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2018 Mazda 3 to ignite no-spark petrol engines

Japanese manufacturer Mazda is set to pioneer a new engine technology next year, which will cut fuel use by 30 per cent and go without spark plugs - according to a new report out of Japan...

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BMW Connected now available in Australia
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BMW Connected now available in Australia

BMW Australia has released its BMW Connected smartphone app, giving users access to numerous new services. Available as a free download from the Apple App store, BMW Connected is a personal mobility assistant that helps customers plan their journeys, find their car, and remotely control specific vehicle functions...


Lexus LS: Autonomous driving not a priority
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Lexus LS: Autonomous driving not a priority

Lexus boss Tokuo Fukuichi spoke proudly in Detroit today of the technology packed into the company's new-generation LS flagship, but one technology we shouldn't expect to see in the near future is any level of advanced autonomous driving...


Car companies should be very scared of Apple, Google and Tesla
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Car companies should be very scared of Apple, Google and Tesla

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas could have almost been a motor show. From the endless booths of automotive-related products to massive car company displays, the entire and extremely massive show had a very heavy auto skew. The reason for that is simple: As the revolution of electric cars, connected cars and autonomous cars finally begins to take shape, tech companies are invading the automotive sector...


ITS Australia joins Melbourne Uni's 'urban laboratory': Pilot program to launch in April
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ITS Australia joins Melbourne Uni's 'urban laboratory': Pilot program to launch in April

National membership organisation, Intelligent Transport Systems Australia (ITS Australia), has voiced its support for the recently-announced 'urban laboratory' which will serve as a test bed for emerging technologies like connected vehicles, roadways, and public transport...


Autonomous cars may not crash, but they can’t stop other drivers crashing into you: Ford
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Autonomous cars may not crash, but they can’t stop other drivers crashing into you: Ford

Autonomous cars are designed to be safe – safer, even, than the average driver. In fact, that’s part of the reason companies are moving down this path – the collective social conscience dictates that anything that can be done to save lives on the road, should be done...


No pedals, no steering wheel, not for sale: Ford autonomous car in 2021 will be for fleets only
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No pedals, no steering wheel, not for sale: Ford autonomous car in 2021 will be for fleets only

The headline says it all: Ford’s first fully autonomous car will not be sold to members of the public, and nor will it have a steering wheel, accelerator or brake pedals. The as-yet-unnamed future model is destined to be used as a fleet vehicle for ride hailing companies – similar to Lyft and Uber – but instead of a driver trying to find you, the car will bring itself to wherever you may be...


Mercedes-Benz autonomous vehicles due on the road between 2020 and 2025
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Mercedes-Benz autonomous vehicles due on the road between 2020 and 2025

Mercedes-Benz is hard at work on its autonomous vehicle technology – as are most brands – and the German maker will aim to have autonomous cars of differing levels on sale between 2020 and 2025...


Autonomous cars are 'the vaccine that will cure deaths on the road', says industry figurehead
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Autonomous cars are 'the vaccine that will cure deaths on the road', says industry figurehead

People die on the roads, that’s a fact of life. But it doesn’t have to be, according to the head of an energy industry watchdog in the US. Robbie Diamond, CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), addressed media at CES 2017 overnight in Las Vegas, where he said autonomous vehicles could be a way of dramatically cutting down the road toll on a global level...


Autonomous vehicles without human intervention "useless", Nissan claims
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Autonomous vehicles without human intervention "useless", Nissan claims

Nissan says that autonomous vehicles that don’t include human intervention are next to useless, as the Japanese brand launches its new Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM) system. SAM (detailed in an article here) is Nissan’s way of addressing the limitations of artificial intelligence in cars by allowing a human in a remote command centre to take control of an autonomous vehicle when it gets stuck...


Mercedes-Benz Digital Light system will use two million mirrors in its headlights
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Mercedes-Benz Digital Light system will use two million mirrors in its headlights

A new headlight technology from Mercedes-Benz will use more than 1,000,000 micro-mirrors in each of its headlights to make driving safer for road users and pedestrians alike. According to Mercedes-Benz, the high-definition Digital Light system will be so advanced that, in theory, you could watch a movie using just the lighting system as a projector against your garage wall...


Mercedes-Benz says combustion engines still have life in them despite EV push
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Mercedes-Benz says combustion engines still have life in them despite EV push

Mercedes-Benz may be pushing its electric car agenda with its EQ sub-brand, but the German maker has confirmed at CES 2017 this week there is still plenty of life left in the conventional combustion engine. Mercedes-Benz’s EQ program will see the brand offer “at least 10 battery electric vehicles by 2025”, but along with charging ahead (!) in the EV market, Mercedes-Benz is looking to adapt its conventional powertrain line-up, too...


BMW explores control and display tech with i Inside Future
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BMW explores control and display tech with i Inside Future

BMW has rolled out (or pushed, or carried, since it has no wheels...) a new concept for this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Dubbed i Inside Future, the sculpture-like concept forms part of the future-focused program that brought us the electrified i3 hatch and i8 sports coupe...


Volkswagen to recruit 1000 IT professionals: German giant investing big in future tech
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Volkswagen to recruit 1000 IT professionals: German giant investing big in future tech

The Volkswagen Group is set to hire over 1000 IT professionals over the next three years as it seeks to shore up its technological and autonomous future. IT experts from industries as diverse as gaming and big data research will be hired to expand and develop the Group’s push into artificial intelligence, big data, virtual reality, smart production and connectivity...


Melbourne's Eastlink preparing tech upgrades for autonomous driving by 2018, tests planned
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Melbourne's Eastlink preparing tech upgrades for autonomous driving by 2018, tests planned

A trial of autonomous driving technology will be carried out on Melbourne's tolled Eastlink motorway from the second half of 2017, the Victorian state government has confirmed. The news follows confirmation just days ago that Victoria's Andrews Labor Government would also carry out autonomous technology tests on the Monash-Citylink-Tullamarine corridor...


Mercedes-Benz to collect autonomous driving data in Australia from 2017
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Mercedes-Benz to collect autonomous driving data in Australia from 2017

Mercedes-Benz headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, will deploy a team of engineers to Australia in 2017 to begin collecting data for the advancement of its autonomous driving technologies, the company has confirmed. Speaking with CarAdvice this week, Mercedes-Benz Australia communications manager Jerry Stamoulis said that the work will focus on 'real-world' hands-on driving, using our unique mix of road conditions to improve the technology's capabilities...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for December 2, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for December 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...


Ford finding new R&D efficiencies in virtual reality
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Ford finding new R&D efficiencies in virtual reality

If you think that technology has changed the way we use and interact with our cars, spare a thought for the engineers who design them. At the launch of the RWD Ford Everest this week, CarAdvice was invited to experience the VR CAVE development environment at the company’s Broadmeadows headquarters...


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. But now, Audi has muddied the waters a little more, with a new system the German brand is calling quattro ultra...


BMW, Daimler, Ford, Volkswagen to launch ultra-fast EV network in Europe
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BMW, Daimler, Ford, Volkswagen to launch ultra-fast EV network in Europe

BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group have announced they will partner to build a network of ultra-fast electric vehicle charging stations across Europe. The joint venture can be considered a response to the growing Tesla Supercharger network in Europe, which is understood to number around 260 sites - with more to come...