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BMW Connected now available in Australia

BMW Australia has released its BMW Connected smartphone app, giving users access to numerous new services. Available as a free download from the Apple App store, BMW Connected is a personal mobility assistant that helps customers plan their journeys, find their car, and remotely control specific vehicle functions...

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No pedals, no steering wheel, not for sale: Ford autonomous car in 2021 will be for fleets only
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No pedals, no steering wheel, not for sale: Ford autonomous car in 2021 will be for fleets only

The headline says it all: Ford’s first fully autonomous car will not be sold to members of the public, and nor will it have a steering wheel, accelerator or brake pedals. The as-yet-unnamed future model is destined to be used as a fleet vehicle for ride hailing companies – similar to Lyft and Uber – but instead of a driver trying to find you, the car will bring itself to wherever you may be...


Mercedes-Benz autonomous vehicles due on the road between 2020 and 2025
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Mercedes-Benz autonomous vehicles due on the road between 2020 and 2025

Mercedes-Benz is hard at work on its autonomous vehicle technology – as are most brands – and the German maker will aim to have autonomous cars of differing levels on sale between 2020 and 2025...


Android takes over infotainment systems at CES
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Android takes over infotainment systems at CES

Better known for its use in smartphones and tablets, Google's Android operating system could soon power entire infotainment systems. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, technology companies Panasonic, Qualcomm and Google have taken the concept of Android Auto one step further, presenting a standalone infotainment system running Android 7...


Autonomous cars are 'the vaccine that will cure deaths on the road', says industry figurehead
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Autonomous cars are 'the vaccine that will cure deaths on the road', says industry figurehead

People die on the roads, that’s a fact of life. But it doesn’t have to be, according to the head of an energy industry watchdog in the US. Robbie Diamond, CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), addressed media at CES 2017 overnight in Las Vegas, where he said autonomous vehicles could be a way of dramatically cutting down the road toll on a global level...


Hyundai Ioniq self-driving prototypes, electric scooters, powered exoskeletons debut at CES
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Hyundai Ioniq self-driving prototypes, electric scooters, powered exoskeletons debut at CES

Hyundai has brought a number of high-tech concepts to this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, including a fleet of self-driving cars that will be plying the public roads around the show's many convention buildings. Self-driving Ioniq Electric The autonomous Ioniq models include Lidar sensors, which are hidden behind the front bumpers rather than mounted on the roof...


Mercedes-Benz Digital Light system will use two million mirrors in its headlights
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Mercedes-Benz Digital Light system will use two million mirrors in its headlights

A new headlight technology from Mercedes-Benz will use more than 1,000,000 micro-mirrors in each of its headlights to make driving safer for road users and pedestrians alike. According to Mercedes-Benz, the high-definition Digital Light system will be so advanced that, in theory, you could watch a movie using just the lighting system as a projector against your garage wall...


Mercedes-Benz developing seats that will squirm beneath your bum
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Mercedes-Benz developing seats that will squirm beneath your bum

The world of automotive technology offers up some intriguing twists and turns, and soon a Mercedes-Benz seat could twist and turn you, the driver. Huh? That’s what we thought, but the German luxury brand has revealed at CES 2017 that it is developing new active seats under its “Fit & Healthy” in-car functions banner...


BMW explores control and display tech with i Inside Future
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BMW explores control and display tech with i Inside Future

BMW has rolled out (or pushed, or carried, since it has no wheels...) a new concept for this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Dubbed i Inside Future, the sculpture-like concept forms part of the future-focused program that brought us the electrified i3 hatch and i8 sports coupe...


Ford, Toyota team up on alternative to Android Auto, Apple CarPlay
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Ford, Toyota team up on alternative to Android Auto, Apple CarPlay

Ford and Toyota have created the SmartDeviceLink Consortium to develop and promote an in-car smartphone application connectivity standard that will, the car makers' hope, rival the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay app mirroring technologies...


Volvo adds Skype calling to S90, V90, XC90
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Volvo adds Skype calling to S90, V90, XC90

Volvo has announced it will add Skype connectivity to its S90, V90 and XC90 models, making the Swedish brand the first car company to add the connectivity software to its cars. The system is Skype for Business, which is designed for conference calling, not video calls - so safety anoraks needn't be too concerned...


Hyundai to showcase high-tech house, wearable robot tech at CES
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Hyundai to showcase high-tech house, wearable robot tech at CES

Hyundai is set to show off some intriguing ideas at CES 2017, including a smart house and wearable robot body parts, while fully autonomous Hyundai Ioniq models will be seen on The Strip in Las Vegas. The company says it is showcasing a vision for future mobility at the tech show early in January, with a focus on "intelligent autonomous driving and advanced, hyper-connectivity solutions that will link cars to customer’s lives"...


Uber admits that its self-driving cars illegally cut across bike lanes
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Uber admits that its self-driving cars illegally cut across bike lanes

Uber has admitted that its self-driving vehicles perform illegal and potentially dangerous right turns. In an email to The Guardian, an Uber spokeswoman admitted that its self-driving cars have a "problem" when they turn across bike lanes, but said that the ride-sharing firm was working on a fix...


Melbourne's Eastlink preparing tech upgrades for autonomous driving by 2018, tests planned
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Melbourne's Eastlink preparing tech upgrades for autonomous driving by 2018, tests planned

A trial of autonomous driving technology will be carried out on Melbourne's tolled Eastlink motorway from the second half of 2017, the Victorian state government has confirmed. The news follows confirmation just days ago that Victoria's Andrews Labor Government would also carry out autonomous technology tests on the Monash-Citylink-Tullamarine corridor...


Mercedes-Benz to collect autonomous driving data in Australia from 2017
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Mercedes-Benz to collect autonomous driving data in Australia from 2017

Mercedes-Benz headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, will deploy a team of engineers to Australia in 2017 to begin collecting data for the advancement of its autonomous driving technologies, the company has confirmed. Speaking with CarAdvice this week, Mercedes-Benz Australia communications manager Jerry Stamoulis said that the work will focus on 'real-world' hands-on driving, using our unique mix of road conditions to improve the technology's capabilities...


BMW HoloActive Touch system previewed ahead of CES debut
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BMW HoloActive Touch system previewed ahead of CES debut

The BMW HoloActive Touch system will be demonstrated at CES 2017, which takes place at the beginning of January in Las Vegas. The German luxury car maker says that the system consists of a "free-floating" display, its "virtual" touchscreen controlled by finger gestures...


BMW Connected Australian rollout confirmed, timing to be announced
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BMW Connected Australian rollout confirmed, timing to be announced

BMW Australia has confirmed the local rollout of the company's app-based BMW Connected system, giving owners expanded access to online services. Building on the ConnectedDrive functions already available to most BMW models, the more simply named BMW Connected learns your daily routine journeys and import appointments and destinations from other apps like your calendar or Yelp...


2017 Audi Q5 gets new ‘quattro ultra’ drive system
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2017 Audi Q5 gets new ‘quattro ultra’ drive system

When it comes to Audi's quattro brand, there are two camps among fans and observers. Traditionalist gearheads prefer the ‘old-school’ rear-biased Torsen quattro system, while vehicles based on the MQB platform have a front-biased Haldex system. But now, Audi has muddied the waters a little more, with a new system the German brand is calling quattro ultra...


US authorities want phones to have a 'driver mode' to combat distracted driving
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US authorities want phones to have a 'driver mode' to combat distracted driving

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed new guidelines for a mobile phone 'driver mode', which it believes will help address distracted driving. In a document that covers the second phase of the agency's voluntary guidelines to reduce driver distraction, the US DOT wants manufacturers of portable devices and aftermarket electronic device developers to design new products that offer simplified interfaces and reduce the amount of time drivers take their eyes off the road...


Volkswagen details Transform 2025+ plan: e-mobility onslaught, new digital connectivity coming
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Volkswagen details Transform 2025+ plan: e-mobility onslaught, new digital connectivity coming

German automotive giant Volkswagen has announced its Transform 2025+ strategy this week, further detailing the company's plans for the decade ahead. At the forefront of Volkswagen's goals for the next decade, and beyond, is to clearly position itself at the top of volume segments globally, and becoming a leader in electric vehicles...