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myLearner app launches in Victoria
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12th Dec 2018
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myLearner app launches in Victoria

Victorian learner drivers will today be able to download the new myLearner app, allowing them to turf the paper logbook in favour of a fully-digital setup. Learners submit their hours through the app, at which point they're approved by their supervising driver through a phone or computer.
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Scott Collie
External airbags could reduce injuries by 30 per cent
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10th Dec 2018
2 min read

External airbags could reduce injuries by 30 per cent

ZF has been looking into the impact external airbags could make on car accident injury rates. Turns out, it's potentially huge. According to the company, its prototype external side airbag could lessen occupant injury severity by a whopping 30 per cent in perpendicular crashes. Obviously, ZF hasn't just strapped a heap of steering wheel inflators on the side of a car. The test unit has a 250L volume, making it three times the size of a regular curtain airbag.
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Scott Collie
Mazda has demand for 'about 3000' CarPlay retrofits so far
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22nd Nov 2018
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Mazda has demand for 'about 3000' CarPlay retrofits so far

Remember all that talk about whether Mazda was charging too much for its Apple CarPlay and Android Auto retrofit? It looks like the price is right, because the company has around 3000 people requesting the upgrade. That's according to Alastair Doak, marketing director at Mazda Australia, who today told CarAdvice the company has already re-ordered parts from Japan twice, suggesting demand has exceeded expectations.
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Scott Collie
As automation spreads, drivers need to get smarter - expert
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1st Nov 2018
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As automation spreads, drivers need to get smarter - expert

More work needs to be done teaching drivers about the semi-autonomous features offered on modern vehicles, especially as we move from level two automation towards levels three and four. Speaking with CarAdvice at the International Driverless Vehicle Summit (IDVS), Dr. Charles Karl, principal technology engineer in future transport technology at the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI), argued focus should be placed on educating drivers about semi-autonomous systems going forward.
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Scott Collie
Carbon fibre can be used to store electricity: study
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25th Oct 2018
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Carbon fibre can be used to store electricity: study

Electric cars could soon be able to store their energy within carbon-fibre body panels, enabling manufactures to conserve weight and space, according to a new study. The paper from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden found carbon fibres could function as battery electrodes. Because of this, the carbon-fibre structure of a car could act as a battery, holding charge for the electric motors.
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Chris Gething