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Google Maps adds EV charging stations, live ETA sharing on iOS

Google Maps users are now able to search for EV (electric vehicle) charging stations, as part of the popular app’s latest update. Along with the locations of charging stations, users are able to see the type and number of charging ports available at the location, as well as charging speeds...

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Autonomy could improve efficiency of Victorian roads by 91 per cent - study
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Autonomy could improve efficiency of Victorian roads by 91 per cent - study

Infrastructure Victoria has revealed its advice on what's needed to support the rollout of highly-automated and zero-emissions vehicles, arguing autonomy could improve the efficiency of our roads by 91 per cent...


Volkswagen demos next-gen lighting technology
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Volkswagen demos next-gen lighting technology

With LED head- and tail-lights now being offered across all price ranges, Volkswagen has revealed some potential future lighting designs making full use of the technology. Up front, the company has demonstrated new matrix (or HD-LCD) headlights with around 30,000 points of controllable light, more than offered on current commercially-available systems...


Honda demos 'Smart Intersection' tech
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Honda demos 'Smart Intersection' tech

Honda has demonstrated its Smart Intersection vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology in Marysville, Ohio, the town where its first North American factory and research centre is based. Honda's Smart Intersection setup has four cameras mounted atop the traffic lights at each corner of an intersection...


BMW: Autonomous tech continues to outpace regulations
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BMW: Autonomous tech continues to outpace regulations

We've written about it before at CarAdvice and discussed it on our various radio shows and the podcast, and we're not the only ones who think that autonomous vehicle technology continues to grow at a rate much faster than the regulations required to police it. In many instances, manufacturers can already offer autonomy that far outstrips the legal framework we have...


Drivers don't trust safety tech, rely on it anyway - report
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Drivers don't trust safety tech, rely on it anyway - report

The latest crop of advanced driver assistance systems is misunderstood and misused by many drivers, according to a new report by the US AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. According to the research, drivers are increasingly relying on these systems despite not being aware of how they work, or their limitations. Dr...


Ford connected tech clears the way for emergency services
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Ford connected tech clears the way for emergency services

Ford of Europe has teamed up with telecommunications carrier Vodafone on a connected car technology project that should help motorists and emergency services vehicles on the road. The system helps to warn drivers of any accidents ahead and shows how to get out of the way of emergency vehicles to avoid being an obstruction...


Amazon unveils Echo Auto
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Amazon unveils Echo Auto

Amazon has unveiled a new in-car device that will enable users to access its Alexa voice assistant, as well as a raft of other advanced infotainment capabilities. Dubbed the Echo Auto, the device will connects to the user’s phone through Bluetooth, and to the car through either Bluetooth or a 3.5mm auxiliary input...


Apple CarPlay: Google Maps, Waze now supported
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Apple CarPlay: Google Maps, Waze now supported

Among all the shiny things included in Apple's latest iPhone software update is an exciting development for CarPlay users – finally, you can use Google Maps through your car's touchscreen. Huzzah! UPDATE: Waze is coming, but it's not available right now. Apologies for the error...


2019 Toyota Supra to offer 'drift mode'
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2019 Toyota Supra to offer 'drift mode'

As part of the 2019 Supra's development, Toyota wanted to ensure it could meet the demands of its users. Those demands include powerslides and donuts... Speaking to journalists at the global first drive of the all-new Toyota Supra, Supra 'master driver' (and person with cool job title), Herwig Daenens, told media the car's stability control would make it easy to do the aforementioned powerslides and donuts...


Google's Android to underpin Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi infotainment
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Google's Android to underpin Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi infotainment

The list of manufacturers planning to use Google for their infotainment systems has grown from two to five, with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi announcing Android will underpin its alliance-wide infotainment system from 2021. Under a new agreement, vehicles in the alliance will rely on Android for their infotainment, opening the door for Google Maps integration, among other Google Play apps designed specifically in-car operation...


Audi and Porsche collaborating on electric vehicles
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Audi and Porsche collaborating on electric vehicles

Audi and Porsche are working together on what Audi today called the ‘premium platform electric’ (PPE), which will underpin a series of models across vehicles spanning the B, C and D-segments. This partnership's outcome will underpin the upcoming Porsche Taycan, as well as the Audi e-tron Sportback concept expected to be unveiled at the Los Angeles motor show in November...


Lexus ES to debut digital exterior mirrors in Japan
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Lexus ES to debut digital exterior mirrors in Japan

The seventh-generation Lexus ES will be available with a new exterior camera system, which replaces the traditional set of wing mirrors. Vision from the cameras is displayed on 5.0-inch screens mounted at the base of the A-pillars. Whenever the driver uses the car's indicators or engages reverse "the system automatically enhances the corresponding area"...


Tesla Model 3 stolen by reusing mobile phone authentication key
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Tesla Model 3 stolen by reusing mobile phone authentication key

A 21-year-old man has been arrested in Texas after stealing a Tesla Model 3 from a rental company using only the Tesla app, hinting at what could become a more common issue across the industry. It's believed the man gained access to the car by manipulating the Tesla app to unlock and start it, as well as disable GPS tracking...


BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant coming in 2019
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BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant coming in 2019

BMW has announced its competitor to MBUX, dubbed Intelligent Personal Assistant (IPA), ahead of its production debut in March next year. As is now standard in smart speakers from Google, Apple and Amazon, you can prompt the IPA with 'Hey BMW' – good luck to owners with a Google Home – and it'll take care of essentially any of the in-car functions for you...


Apple reports first self-driving crash in California
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Apple reports first self-driving crash in California

An Apple self-driving prototype has been rear-ended on a Silicon Valley expressway, revealing the technology company is still working on autonomous vehicles. According to a report by Automotive News, filings in a criminal case have confirmed Apple has at least 5000 employees working on its self-driving project...


Jaguar Land Rover turns to 'virtual eyes' for self-driving pods
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Jaguar Land Rover turns to 'virtual eyes' for self-driving pods

Small nods to pedestrians, waves for polite drivers and high-beam flashes to warn of impending speed cameras are all part of the fabric making our road system work. They're also beyond reach for cars without an empathetic human behind the wheel. To help self-driving pods better communicate with the world around them, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has turned to a set of (terrifying) virtual eyes...


Japan enlists Toyota, Boeing, Uber to help develop flying cars
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Japan enlists Toyota, Boeing, Uber to help develop flying cars

The Japanese government is hoping to give the flying car industry a boost by bringing together technology, automotive and aeronautical companies. Companies participating in the government initiative include Uber, Boeing, Airbus, NEC, ANA, Japan Airlines, Yamato Holdings, and Cartivator, a startup backed by Toyota...


Autonomous buses 'already close to reality in transport users’ minds' - study
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Autonomous buses 'already close to reality in transport users’ minds' - study

La Trobe University has called for more consideration of autonomous vehicles in future infrastructure planning decisions, having concluded a 12-month self-driving bus trial on campus. More than 500 students and staff rode the 'Autonobus' during its year on the La Trobe Bundoora campus, before providing feedback about the experience...


BMW i3 'energy dispenser' revealed
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BMW i3 'energy dispenser' revealed

BMW engineers are working on a way to use the battery in the i3 as an external power source, as part of a plan to make the car an 'electricity dispenser'. In a video dubbed 'The Simple Life', a BMW i3 – outfitted with chunky tyres and a roof rack, no less – heads through the Swiss hills, with a load of cheese in the back...