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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...

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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...


Victoria throws support behind autonomous vehicle testing: Bosch, TAC, VicRoads partner up on 'Towards Zero' goal
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Victoria throws support behind autonomous vehicle testing: Bosch, TAC, VicRoads partner up on 'Towards Zero' goal

Competition for the status of leader in autonomous driving technology between Australia's state governments is heating up, with Victoria this week declaring it is "leading the way" on advanced driverless systems. The announcement, part of a $1...


Audi's driverless future is coming sooner than you think
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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...


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...