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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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Honda develops new fluoride-ion battery with NASA
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Honda develops new fluoride-ion battery with NASA

A team of scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Honda Research Institute have developed a new fluoride-ion battery. In a paper, snappily titled "Room-temperature cycling of metal fluoride electrodes: Liquid electrolytes for high-energy fluoride ion cells", just published in the journal Science, the team, led by Victoria Davis, claims to have created a new type of fluoride-ion battery that works at room temperature...


Aston Martin Valkyrie: What goes into a 1000bhp Cosworth engine?

Aston Martin Valkyrie: What goes into a 1000bhp Cosworth engine?

The internal-combustion engine might be entering its third age and getting sized up for a place in Sunshine Acres, but it's not going out with a whimper. Indeed, in the spectacular form of the 6.5-litre V12 set to power the forthcoming Aston Martin Valkyrie we might have the ultimate expression of a road-legal, suck-squeeze-bang-blow powerplant...


Elon Musk: Tesla driving with 'no driver input' coming soon - UPDATE
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Elon Musk: Tesla driving with 'no driver input' coming soon - UPDATE

Elon Musk has boldly claimed Tesla cars will soon be capable of full autonomy, tweeting his vehicles will "be able to go from your garage at home to parking at work with no driver input at all". As with all Musk tweets, there's not a whole heap of detail about what that looks like and when it'll actually happen...


Tech Tour: Audi A8 infotainment and technology review
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Tech Tour: Audi A8 infotainment and technology review

To say that the Audi A8 is packed with features and technology may be the understatement of 2018. In fact, when we tested the A8 recently, we felt the depths of technological talents deserved their own story. Join us on this guide to just what Audi’s A8 is capable of...


External airbags could reduce injuries by 30 per cent
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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...


Aston Martin unveils reversible EV conversion for classics
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Aston Martin unveils reversible EV conversion for classics

Aston Martin is developing a reversible electric "cassette" powertrain, allowing its classics to be driven in jurisdictions that outlaw the use of internal combustion engines. To demonstrate the idea, the company has unveiled a proof-of-concept model using the 1970 DB6 Mark II Volante as its starting point...


Ferox Azaris: Inside the development of a fluid-powered, Aussie-built concept
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Ferox Azaris: Inside the development of a fluid-powered, Aussie-built concept

Focused as we are on keeping buyers up-to-speed on what's good value today, our bread-and-butter is the new and upcoming models destined for the consumer market. Still, that doesn’t mean we’re not fascinated by the more unusual technology out there, and the big ideas being developed to move transport forward...


2019 Lexus LS gets more safety kit
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2019 Lexus LS gets more safety kit

Lexus Australia has announced some specification upgrades for its flagship LS500 and LS500h limousines, in the form of new active safety and driver assistance technologies. Headlining the additions is a new pedestrian avoidance system which can recognise an imminent collision with a pedestrian and control the vehicle's steering and braking to avoid the accident – dubbed active steering assist...


Mazda has demand for 'about 3000' CarPlay retrofits so far
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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...


Volkswagen adds Siri integration to Car-Net app
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Volkswagen adds Siri integration to Car-Net app

Volkswagen has added Siri capability to its Car-Net smartphone application, allowing owners to use their voice for functions like locking, unlocking and honking the horn. Owners need to be running iOS12 on their device, and can then just say things like "Hey Siri, lock my car" to make the Car-Net integration work...


How self-driving cars will change... sex
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How self-driving cars will change... sex

Self-driving cars are promising change the way our cities are laid out, how we commute, and how car manufacturers sell their products. According to a report from the USA, they're also going to change sex. Speaking with Fast Company, Scott Cohen, deputy director of research of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey, said autonomous vehicles will "provide new forms of competition for hotels and restaurants" when they arrive...


Daimler, Bosch teaming up for San Jose autonomy trials
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Daimler, Bosch teaming up for San Jose autonomy trials

Bosch and Daimler are joining forces for level four and five automated vehicle trials in San Jose, California, set to start in the second half of 2019. The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding with the city, flagging an on-demand ride-hailing service set to be offered to a "selected user community" in the San Carlos/Stevens Creek corridor...


Autopilot makes driver reactions up to three times slower - study
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Autopilot makes driver reactions up to three times slower - study

There have been a number of high-profile crashes involving Tesla Autopilot in 2018, caused by drivers overestimating the semi-autonomous assistance system's capabilities. We know leaning heavily on Level Two automation is risky, but exactly how risky is tough to quantify. A team of Australian researchers is trying to do just that, however, as part of a study into driver attention and semi-autonomous vehicles...


EasyMile: Level 5 autonomy could still be 8-10 years away
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EasyMile: Level 5 autonomy could still be 8-10 years away

As the push towards autonomous vehicles accelerates, car manufacturers are ramping up their claims about what their self-driving cars will be able to do, and when they'll be able to do it. General Motors wants to have a vehicle without pedals or a steering wheel on the road by 2019, while Ford says it'll be building self-driving cars at 'scale' by 2021...


As automation spreads, drivers need to get smarter - expert
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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...


Hyundai, Kia to fit cars with solar roof technology from 2019
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Hyundai, Kia to fit cars with solar roof technology from 2019

Hyundai and Kia have confirmed they will begin offering the option of a solar roof on select models from 2019. The first-generation system, which be available from next year, will feature a silicon photovoltaic solar array attached to a standard roof on hybrid cars. Under optimum conditions, Hyundai says the solar roof can recharge 58 per cent of a hybrid's battery on a summer's day, and around 30 per cent in winter...


Mazda: Apple CarPlay/Android Auto retrofit to cost $495 - UPDATE
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Mazda: Apple CarPlay/Android Auto retrofit to cost $495 - UPDATE

UPDATE: Mazda has today issued a press release that confirms this story, including the price of $494.98, for the retrofit installation of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into all models equipped with the MZD Connect infotainment system. The upgrade is available now, and all new MZD Connect-equipped models entering Australia will have the two platforms installed as standard...


Semi-autonomous systems significantly increase repair costs - study
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Semi-autonomous systems significantly increase repair costs - study

Modern cars are safer than ever before, but the complex sensors and cameras required to make features like autonomous emergency braking and lane-keeping assist work can be seriously costly to fix. That's according to a new report from the North American AAA, which found minor accidents damaging only the bumpers, door mirrors or windscreen can cost up to US$3000 ($4200) more when semi-autonomous technology is involved...


Carbon fibre can be used to store electricity: study
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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...