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Driverless cars: Levels of automation and the barrier of ‘human factors’
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2nd Sep 2020
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Driverless cars: Levels of automation and the barrier of ‘human factors’

This story was first published in 2015. As we move closer to a future where autonomous driving technology is expected to feature more and more in new cars, we felt a revisit of the basics is in order. Click here for our most recent stories on autonomous driving. If I’m involved in an accident while riding in an autonomous vehicle that I wasn't actively driving, who is at fault? Was I meant to have my hands on the wheel?
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Mike Stevens
Ex-Google and Uber engineer sentenced to prison for autonomous vehicle data theft
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6th Aug 2020
2 min read

Ex-Google and Uber engineer sentenced to prison for autonomous vehicle data theft

Anthony Levandowski, a former Google engineer who pleaded guilty to stealing company secrets before joining Uber’s autonomous vehicle program, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. He was also ordered to pay more than $850,000 (approximately AU$1.17 million) in fines and reimbursement. Levandowski entered into a plea deal in March of this year after declaring bankruptcy, and was sentenced earlier this week in San Francisco.
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William Davis
2021 Nissan Ariya electric SUV revealed, Australian arm keen - UPDATE
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16th Jul 2020
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2021 Nissan Ariya electric SUV revealed, Australian arm keen - UPDATE

UPDATE: A European press release for the 2021 Nissan Ariya offers additional details on variants and WLTP-estimated driving ranges, which we've added to the body of this story as a breakout. July 15, 2020: The 2021 Nissan Ariya crossover has been revealed, debuting as the Japanese car maker's latest electric car after the Nissan Leaf and its first electric SUV, boasting all-wheel-drive capabilities, autonomous driving technology and more than 600 kilometres of range.
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Susannah Guthrie
Audi announces Artemis autonomous electric car project
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1st Jun 2020
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Audi announces Artemis autonomous electric car project

German car maker Audi has announced its ‘Artemis Project’ for autonomous electric car development, that will see the brand release a new electric model as soon as 2024. The Artemis Project is an undertaking of Audi’s new CEO Markus Duesmann to “focus on new technologies for electric, highly automated driving,” and a step towards the brand’s goal of having 75 electric models by 2029.
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Liam Murphy
One third of Australians say driverless cars will make them drink more
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1st Apr 2020
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One third of Australians say driverless cars will make them drink more

New research has found one third of Australians would drink more alcohol if they had access to an autonomous (self-driving) car. In a study published on March 2020, researchers from Perth's Curtin University surveyed 1334 Australian adults of legal driving age to ascertain how their access to autonomous vehicles (AVs) could impact their alcohol consumption habits.
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Susannah Guthrie