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Autonomous parking without safety driver approved in Germany
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23rd Jul 2019
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Autonomous parking without safety driver approved in Germany

Bosch and Daimler will trial a world-first autonomous valet parking system in Germany, with no safety driver on board. The system will be used in the Mercedes-Benz Museum parking lot in Stuttgart, and meets the criteria for proper Level 4 autonomous driving.
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Scott Collie
The extra tech that could give you that new-car feeling
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21st Jul 2019
3 min read

The extra tech that could give you that new-car feeling

Wheeling your car out of the showroom and only months later hearing about a new feature in the next model is a terrible thing to experience. You may also own a car decades old and love it, but want a few of the tricks you see in modern cars. This list below might inspire you to add a little bit more technology to your ride to keep you safer, add convenience, or bring back that new-car feeling.
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Geoff Quattromani
Volkswagen Passat: MIB3 infotainment detailed
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12th Jul 2019
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Volkswagen Passat: MIB3 infotainment detailed

The refreshed 2020 Volkswagen Passat is due in Australia before 2019 is over, bringing with it an all-new infotainment system. Ahead of its arrival, the company’s global division has detailed the new infotainment system. Dubbed ‘MIB3’, Volkswagen’s third-generation modular infotainment interface comes as standard with both the 8.0-inch ‘Discover Media’ and 9.2-inch ‘Discover Pro’ navigation units.
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James Wong
Apple purchases failing self-driving car technology firm
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30th Jun 2019
1 min read

Apple purchases failing self-driving car technology firm

Apple has confirmed it has purchased Drive.ai, a startup focussed on developing autonomous vehicle technology. According to Associated Press, Drive.ai filed a submission to California's labour regulator indicating it intended to close its doors by the end of last week and fire its 90 staff members. It's not known if Apple's purchase means some or all of Drive.ai's staff will retain their jobs. The purchase price has also not been disclosed.
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Derek Fung
Volkswagen invests €900m in Swedish battery maker
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17th Jun 2019
2 min read

Volkswagen invests €900m in Swedish battery maker

Volkswagen AG has announced a €900 million ($1.467 billion) investment into an electric vehicle battery joint venture with Swedish firm Northvolt AB. According to VW, part of the above sum "is intended for a joint venture" with the battery producer, while a further portion of the investment will go directly to Northvolt in return for around 20 per cent of the company's shares and one seat on the Board of Directors.
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James Wong