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Drivers travelling through roadworks faster than they believe they should: study

Drivers are travelling around 10km/h faster than they think they should in roadworks zones, according to a study by Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety (CARRS-Q)...

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How does rear cross-traffic alert work?
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How does rear cross-traffic alert work?

Read the article here. Safety features like rear-view cameras and parking sensors are a huge help for drivers, taking this technology a step further to help in those in those tricky situations – the new Holden Captiva is available with rear cross-traffic alert. Radar sensors are located here in the rear corners of the vehicle scan for approaching traffic to the left and right...


Devastating zero star NCAP scores for five Indian-market cars
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Devastating zero star NCAP scores for five Indian-market cars

Crash test watchdog Global NCAP has tested a handful of Indian-market cars in Delhi with devastating results, showing that car brands still struggle to make super-cheap cars with a passable level of safety. The Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Mahindra Scorpio and Hyundai Eon all scored a zero-star rating, with notable body deformation evident and negligible safety features on offer...


2016 Mazda CX-9 loads up on segment-best safety tech
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2016 Mazda CX-9 loads up on segment-best safety tech

The upcoming Mazda CX-9 SUV will be one of the safest vehicles in its class when it goes on sale mid-year, thanks to its i-ActivSense safety suite. Mazda is claiming its next-generation SUV will feature luxury, safety and affordability that is ahead of all its competitors...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 6
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 6

CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 6 2016 For the first time in its history, Hyundai has been crowned the top-selling passenger car brand. The VFACTS figures for April were released this week and the Hyundai i30 was Australia’s best selling car ahead of the Toyota Hi-Lux, Ford Ranger, Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 6
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 6

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. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson will deliver a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


2016 Hyundai Elantra and Kia Picanto get five-star ANCAP rating
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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 35.01 out of a possible 37 points, the Elantra scored full marks in a number of areas including side-impact crash testing (16 out of 16), as well as pole-impact testing (2 out of 2)...


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...


Your questions about ISOFIX answered
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Your questions about ISOFIX answered

Read the article here. ISOFIX child seats have been legal to use in Australia for more than a year now. Yet there is still a bit of confusion and here at CarAdvice we regularly field questions like - how does it work, do I have to swap from the old style seats, do I need to use the top tether? Essentially, ISOFIX is a standardised method of installing child seats that doesn’t use the seatbelt...


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...