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Google planning to put Android directly into car entertainment systems - report

Google is reportedly working on a version of Android which can function as the OS of a car's entertainment system. According to sources who spoke anonymously with Reuters, the next generation of Google's Android smartphone and tablet operating system, dubbed Android M, will feature a variant that can be used as a car entertainment system's operating system...

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Volvo, Ericsson, POC to demo connected bicycle helmet at CES
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Volvo, Ericsson, POC to demo connected bicycle helmet at CES

Volvo has teamed up with communications technology company Ericsson and outdoor accessories manufacturer POC to create a connected helmet, which will be demonstrated at the 2015 CES show in Las Vegas. Through fitness-tracking smartphone apps, such as Strava, Volvo's cloud infrastructure is constantly updated about the location of the cyclist...


Tesla to begin testing battery-swapping technology
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Tesla to begin testing battery-swapping technology

Tesla has confirmed that it will begin real world testing of its battery-swapping technology next week at one facility in California. At the moment, access to the battery-swap technology is only being offered to a select number of Model S owners and battery swaps are available strictly by prior appointment...


Cadillac CT6 to debut live streaming rear view mirror
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Cadillac CT6 to debut live streaming rear view mirror

Next year's range-topping Cadillac CT6 sedan will be the first car to feature GM's live streaming rear-view mirror. The Cadillac CT6 sedan will take on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series when it launches towards the tail-end of 2015, and as part of its technology package, the luxury model will offer a digital mirror that live streams imagery from a camera mounted out the back...


BMW to demo fully automated parking assistance, 360-degree crash avoidance systems at CES
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BMW to demo fully automated parking assistance, 360-degree crash avoidance systems at CES

At the 2015 CES show, the Bavarian luxury car maker will demonstrate a version of the BMW i3 electric hatchback that can park itself in a multi-level car park, and is also fitted with a 360-degree collision avoidance system. The i3 research vehicle, which will be demoed at Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas at the beginning of January, is kitted out with four laser scanners, which can monitor the car's environment in real time...


Jaguar Land Rover previews transparent pillar, ghost car navigation research
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Jaguar Land Rover previews transparent pillar, ghost car navigation research

Jaguar Land Rover is working on range of technologies that will, if they eventuate, cut out blindspots and make it easier for drivers to follow navigation commands. Jaguar Land Rover director of research and technology Dr Wolfgang Epple said his team was developing this technology to improve visibility and to give the driver the right information at the right time...


Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV v Mitsubishi Outlander diesel - fuel use challenge
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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV v Mitsubishi Outlander diesel - fuel use challenge

Petrol or diesel? It has been a question that SUV buyers have been pondering for years. But now there’s a new form of propulsion to add to the mix: hybrid power. We’re not talking about just any old petrol-electric system here. We’ve brought together the diesel-powered version of the Mitsubishi Outlander and pitched it up against its medium SUV body-double and our long-term loan car, the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)...


Ford Sync 3 entertainment system debuts, ditches Microsoft
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Ford Sync 3 entertainment system debuts, ditches Microsoft

Overnight Ford unveiled its latest generation entertainment and navigation system, which will wear the name Sync 3 globally. Both on the surface and under-the-skin, the Ford's new Sync 3 is a complete overhaul of the systems that have gone before it...


Tesla Supercharger network to cover Melbourne to Brisbane route by 2016
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Tesla Supercharger network to cover Melbourne to Brisbane route by 2016

Tesla plans to have a complete Supercharger network between Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane by the end of 2016. The company announced its plans for the fast-charger network at the official launch of the Model S this week, where the first nine pre-ordered vehicles were delivered to their new owners...


Ford considering CVTs for low torque engines
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Ford considering CVTs for low torque engines

While some automakers have wholeheartedly embraced continuously variable transmissions (CVTs), Ford has largely shied away, but the company's resistance may soon end. Raj Nair, Ford's chief of global product development, told Automotive News that "we've had some experience with CVTs and it wasn't all good"...


Mercedes Benz S500 Autonomous Driving Demo
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Mercedes Benz S500 Autonomous Driving Demo

http://www.caradvice.com.au/?p=320876/?yt_desc - Read the article here. Tony takes a drive from the back seat with the autonomous self-driving Mercedes-Benz S500.


Skoda Superb Estate - rain sensor demonstration
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Skoda Superb Estate - rain sensor demonstration

James parks his Skoda Superb Estate and accidentally leaves the windows down, and to make matters worse it’s about to rain. Luckily the Skoda rain sensor has it covered!


Audi pilot plant produces synthetic diesel using only water, CO2 and green electricity
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Audi pilot plant produces synthetic diesel using only water, CO2 and green electricity

Overnight Audi opened a new pilot plant in Dresden, Germany, that produces synthetic diesel using only water and carbon dioxide. The new experimental factory is partly funded by the German government, and is a collaboration between Audi, Climeworks and Sunfire. In the test plant, an electrolysis machine uses green electricity to split water into its constituent elements: hydrogen and oxygen...


Why Car Dash Video Cameras make perfect sense
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Why Car Dash Video Cameras make perfect sense

With the high levels of safety and built-in collision systems that form part of most modern cars, a minor accident can cost thousands of dollars in repairs. Worse still, when there is a dispute about who is at fault, it can at times become problematic for the victim. But there appears to be an easy solution - having a dashcam installed that records everything that happens while you’re driving...


BMW i Remote app for Samsung smartwatch wins CES award
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BMW i Remote app for Samsung smartwatch wins CES award

Not content with just winning engineering and design awards, BMW has won the top prize in the 2015 CES Innovations Awards - Software and Mobile Apps category - for its new i Remote app for Samsung Gear smartwatch. Entries in the awards are judged on a multitude of criteria, including aesthetic design, functionality, user-friendliness and innovation...


Mercedes-Benz unveils new Multibeam headlight with 84 LED units
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Mercedes-Benz unveils new Multibeam headlight with 84 LED units

Mercedes-Benz has previewed a new Multibeam LED headlight with 84 individually controlled LED units per headlamp. Earlier this year Mercedes-Benz lifted the covers off the facelifted CLS-Class four-door "coupe". Fitted to the car was the company's first Multibeam LED headlight system...


Volkswagen introduces new fuel-saving technologies including 10-speed DSG
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Volkswagen introduces new fuel-saving technologies including 10-speed DSG

German car manufacturing giant Volkswagen Group has unveiled a suite of fuel-saving technologies that it hopes will aid in its aim to "hunt for every gram of CO2, every drop of fuel, every kilowatt of power that can be saved". VW Group has confirmed a broad range of technologies and systems that are said to help the company become "the world's most sustainable carmaker by the year 2018"...


Next-generation GM infotainment system to run on Android OS
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Next-generation GM infotainment system to run on Android OS

GM's next-generation entertainment and navigation system will be built on the Android OS, although it's not clear when, or even if, the next-gen units will begin to appear in Holden cars. Dinesh Paliwal, Harman CEO, spoke to Automotive News about the next-generation entertainment and navigation system that his company is building for GM as part of a US$900 million ($1...


NFC one-tap smartphone pairing coming to cars from 2016 onwards
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NFC one-tap smartphone pairing coming to cars from 2016 onwards

Automakers might offer tap-to-pair entertainment systems as early as 2016, if predictions from one of the world's top NFC chip makers proves to be true. Drue Freeman, a senior vice president at NFC producer NXP, told Automotive News that his company, along with its competitors, has begun offering NFC tags and chips to automobile suppliers...


Infotainment systems, in-car electronics most common source of new car complaints - report
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Infotainment systems, in-car electronics most common source of new car complaints - report

According to an extensive American car owner survey, entertainment and navigation systems are the most likely source of complaints in new cars. Consumer Reports' 2014 Annual Auto Reliability Survey, which tracked car issues reported by the magazine's subscribers over the past 12 months, was released earlier this week, with the category that encompasses in-car electronics generating the most complaints...