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Bosch Australia video showcases 'Highly Automated Driving' system: interview

The Australian arm of technology specialist and automotive supplier Bosch has this week released a new video highlighting the features of its latest Highly Automated Driving (HAD) vehicle...

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Toyota to reveal driverless tech in Geneva
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Toyota to reveal driverless tech in Geneva

The Toyota i-TRIL concept, destined for next month's Geneva motor show, will preview the company's step into the autonomous driving landscape. Described as an alternative to city cars, motorcycles, and "and other electric vehicles", the i-TRIL is said to be Toyota's view of an engaging and environmentally friendly mobility solution...


GM's Cruise Automation showcases hands-off driving: video
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GM's Cruise Automation showcases hands-off driving: video

Cruise Automation, the self-driving startup purchased by General Motors last year, has released a clip that shows one of its prototypes navigating the streets of San Francisco without human intervention...


Google's autonomous cars getting safer
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Google's autonomous cars getting safer

Google's self-driving offshoot Waymo is a step closer to making fully-autonomous vehicles a mainstream reality, according to a new government report released this week. California's Department of Motor Vehicles has released its annual autonomous vehicles disengagement report, which details the number of times human drivers were forced to take control back from driverless vehicles during testing on public roads...


Lexus LS: Autonomous driving not a priority
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Lexus LS: Autonomous driving not a priority

Lexus boss Tokuo Fukuichi spoke proudly in Detroit today of the technology packed into the company's new-generation LS flagship, but one technology we shouldn't expect to see in the near future is any level of advanced autonomous driving...


Car companies should be very scared of Apple, Google and Tesla
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Car companies should be very scared of Apple, Google and Tesla

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas could have almost been a motor show. From the endless booths of automotive-related products to massive car company displays, the entire and extremely massive show had a very heavy auto skew. The reason for that is simple: As the revolution of electric cars, connected cars and autonomous cars finally begins to take shape, tech companies are invading the automotive sector...


Autonomous cars are 'the vaccine that will cure deaths on the road', says industry figurehead
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Autonomous cars are 'the vaccine that will cure deaths on the road', says industry figurehead

People die on the roads, that’s a fact of life. But it doesn’t have to be, according to the head of an energy industry watchdog in the US. Robbie Diamond, CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), addressed media at CES 2017 overnight in Las Vegas, where he said autonomous vehicles could be a way of dramatically cutting down the road toll on a global level...


Autonomous vehicles without human intervention "useless", Nissan claims
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Autonomous vehicles without human intervention "useless", Nissan claims

Nissan says that autonomous vehicles that don’t include human intervention are next to useless, as the Japanese brand launches its new Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM) system. SAM (detailed in an article here) is Nissan’s way of addressing the limitations of artificial intelligence in cars by allowing a human in a remote command centre to take control of an autonomous vehicle when it gets stuck...


Honda and Google's Waymo in discussions for self-driving tech
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Honda and Google's Waymo in discussions for self-driving tech

Honda has confirmed it is in discussions with Google parent Alphabet Inc for self-driving technology developed by its recently re-branded Waymo company. The news that Google's autonomous vehicle team would be spun off into the new Waymo brand came earlier this month, just one week before the company revealed a self-driving Chrysler Pacifica developed in partnership with the American/Italian car maker...


Melbourne's Eastlink preparing tech upgrades for autonomous driving by 2018, tests planned
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Melbourne's Eastlink preparing tech upgrades for autonomous driving by 2018, tests planned

A trial of autonomous driving technology will be carried out on Melbourne's tolled Eastlink motorway from the second half of 2017, the Victorian state government has confirmed. The news follows confirmation just days ago that Victoria's Andrews Labor Government would also carry out autonomous technology tests on the Monash-Citylink-Tullamarine corridor...


Mercedes-Benz to collect autonomous driving data in Australia from 2017
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Mercedes-Benz to collect autonomous driving data in Australia from 2017

Mercedes-Benz headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, will deploy a team of engineers to Australia in 2017 to begin collecting data for the advancement of its autonomous driving technologies, the company has confirmed. Speaking with CarAdvice this week, Mercedes-Benz Australia communications manager Jerry Stamoulis said that the work will focus on 'real-world' hands-on driving, using our unique mix of road conditions to improve the technology's capabilities...


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...


BMW's standalone driverless team working on autonomous vehicle for 2021 launch
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BMW's standalone driverless team working on autonomous vehicle for 2021 launch

BMW will introduce a fully autonomous vehicle in 2021, building on the technologies of the current 7 and 5 Series vehicles that now offer semi-autonomous driving features. Speaking to CarAdvice at the international launch of the new 5 Series, the head of the model's project, Jochan Kistler, admitted that the current cars on offer do not have the capacity to offer fully autonomous driving, with the bottleneck being the mapping data and software development...


Autonomous cars have 'a long way to go', local Mazda chief says
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Autonomous cars have 'a long way to go', local Mazda chief says

Mazda says that autonomous vehicles are still in the hype stage, with the actual reality of fully self-driving cars still a long way away. Speaking to the media at the launch of the new CX-5 in Los Angeles today, Mazda Australia boss Martin Benders, said the Japanese brand’s philosophy is to always put the driver at the forefront of the car’s operations...


Jaguar Land Rover showcases new autonomous and connected vehicle technologies
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Jaguar Land Rover showcases new autonomous and connected vehicle technologies

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is stepping up its game in the autonomous and connected vehicle fields, showcasing three new technologies at this week’s UK Autodrive demonstrations. The company says it is working with other manufacturers including Ford (former owner of Jaguar and Land Rover) and parent Tata Motors to test the connected technologies that allow vehicles to communicate with each other in addition to roadside infrastructure - such as traffic lights...


All new Tesla cars will make full self-driving leap in 2017, if regulations allow
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All new Tesla cars will make full self-driving leap in 2017, if regulations allow

Tesla chief Elon Musk says that by the end of 2017, all new models will have the capability - if not the legal freedom - to travel the breadth of the continental United States without human input. Musk's ambitious comments come as part of an announcement today that all Tesla vehicles now rolling out of the company's factory in Fremont, California, are equipped with sensors and processing capabilities far superior to those feature in existing Teslas...


No, a driverless Mercedes will not plow into a family to save you
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No, a driverless Mercedes will not plow into a family to save you

No surprise, reports this week that a Mercedes-Benz executive had declared the company's future autonomous cars would prioritise the lives of occupants over those of bystanders, quickly elicited cries of "a-ha, I knew it!" from all corners of the internet. It started with a report in America's Car & Driver, which quoted - and nothing is as sure as a direct quote - Mercedes-Benz driver assistance systems manager Christoph von Hugo...


University of Melbourne to create ‘urban laboratory’ for connected vehicles to reduce congestion
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University of Melbourne to create ‘urban laboratory’ for connected vehicles to reduce congestion

The University of Melbourne will partner with American company Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) and some 30 other organisations to develop a National Connected Multimodal Transport (NCMT) Test Bed, claimed to be the first of its type in the world...


Driverless car acceptance growing in Australia, but further community education needed
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Driverless car acceptance growing in Australia, but further community education needed

Before the first self-driving car has even gone to market, a new study suggests a significant proportion of buyers will be ready to make the leap into hands-free motoring. The research, carried out by the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) - a venture coordinated by independent roads and transport research company ARRB Group - is described as "the first comprehensive national study" into the Australian commuter's views on driverless vehicles...


FCAI backs study into rollout of autonomous vehicles in Australia
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FCAI backs study into rollout of autonomous vehicles in Australia

Australian motor industry body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has come out in support of the ‘coordinated’ approach to the rollout of autonomous vehicle technology. The announcement comes after a report released by the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI), argued a coordinated government roadmap is required before the country adopts driverless vehicle technology...