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New Wrangler misses AEB for now, coming to Oz for testing

  The seventh-generation Jeep Wrangler, set for a late-2018 arrival in Oz, will likely launch without autonomous-emergency braking (AEB) systems. That means the car, unveiled today at the Los Angeles motor show, will be automatically disqualified from a five-star safety rating under European and Australian testing...

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2018 Mitsubishi ASX pricing and specs
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2018 Mitsubishi ASX pricing and specs

Local pricing and specifications for the upgraded 2018 Mitsubishi ASX range have been revealed, bringing new driver assistance systems and a new infotainment system, along with a tweaked design. Headlining the changes is the availability of driver assistance features like autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning, and automatic high beam...


2018 Mini Clubman pricing and specs
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2018 Mini Clubman pricing and specs

Pricing and specifications for the upgraded 2018 Mini Clubman range have been announced this week, bringing more technology and equipment to the funky six-door wagon. Headlining changes include the standard inclusion of the Driver Assist package across the range - which includes active safety tech like autonomous emergency braking (AEB), highbeam assist and traffic sign recognition - along with the Mini Connected infotainment package and Navigation System Business...


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...


2018 Hyundai Santa Fe detailed: Active safety now standard across the range
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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe detailed: Active safety now standard across the range

The new model-year updates continue this week, with Hyundai announcing its upgraded 2018 Santa Fe range. Headlining the changes for 2018 include the Hyundai SmartSense active safety suite being equipped as standard across the range - including autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and radar-guided smart cruise control - previously limited to the flagship Highlander model...


Volvo having trouble detecting kangaroos
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Volvo having trouble detecting kangaroos

Australian wildlife is throwing a spanner in the works for Swedish manufacturer Volvo, who is currently developing its animal detection system. While the technology is used to detect larger beasts like moose in its homeland of Sweden, the company is struggling with kangaroos, according to a new report...


Volkswagen Caddy, Crafter, Transporter get standard AEB in UK, Australian upgrades coming
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Volkswagen Caddy, Crafter, Transporter get standard AEB in UK, Australian upgrades coming

Volkswagen has become the first commercial vehicle manufacturer to fit autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard equipment on all its vans, which includes the Caddy, Crafter and Transporter. All vans in the German company's range will benefit from the fitment of front assist and city-speed emergency braking as standard equipment, beating competing brands like Mercedes-Benz...


Honda defends safety stance on Civic
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Honda defends safety stance on Civic

The all-new Honda Civic hatch brings with it an impressive array of safety technology – but only if you buy the most expensive model. That could be perceived as a problem for Honda, because the the Civic - whether you choose the new hatch or the existing sedan - doesn’t have autonomous emergency braking (AEB) in the four more affordable models in the range, but rivals such as the Mazda 3 have the tech fitted throughout...


ANCAP crash course: The good, the bad, and the dangerous
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ANCAP crash course: The good, the bad, and the dangerous

'Safety first'. It's a phrase commonly uttered in schools, workplaces, and even in the home. But in the wake of the Ford Mustang’s recent two-star ANCAP safety rating, the notion of safety actually being first has, yet again, come to the fore...


2017 Holden Astra five-star safety score has a disclaimer
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2017 Holden Astra five-star safety score has a disclaimer

The all-new 2017 Holden Astra has received a five-star ANCAP safety rating – but only for the top two versions in the range. The Holden Astra RS and RSV get Holden Eye autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard, as well as lane-keeping assistance, forward distance indicator and forward collision alert. But the base model R misses out on that tech...


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...


2016 Infiniti Q30 achieves five-star ANCAP safety rating
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2016 Infiniti Q30 achieves five-star ANCAP safety rating

The new 2016 Infiniti Q30 has been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). Helping the new hatchback to achieve top marks were the inclusion of both low- and high-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard across the range. James Goodwin, CEO of ANCAP, praised Infiniti for its high test score...


2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia, Volkswagen Tiguan earn five-star Euro NCAP safety ratings
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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia, Volkswagen Tiguan earn five-star Euro NCAP safety ratings

Euro NCAP, the European partner to the local Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), has given the new Alfa Romeo Giulia and Volkswagen Tiguan the maximum five-star safety rating. These scores suggest similar ratings could be on the cards for Australia. Both vehicles were praised for their superior standard safety equipment that is fitted as standard throughout Europe, including autonomous emergency braking (AEB)...


2017 Subaru Levorg gets five-star ANCAP safety rating
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2017 Subaru Levorg gets five-star ANCAP safety rating

The newly-launched 2017 Subaru Levorg range has been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating from independent crash tester, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). In its announcement this week, ANCAP praised the new Levorg wagon range for being among the few models offered locally with autonomous emergency braking as standard on all variants...


ANCAP concerned about pedestrian deaths: Commends Mercedes-Benz GLC and Jaguar XE for five star ratings
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ANCAP concerned about pedestrian deaths: Commends Mercedes-Benz GLC and Jaguar XE for five star ratings

Reducing pedestrian fatalities must be a strong focus in the realm of vehicle safety in 2016, says Australian independent safety tester ANCAP. The watchdog released a statement this morning citing figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BIT), which found that pedestrian fatalities increased 7.9 per cent across Australia in 2015...


EuroNCAP introduces tests for autonomous braking systems with pedestrian detection
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EuroNCAP introduces tests for autonomous braking systems with pedestrian detection

EuroNCAP will soon begin evaluating vehicles the effectiveness of autonomous emergency braking systems that can detect pedestrians. For these new tests, the organisation will employ a set of pedestrian dummies that are mounted on a trolley and drawn across the path of an oncoming vehicle...


Subaru EyeSight technology boosting Australian sales
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Subaru EyeSight technology boosting Australian sales

The standard fitment of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) technology in Subaru’s latest Liberty and Outback models has been a significant contributor to increased sales volume in Australia, the Japanese carmaker’s local arm says...


VicRoads adding reverse auto-braking tech to roadworks fleet
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VicRoads adding reverse auto-braking tech to roadworks fleet

Victoria’s roads authority, VicRoads, has announced today that it will soon install advanced automatic reverse braking technology on vehicles in its road maintenance fleet. The addition of the radar-based system follows the completion of a successful six-month trial, which VicRoads says is the first of its kind in Australia...


ANCAP, AMA lobbying governments, industry to make AEB standard in new cars
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ANCAP, AMA lobbying governments, industry to make AEB standard in new cars

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and the Australian Medical Association (AMA) have teamed up to lobby governments and the automotive industry to make advanced safety technologies standard in all new vehicles sold in Australia...


AEB slashes rear-end collisions by almost 40 per cent, NCAP study finds
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AEB slashes rear-end collisions by almost 40 per cent, NCAP study finds

ANCAP has once again called for low-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB) to be made standard on all new vehicles, after publishing a joint-study said to overwhelmingly prove its efficacy. Findings announced today from a research project jointly commissioned by ANCAP, the Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development, and ANCAP's sister organisation Euro NCAP, found that AEB led to a 38...