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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 24, 2017

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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 24, 2017

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...

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CSIRO cracks the carbon-fibre code: Cheaper, stronger and mass-produced
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CSIRO cracks the carbon-fibre code: Cheaper, stronger and mass-produced

Australia’s CSIRO has cracked the carbon-fibre code, and in doing so has opened the floodgates to mass-production of the composite material in Australia. Currently only a handful of companies around the world are able to manufacture carbon-fibre, each with their own closely-guarded secret recipe...


Toyota to reveal driverless tech in Geneva
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Toyota to reveal driverless tech in Geneva

The Toyota i-TRIL concept, destined for next month's Geneva motor show, will preview the company's step into the autonomous driving landscape. Described as an alternative to city cars, motorcycles, and "and other electric vehicles", the i-TRIL is said to be Toyota's view of an engaging and environmentally friendly mobility solution...


Jaguar's new in-car Shell fuel payment system is coming to Australia
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Jaguar's new in-car Shell fuel payment system is coming to Australia

Jaguar has partnered with fuel company Shell to launch the world's-first in-car cashless payment system, allowing owners to pay for fuel via the vehicle's infotainment system. Part of the recently-announced 2018 model-year updates for the F-Pace SUV along with the XE and XF sedans, the new Shell app allows Jaguar owners to use PayPal or Apple Pay through their car's touchscreen to pay for fuel at Shell service stations...


NSW to replace L-plater logbook with mobile app
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NSW to replace L-plater logbook with mobile app

Transport for NSW is preparing to scrap the old learner-driver logbooks that have been floating around in glove boxes for nearly 20 years now. Following comments last year from now former NSW roads minister, Duncan Gay, the state has been pushing to ditch the 'old school' approach for some time...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 3, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 3, 2017

The end of Australian manufacturing for Toyota now has a date. The company announced that it will cease production of the Aurion in August, the Camry Hybrid in September and the final petrol Camry will roll off the assembly line on October 3...


Google's autonomous cars getting safer
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Google's autonomous cars getting safer

Google's self-driving offshoot Waymo is a step closer to making fully-autonomous vehicles a mainstream reality, according to a new government report released this week. California's Department of Motor Vehicles has released its annual autonomous vehicles disengagement report, which details the number of times human drivers were forced to take control back from driverless vehicles during testing on public roads...


McLaren partners with BMW for next-generation powertrains
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McLaren partners with BMW for next-generation powertrains

McLaren Automotive has announced a strategic partnership with the BMW Group as part of a project to design and develop technologies for its next-generation powertrains. In a statement released this week, the British supercar firm said the project will focus on developing new combustion technology that will deliver a higher output per capacity than currently possible, while also aiming to reduce CO2 emissions...


Behind the beast: An in-depth look at the Corvette ZR1-powered 2017 HSV GTSR W1
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Behind the beast: An in-depth look at the Corvette ZR1-powered 2017 HSV GTSR W1

You already know it’s limited to 300 units. You already know it’s $169,990 (before on-road costs). And you already know it’s powered by the much-hyped LS9 engine out of the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1...


We built a Hyundai Tucson from scratch in the Czech Republic, and we brought it home
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We built a Hyundai Tucson from scratch in the Czech Republic, and we brought it home

When you walk into a Hyundai dealership to check out a Hyundai Tucson, you likely don't think of much work goes into building it in the Czech Republic before you write a cheque and drive out the door. Okay, fine, enough with the check, cheque and Czech puns. Last year, CarAdvice jetted off to the Czech Republic to visit Hyundai's giant $2...


Urus SUV will pave the way for turbocharging and electrification at Lamborghini
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Urus SUV will pave the way for turbocharging and electrification at Lamborghini

Manufacturers like Porsche, Ferrari and McLaren have broadly embraced turbocharging, but it seems, for now at least, Lamborghini will persist with its legendary atmo V12. “It is true, that at some point in the future, we will need to think to change to turbocharging [for flagship models], but for this moment, a large capacity, naturally aspirated engine is for us,” Lamborghini R&D boss Maurizio Reggiani told Australian media in Spain at the launch of the latest V12 super sportscar, the Aventador S...


Apple sued for not 'locking out' iPhones while driving - report
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Apple sued for not 'locking out' iPhones while driving - report

Tech giant Apple is facing a lawsuit over not disabling its iPhone's functionality when in use behind the wheel, according to a new report. Website MacRumors reports Julio Ceja, a resident from Apple's home state of California, is seeking a class action lawsuit against the company for not implementing a lock-out mechanism to prevent drivers from using their phones behind the wheel...


Tesla cleared of fault in fatal Autopilot crash, but autonomous car makers on watch
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Tesla cleared of fault in fatal Autopilot crash, but autonomous car makers on watch

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) has ruled in favour of electric carmaker Tesla, in an investigation into a fatal crash last year involving a Model S in semi-autonomous Autopilot mode. In May 2016, a man in the US was killed when his Tesla Model S collided with a tractor trailer at an intersection on a non-controlled access highway...


2018 Mazda 3 to ignite no-spark petrol engines
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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. Nikkei says the company will introduce the new engines towards the end of 2018 in the next-generation Mazda 3 small car, known as the Axela in Japan...


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...