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Mercedes-Benz says ‘yes' to flying cars

Car makers heading to the skies? It certainly looks like it. As fanciful as it might seem, and as Jetson-esque as it might sound, Mercedes-Benz has effectively endorsed the concept of flying cars - or flying conveyances, more to the point...

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Car technology can be 'stupid', according to Genesis
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Car technology can be 'stupid', according to Genesis

If you’ve ever found yourself thinking ‘there’s a bit too much tech in this car, why couldn’t it just be simpler?’ - there’s every chance you’d get along with Albert Biermann...


BMW: Autonomous cars to greatly influence car design
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BMW: Autonomous cars to greatly influence car design

BMW’s head of design says the onslaught of autonomous vehicles and their expected reduction in accidents will have a radical change on car design, with manufacturers able to introduce smaller cars that will not require today’s passive safety requirements...


Fatal Tesla Autopilot crash due to 'over-reliance on automation, lack of safeguards'
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Fatal Tesla Autopilot crash due to 'over-reliance on automation, lack of safeguards'

The United States' National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) has released its final findings on the fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S operating in semi-autonomous Autopilot mode. The crash occurred in Florida in May 2016, when Joshua Brown's Tesla Model S collided with the underside of a tractor-trailer as the truck turned onto the non-controlled access highway...


BMW: Fully-autonomous driving technology not yet available
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BMW: Fully-autonomous driving technology not yet available

BMW says that in order to meet its own stringent safety requirements and built in redundancies, fully autonomous 'Level 5' driving technologies are not yet available for mass-market production. Speaking to the Australian motoring media at the Frankfurt motor show, Klaus Fröhlich, member of the board of management at BMW, said that his company now uses more sensors and more hardware for Level 2 autonomous technologies than some competitors (such as Tesla) have for Level 5...


2018 Audi A8: Level 3 autonomous driving test
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2018 Audi A8: Level 3 autonomous driving test

Audi has made traffic jams a thing of the past with the world's first level 3 autonomous car, the all-new Audi A8. We hop behind the wheel to see how the Audi A8 handles traffic jams autonomously thanks to technology it calls traffic jam pilot.


Audi refuses to use customers as test subjects for autonomous vehicle tech
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Audi refuses to use customers as test subjects for autonomous vehicle tech

Audi used an event in Germany earlier this week to reveal the world's first level 3 autonomous vehicle in the all-new Audi A8, confirming that its technology is tested and it won't be using customers as a test bed. The all-new Audi A8 is capable of driving itself as a level 3 autonomous vehicle in traffic jams, where the driver is able - technically, but not yet legally - to take their eyes off the road and focus on another task...


2018 Audi A8: We've driven the world's first Level 3 autonomous vehicle
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2018 Audi A8: We've driven the world's first Level 3 autonomous vehicle

The modern day equivalent of the race to the moon is the race to full autonomy in cars - and Audi has landed the first blow. The company has showcased a world-first for production cars, with level 3 autonomous driving technology available in the all-new 2018 Audi A8. Debuting in the Audi A8, the vehicle will launch with a new feature called Traffic Jam Pilot...


Australians burn $1.3 billion in petrol each year... just looking for parking
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Australians burn $1.3 billion in petrol each year... just looking for parking

New research shows that Australians are spending a lot of time and money in search of a parking space, and HERE Technologies believes that connected cars will help curb the problem. A survey of more than 1000 people found that Australians spend, on average, 14 hours per year looking for that elusive perfect parking space...


Mazda and Toyota to partner on connected-car infotainment
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Mazda and Toyota to partner on connected-car infotainment

Japanese automakers Mazda and Toyota are planning to collaborate on a inter-connected vehicle infotainment platform for their next-generation vehicles, according to a new report. Following the two companies buying shareholdings in each other a month ago while announcing plans for a joint factory in the US and co-development of electric vehicles (EVs), the new article by Japan's Nikkei claims the manufacturers are set to share a core platform for in-vehicle navigation, media, and smartphone connections...


Delphi’s got a fuel-saving alternative to diesel ready to roll
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Delphi’s got a fuel-saving alternative to diesel ready to roll

UK tech giant Delphi believes it has the technology to wean Europe (and China) off its diesel addiction, in light of ever-tightening global CO2 standards. Actually, it’s two technologies: a 48-volt mild hybrid system, and a new type of cylinder deactivation that Delphi is calling Dynamic Skip Fire...


Bosch promoting active safety tech that protects cyclists
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Bosch promoting active safety tech that protects cyclists

Bosch is focusing a greater part of its electronic engineering nous on the task of preventing collisions between cars and cyclists. The German electronic engineering juggernaut - and world's biggest automotive supplier - today sent out a release promoting two new systems that it wants to sell to as many car makers as possible...


Audi working on panoramic roof with built-in solar cells
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Audi working on panoramic roof with built-in solar cells

Audi and Alta Devices are working on thin film solar cells that can be embedded into a panoramic roof and used to power various in-car functions. Energy generated by the solar cells would be fed into the car's electrical system, and could be used to drive various amenities, such as the air conditioning system or seat heaters...


Bosch says synthetic carbon neutral fuels could save the internal combustion engine
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Bosch says synthetic carbon neutral fuels could save the internal combustion engine

A new study from Bosch advocates the use of synthetic fuels as a means of making internal combustion engines carbon neutral and extending their lifespan well into a more environmentally friendly future. According to Bosch, the optimal type of synthetic fuel would be made with hydrogen extracted from water, and carbon captured the air or recycled from industrial sources...


Cars made from wood could be the next big thing
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Cars made from wood could be the next big thing

  In the worldwide push to make cars lighter with each new-generation model, it might come as a surprise that researches in Japan are looking at wood, as a substitute for steel. Fully electric cars are already here, but in relatively small numbers, because they're usually made from exotic materials like carbon-fibre or other lightweight composite materials...


Dubbo to trial digital driver licence tech, due for public release in 2019
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Dubbo to trial digital driver licence tech, due for public release in 2019

Transport for New South Wales (NSW) has announced this week that residents of Dubbo will be able to trial digital driver licence technology in November. Accessible through a mobile phone app, the digital licence can be used for proof of identity and proof of age to enter pubs and clubs, along with roadside police checks...


Toyota patents 'cloaking device' to hide A-pillars
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Toyota patents 'cloaking device' to hide A-pillars

Toyota has filed a patent with the US Patent and Trademarks Office for a complex system of mirrors to help drivers see through their cars' A-pillars. Thanks to ever stricter safety standards, the A-pillar in many cars today are thick enough to obscure fully grown dragon. These thicker pillars form an integral part of stiffer, safer car bodies, but can make it difficult for driver's navigate safely...


Tesla to offer global driver recognition technology
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Tesla to offer global driver recognition technology

No matter where you are in the world, if you jump into a Tesla, it'll know who you are and what you like. Apparently. That's according to Tesla boss Elon Musk, who tweeted overnight that the company is working to enhance its driver recognition technology, so that you can effectively tailor any Tesla model to your specific preferences...


Victoria kicks off driverless vehicle technology trials
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Victoria kicks off driverless vehicle technology trials

The Victorian government has started its autonomous driving technology trials, first announced in December last year. Launched to "help Victoria prepare for the future of driverless vehicles", the trial is being carried out in cooperation with roads company Transurban, along with VicRoads and RACV. Manufacturers BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla and Volvo are also involved...


Steer device wakes sleepy drivers by electric shock
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Steer device wakes sleepy drivers by electric shock

A new wearable bracelet, Steer, has been developed, that emits an electric shock if it detects a sleepy driver. First featured on crowd-funding website KickStarter, Latvian start-up tech company, Creative Mode, is aiming to lower the numbers of road accidents caused by drowsy motorists...