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Porsche and BMW among first to offer Apple Watch apps

The much anticipated Apple Watch doesn't hit buyers' wrists until June, but that hasn't stopped German luxury manufacturers Porsche and BMW rolling out updates to their smartphone apps to support the new tech gadget...

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Car Technology : Driving on a flat run flat tyre
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Car Technology : Driving on a flat run flat tyre

Run flat tyres cop a lot of flack, yet BMW continues to offer Run Flat Tyres (RFTs) as original equipment across most of its range and has done for decades, while among its European competitors, Mercedes-Benz has developed its own version in recent years and Audi is yet to come to the party...


Car technology: driving on a flat run flat tyre
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Car technology: driving on a flat run flat tyre

Read the article here. What are run flat tyres? Essentially an RFT is a self-supporting tyre with a very different construction to that of a conventional pneumatic tyre. The sidewall is made of thicker rubber and has been reinforced to make it stiffer. It's this section that will bear the weight once the air pressure is gone...


Amazon, DHL, Audi trial online deliveries straight to your car boot
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Amazon, DHL, Audi trial online deliveries straight to your car boot

Amazon, DHL and Audi will run a limited trial in Germany, where customers can have packages delivered directly to their car boot. The limited pilot programme is open to German members of Amazon Prime, an annual 49 euro ($57) subscription plan that offers free two-day shipping for most products on Amazon's site...


Norway may scale back its incentives for electric cars after 50,000th EV sold
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Norway may scale back its incentives for electric cars after 50,000th EV sold

A report indicates that Norway is considering ending or reducing some of its incentives for electric cars because the scheme has been almost too popular. According to Automotive News Europe, the finance ministry is currently conducting a review of its automotive and fuel taxes, which will be complete before the federal budget is announced in May...


BMW iDrive to make way for touchscreens, says design boss
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BMW iDrive to make way for touchscreens, says design boss

The head of design at BMW has admitted the company’s trademark iDrive infotainment system controller will make way for touchscreen technology in the future. BMW Group design director Adrian van Hooydonk told Autocar recently that touchscreens were one of a number of technology formats the car maker will use to allow drivers and passengers to interact with its next-generation vehicles...


More details on Ford patent for eleven-speed automatic transmission
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More details on Ford patent for eleven-speed automatic transmission

As was revealed recently, the Ford Motor Company has filed a patent in the United States that documents the development of an eleven-speed automatic gearbox in several configurations — a cool reference to Spinal Tap? But to understand it better we decided to take a look at the actual gear ratios to determine just what makes this 'box different to existing Ford units...


Mini previews augmented reality glasses ahead of Shanghai show
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Mini previews augmented reality glasses ahead of Shanghai show

The British brand will debut its Mini Augmented Vision glasses concept at the upcoming Shanghai auto show, which starts later this month. Developed by Mini's parent, BMW, and automotive and electronics supplier Qualcomm, the thick-rimmed Augmented Vision glasses were styled by BMW's creative consultancy, Designworks...


Delphi's autonomous Audi SQ5 completes trip from San Francisco to New York City
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Delphi's autonomous Audi SQ5 completes trip from San Francisco to New York City

An Audi SQ5 fitted out with autonomous driving technology by automotive supplier Delphi is the first self-driving car to complete a US west coast to east coast trek from San Francisco to New York City. Accompanied by a team of engineers from the Delphi — an automotive supplier spun off, in part, from GM in 1997 — have helped the modified Audi SQ5, dubbed Roadrunner, complete the nine day, roughly 5470km, cross-country trek...


Google and Apple car development a "wake up call", says Ford
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Google and Apple car development a "wake up call", says Ford

Google and Apple’s much-publicised interest in entering the automotive space is both validating and a “wake up call” for the existing industry, says Ford’s vice-president of research and advanced engineering Ken Washington. Washington made a flying visit to Australia last week for discussions at the Blue Oval’s Melbourne research, design and engineering centre — a site that serves as the blue oval brand’s R&D hub in the entire Asia Pacific region...


Ford S-Max debuts automatic speed limiting technology that reads road signs
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Ford S-Max debuts automatic speed limiting technology that reads road signs

The Europe-only Ford S-Max people mover will be offered with a new system dubbed Intelligent Speed Limiter. In the S-Max, the Intelligent Speed Limiter effectively marries together two existing technologies: the driver adjustable speed limiter and road sign recognition...


Your car can talk - in 140 characters or less
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Your car can talk - in 140 characters or less

This month I took a leap forward into the digital age — I joined Twitter. I know, I know - Welcome to 2009! No, this isn’t some #FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) thing, nor do I feel the urge to relentlessly tweet about my food. We talk a lot about the future of the connected car here at CarAdvice, along with looking at what cars are doing today and what they might be doing tomorrow...


2016 Chevrolet Malibu to debut Teen Driver safety system
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2016 Chevrolet Malibu to debut Teen Driver safety system

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will debut a new Teen Driver safety system when it makes its world premiere at next week’s New York motor show. Similar to rival Ford’s MyKey technology that we checked out late last year, Chevy’s Teen Driver system allows parents to automatically configure the Malibu to its safest settings when a young driver gets behind the wheel...


Tesla Model S update 7 to enable auto steering mode on highways
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Tesla Model S update 7 to enable auto steering mode on highways

Due later this year, software update 7.0 will allow the Tesla Model S electric sedan to steer itself on the highway. In a press call yesterday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk detailed software update 6.2, which will be delivered over-the-air to the Model S in the coming weeks...


BMW X5 plug-in hybrid confirmed for 2016 Australian launch
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BMW X5 plug-in hybrid confirmed for 2016 Australian launch

BMW will launch its first plug-in hybrid model (beyond its niche ‘i’ sub-brand) into Australian showrooms from 2016. Earlier this week, the Bavarian brand premiered the X5 xDrive40e, a petrol-electric version of its top-selling large SUV that looks just like the regular 30d version you see in school zones everywhere...


Tesla Model S update 6.2 adds Range Assurance, blind spot monitoring, automated braking
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Tesla Model S update 6.2 adds Range Assurance, blind spot monitoring, automated braking

Overnight Tesla Motors announced an over-the-air software update for its Tesla Model S, which adds a slew of new features to the all-electric sedan. With its new Trip Planner and Range Assurance functions, Tesla is hoping to "end range anxiety" for both current and potential Model S owners...


Tesla CEO foresees a world where autonomous cars are common, human driving may be illegal
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Tesla CEO foresees a world where autonomous cars are common, human driving may be illegal

Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, told an audience at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference that, in the future, humans may be banned from driving cars for safety reasons. Musk spoke on stage at the South by Southwest conference with Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of graphics chip maker Nvidia...


Opel developing eye-tracking headlight system for future models
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Opel developing eye-tracking headlight system for future models

Opel is developing an innovative vehicle lighting system that tracks a driver’s eyes and points the headlights in the direction they are looking in an attempt to improve visibility at night. The eye-tracking technology represents the third-generation of adaptive lighting from Opel, following the German brand’s current AFL+ bi-xenon system and its forthcoming LED matrix light system that will go into series production within 18 months...


Emergency Stop Signal explained
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Emergency Stop Signal explained

Vehicle safety is becoming ever more paramount, so it's reassuring to know that high quality technology is filtering its way down from high-end models into more affordable vehicles...


Apple CarPlay destined for "more than 40" new vehicles this year
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Apple CarPlay destined for "more than 40" new vehicles this year

Apple’s CarPlay infotainment system will appear in “more than 40” new vehicles before the end of this year as the technology giant continues its integration into the automotive world. At the company’s ‘Spring Forward’ announcement today, at which the Apple Watch was detailed, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed every “major” vehicle manufacturer has now signed on to feature CarPlay in its future models...