of the company considering performance PHEVs. Is this true? Full disclosure: This above question was constructed by yours truly, but has been derived from countless similar ones thrown in my direction, some motivated by this story...


Full autonomous driving at least a decade away: Mercedes-Benz
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Full autonomous driving at least a decade away: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz says that fully autonomous vehicles are at least a decade away, as it starts a pilot data gathering program on Australian roads for its autonomous driving technology project. So important is the program that the head of validation and testing at Mercedes-Benz Cars R&D is in Australia to oversee the project...


Mitsubishi developing sportier dual-motor AWD
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Mitsubishi developing sportier dual-motor AWD

Mitsubishi Motors has long stated that any future performance models would almost certainly utilise a form of its multiple-motor plug-in hybrid-based AWD technology, and last week we finally got to sample a prototype of just such a development...


Mercedes-Benz begins collecting safety tech data on Australian roads
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Mercedes-Benz begins collecting safety tech data on Australian roads

Mercedes-Benz has begun gathering data for its upcoming active safety and driver assistance systems in Australia, in conjunction with the company's research and development team based in Sindelfingen, Germany...


Bosch Australia video showcases 'Highly Automated Driving' system: interview
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Bosch Australia video showcases 'Highly Automated Driving' system: interview

The Australian arm of technology specialist and automotive supplier Bosch has this week released a new video highlighting the features of its latest Highly Automated Driving (HAD) vehicle...


Audi’s first electric SUV won’t be its most expensive high-rider
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Audi’s first electric SUV won’t be its most expensive high-rider

Audi is set to introduce three all-new electric vehicles by 2020, and the company’s chairman, Rupert Stadler, reckons the market is ready for it. Audi’s first pure EV will be a “pure electric SUV with a luxury character”, Stadler said when speaking to Australian media at the 2017 Geneva motor show – but he confirmed that it won’t be the most expensive SUV in the company’s line-up...


Audi boss says the car industry is undergoing its ‘biggest transformation’ ever
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Audi boss says the car industry is undergoing its ‘biggest transformation’ ever

The speed at which things are changing in the automotive world is at times baffling, and even the heads of some of the most successful companies on the planet are trying to keep up. Audi chairman of the board Rupert Stadler, for instance, told CarAdvice at the 2017 Geneva motor show that he feels things are changing faster now than ever before in the industry...