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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...

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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...


2017 Honda Jazz gets updated infotainment unit: Touch-panel buttons gone, but…
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2017 Honda Jazz gets updated infotainment unit: Touch-panel buttons gone, but…

New 2017 Honda Jazz infotainment interface deletes volume control, shrinks screen A quiet 2017 Honda Jazz update has rolled onto the local market, bringing what proposes to be an improvement to the small hatch's infotainment system. In all versions of the Jazz offered for the 2015 and 2016 model years, buyers had been treated to a large 7...


Honda patents touch-tint gesture control technology
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Honda patents touch-tint gesture control technology

Japanese manufacturer Honda has applied to patent a new technology that will allow passengers to control the vehicle's window tint using their fingertips. By dragging your finger across the glass, occupants can adjust how much of the window they want to have tinted, and could be adapted to all windows of the vehicle - including the windscreen, which would take the place of the fold-down sun visors we are all familiar with...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for November 18, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for November 18, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. This week, regular host Tegan Lawson is on assignment overseas. In her place, Trent Nikolic presents this week's video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Your next car stereo could be a Samsung: $10 billion Harman purchase announced
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Your next car stereo could be a Samsung: $10 billion Harman purchase announced

Despite a nearly $7 billion cost in recalling its explosive Galaxy Note 7 phone this year, Korean tech giant Samsung has announced it will acquire connected audio visual specialist Harman in a $10 billion dollar all-cash deal to accelerate growth in connected car technologies...


Ford driven by new safety technologies, local arm says
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Ford driven by new safety technologies, local arm says

Ford is putting as much energy into developing new vehicle technologies as it is in building them, according to the Blue Oval's local arm. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the company's Driving Skills for Life program, Wes Sherwood, communications director at Ford Australia, said if the brand is to consider itself as an innovator it needs to focus on developing new technology...


Android Auto skips the in-car display with new update
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Android Auto skips the in-car display with new update

If you've been agonising over your car's lack of compatibility with Android Auto or Apple Carplay, maybe you've gone so far as to consider a new car, or - where possible - replacing your car's existing infotainment system with a compatible aftermarket option. For Android users, there's now another option: stick your phone in a cradle and fire up the full Android Auto experience right there on the device itself...


BMW expands Australian availability of iDrive 5 infotainment upgrades
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BMW expands Australian availability of iDrive 5 infotainment upgrades

The new fifth generation of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system is now available across more models, after previously being reserved for the flagship 7 Series limousine. Now offered across the majority of the Bavarian marque’s line-up, iDrive 5 brings a more app-based interface that is similar to a smartphone...


QLD uni calls for new research into countermeasures for phone usage behind the wheel
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QLD uni calls for new research into countermeasures for phone usage behind the wheel

The Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety (CARRS-Q) has published a new review of current road safety laws surrounding mobile phone usage. While previous studies have measured the impact of mobile phones on driving performance, QUT is looking to see if there are methods to make distracted driving safer...


University of Melbourne to create ‘urban laboratory’ for connected vehicles to reduce congestion
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University of Melbourne to create ‘urban laboratory’ for connected vehicles to reduce congestion

The University of Melbourne will partner with American company Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) and some 30 other organisations to develop a National Connected Multimodal Transport (NCMT) Test Bed, claimed to be the first of its type in the world...


Apple's 'Project Titan' pivots to self-driving architecture, given 2017 deadline - report
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Apple's 'Project Titan' pivots to self-driving architecture, given 2017 deadline - report

The scope of Apple's 'Project Titan' has reportedly been scaled back from an industry changing self-driving electric car to an autonomous vehicle platform, which will be sold to other car makers. A detailed new report from Bloomberg details the recent goings on at Apple's top secret 'Project Titan', including upheaval in the management ranks and a mass exodus of engineers...


The 2017 BMW 5 Series is the first vehicle to get wireless Apple CarPlay control
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The 2017 BMW 5 Series is the first vehicle to get wireless Apple CarPlay control

The 2017 BMW 5 Series has been unveiled, bringing with it a host of advanced technology and features - including a handy world-first for fans of the Apple iPhone. BMW's G30 5 Series debuts wireless Apple CarPlay integration, which eliminates the use of a cable. If you're anything like this writer, with a ritualistic phone charging routine, this will be a godsend...


How does CarAdvice learn about new car technology? Behind the scenes at the Audi Tech Day in Munich
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How does CarAdvice learn about new car technology? Behind the scenes at the Audi Tech Day in Munich

Read the full article. The CarAdvice team travels around the globe each year to delve into the world of car technology. So, when CarAdvice reader Trent asked what we actually do at these events, we decided to go behind the scenes at an Audi Tech Day in Germany to show you, the reader, what happens.    ...


Driverless car acceptance growing in Australia, but further community education needed
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Driverless car acceptance growing in Australia, but further community education needed

Before the first self-driving car has even gone to market, a new study suggests a significant proportion of buyers will be ready to make the leap into hands-free motoring. The research, carried out by the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) - a venture coordinated by independent roads and transport research company ARRB Group - is described as "the first comprehensive national study" into the Australian commuter's views on driverless vehicles...


FCAI backs study into rollout of autonomous vehicles in Australia
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FCAI backs study into rollout of autonomous vehicles in Australia

Australian motor industry body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has come out in support of the ‘coordinated’ approach to the rollout of autonomous vehicle technology. The announcement comes after a report released by the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI), argued a coordinated government roadmap is required before the country adopts driverless vehicle technology...


Toyota Kirobo Mini: cupholder-friendly companion robot launched in Japan
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Toyota Kirobo Mini: cupholder-friendly companion robot launched in Japan

Toyota has launched in the palm-sized Kirobo Mini companion robot at the CEATEC electronics show currently under way in Tokyo. Based on an earlier design for an anthropomorphic space robot, the Kirobo Mini features cute anime-style design, and has a mouth and eyes that light up when it's interacting with humans...


BMW Connected update adds Android compatibility, coming to Australia soon
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BMW Connected update adds Android compatibility, coming to Australia soon

The BMW Connected personal mobility companion smartphone application has been updated and showcased during the Paris motor show, bringing compatibility with Android devices, and will be rolling out in markets including Australia very soon...


'Pay How You Drive' is here and could save you $$$
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'Pay How You Drive' is here and could save you $$$

Your car's connectivity, and how you drive, could impact on your insurance premiums in the future - according to senior Renault connectivity guru, Benoit Joly. With modern cars increasingly connected to the outside world and sending and receiving live updates to and from any number of sources, Joly believes insurance companies could offer lower premiums to those drivers who agree to share their driving data with them...