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Audi's driverless future is coming sooner than you think

The next-generation Audi A8 luxury sedan will feature autonomous driving and is due in Australia in 2018, the company has confirmed. Audi board member Dr Dietmar Voggenreiter told CarAdvice the brand is marching ahead with autonomous driving technology, despite government legislation around the world yet to catch up with the new tech...

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Volkswagen I.D. concept revealed in Paris, production version due in 2020
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Volkswagen I.D. concept revealed in Paris, production version due in 2020

The electric Volkswagen I.D. concept has been revealed and detailed in full, just hours after an early leak exposed the vehicle's design. Powering the I.D. is a 125kW electric motor. On a fully charged battery, the I.D. has a claimed range of between 400 and 600 kilometres. The I.D is the first car based on the company's modular electric drive kit or MEB...


Renault Nissan Alliance to partner with Microsoft on connected-car tech
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Renault Nissan Alliance to partner with Microsoft on connected-car tech

There's an old joke that has Bill Gates boasting that if General Motors were as advanced as the computer industry, "we'd all be driving cars with V32 engines that got 1000 miles to the gallon". The 1990s-era joke then has former GM boss Jack Smith retort with the idea that a Microsoft-inspired car would crash twice a day and the airbag would ask 'are you sure?' before activating...


Tesla Autopilot version 8.0 announced with new emphasis on radar - UPDATE
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Tesla Autopilot version 8.0 announced with new emphasis on radar - UPDATE

Update - Tesla's local arm has confirmed the rollout of the Version 8.0 software in Australia over the coming weeks. See bottom of article for more details. Tesla has announced a Version 8.0 software update, which for its Autopilot driver-assistance system, switches the car’s primary sensor to radar technology as opposed to the camera and image processing system...


US unveils national guidelines for autonomous cars
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US unveils national guidelines for autonomous cars

The US government has announced a new federal policy for self-driving cars, which includes guidelines for the responsible federal agencies, a model legislative template for state governments, and a 15-point checklist that car makers and technology companies will be encouraged to measure their autonomous vehicles against...


Audi's secret 70-strong 'car-to-x' fleet collects over six billion data points in one year
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Audi's secret 70-strong 'car-to-x' fleet collects over six billion data points in one year

In a bid to build a self-learning database of road and vehicle data, Audi has been using employees to collect over 400Gb of data across 70 vehicles in a bid to push autonomous driving even further. Audi's car-to-x test car fleet logs data from real-world conditions by strapping data-logging transceivers to a fleet of 70 vehicles driven by employees across Europe (a mix of Q7, A4 and A5)...


Australia’s first autonomous bus hits the road in Perth
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Australia’s first autonomous bus hits the road in Perth

The Royal Auto Club (RAC) Intellibus has taken its first drive on Australian roads, commencing its trial in South Perth this week. Based on the NAVYA Arma, Australia’s first fully driverless and electric shuttle bus will carry passengers along South Perth Esplanade between the Old Mill, near Narrows Bridge, and Sir James Mitchell Park...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for August 19
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for August 19

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...


Ford could beat Uber to driverless taxi fleet with 2021 plan
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Ford could beat Uber to driverless taxi fleet with 2021 plan

No steering wheel, no accelerator, no brake pedal: this is Ford's plan for a driverless vehicle fleet it aims to launch in just five years.  Personal transport upstart Uber has made no secret of its plans to swap human drivers for driverless cars, but Ford has stepped up as the first car maker to declare its own assault on the 'Johnny Cab' market...


Success of autonomous tech could come down to psychology: study
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Success of autonomous tech could come down to psychology: study

Delivering a quantum leap in safety may be the key to winning hearts, but it will be psychology that determines the success or failure of autonomous driving technology, a new report claims. The development of autonomous and fully driverless systems has become a hot topic in recent years, with more than a few car makers aiming for the once far-off year of 2020 to launch a new era of road safety technology...


Australia’s northward shift causing problems for GPS, autonomous cars
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Australia’s northward shift causing problems for GPS, autonomous cars

In Australia, even the land itself is guilty of speeding. Our big island nation rides on the world’s fastest moving tectonic plate, and it’s causing a headache for cartographers. Over the last two decades the continent has shifted north by around 1.5 metres - which may not sound like much, but for GPS systems it’s a big change...


Audi planning three EVs by 2020, autonomous car in the pipeline - report
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Audi planning three EVs by 2020, autonomous car in the pipeline - report

Audi is looking to an electrified future, with the luxury marque’s CEO revealing it aims to have three fully-electric models on the market by the end of the decade. Last week a source within Audi told Reuters the company is planning for electric vehicles (EVs) to account for a quarter of its sales by 2025...


Land Rover reveals on- and off-road autonomous vehicle tech
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Land Rover reveals on- and off-road autonomous vehicle tech

Land Rover has previewed a handful of new technologies that will allow its vehicles to drive autonomously, both on-road and off. The company revealed its plans to create a fleet of more than 100 research vehicles by the end of the decade to test a range of ‘Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV)’ technologies...


Autonomous tech boom expected by 2020 - report
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Autonomous tech boom expected by 2020 - report

Vehicles with autonomous capabilities are expected to create massive growth for automotive suppliers by the end of the decade, according to reports. Despite the cloud of doubt cast over autonomous vehicles following the Tesla Autopilot incident last week, it seems that driverless technologies will continue to grow rapidly in the short-term...


Volvo's 'zero fatalities from 2020' mission a vision, not a target
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Volvo's 'zero fatalities from 2020' mission a vision, not a target

Volvo Cars has cleared up any confusion regarding its bold and well-publicised Vision 2020 stretch target that nobody should be killed in one its cars from next decade. Jan Ivarsson, Volvo Cars senior technical advisor for safety, clarified to Australian media in Gothenburg this week that the radical statement embodied by the company from the top down was a vision, but not a target per se...


Volvo reaffirms commitment to full legal responsibility for autonomous vehicles' behaviour
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Volvo reaffirms commitment to full legal responsibility for autonomous vehicles' behaviour

Volvo Cars has reaffirmed its position on one of the thorniest issues surrounding the shift to autonomous vehicles, by stating again that it will take full responsibility for the operation and efficacy of its autopilot technologies. This follows an announcement made in October last year...


Bosch reveals Home Zone remote-parking system
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Bosch reveals Home Zone remote-parking system

German technology company Bosch aims to make car-park bingles a thing of the past, thanks to its new ‘Home Zone park assist’ system that autonomously parks your car at the touch of a button...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for June 3
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for June 3

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...


Queen Elizabeth II announces UK plans to pioneer driverless vehicle tech
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Queen Elizabeth II announces UK plans to pioneer driverless vehicle tech

The United Kingdom is determined to become the world leader in the development of autonomous driving technologies, following the announcement of new legislation for driverless vehicles on British roads. Announced by Queen Elizabeth II herself, the new laws will allow the UK’s automotive industry to accelerate research and development into autonomous vehicles...


Uber reveals driverless Ford Mondeo prototype
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Uber reveals driverless Ford Mondeo prototype

Ride-sharing giant Uber has just taken the wraps off its newest addition: a self-driving Ford Fusion, known here as the Mondeo. A product from Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center (ATC) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the hybrid Ford Fusion will be testing its self-driving capabilities while also collecting mapping data...