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2019 Ford Focus to debut new HUD and suspension tech

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2019 Ford Focus to debut new HUD and suspension tech

Ford has detailed new technologies for the upcoming Focus range, including a fighter-jet inspired head-up display (HUD) and an adaptive suspension system that can sense potholes...

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Volvo XC90 to get Level 4 driverless tech in 2021 - report
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Volvo XC90 to get Level 4 driverless tech in 2021 - report

The Volvo XC90 is set to get some serious autonomous driving technology early next decade, according to a new report out of the US. Speaking with The Car Connection, Volvo's senior vice president, Henrik Green, said the next-generation XC90 will be able to transport "sleeping passengers" to their destination on "limited roadways" – likely referring to highways and freeways...


Volvo plans 25 per cent recycled plastics in cars by 2025
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Volvo plans 25 per cent recycled plastics in cars by 2025

Volvo wants 25 per cent of the plastics in its new cars to be recycled by 2025, revealing a unique XC60 to demonstrate what that might look like. The XC60 has a centre tunnel made of renewable fibres and plastics made of discarded fishing nets and sailing ropes. Its carpet is made of fibres developed from PET plastic bottles, working with a recycled cotton mix from clothing manufacturer offcuts...


China to mandate car-tracking chips from 2019 – report
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China to mandate car-tracking chips from 2019 – report

Tracking devices will soon be fitted to cars registered in China in an effort to tackle the country's notorious congestion and pollution problem. According to The Wall Street Journal, from July the country will begin fitting cars with radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags at registration time...


UberAir flying taxis could come to Sydney, Melbourne
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UberAir flying taxis could come to Sydney, Melbourne

Ride-sharing giant Uber could be bringing its high-flying uberAIR service to Sydney and Melbourne, as the company looks for 'launch cities' to trial its latest program. Using electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOLs), uberAIR shuttles have space for up to four passengers along with "their personal bags and backpacks"...


Ford testing 'autonomous' food delivery in Miami
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Ford testing 'autonomous' food delivery in Miami

Ford has teamed up with Postmates to test a self-driving food truck in Miami, in an attempt to better understand how people interact with unmanned delivery vehicles. When we say unmanned, we mean vehicles that appear unmanned. Ford is already running a number of trials with autonomous cars, but this is aimed at better understanding how people actually deal with the car once it's arrived with their food...


Opel teases new concept, next-gen Corsa confirmed for 2019
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Opel teases new concept, next-gen Corsa confirmed for 2019

Opel has revealed its upcoming model and development plans at its TechDay, hosted at the company's Rüsselsheim engineering centre in Germany. Freshly acquired by France's PSA Group, parent to brands like Citroen and Peugeot, Opel confirmed it will develop the group's next-generation of four-cylinder petrol engines and light commercial vehicles, along with teasing a new concept bound for reveal later this year...


Standard AEB inclusion up tenfold since 2015 in Australia - study
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Standard AEB inclusion up tenfold since 2015 in Australia - study

A report from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has revealed autonomous emergency braking (AEB) is included as standard in 10 times more vehicles than 2015. There are a few interesting takeaways from the research, but the most significant is this: just six of the top 100 models lines on Australia's sales charts had AEB as standard across the range (from the cheapest to most expensive variant) in 2015, representing just 3...


Tesla Autopilot: Elon Musk promises 'full self-driving features' by August
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Tesla Autopilot: Elon Musk promises 'full self-driving features' by August

Elon Musk has taken to Twitter promising some 'full self-driving features' will be rolled out as part of an August update for Tesla's Autopilot driver assist system. At the moment, Autopilot is limited to Level 2 automation. Although stories about Tesla 'drivers' sleeping and sitting in the passenger seat – and, unfortunately, crashing while reliant on the system – abound, Autopilot is only meant to operate under constant driver supervision...


Volvo expects a third of its cars to be autonomous by 2025
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Volvo expects a third of its cars to be autonomous by 2025

Volvo has laid out “operational ambitions" for electrification, self-driving and subscription services, which it hopes to achieve by 2025. As previously announced, the Chinese-owned automaker hopes to generate half its annual sales from pure-electric vehicles (EV) by 2025. If this comes to pass, it’ll be quite an achievement given it's yet to announce a mass-market pure-electric vehicle...


Opel Insignia gets infotainment upgrade, not confirmed for Commodore
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Opel Insignia gets infotainment upgrade, not confirmed for Commodore

Opel has announced a new infotainment system for the Insignia, complete with a wider range of connected services for the in-built satellite navigation. Two tiers will be offered: Multimedia and Multimedia Navi Pro, both of which rely on the same 8.0-inch touchscreen offered in the current Commodore/Insignia...


Apple CarPlay to support Google Maps navigation
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Apple CarPlay to support Google Maps navigation

With the launch of iOS 12, the operating system behind the iPhone later this year, Apple users will soon be able to use Google Maps and other third-party navigation apps via the infotainment system of compatible cars. The announcement was made as part of today's keynote speech at Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Diego, California...


Ford opens new 'Weather Factory' in Germany
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Ford opens new 'Weather Factory' in Germany

Ford has opened its new Weather Factory, designed to make it easier to torture its cars in extreme weather conditions without ever leaving the factory. The new facility, which cost more than €70 million ($108.21m) to develop, and each weather testing centre takes up around a 'soccer field' of space. It'll be used to test everything from the tiny Ka to the not-so-tiny Transit...


Ford adds Waze connectivity to Sync 3 – UPDATE
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Ford adds Waze connectivity to Sync 3 – UPDATE

UPDATE (4/6/18): Ford Australia has confirmed that the Waze function is available Down Under. See bottom of article for details. Ford North America has announced a new function of its Sync 3 infotainment system – it can now project the Waze navigation app from an iPhone...


Land Rover commences off-road autonomous testing
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Land Rover commences off-road autonomous testing

Land Rover has announced the commencement of Cortex, its project involving the development of off-road capable autonomous vehicles. The company says the development of Level 4 and Level 5 off-road autonomous technologies ensures future vehicles "are fully capable in any weather condition: dirt, rain, ice, snow or fog"...


BMW first to market with wireless charging
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BMW first to market with wireless charging

BMW has become the first manufacturer to offer factory-backed wireless charging for one of its electrified vehicles, launching an inductive charge pad for the 530e iPerformance. The system involves a pad, placed on the ground in your garage (or outside, thanks to waterproofing) and plugged into an outlet, and a coil underneath the car. It's a 3...


California begins digital number plate trial
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California begins digital number plate trial

Drivers in California can now opt to have digital number plates fitted to their vehicles, but take up is expected to be low. According to the Sacramento Bee, the new digital plates will cost a pretty penny: the initial purchase price is US$699 ($925) excluding fitting, and there's also a US$7 ($9.30) per month fee...


Audi: Solid-state batteries to offer ‘real progress’ on electric supercars
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Audi: Solid-state batteries to offer ‘real progress’ on electric supercars

Audi says that whilst sports cars can be made with the current-generation of lithium-ion batteries, the need for lighter, smaller and higher capacity units in the form of solid-state battery technology will likely be the answer to proper lightweight electric sports cars...


US consumer groups label Tesla Autopilot system 'deceptive'
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US consumer groups label Tesla Autopilot system 'deceptive'

Two groups, The Center for Auto Safety and Consumer Watchdog, have called on the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate the Tesla Autopilot system. The two organisations claim Tesla and its CEO, Elon Musk, have deliberately misled and deceived "consumers into believing that Autopilot is safer and more capable than it is known to be", and have "made it reasonable for Tesla owners to believe, and act on that belief, that a Tesla with Autopilot is an autonomous vehicle capable of 'self-driving'"...


Nissan Pitch-R debuts for UEFA Champion's League
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Nissan Pitch-R debuts for UEFA Champion's League

Nissan has revealed the Pitch-R at the UEFA Champion's League final in Kiev this week, which uses self-driving technology to draw soccer fields "wherever there is space". Using four cameras, GPS location tracking and collision avoidance systems, the Pitch-R can draw white lines on grass, tarmac, or gravel with its "eco-friendly dissolvable paint"...