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Driverless tech could be a decade away for Australia: RACV

The RACV says it could be ten years before we see fully-autonomous last-mile buses shuttling commuters around public roads. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of driverless bus trials at LaTrobe University, Bryce Prosser, general manager of public policy and corporate affairs at RACV, said autonomous technology testing was still in its "embryonic" stage...

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Victoria's first driverless shuttle enters service
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Victoria's first driverless shuttle enters service

An autonomous shuttle trial has kicked off at LaTrobe University in Bundoora, giving Victorians the chance to ride on a self-driving Navya bus. The trial will be run on an existing transport route at La Trobe, and continues until July 2018. It's designed to gain a better understanding of how self-driving vehicles interact with other road users and, perhaps more importantly, the general public...


Napping driver leads Google to end level-three Autonomous development
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Napping driver leads Google to end level-three Autonomous development

Waymo, autonomous vehicle technology division at Google, has admitted it stopped developing self-driving technology requiring human intervention a few years years ago. John Krafcik, Waymo's CEO, told Reuters and other outlets that five years ago, the division was developing assisted driving technology as a quick route to market...


Renault obstacle-avoidance technology "as good as professional test drivers"
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Renault obstacle-avoidance technology "as good as professional test drivers"

Renault has demonstrated its latest autonomous driving systems, including obstacle avoidance technology "as good as professional test drivers". The systems are a product of the Renault Open Innovation Lab, focused on improving active safety and autonomous driving systems within the broader 'Groupe Renault...


Hands-free driverless testing "5 or 6 years away" for Victoria
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Hands-free driverless testing "5 or 6 years away" for Victoria

Revised regulations could allow autonomous vehicles on California roads without a human minder in the driver seat next year, but it could be five or six years before we see similar tests on local roads. Proposed changes to the California DMV Driverless Testing and Deployment Regulations remove the need for “physical control by a natural person sitting in the vehicle’s driver’s seat” during tests...


Subaru opens new tracks for autonomous driving tests
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Subaru opens new tracks for autonomous driving tests

Subaru has installed new tracks and made a number of changes to existing facilities at its Bifuka proving ground, in order to help it develop advanced driver assistance technologies. In addition to a new administration building and general upgrades to all of the facility's test roads, Subaru has created a new urban test track and given a major upgrade to Bifuka's high-speed circuit, bringing it closer to the real-world conditions found on many restricted access motorways...


Audi CEO: Autonomous cars give time back to customers
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Audi CEO: Autonomous cars give time back to customers

Rupert Stadler, CEO of Audi, says self-driving cars will let drivers better use their time 'behind the wheel'. Talking to CarAdvice and international media at the second-generation A7 launch, Stadler said "one outcome" was clear in Audi customer research. "Time is the most valuable [commodity]," he said...


Audi CEO: Level five autonomy possible in 'a few years', but many hurdles remain
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Audi CEO: Level five autonomy possible in 'a few years', but many hurdles remain

Rupert Stadler, CEO of Audi, says he expects level five self-driving cars to be technologically feasible in the next few years, but many roadblocks remain. Speaking to CarAdvice and members of the international press at the Audi A7 launch, Stadler said level five autonomous driving systems would be ready "technology wise ... in the next few years"...


Waymo's driverless cars make thousands of decisions every second to keep you alive
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Waymo's driverless cars make thousands of decisions every second to keep you alive

Google’s self-driving project, Waymo, has shared a safety report with the US Transport Department, shining a light on how it operates its autonomous test fleet. The detailed report looks at how the systems in Waymo cars operate, the type of data they record, what happens when something goes wrong and how the car deals with an accident...


Mercedes-Benz, Bosch to work together on self-driving technology
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Mercedes-Benz, Bosch to work together on self-driving technology

Mercedes-Benz and Bosch have announced they will work together on self-driving vehicle technology. The two German automotive firms will jointly develop the software and algorithmic systems required for SAE level four and level five autonomous vehicles, which can drive themselves in urban and extra-urban environments...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for December 16, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for December 16, 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...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 27
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 27

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 will deliver a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 6
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 6

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 will deliver a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Google’s autonomous car project is on a recruitment rampage
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Google’s autonomous car project is on a recruitment rampage

Google may not have plans to build its anticipated autonomous car on its own, but a long list of new job openings confirm it is planning to take a direct hand in most of the pre-production work. A full 36 positions were listed by the Google X research and development arm of Google’s newly launched parent company Alphabet, which is responsible for all of the tech giant’s experimental projects...


Audi USA boss believes fully autonomous cars are over 10 years away
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Audi USA boss believes fully autonomous cars are over 10 years away

The boss of Audi USA disagrees with Tesla's outspoken CEO about when fully autonomous cars will be ready for the road. In an interview with Car and Driver, Scott Keogh, the president of Audi USA, believes that it could be "ten-plus years" before fully autonomous vehicle start hitting problem. Keogh made this statement when responding to comments by Elon Musk...


Driverless cars move closer as South Australia reviews new legislation
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Driverless cars move closer as South Australia reviews new legislation

South Australia has taken an important step to becoming one of the few regions in the world that allows autonomous vehicles to operate on public roads alongside regular human motorists. This month, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan introduced The Motor Vehicles (Trials of Automotive Technologies) Amendment Bill to the South Australian parliament, opening the door to an industry that experts project to be worth $90 billion in 15 years...


Google recruits former Hyundai boss for self-driving project, but swears off manufacturing
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Google recruits former Hyundai boss for self-driving project, but swears off manufacturing

Google has poached the former CEO of Hyundai’s North American operations, John Krafcik, to lead its growing self-driving project - but the company says it has no plans to become a carmaker in its own right. An expert in ‘lean manufacturing’ who cut his teeth at Toyota and Ford, Krafcik was a key figure in Hyundai’s transformation into a big-time player in the American market...


Driverless cars: I’m ready to kick back (you should be too)
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Driverless cars: I’m ready to kick back (you should be too)

Here’s a perspective on the autonomous car that you may not have heard before: we fiercely independent motorists, we’re all horse riders, shaking our fists at the plague of stinky, dangerous machines coming to take over the world. Go back a ways; that's us, looking on in anger and fear and closely-guarded confusion as a new mode of transport and a new group of enthusiasts steal our territory...


Michigan university opens fake town to test driverless cars
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Michigan university opens fake town to test driverless cars

Poor, defenceless autonomous cars will soon have their own private haven, safe from the ignorant human drivers that insist on colliding with them on public roads. Welcome to MCity, the University of Michigan town that is entirely fake, and entirely purpose-built for developing driverless vehicles without endangering their expensive technolo… sorry, without endangering their occupants and other road users...


Terrafugia’s flying car to launch in 2021
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Terrafugia’s flying car to launch in 2021

Hoverboards and flying cars… we may have overshot the 2015 timeline portrayed in 1989 sci-fi film Back to the Future II, but if Lexus and upstart Terrafugia have their way, we could be eventually be riding both. As Lexus continues to tease its prototype hoverboard, American company Terrafugia has revealed details of its updated TF-X flying car ahead of a proposed 2021 sales launch...