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Mercedes-Benz GLS to offer next-gen suspension technology

The upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLS will offer a more advanced take on the brand's current Magic Body Control, according to reports from Europe...

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Kia reveals new mild-hybrid system
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Kia reveals new mild-hybrid system

Kia has detailed its new EcoDynamics+ diesel mild-hybrid system, which will debut in the Sportage SUV later this year – but it won't be coming to Australia. Combining a turbo-diesel engine with a 48V electric motor, Kia says the mild-hybrid setup "provides electric power and reduces engine load under acceleration", while also recuperating energy during in-gear deceleration and braking...


Skoda: Active Info Display coming in Q4
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Skoda: Active Info Display coming in Q4

Skoda Australia will join family members Audi and Volkswagen in offering a fully-digital instrument cluster forselect models later this year, the local arm has confirmed. Originally, the Czech brand's version of Volkswagen's Active Info Display – which measures 12.3 inches – was meant to launch with the all-new Karoq crossover, which goes on sale Down Under on July 2...


Push-button start contributing to carbon monoxide poisoning - report
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Push-button start contributing to carbon monoxide poisoning - report

Keyless and push-button start systems have contributed to upwards of two dozen carbon monoxide poisoning deaths in the United States, according to an in-depth report published in The New York Times.  According to the Times report, more than "two dozen people" were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning between 2006 and 2018 after leaving their keyless vehicle running in a garage...


Nissan to rollout ProPilot tech across more models - UPDATE
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Nissan to rollout ProPilot tech across more models - UPDATE

UPDATE (16/5/18): Nissan Australia has released a statement regarding the local release of the ProPilot technology suite. See bottom of article for details. Nissan has announced plans to expand the availability of its ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous driving systems, with the US-market Rogue Sport (Qashqai) next on the list...


Talking autonomy with the National Transport Commission - interview
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Talking autonomy with the National Transport Commission - interview

Autonomous driving is a topic that, without fail, gets motoring enthusiasts talking. Car manufacturers are talking a big game at the moment, with Audi and BMW planning fully self-driving vehicles for 2021, and testing continuing apace both overseas and on home soil. A lot of factors need to be addressed before we see human-less pods running around on the public roads...


GM files patent for shape-shifting car
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GM files patent for shape-shifting car

General Motors is investigating how to make future autonomous vehicles more aerodynamic, especially when there's no-one or very few people on-board. GM Inside News has uncovered a patent filing for "Method and Systems for Reconfiguring a Vehicle Geometry". In short, the filing details how vehicles, most likely autonomous, could reconfigure themselves to handle various use cases...


Uber self-driving death likely caused by software choices - report
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Uber self-driving death likely caused by software choices - report

The self-driving Uber test vehicle which struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona reportedly didn't take evasive action because of problems with how the on-board software responds to foreign objects on the road...


Volvo Cars and Trucks to share live vehicle data
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Volvo Cars and Trucks to share live vehicle data

Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks will team up to share live traffic and safety data, in an attempt to form a critical mass of connected vehicles for improved safety. Although they both use the same name and badge, Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks are actually separate companies, which makes this the first time Volvo Cars has shared safety-related data with another company...


Google Maps, Assistant coming to Volvo
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Google Maps, Assistant coming to Volvo

Volvo Cars will embed Google Assistant, Maps and the Google Play Store in its next-generation Sensus infotainment system. As announced in May 2017, the replacement for Volvo's current infotainment system will be based on Google Android – something Audi is also planning. Although both system will have the same software skeleton, each manufacturer will be able to make the system look like their own...


Honda, Nissan, Toyota team up to develop solid-state batteries
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Honda, Nissan, Toyota team up to develop solid-state batteries

The Japanese government, battery makers and three key automakers (Honda, Nissan and Toyota) have joined forces to develop solid-state lithium-ion batteries. According to the Nikkei Asian Review collaborative work begins this month with research being spearheaded by the Consortium for Lithium Ion Battery Technology and Evaluation Center (Libtec)...


Waymo not at fault in Arizona accident
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Waymo not at fault in Arizona accident

Waymo, self-driving research arm for Google, has been involved in the second major self-driving accident to hit Arizona in a matter of months – but the computer wasn't at fault. According to local police, the self-driving Chrysler was operating in autonomous mode when the accident occurred, while Waymo claims the car was under human control...


Ford develops window tech to help the blind experience the environment
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Ford develops window tech to help the blind experience the environment

Ford has revealed a new prototype system, Feel The View, allowing people who are blind or highly visually impaired to experience their vehicle's surroundings. The device sits on one of the car's windows. Via a button it captures a snapshot of the passing vista, and then converts the picture into a greyscale image...


BMW i3s video diary: Range anxiety and reality
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BMW i3s video diary: Range anxiety and reality

Australia is not known for its eager and rapid embrace of the electric vehicle. Infrastructure is barely existent, purchase price is high, and 'range anxiety' is a major concern. But, when most of us live in dense urban areas, should we really be all that worried about running out of juice? To find out, we drove the new i3s for a full week, without charging...


Tesla 'driver' banned for using Autopilot from passenger seat
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Tesla 'driver' banned for using Autopilot from passenger seat

Bhavesh Patel, 39, from Nottingham, UK, has been banned from driving for 18 months for dangerous driving, after he abandoned the driver's seat while the Autopilot feature of his Tesla Model S was switched on. At around 7.40pm on May 21, 2017, Patel switched on the Autopilot assisted driving feature as he was heading down the M1 motorway...


Haval wants world-leading drivetrain R&D
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Haval wants world-leading drivetrain R&D

Great Wall Motor (GWM) — parent of the eponymous ute brand, plus Haval, Wey and Ora — has lured engineers from big European OEMs and invested billions into R&D, with the ambitious goal of being a world-leading drivetrain producer and supplier...


Bosch claims to cut diesel NOx emissions to a tenth of legal maximum
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Bosch claims to cut diesel NOx emissions to a tenth of legal maximum

At an event after its annual general meeting, Bosch announced a new diesel engine technology that reportedly slashes oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions. The engineering and automotive parts supplier claims vehicles equipped with this new technology can hit NOx output figures as low as 13mg per kilometre, with test vehicle averaging 40mg/km...


(Self) drivers wanted: Canberra autonomous test program seeking participants
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(Self) drivers wanted: Canberra autonomous test program seeking participants

Seeing Machines is seeking 30 test drivers to get involved in a new self-driving trial in Canberra. The trial is designed to improve on the company's driver-monitoring technology, which currently features in the Cadillac CT6 (pictured). Rather than focusing on the car, it'll focus on how self-driving systems impact driver behaviour...


Ford evaluating carbon-fibre subframe for production
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Ford evaluating carbon-fibre subframe for production

Ford is evaluating a new carbon-fibre subframe, assessing whether it can be used in a high-volume production vehicle. The new front subframe was jointly developed by Ford and Magna, a key supplier in the automotive industry, and contains mounting points for the engine and the front wheels...


Jaguar Land Rover developing system to 'see around corners'
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Jaguar Land Rover developing system to 'see around corners'

The world's car manufacturers are racing to have their autonomous technology up and running at the moment, testing ingenious solutions to the potential problems facing self-driving vehicles. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is currently working on technology to let its robo-cars 'see around corners' thanks to a combination of automated, connected and mapping tech...