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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...

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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...


Apple boss says auto industry ready "for massive change"
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Apple boss says auto industry ready "for massive change"

It may make no sense at all to motoring industry veteran Bob Lutz, but the idea that technology giant Apple could soon launch a four-wheeled gadget has lately begun to seem less a case of ‘if’ and more a bet on precisely ‘when’...


DIY: how to jump start a car with a portable power pack
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DIY: how to jump start a car with a portable power pack

It's late at night, you've parked down a dark alley in the city and taken off for dinner. You come back and your car won't start. Flat battery. Uh oh. Australian company Laser has released the Portable Power Bank and Car Jump Starter, which it claims to have designed for situations just like this...


Bob Lutz, former GM exec, questions Apple's logic in wanting to enter car business
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Bob Lutz, former GM exec, questions Apple's logic in wanting to enter car business

Bob Lutz, the famously outspoken former executive of GM, Chrysler, Ford and BMW, has told interviewers that Apple will likely burn through large piles of cash if it enters the automobile industry. In an interview with cable business channel CNBC, Lutz was asked if Apple was wise to enter the car business. "No, I don’t think so...


Apple electric vehicle aiming for 2019 deadline - report
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Apple electric vehicle aiming for 2019 deadline - report

If a report is to believed, Apple has set a "ship date" of 2019 for its first ever car. Anonymous sources have told The Wall Street Journal that the tech powerhouse is planning to have its first vehicle, an electric car of some description, ready by 2019...


Apple meets with California to discuss self-driving car regulations - report
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Apple meets with California to discuss self-driving car regulations - report

Apple has reportedly met with Californian regulators to discuss upcoming regulations that will govern the more widespread deployment of autonomous vehicles on that state's roads. Documents seen by The Guardian show that a senior legal representative from Apple met with officials from California's department of motor vehicles (DMV)...


2016 Mitsubishi Pajero drops manual, gains Apple Carplay, Android Auto and Digital Radio
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2016 Mitsubishi Pajero drops manual, gains Apple Carplay, Android Auto and Digital Radio

An updated 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero has touched down in the Australian market this week, less than a year since the big off-roading SUV was last revised. September last year saw the Pajero upgraded with lightly refreshed looks, tweaked features and new pricing for some models, but this week’s upgrade brings exciting news for tech-heads: the addition of Apple Carplay, Android Auto and DAB+ digital radio...


Is Apple developing an expansive head-up display?
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Is Apple developing an expansive head-up display?

Whatever Apple may be planning for the coming world of autonomous vehicles, new reports this week suggest the company could also be cooking up new advancements in a more familiar arena: infotainment. The tech giant already offers the Carplay connectivity platform, which debuted in 2014 as an advanced take on the earlier Siri Eyes Free system, but it is now believed that Apple is deep into development on a technology that could revolutionise head-up displays...


Apple looking for locations to secretly test autonomous vehicles - report
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Apple looking for locations to secretly test autonomous vehicles - report

A new report points to evidence that the Apple's secret car project may be about to enter its initial test stages. The Guardian has obtained a set of correspondence under a public record request law, which confirms that Apple is working on a top-secret automotive project. In the documents is an email trail between an Apple engineer, Frank Fearon, and the managers of GoMentum Station...


Is it illegal to use an Apple Watch while driving? : The answer from Victoria, NSW, ACT, WA, NT, SA and Tasmanian police forces
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Is it illegal to use an Apple Watch while driving? : The answer from Victoria, NSW, ACT, WA, NT, SA and Tasmanian police forces

With technology continuously evolving, it's sometimes hard to keep up with laws and the way they adapt to modern technology. Reader Andrea contacted CarAdvice asking whether it is illegal to use an Apple Watch while operating a motor vehicle, similar to the way it would be using a mobile phone while driving. Q: I own an Apple Watch and live in Victoria...


2016 Honda Accord revealed with new looks, new tech: Apple Carplay, Android Auto on-board - UPDATE
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2016 Honda Accord revealed with new looks, new tech: Apple Carplay, Android Auto on-board - UPDATE

The 2016 Honda Accord update has been revealed at a Silicon Valley event this week, debuting with lightly refreshed styling, new safety features and an upgraded infotainment suite. This midlife makeover follows the 2012 unveiling of the current Accord, which debuted on the Australian market in 2013...