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Audi sees autonomous future in Australia

Audi’s local arm believes driverless cars are an inevitable part of Australia’s automotive future. It’s more a matter of “when” than “if”, according to Audi Australia communications manager, Anna Burgdorf...

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‘Smiling’ driverless concept developed for pedestrian safety research
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‘Smiling’ driverless concept developed for pedestrian safety research

Semcon, a Swedish-based product development company, has developed 'The Smiling Car', a fictional autonomous car concept that uses a digital smile to let pedestrians know it’s safe to cross the road while the 'driver' goes about their own business inside the car...


Five ways your car is smarter than you
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Five ways your car is smarter than you

There are plenty of movies and books that explore the possibility of artificial intelligence and machines that manage to outsmart their creators, reprogram themselves with the intention of taking over the world and enslaving or wiping out the human race, thus establishing robots as the alpha species. The scary thing is, we could actually be looking down the barrel of that eventuality...


Jaguar Land Rover Ingenium petrol engines, new eight-speed DCT announced
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Jaguar Land Rover Ingenium petrol engines, new eight-speed DCT announced

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has expanded its modular ‘Ingenium’ engine family this week, with the new 2.0-litre petrol powerplant now in production at the company’s Engine Manufacturing Centre in the UK. Part of JLR’s low-emissions strategy, the new 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine will replace the current Ford-sourced unit of the same displacement...


Varsovia concept: Polish start-up reveals high-tech, ultra-luxe PHEV
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Varsovia concept: Polish start-up reveals high-tech, ultra-luxe PHEV

Poland-based startup Varsovia has revealed its range-extended plug-in hybrid (PHEV) concept, which promises to “broaden the definition of a luxury vehicle”. Varsovia Motor Co - named after the Polish capital of Warsaw - pitches the new sedan as a “mobile office”, featuring two 19-inch transparent displays, a built-in computer and advanced information system...


Kia reveals new eight-speed automatic transmission
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Kia reveals new eight-speed automatic transmission

Kia has released details of its new eight-speed automatic transmission for front-wheel drive vehicles, marking a first for the Korean car maker. The company says its new shifter has been engineered to offer "a high level of mechanical efficiency", taking up the same space as a conventional six-speed auto while weighing 3...


Welcome to the dashcam age: Navman launches new safety-focused range

Welcome to the dashcam age: Navman launches new safety-focused range

We are living in a postmodern society, re-writing contemporary history on a daily basis as we work our way through the information age while concurrently existing in both the social age and big data age... and now we've created the dashcam age. Or, perhaps, the 'watching' age. Who knows what future philosophers will call it...


Audi Virtual Reality experience to expand to dealerships
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Audi Virtual Reality experience to expand to dealerships

Virtual reality is the new buzzword term in technology, and with headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift readily accessible, Audi has spent the last three years working on a dealership-ready customer experience that dives into the virtual...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap

See the full details here. Tegan Lawson at the CarAdvice.com News Desk with a look at what’s making headlines this week. The BMW Z4 is officially done and dusted, the final one has rolled off the production line in Germany. A sport scar, likely called the Z5, that’s being co-developed with Toyota, will likely replace it...


2018 Audi A8 the most technologically advanced car ever, tech chief claims
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2018 Audi A8 the most technologically advanced car ever, tech chief claims

The automotive game is moving forward at a rapid pace, with interior technology now equally as important as driving dynamics. No surprise, then, that the team behind the 2018 Audi A8 is already claiming it will change the scene with the most advanced automotive technology ever seen...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 2, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 2, 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. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Audi's Oculus Rift virtual training car could be coming to a dealership near you
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Audi's Oculus Rift virtual training car could be coming to a dealership near you

Audi engineers have developed a car based on the Audi A4 that uses an Oculus Rift virtual reality to simulate emergency situations, and we've driven it. Based on the regular Audi A4, the Audi Virtual Experience car features a number of custom-built features that allow the driver to don an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and then physically go out for a drive...


Vitronic’s bulletproof Enforcement Trailer autonomously snaps speeding drivers
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Vitronic’s bulletproof Enforcement Trailer autonomously snaps speeding drivers

Vitronic, a German industrial automation and traffic technology company, has released its Enforcement Trailer, which is a lidar-based, bulletproof, WiFi-connected and autonomous speed camera. Designed primarily for use in locations that are dangerous or difficult for human operators, the new Enforcement Trailer is touted as the next generation in speed enforcement and traffic surveillance...


2017 BMW 5 Series previewed with Remote 3D View
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2017 BMW 5 Series previewed with Remote 3D View

The next-generation BMW 5 Series has been teased in a new video on the company's Twitter profile, which previews a new ‘Remote 3D View’ technology. Few details have been revealed about the new system or the car itself, however the Remote 3D View feature will use the car’s surround-view camera system giving the driver a virtual overhead view of their 5 Series remotely via the BMW Connected smartphone app...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for August 26
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for August 26

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 presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Airbus working on flying car project
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Airbus working on flying car project

French aerospace company Airbus has turned its attention from long-haul passenger aircraft to finding a solution for a more local problem, traffic congestion in large cities. Its answer, a flying car. FINALLY! Airbus calls it Project Vahana, "an autonomous flying vehicle platform for individual passenger and cargo transport", and the consortium's feasibility studies have listed the success of the project as being favourable...


2017 BMW 7 Series adds remote parking tech for Australian range
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2017 BMW 7 Series adds remote parking tech for Australian range

The updated 2017 BMW 7 Series range lands in Australia in October, bringing the company's 'Remote Parking' function, along with a new air-cleaning air conditioner as standard across the range. Already available in overseas markets, the autonomous self-parking system was previously disabled due to government legislation that requires a person to be in the vehicle while it is being operated...


Ford could beat Uber to driverless taxi fleet with 2021 plan
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Ford could beat Uber to driverless taxi fleet with 2021 plan

No steering wheel, no accelerator, no brake pedal: this is Ford's plan for a driverless vehicle fleet it aims to launch in just five years.  Personal transport upstart Uber has made no secret of its plans to swap human drivers for driverless cars, but Ford has stepped up as the first car maker to declare its own assault on the 'Johnny Cab' market...


Audi's new V2I system will plan for the next green light
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Audi's new V2I system will plan for the next green light

Audi has taken the first steps to make connected vehicles a reality, announcing its first vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) service in the US, which communicates when traffic lights are turning green. The German company has already demonstrated the technology in Europe, but this latest step marks its first move into the wider global market...


Infiniti reveals world's first market-ready variable compression ratio engine
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Infiniti reveals world's first market-ready variable compression ratio engine

Nissan’s premium arm Infiniti has released initial details of its new variable compression-turbocharged (VC-T) petrol engine, ahead of the unit’s public debut at the Paris motor show on September 29. Touted as the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine, the Infiniti VC-T is not limited by a fixed compression ratio, allowing it to raise or lower the height that the pistons reach...