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Apple finally reveals autonomous vehicle intentions

American technology giant Apple has at last confirmed its plans to become a player in the coming autonomous vehicle market, in a letter to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - although the extent of its plans remains unclear...

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McLaren confirms meeting with Apple happened, went nowhere - report
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McLaren confirms meeting with Apple happened, went nowhere - report

The boss of McLaren has now confirmed previously dismissed report that the company did indeed have a meeting with technology giant Apple, though no bids or offers for a takeover were made. Speaking to Reuters, CEO Mike Flewitt, said the company has been approached by several potential investors, though the company's shareholders have been opposed to any kind of takeover - in particular a Chinese takeover bid that saw head of the Formula One team, Ron Dennis, forced out last week...


Apple's 'Project Titan' pivots to self-driving architecture, given 2017 deadline - report
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Apple's 'Project Titan' pivots to self-driving architecture, given 2017 deadline - report

The scope of Apple's 'Project Titan' has reportedly been scaled back from an industry changing self-driving electric car to an autonomous vehicle platform, which will be sold to other car makers. A detailed new report from Bloomberg details the recent goings on at Apple's top secret 'Project Titan', including upheaval in the management ranks and a mass exodus of engineers...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for October 14, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for October 14, 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...


The 2017 BMW 5 Series is the first vehicle to get wireless Apple CarPlay control
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The 2017 BMW 5 Series is the first vehicle to get wireless Apple CarPlay control

The 2017 BMW 5 Series has been unveiled, bringing with it a host of advanced technology and features - including a handy world-first for fans of the Apple iPhone. BMW's G30 5 Series debuts wireless Apple CarPlay integration, which eliminates the use of a cable. If you're anything like this writer, with a ritualistic phone charging routine, this will be a godsend...


CarAdvice podcast 22: Lamborghini sales rocket, Monster Jam, VW Tiguan launch, and much more!
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CarAdvice podcast 22: Lamborghini sales rocket, Monster Jam, VW Tiguan launch, and much more!

Welcome to episode 22 of the CarAdvice.com podcast! If you missed last week's episode, or you'd like to know more about the show, catch our earlier articles here. This week, Mandy Turner and Paul Maric talk all the latest news and reviews in the Australian new-car market and around the world...


McLaren denies Apple takeover talks
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McLaren denies Apple takeover talks

Reports overnight suggested technology giant Apple had moved to purchase part or all of McLaren, but the British luxury sports car maker has moved quickly to deny any such talks have occurred. Three anonymous sources with inside knowledge have told The Financial Times that Apple has approached McLaren Technology, which owns around 80 per cent of McLaren Automotive, about a possible takeover of, or a strategic investment in, the British automaker...


Apple puts ‘Titan’ car project on hold - report
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Apple puts ‘Titan’ car project on hold - report

The hotly anticipated Apple Car may never make it to production, a new report out of the US suggests. According to an article with the New York Times, the technology giant has laid off numerous employees that were working on the project...


Five cool car-related apps for Android and iPhone
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Five cool car-related apps for Android and iPhone

The number of mobile apps available is simply astounding. There's around 1.6 million on Google Play, and more than 1.5 million are available through the Apple App Store. That's more than anyone could ever use, and there are plenty that would rarely be found unless they were stumbled across or managed to drum up some publicity...


Apple appoints iPad chief to oversee ‘Titan’ car project - report
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Apple appoints iPad chief to oversee ‘Titan’ car project - report

The Apple Car, although still little more than the subject of unconfirmed reports and rumours, sure seems like a going thing. Fuelling talk of a fruit-branded automobile, a new report suggests Apple has appointed the hardware chief for its popular iPad, Bob Mansfield, to oversee the four-wheeled project...


Italdesign looking for US clients outside Volkswagen Group - report
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Italdesign looking for US clients outside Volkswagen Group - report

The boss of Italdesign, the legendary design house now owned by the Volkswagen group, has gone on record saying he would like to expand the company’s clientele beyond the European giant’s umbrella. More, he would like to extend the studio's expertise beyond the traditional automotive industry client base, eyeing the likes of Google and Apple in particular...


Hyundai adds Apple CarPlay to Accent, iMax and iLoad
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Hyundai adds Apple CarPlay to Accent, iMax and iLoad

Hyundai Australia has expanded its growing rollout of Apple CarPlay connectivity, this time upgrading variants in the Accent, iMax and iLoad ranges. Essentially gracing the vehicle’s infotainment system with the familiar look and feel of an iPhone or iPad, Apple’s CarPlay software offers access to Apple Maps navigation and Siri voice command - such as hands-free phone calls, messaging and dictation - along with music, calendar and apps like Spotify...


Apple invests $1.3 billion into Chinese Uber rival
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Apple invests $1.3 billion into Chinese Uber rival

Tech giant Apple has announced that it is taking a $1.3 billion stake in ride-sharing company Didi Chuxing, China’s own rival to Uber, marking the company’s first large-scale public move into the transportation industry. Didi Chuxing, formerly known as Didi Kuaidi, is China’s largest ride-hailing service...


How easy is it to use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
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How easy is it to use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

The perpetual evolution of technology is a runaway train that can't be stopped and car manufacturers are rushing to keep up with the latest developments, as are car buyers. We are constantly inundated with the latest software updates, new apps that purportedly make our lives easier and innovative gadgets that will be replaced by an upgraded model even before we completely understand the original...


Apple running top-secret car lab in Berlin - report
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Apple running top-secret car lab in Berlin - report

Tech giant Apple is working on its rumoured electric vehicle (EV) at a top-secret research and development lab in Germany’s capital, according to a new report this week. German news outlet Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (also known as F.A.Z), reports that Apple has employed between 15 to 20 “top class” men and women from the German automotive industry, with backgrounds in engineering, hardware, software and sales...


'Tech companies are our benchmark', Mercedes-Benz chief says
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'Tech companies are our benchmark', Mercedes-Benz chief says

"We see tech companies as our benchmark, especially the culture of how they operate," says Dr. Dieter Zetsche, global head of Mercedes-Benz. "Our objective is always to become number one because we have the most intriguing product." The next decade will, by necessity, be a period of rapid change for motoring companies, and the boss of Mercedes-Benz won't be looking at traditional competitors for inspiration...


Apple.car, Apple.auto web domains snapped up by Apple
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Apple.car, Apple.auto web domains snapped up by Apple

Tech giant Apple has snapped up a trio of new web addresses that could represent yet another hint at its anticipated leap into the automotive industry: apple.car, apple.cars and apple.auto. The new ‘top level domain’ suffixes, unique to the more familiar .coms and the like, were made available as part of a huge domain name expansion program launched by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in 2013...


Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come to Ford Sync 3, Fiat Chrysler UConnect
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Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come to Ford Sync 3, Fiat Chrysler UConnect

The list of carmakers offering connectivity with the new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment platforms has grown again, with Ford and Fiat Chrysler both making major announcements at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. For Ford, the move marks an anticipated upgrade to its new Sync 3 system, which was revealed last year and is locked in for an Australian launch sometime next year...


Volvo XC90 gains Apple CarPlay connectivity, Android Auto to follow - UPDATE
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Volvo XC90 gains Apple CarPlay connectivity, Android Auto to follow - UPDATE

Update: Australian availability and price confirmed, article updated.  The new Volvo XC90 is the latest model to climb aboard the Apple CarPlay wagon, with the popular mobile connectivity platform added to the big SUV’s infotainment system this week...


How does an Apple Watch and smart phone interact with a BMW i8?
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How does an Apple Watch and smart phone interact with a BMW i8?

Sometimes when we receive reader questions asking us to test things we are only more than happy to oblige. So, when Anthony e-mailed us and asked how the Apple Watch and smart phone interacts with the BMW i8, there was only one way to find out. Q: Hello team. I read recently that BMW has developed an application for the Apple Watch that allows it to interact with the BMW i3 and i8...