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Renault reveals tiny Twingo Z.E electric runabout
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24th Feb 2020
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Renault reveals tiny Twingo Z.E electric runabout

Renault has expanded its electric vehicle portfolio with the launch of the urban-focused Twingo Z.E, a tiny battery-powered runabout that’s ready for a future where combustion engines are banned in population centres.
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Mike Costello
Hyundai and Kia preview ingenious proactive transmission
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20th Feb 2020
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Hyundai and Kia preview ingenious proactive transmission

Hyundai and Kia have co-developed a new automatic transmission for combustion vehicles that can choose a suitable ratio by using map data, and by scanning the road ahead with radars and cameras. The claimed world-first is called the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Connected Shift System, and uses 40 major patents. Both companies plan to use the system in road cars.
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Mike Costello
Man 'hacks' Google Maps traffic measure using a trolley of smartphones
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5th Feb 2020
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Man 'hacks' Google Maps traffic measure using a trolley of smartphones

A Berlin-based artist was able to generate fake traffic jams on the Google Maps interface simply by carting a wagon filled with 99 smartphones around a city block. In an experiment conducted in 2019 but published on YouTube this month, Simon Weckert was able to turn a 'green' street red by opening the Google Maps app on all 99 phones and leaving it running as he traversed various streets around the city.
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Susannah Guthrie
CES 2020: Mercedes-Benz unveils Vision AVTR autonomous concept car
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7th Jan 2020
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CES 2020: Mercedes-Benz unveils Vision AVTR autonomous concept car

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a new autonomous concept car at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, debuting what it calls the VISION AVTR as part of Daimler CEO Ola Källenius' keynote speech. Inspired by James Cameron's 2009 blockbuster film Avatar, Mercedes-Benz went so far as to partner with the film's creators to design the AVTR (an abbreviation of 'Advanced Vehicle Transformation').
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Susannah Guthrie
Over 3300 people snapped by NSW mobile phone cameras in one week
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18th Dec 2019
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Over 3300 people snapped by NSW mobile phone cameras in one week

The world-first mobile phone detection cameras recently launched in New South Wales caught more than 3300 people using their phones while driving in their first week of operation – but the drivers caught will only be warned, not fined. A total of 3303 drivers were caught using fixed and trailer-mounted phone-detection cameras in New South Wales between December 1 and December 7.
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Scott Collie