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Kia Sportage, Cee'd to get mild-hybrid tech - report

Kia's European arm is looking to introduce 48V mild-hybrid powertrains, starting with the current Sportage and next-generation Cee'd - according to a new report out of the UK...

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Mercedes-Benz: MBUX will "change the face of car infotainment'"
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Mercedes-Benz: MBUX will "change the face of car infotainment'"

Having officially released its MBUX infotainment system to the world at the CES in Las Vegas, Mercedes-Benz went on to emphasise its belief that the smartphone-like interface will in fact 'revolutionise the face of in-car infotainment'. It's a big call, but having tested the system firsthand - albeit briefly - there is some merit to the claim...


Mercedes-Benz launches new MBUX infotainment with new A-Class
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Mercedes-Benz launches new MBUX infotainment with new A-Class

In Las Vegas for the massive Consumer Electronics Show (CES), CarAdvice today had a taste of Mercedes-Benz's all-new smartphone-style operating system - MBUX - in, of all vehicles, the upcoming A-Class. You'd expect such clever, high-end technology to debut in something far more exotic such as a new S-Class, but according to the German Manufacturer, the all-new A-Class is the perfect platform to showcase the technology...


Hyundai aiming for industry leadership in new technology era
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Hyundai aiming for industry leadership in new technology era

Hyundai says in the midst of a technological revolution taking over the automotive industry, it’s aiming to be the global leader in the fields of autonomous driving and the connected car, not a follower...


Australian car industry split over EV subsidies
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Australian car industry split over EV subsidies

Representative body for Australia’s motoring industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), says it will not necessarily lobby government to apply subsidies encouraging the take-up of zero emissions vehicles...


Autonomous vehicle tech is the biggest computing problem of its kind: Nvidia
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Autonomous vehicle tech is the biggest computing problem of its kind: Nvidia

The world’s leader in graphics processor unit manufacturing and the supplier of both software and hardware to the automotive industry for autonomous vehicles, says the computing challenge facing the industry is daunting. Speaking to the media at today’s Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nvidia boss Jensen Huang, said “building a computer for autonomous vehicles is at a level of complexity the world has never known...


Toyota reveals new autonomous prototype for CES
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Toyota reveals new autonomous prototype for CES

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has revealed its new-generation autonomous prototype for this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), dubbed Platform 3.0. Based on the previous-generation Lexus LS600h L, the new driverless vehicle platform features a better integration of autonomous driving systems into the car's design, along with greater capabilities over previous prototypes...


China's Byton reveals tech-heavy electric SUV concept
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China's Byton reveals tech-heavy electric SUV concept

Chinese electric start-up firm, Byton, has revealed its first concept car at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. First teased last September, the Byton Concept takes the form of a high-riding electric crossover that features new-age in-car infotainment and semi-autonomous driving systems...


BMW to fit smarter traction control from i3s across range
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BMW to fit smarter traction control from i3s across range

BMW will outfit its cars with a more intelligent traction control system, capable of responding faster than traditional setups. The system was first fitted to the i3s, and responds 50 times faster than conventional traction management systems. How? Rather than working out what it needs to do in a remote unit, the setup makes its calculations from within the powertrain...


Kia Niro EV concept to be revealed next week
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Kia Niro EV concept to be revealed next week

Kia has handed down a series of shadowy teasers for its expected Niro EV, first reported in February last year. Based on the petrol-electric Niro hybrid SUV revealed a full year before reports of an all-electric model surfaced, next week's unveiling is described as a concept - although the preview images suggest we can expect a design very similar to the existing Niro...


Nissan to show Brain-to-Vehicle communication at CES 2018
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Nissan to show Brain-to-Vehicle communication at CES 2018

Autonomous driving has been portrayed as a very hands-off, computer-led concept. Most manufacturers use pictures of people reading the newspaper or scrolling through their phone, in cabins with no steering wheel or pedals, whenever a new self-driving concept is released...


Five tech breakthroughs from 2017
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Five tech breakthroughs from 2017

2017 is almost over. It's time for Christmas parties, sunshine and rose-tinted reflection on the year gone by. But here at CarAdvice, we aren't taking our foot off the pedal just yet – instead, we're taking the chance to look back at some of the most interesting, exciting and downright strange stories published this year...


Hyundai to debut smart assistant at CES 2018
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Hyundai to debut smart assistant at CES 2018

Hyundai has teamed up with SoundHound to create a new voice assistant for the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), set for a 2019 production debut. According to the company, the assistant will be among the first proactive voice control systems on the market, designed to help the driver by prompting them about upcoming meetings and, depending on traffic, suggesting a different departure time...


Continental to unveil bi-directional, wireless charging systems at CES
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Continental to unveil bi-directional, wireless charging systems at CES

Continental AG will use the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to launch a new wireless charging system, capable of delivering one kilometre of range per minute. The inductive charging technology is fitted with a micro-navigation system, which uses magnets to position the car ten-times more accurately than conventional park guidance systems...


Mercedes-Benz to debut new infotainment system at CES
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Mercedes-Benz to debut new infotainment system at CES

Mercedes-Benz will use the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to unveil its next-generation infotainment system. Dubbed Mercedes-Benz User Experience, or 'MBUX' for short, the system makes use of artificial intelligence for a more intuitive user experience. Details about the system are hard to come by at this stage, but we know it will debut in the "next compact car generation" in 2018...


World-first satellite tech being tested in Melbourne
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World-first satellite tech being tested in Melbourne

VicRoads is teaming up with BOSCH, the TAC, Geoscience Australia and the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information to test a world-first satellite positioning system in Albert Park. The test is part of a wider Australasian trial of a satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS), backed by $12 million in funding from the Australian Government and $2 million from the New Zealand Government...


Ford, Alibaba to explore technology, online sales partnerships
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Ford, Alibaba to explore technology, online sales partnerships

Ford and the Alibaba Group have signed an agreement to explore cooperation opportunities in the areas of connectivity, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), mobility services, digital marketing, and online sales...


BMW batteries to have 15-year lifecycle
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BMW batteries to have 15-year lifecycle

BMW says its range of electric vehicles will have the same life-expectancy as current internal-combustion vehicles, despite some degradation in battery efficiency. Speaking with CarAdvice in Munich this week, BMW head of battery development, Andreas Raith, said talk of longevity issues is not backed up by field data...


BMW autonomous cars won’t make "life and death" decisions
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BMW autonomous cars won’t make "life and death" decisions

BMW says it will have the technical know-how to develop Level 5 autonomous vehicles by 2021, but won't allow its vehicles to make life-or-death decisions in an accident. Speaking to media at an event in Munich, Dr. Ian Robertson, BMW group board member, said regulation is likely to slow the rollout of full autonomy...


BMW autonomous vehicles coming in 2021
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BMW autonomous vehicles coming in 2021

BMW says it will release Level 3, 4 and 5 autonomous vehicles from 2021, accounting for market needs, demands and legislation around the world. Speaking at a special event in Munich, outgoing member of the BMW board of management, Dr. Ian Robertson, said the company wants to lead autonomous driving, having teamed with the likes of Intel, MobileEye, Fiat Chrysler Automotive and, to a lesser extent, Mercedes-Benz and Audi through a partnership with HERE...