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August Industry News

Updated 31 August 2017

Excessive Payment surcharge Ban - Aug 31

From tomorrow every business across Australia will be banned from charging customers excessive surcharges for using certain types of EFTPOS, Mastercard, Visa and American Express cards to make payments. 

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VW recalling 281,000 vehicles due to defect - Aug 30

The US branch of embattled German carmaker Volkswagen announced Tuesday it was recalling 281,000 vehicles to fix a fault fuel pump in another blow to the company's image.

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Artificial intelligence researchers must learn ethics - Aug 29

Scientist who build artificial intelligence and autonomous systems need a strong ethical understanding of the impact their work could have.

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Australians believe self-driving cars and robots the norm in 10 years - Aug 29

The world in 10 years will be almost unrecognisable, according to data released by ServiceSeeking.

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"No thanks" the most common response for a driverless car - Aug 29

A survey found that 55% of respondents will not consider riding in a fully autonomous vehicle. 

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Domino's is testing a self-driving car to deliver pizza - but there's a catch - Aug 29

On Tuesday, Domino's and Ford Motor Company announced that they are testing out self-driving cars as pizza delivery vehicles.

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Uber selects new CEO after controversial resignation of Travis Kalanick - Aug 28

UBER has ended its controversial search for a new boss with Dara Khosrowshahi from travel company Expedia reportedly being selected as CEO.

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Germany draws up rules of the road for driverless cars - Aug 28

Protecting people rather than property or animals will be the priority under pioneering new German legal guidelines for the operation of driverless cars, the transport ministry said on Wednesday.

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Industry and Government collaborate on streets of the future - Aug 28

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), the Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IOTAA)and the Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand (SCCANZ) have announced they will collaborate to build the street of the future in Sydney’s CBD.

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Electric cars: Can they go the distance on vast Australian roads? - Aug 23

Australians appear sceptical of electric cars and hesitant to break up with their beloved and trusted petrol or diesel-fuelled engines.

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Waters secures new multi-year Prodrive deal - Aug 22

Cameron Waters has secured a new multi-year deal to remain at Prodrive Racing Australia in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

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Nearly one third of SA drivers predict a car-less future - Aug 22

More than 30 per cent of South Australians believe they won't own a car in a decade's time, according to research by the Tourism and Transport Forum Australia. 

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Van Gisbergen calls for Safety Car restart rethink - Aug 21

Shane van Gisbergen has called for a rethink of Supercars' Safety Car restart procedures following controversy at the weekend's Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint. 

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AI and the expanstion of the loT - Aug 22

A world where there are no car accidents, congestion is a thing of the past, and artificial intelligence (AI)and Internet of Things drive the future are no longer wishful thinking.

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Can premium car makers SAEV themselves? - Aug 22

The world’s most famous upmarket car brands have begun the fight for survival in a new world of ‘mobility services’.

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Tesla to offer global driver recognition technology - Aug 22

No matter where you are in the world, if you jump into a Tesla, it’ll know who you are and what you like. Apparently.

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Ford Focus recall: Models made between April 2011 and September 2015 featured in safety recall - Aug 17

Ford Australia is writing to owners of 42,988 vehicles to warn them about a fault with their car. 

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Holden cuts dealership franchises across Australia - Aug 17

Holden will shed up to 30 dealership franchises across Australia by the end of the year. 

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The small car that should be on your secondhand shopping list - Aug 17

The i30's appeal grew when Hyundai went from cheap to roomy and refined. Now it ranks high on all small-car shopping lists. 

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No engines, no oil, no radiators. How the auto industry is becoming autonomous - Aug 14

There can be little doubt, according to the research from the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce, that the industry is about to "enter a new phase, as a new entity and with a new direction". 

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Media Release: New Road Vehicle Standards Act Better Protect Consumers and Provide More Choice - Aug 16

The government will introduce the Road Vehicle Standards Bill into Parliament this year (effective from 2019) which will not allow personal importation of new motor vehicles from the UK and Japan. 

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Fuel price confusion to end - Aug 12

New laws mean the price you'll see on signs is the prices you'll actually pay.

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Rosy future predicted for key players in artificial intelligent market - Aug 17

The Global Artificial Intelligence market is poised to grow at a CAGR of above 35% during the forecast period 2015 to 2022.

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Ubers flying taxis could be coming to Australia - Aug 16

Has that hectic peak hour traffic got you dreaming about a more carefree commute? Well, if Uber's ambitions are realised, flying vehicles could be cruising the skies of Sydney and Melbourne as early as 2023.

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Driving efficiency: Chevin's new software to measure vehicle emissions - Aug 16

Chevin Fleet Solutions, a leading global provider of fleet management software, has introduced a newly enhanced ‘Eco Label’ function on its FleetWave software, and says it will be ready to respond to any CO2 legislation changes in Australia.

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Sydney commuters get chance to trial on-demand buses - Aug 16

Sydney commuters will get the chance to book shuttle buses from or near their homes to a local transport hub within the next few months as part of a state government trial of on-demand public transport.

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Toyota and Lexus won't show 'Next-Gen' Autonomous Systems until 2020 - Aug 16

Automakers around the world are battling to one-up each other with a show of technological might through autonomous systems, yet Toyota and its Lexus luxury division won’t step into the arena until 2020 according to reports.

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Treasurer promises 'transparency' at the pump in effort to lower QLD fuel prices - Aug 5

"MTA Queensland has been advocating for regulation on this issue for many years and we see this as a significant win for our members and consumers."

A mother of two desperately acted to save her two young children moments before her SUV exploded in her garage, destroying her home.

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Local automotive industry alive and kicking - Aug 5

Senator Nick Xenophon has called on the federal government to urgently act on recommendations made by a Senate Inquiry in December 2015 to address "critical skills shortages currently crippling large parts of the automotive sector".

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Automatic Automotive Collaboration - Aug 8

Auto parts and electronics company Delphi Automotive is joining with Israeli software maker Mobileye to develop the building blocks for a fully autonomous car, in a project that they hope to be completed in as little as two years.

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Tesla taps debt market in bid to drive Model 3 sales - Aug 9

Tesla took a step towards financing its transformation from a niche builder of pricey luxury cars to a mass-market rival of Fords and Chevrolets, setting plans to raise $US1.5 billion ($1.9bn) in its first-ever sale of traditional bonds.

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Driverless car future means no licence required - Aug 9

People who do not hold driver’s licences, such as the young, elderly and disabled, will potentially be allowed to control driverless cars with no steering wheels or pedals in Australia by 2025.

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Transurban to start driverless car trial - Aug 8

Australia's first trial of driverless vehicles on a toll road in real traffic conditions is set to start later in August on toll road operator Transurban's Melbourne network.

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Kasey Kahne to end 6-year run with Hendrick after 2017 season - Aug 8

The new-generation 2018 Volkswagen Polo is on the horizon, so the company has sexed-up the outgoing current version for one final hurrah.

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