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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...

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Ford opens 'showroom of the future' in Victoria
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Ford opens 'showroom of the future' in Victoria

Ford has opened the first of its 'Showroom of the Future' facilities in the southern hemisphere this week, at Bayford Ford in Epping, Victoria. One of only three in the world, the showroom's look and layout was developed in partnership with Fitch Design, which counts McLaren and Adidas among its clients. The new design aims to give customers a digitally-connected retail experience...


Mitsubishi sales concept store opens in Geelong
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Mitsubishi sales concept store opens in Geelong

Mitsubishi and Geelong-based dealership group Kings Cars have opened an interactive 'vehicle concept' showroom in Westfield Geelong. Joining a slew of shopping centre pop-up shops from a number of brands including Tesla and Subaru, Mitsubishi's new pilot store allows customers to experience the company's range without having to deal with the pressures of a traditional automotive retail environment...


SEA Automotive delivers first electric trucks in Victoria
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SEA Automotive delivers first electric trucks in Victoria

SEA Automotive has delivered the first of nine electric trucks set to hit Victoria's roads in the coming months, as part of the Andrews Labor Government's New Energy Jobs fund. After receiving $517,000 from the Labor Government in October last year to develop a facility to manufacture commercial electric vehicles, SEA delivered the first of its zero-emissions trucks to Kings Transport, an Australian logistics company...


Victorian road safety camera not compromised by WannaCry virus; fines to be issued
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Victorian road safety camera not compromised by WannaCry virus; fines to be issued

Anyone in Victoria hoping that an impending red light or speeding infringement notice would be declared null and void, courtesy of the state’s network of road safety cameras being infected with the ‘WannaCry’ ransomware virus, is in for bad news...


Victoria Police to trial world-first GPS tracking to deter car theft
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Victoria Police to trial world-first GPS tracking to deter car theft

Victoria Police has announced it will trial the world-first use of GPS tracking devices to reduce car theft in the state. Around 1000 vehicles will be fitted with the technology from September as part of a 12-month program. The trackers will be installed in cars at a higher risk of theft in metropolitan areas that are considered by the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC) as "high risk" suburbs...


Victorian road safety camera network under investigation following virus infection
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Victorian road safety camera network under investigation following virus infection

The Victorian Government has called for an immediate investigation into the State's 280-strong road safety camera network, following the discovery that a software virus had infected more than 90 cameras since June 6...


Geely MPV spied in Melbourne after concept debut
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Geely MPV spied in Melbourne after concept debut

The Geely 'MPV' has been spied in Melbourne this week, following its reveal in concept form at the Shanghai motor show. Dressed in heavy camouflage and wearing a "left-hand drive" sticker on its rump, the development vehicle was spotted by a CarAdvice reader just a week after it made its global premiere - hinting that the production version is a lot closer than originally thought...


Melbourne's footpaths light up in the name of pedestrian safety
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Melbourne's footpaths light up in the name of pedestrian safety

Pedestrian traffic lights have been installed in the footpaths of Melbourne this week, marking the first implementation of the technology in Australia. Designed to enhance pedestrian safety, the new lights at the intersection of Little Collins Street and Swanston Street change colour between red and green with pedestrian crossing signals, helping people walking at night or looking down at their mobile devices know where the footpath ends...


Mercedes-AMG E43 goes operational with Victoria Police - UPDATE
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Mercedes-AMG E43 goes operational with Victoria Police - UPDATE

Update - Victoria Police have issued a statement regarding the potential for Mercedes-AMG models to replace the current high-performance fleet of locally-made vehicles. See bottom of article for details Victoria Police has welcomed the Mercedes-AMG E43 to its highway patrol fleet...


Victorian Road Safety Education Complex announced
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Victorian Road Safety Education Complex announced

The Victorian Government, the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and Museums Victoria have announced a new Road Safety Education Complex at the Melbourne Museum in Carlton. Featuring the latest in visual and digital technology, the complex will help students and the wider community understand their own vulnerability and the choices they need to make to be safer on the roads, as part of the Government's $146 million Young Driver Safety package...


Victorian government announces 2017 road safety plan
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Victorian government announces 2017 road safety plan

The Andrews government in Victoria has announced its 2017 plan to make the state's roads safer in an effort to curb the ever-increasing annual road toll. In a statement released this week, the 2017 plan declares that this year will be Victoria's "year of action" against road fatalities, after 2016 showed an increase in the annual road toll for the third consecutive year...


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...


Top driving roads around Melbourne: Kinglake, Chum Creek and Donna Buang

Top driving roads around Melbourne: Kinglake, Chum Creek and Donna Buang

Welcome to the first of a little series intended to highlight some of the best, most challenging, and most fun roads we (occasionally) get to drive on. Driving isn’t always about going fast; let me make that clear from the outset...


Victoria confirms 'highly autonomous vehicle' test plans for early 2017
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Victoria confirms 'highly autonomous vehicle' test plans for early 2017

Victoria's Andrews Labor Government has confirmed it will investigate potential regulatory changes to accommodate "highly autonomous" vehicles on the state's roads. The study will include testing on open public roads early next year, all forming part of the government's Future Directions Paper, currently in the consultation phase...


Victorian govt confirms North East Link: Ringwood to Tullamarine non-stop
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Victorian govt confirms North East Link: Ringwood to Tullamarine non-stop

Victoria will get a new $10 billion North East Link to bridge the gap between the Greensborough end of the Metropolitan Ring Road and the Eastern Freeway, the Andrews government has confirmed. Announcing the plan today, Premier Daniel Andrews said it will initiate a $35 million business case study in 2017, with consultation and route selection to be completed by 2018...


Melbourne's most infuriating 'Redspot' congestion points ranked
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Melbourne's most infuriating 'Redspot' congestion points ranked

The 10 points in Melbourne's roads network most likely to have motorists seeing red have been ranked this week, with the release of the latest RACV Redspot survey. No surprise for locals, Melbourne’s north-east hosts a massive six of the top ten ‘Redspots,’ located in the corridor from Clifton Hill to Greensborough and Templestowe...


Victorian government shoots down Melbourne congestion charge proposal
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Victorian government shoots down Melbourne congestion charge proposal

The Victorian government has rejected any potential for charging motorists a 'congestion' fee when driving into Melbourne's inner suburbs and CBD, as proposed this week by independent advisory body Infrastructure Victoria...


Ford Australia to recruit 23 graduates in 2017: Engineering, design, marketing roles and more for young Aussies
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Ford Australia to recruit 23 graduates in 2017: Engineering, design, marketing roles and more for young Aussies

Ford Australia has confirmed its graduate program for 2017, which will see new recruits hired across several of the company’s Victoria-based facilities. For the first time, the Ford will hire graduate designers at its Broadmeadows design centre...


Melbourne’s Punt Road becomes permanent clearway
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Melbourne’s Punt Road becomes permanent clearway

The Victorian government has implemented 24-hour clearways on Punt Road, one of the busiest routes in Melbourne. Starting from today, the new no-parking zones will operated seven days a week from Alexandra Avenue to Gladstone Street on the east side, and Alexandra Avenue to Union Street on the west side, which should help to cut congestion on the busy north-south corridor...