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2016 Hyundai Elantra and Kia Picanto get five-star ANCAP rating

The 2016 Hyundai Elantra has received a five-star ANCAP rating from Australia’s car safety watchdog. Newcomer to the Australian micro-car market, the Kia Picanto, was also given the top rating. With an overall score of 35...

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India trialling ‘virtual’ speed bumps
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India trialling ‘virtual’ speed bumps

A new program in India has seen the introduction of ‘virtual’ speed bumps, in an attempt to reduce the road toll caused by speed humps and potholes. Over the last three decades, the number of cars on Indian roads has dramatically increased from 5 million to over 75 million vehicles...


Curtin University opens advanced driving simulator for road safety research
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Curtin University opens advanced driving simulator for road safety research

Western Australia’s Curtin University has unveiled one of the most advanced driving simulators in the southern hemisphere. Housed at the university’s Technology Park campus, six kilometres from the Perth CBD, the CKAS Mechatronics simulator's installation is the product of the collaboration between Curtin University and independent road research body, ARRB Group...


Volvo ‘Drive Me London’ trial puts regular drivers in driverless cars
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Volvo ‘Drive Me London’ trial puts regular drivers in driverless cars

Swedish manufacturer Volvo has announced a new autonomous driving trial in the UK, called ‘Drive Me London’. Touted by the company as the UK’s “largest and most ambitious autonomous driving trial”, it's hoped that the Drive Me London program will help to speed up the introduction of driverless technology...


New York police could soon be using experimental ‘textalysers’
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New York police could soon be using experimental ‘textalysers’

Police in New York could be among the first in the world to trial an experimental technology that can detect if a mobile phone has been used behind the wheel. Dubbed ‘textalysers’, a name inspired by the familiar breathalysers used to detect alcohol in a driver’s system, the new systems have been proposed as a means of helping to cut down on driver distraction...


Holden Spark, Jaguar XF, Kia Sportage, Skoda Superb score five-star ANCAP safety rating
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Holden Spark, Jaguar XF, Kia Sportage, Skoda Superb score five-star ANCAP safety rating

The latest round of ANCAP safety ratings heralds maximum five-star ratings for a quartet of newly launched cars — the Holden Spark, Jaguar XF, Kia Sportage, Skoda Superb. The new Holden Spark - our class leader in the micro car segment - is the first in class to get five stars against ANCAP’s most strenuous 2016 rating criteria. It managed 33...


Google patents indicator-sensing tech for driverless vehicles
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Google patents indicator-sensing tech for driverless vehicles

A new patent application from tech giant Google details a system that will allow future autonomous cars to recognise when other vehicles have activated their indicators. Google’s technology uses a forward-facing camera system to scan traffic in front of the vehicle, looking for changes in colour at the rear of cars ahead...


New bike laws proposed: cyclists to earn demerit points, risk having bikes crushed - UPDATE
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New bike laws proposed: cyclists to earn demerit points, risk having bikes crushed - UPDATE

UPDATE: Hope you all enjoyed our April Fools' Day gag for today - happy April 1st. In an unprecedented step towards creating a safer road network, the Australian Federal Government is seeking to introduce new penalties that will see cyclists earn demerit points against their motor vehicle driving licences, and risk having their bikes impounded or even crushed...


Queensland uni to study P-plater and parent relationship
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Queensland uni to study P-plater and parent relationship

The Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety Queensland (CARRS-Q) will soon kick off a study into the role that parents play in P-plater driver training in the ACT. The research centre chose the nation’s capital for the study because its graduated driver licensing (GDL) program is less restrictive than in other regions...


Volvo safety chief says its ‘zero fatality’ mission is on track
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Volvo safety chief says its ‘zero fatality’ mission is on track

Volvo made a statement quite some time ago that it was aiming for zero fatalities in its new vehicles by 2020. And the brand is on track to achieve that goal. That’s according to Volvo Cars Safety Centre acting senior director, Jan Ivarsson. In an exclusive interview at the 2016 New York motor show, the Swedish safety guru made it clear that the goal is achievable, and technology is how it can happen...


Volvo Excellence baby seat and recliner seats could make it to production
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Volvo Excellence baby seat and recliner seats could make it to production

The Volvo XC90 Excellence concept car series – including the Lounge Console and Excellence Child Seat with an integrated baby capsule – could become a reality. Volvo Cars Safety Centre acting senior director, Jan Ivarsson, told CarAdvice in an exclusive interview at the 2016 New York motor show that the Swedish brand is evaluating whether buyers are eager enough for the innovative luxury model features to head to production...


Subaru EyeSight active safety technology as vital as all-wheel drive
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Subaru EyeSight active safety technology as vital as all-wheel drive

Subaru says its active safety technologies are being introduced and marketed to consumers with the same level of importance as its all-wheel drive credentials. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the 2016 Subaru Forester, Liberty and Outback, Subaru Australia’s managing director, Nick Senior, said the rate at which the brand’s active safety system – called Subaru Eyesight – has been taken up by customers has been very positive...


2016 Fiat 500: rear-view camera not part of “perfect outcome” for updated city car
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2016 Fiat 500: rear-view camera not part of “perfect outcome” for updated city car

The inclusion of a standard, or optional, rear-view camera on some of Australia's smallest cars may be cause for an "interesting cultural discussion", according to the product and marketing head of Fiat Australia, but the addition of the potentially life saving technology was never part of the "perfect outcome" for the newly updated 2016 Fiat 500...


Queensland Police issue more speeding tickets than ever; road toll unaffected
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Queensland Police issue more speeding tickets than ever; road toll unaffected

Queensland Police have issued an additional 2695 speeding tickets in the first quarter of this financial year compared with the same period last year, bringing in at least $423,000 of additional revenue. The main change in policing speed has been the removal of warning signs indicating the presence of a speed camera on Queensland roads from July 2015 (the same time that speeding fines also increased in price)...


Honda Australia extends Takata airbag recall: CR-V, Jazz, Jazz Hybrid, City, Insight
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Honda Australia extends Takata airbag recall: CR-V, Jazz, Jazz Hybrid, City, Insight

Honda Australia has issued a new recall notice this week, expanding its ongoing recall of vehicles affected by the global Takata airbag scandal. The recall, which centres on the potential for metal fragments to pass through the airbag at the moment of deployment, has affected more than 53 million vehicles worldwide...


Crash safety stars: Euro NCAP names 2015 Best in Class
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Crash safety stars: Euro NCAP names 2015 Best in Class

Crash safety testers impressed with Volvo XC90, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Jaguar XE, Mazda MX-5, Infiniti Q30 in 2015 Euro NCAP, sister organisation to the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), has named the cars that impressed most in crash safety tests carried out through 2015...


Hyundai Tucson: five-star ANCAP safety rating follows redesign
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Hyundai Tucson: five-star ANCAP safety rating follows redesign

The Hyundai Tucson has been upgraded to a much-needed five-star ANCAP safety rating following recent validation of a redesign put into production last November. As you can read here, the new Hyundai Tucson family SUV received a sub-par four-star score from Australia’s safety watchdog late last year following its local launch...


Tailgating cameras ineffective: Victoria Police
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Tailgating cameras ineffective: Victoria Police

Victoria Police has again refuted the potential effectiveness of using road safety cameras to catch tailgating motorists. Police and the Victorian Government have restated their position this week in response to a report by the state’s Road Safety Camera Commissioner, Gordon Lewis, which suggests that tailgating could be more effectively curbed by adding camera technology to current education and enforcement strategies...


NSW gets new cycling safety laws: Passing distance, fines, photo ID
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NSW gets new cycling safety laws: Passing distance, fines, photo ID

Cyclists in New South Wales will have to carry photo identification from next year, motorists will be required to observe a minimum passing distance, and fines will be increased for both groups, according to new rules detailed this week. Described as a “cycling safety package”, the new rules were announced by NSW roads minister Duncan Gay...


Tough new side impact testing rules confirmed for Australia
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Tough new side impact testing rules confirmed for Australia

Australia will soon introduce new rules for side impact crash testing for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, making it the first nation to adopt a new global regulation. Initiated by Australia at the United Nations’ 150th session of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations in 2010, the new regulation is intended to reduce the high number of fatalities that occur in side impacts with narrow objects...