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Tesla enables automatic lane change feature in the US

Tesla has begun rolling out an over-the-air software change to its Navigate on Autopilot feature, which allows the car to automatically change lanes when driving on a highway. Previously for cars equipped with Navigate on Autopilot, the vehicle was able to drive accelerate, brake and steer for itself on divided highways...

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Audi e-tron to be the first vehicle in Oz with digital mirrors
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Audi e-tron to be the first vehicle in Oz with digital mirrors

If you thought buying an Audi e-tron quattro would be sufficient for propelling you into the future of mobility, think again. Audi is expected to offer the e-tron locally with the option of digital mirrors – the sleek and energy efficient mirrors that feature built-in high-resolution digital cameras in the place of mirrors...


Renault launches vehicle-to-grid charging pilot
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Renault launches vehicle-to-grid charging pilot

French manufacturer Renault has announced its first large-scale pilot into reversible electric charging, kicking off in the Netherlands and Portugal. In a statement released this week, the company says: "Our alternating-current technology has the particularity of placing the reversible charger inside vehicles, so it just requires a simple, inexpensive adaptation of the existing charging terminals"...


Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Sport long-term review: Infotainment and tech
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Audi A3 2.0 TFSI Sport long-term review: Infotainment and tech

Audi's motto is 'Vorsprung durch Technik', which means 'Being Ahead through Technology'. With that in mind, let's take a closer look at the features available in our Audi A3 long-termer. Being the 2.0 TFSI Sport, the Limited Edition more specifically, there's a substantial amount of high-end technologies included both as standard and optionally on Audi's smallest sedan...


Fully autonomous driving will still need the human touch - Nissan
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Fully autonomous driving will still need the human touch - Nissan

“[Humans] are the best autonomous systems I know of.” So says Dr Maarten Sierhuis, chief technology director for Nissan, and the man charged with guiding the manufacturer’s autonomous driving technology into the future...


AEB could become mandatory in Australia
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AEB could become mandatory in Australia

Australia looks likely to make autonomous emergency braking (AEB) mandatory on all new vehicles sold from the early 2020s, pending the passage of draft UN standards. Unlike the rules soon to face the European Union parliament, which includes lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring and black box data recorders, the United Nations World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations rules relate exclusively to autonomous emergency braking...


Toyota Australia cyber attack: Customers and showrooms unaffected
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Toyota Australia cyber attack: Customers and showrooms unaffected

UPDATED Toyota Australia has confirmed it has been the victim of an attempted cyber attack although it believes no customer data has been accessed.  However, anyone buying a new car that is not already in dealer stock may experience delays in finding the exact model they want...


Tesla adds Dog Mode, Sentry Mode
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Tesla adds Dog Mode, Sentry Mode

Tesla has added two new software features to the Model S, X and 3, thanks to one of its over-the-air updates. The first is Sentry Mode, designed to deter potential thieves. If someone leans on a car with Sentry activated, the car switches into an 'Alert' state and shows a message on the central touchscreen, warning the potential thief the car's cameras are turned on...


Honda reveals in-car commerce prototype at CES
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Honda reveals in-car commerce prototype at CES

Honda has taken its next step into the in-car commerce sphere with the reveal of the Honda Dream Drive prototype infotainment software, which the brand claims to be the "automotive industry’s first integrated driver and passenger infotainment, commerce, services and rewards dashboards within the vehicle environment"...


Mercedes-Benz: Autonomous cars to be region-specific
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Mercedes-Benz: Autonomous cars to be region-specific

Mercedes-Benz says that the use of full autonomous cars in the future will likely be region specific, meaning certain cars will be designed and engineered for certain areas, which will see them unable to operate autonomously in other regions...


Mercedes-Benz: We operate as a software company
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Mercedes-Benz: We operate as a software company

Mercedes-Benz says it has changed its operating rhythm to operate more as a flexible software company rather than a traditional hardware company in order to better deal with the requirements of a digitally connected car going into the future. Speaking to CarAdvice at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the member of the board and head of group R&D at Mercedes-Benz, Ola Kallenius, confirmed the company’s directional change...


Genesis reveals holographic AR display at CES
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Genesis reveals holographic AR display at CES

Hyundai Motor Company has revealed a next-generation head-up display at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, equipped to a special Genesis G80. Developed with WayRay AG, a Swiss 'deep-tech' start-up company, the 'world-first' Holographic Augmented Reality Navigation System uses AR to project navigation prompts and other messages displayed on the road ahead in accordance with the driver's viewing range...


Mercedes ESF 2019 to showcase future of safety
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Mercedes ESF 2019 to showcase future of safety

Mercedes Benz says it plans to show a safety vision concept later this year that will demonstrate the future safety technologies from the German manufacturer. It will mark ten years since the last ESF vision concept debuted in 2009 and will see Mercedes-Benz showcase technologies that are both currently viable and also ones which may still be some time away...


Audi to preview new entertainment tech at CES 2019
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Audi to preview new entertainment tech at CES 2019

Audi has previewed a new concept vehicle for next year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, said to offer a "new entertainment format and mobile device theatre" to excite "all the senses". Just a single interior image has been provided with the accompanying press release, showing a cabin that looks rather similar to that of the e-tron quattro electric SUV...


OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition smartphone revealed
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OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition smartphone revealed

McLaren Automotive is better known for their work in, well, the automotive sphere. However, this week it has revealed its latest creation in collaboration with smartphone manufacturer, OnePlus. Dubbed the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, the new smartphone is based on the company's current flagship phone, the OnePlus 6, and adds some beefier specifications to boot...


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...


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...


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...