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March Industry News

Updated 27 March 2018

Being a driver-less car passenger proves 'unsettling and extraordinary' - Mar 26

The latest UK entry in the race to revolutionise roads goes for a spin despite the first such vehicle death in the US last week. 

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New Zealand made driverless vehicle joins trial at Christchurch Airport - Mar 26

Christchurch Airport in New Zealand will add a new locally-built self-driving bus to its trial of fully autonomous vehicles on the roads and car parks surrounding the airport.

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Nissan outlines electric and autonomous future - Mar 26

Nissan has announced is near-future plan to release a barrage of electrified vehicles and autonomous technology in its upcoming models.

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Increased interest in alternatives to petrol - Mar 26

More than 2.2 million Australians intend to buy a new vehicle in the next four years, according to Roy Morgan research, and only 61.9 per cent think their next vehicle is most likely to have a petrol engine.

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Two Australian manufacturers of different backgrounds are collaborating to make spectacles from recycled plastic.

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Uber suspends self-driving car tests after pedestrian death in Arizona - Mar 20

An Uber self-driving car has hit and killed a woman crossing the street in Arizona, marking the first fatality caused by a fully autonomous vehicle and a potential blow to the technology expected to transform transportation.

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Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster will eventually crash - and scientist think they know where and by when - Mar 19

On February 6, SpaceX launched the world's most powerful operational rocket, called Falcon Heavy, for the first time.

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When you finally ride in a self-driving car, you'll probably just fall asleep - Mar 17

What are we going to do with ourselves in the coming years when our autonomous vehicles are doing all the hard work of driving for us? If the latest video from Waymo is anything to go by, we'll be checking our phones, taking selfies, and... nodding off to sleep.

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Toyota, Uber in talks on self-driving tech: Nikkei - Mar 17

Uber Technologies is discussing the possibility of installing its self-driving system in Toyota Motor Co vehicles as the US ride-hailing firm seeks to sell its autonomous driving technology to outside companies, the Nikkei reported on Friday.

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Are Australian's still buying new cars? - Mar 16

Over 2.2 million Aussies are intending to buy a new car in the near future.

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Lexus: Autonomous vehicles 'very dangerous' in cities - Mar 13

Current autonomous technology isn't yet mature, and letting self-driving cars loose with 2018's systems is dangerous - at least, it is according to Lexus.

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Volkswagens in Australia using more diesel after recall, research find - Mar 12

 Volkswagen cars in Australia are guzzling up to 14% more diesel fuel after a recall fix designed to cut emissions, research has found, reigniting calls for emissions to be tested in the real world rather than a laboratory.

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Toyota recalls 48,000 cars to check repaired airbags - Mar 12

The manufacturer says “some replacement passenger's front air bag inflators may have been incorrectly installed” in Corolla and Rukus models built between 2007 and 2012. 

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The future of bikes - Mar 11

For the last century or so we’ve seen remarkable developments in motorcycling and road transport as a whole. But over the next decade some of the fundamental elements that have remained constant throughout that time are set to be shaken up.

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2018 Geneva Motor Show - Greatest Hits Compilation - Mar 11

The various glitzy debuts, dramatic reveals, and subdued unwraps scheduled for the 2018 Geneva motor show came and went. Now as the flurry of news, announcements, and direction changes has had some time to settle, let’s go back into the fray with some wiser eyes to make sense of all this.

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Big Fields for Bathurst 6 Hour Supports - Mar 6

Bumper fields have been announced for all five support category’s for Easter’s Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour.
Circuit Excel and Porsche Club of NSW Regularity each boast 55-car entry lists, while Historic Touring Cars has 53 cars, NSW Production Sports Cars 33, and Historic Formula Ford 32 cars.

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Volkswagen reveals a stunning electric concept car that shows how serious it is about taking on Tesla - Mar 6

As Volkswagen prepares to launch its I.D. series of electric cars in 2020, the company unveiled the I.D. Vizzion concept at the Geneva International Motor Show on Monday. While Volkswagen has not announced concrete plans to make a production version of the I.D. Vizzion, its electric drivetrain and self-driving technology point toward the automotive industry’s future.

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New car sales have increased in February 2018 - Mar 6

A monthly report published by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has shown new car sales are continuing to rise.

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Autonomous Vehicles will soon be able to see around corners and spot danger before we can - Mar 6

Many autonomous vehicles use technology known as LIDAR (light Imaging, detection and ranging) to understand the world around them. In the simplest terms, LIDAR bounces light off objects to see where they are and to build a picture of what they look like. With this information, the car can then differentiate between various objects including vehicles, road markings and people to safely navigate the roads.

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Autonomous Bus Trial Takes Off - Mar 7

Free trips on a futuristic shuttle were on offer last week in Ipswich, as the Ipswich City Council trials electric autonomous vehicles.

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The Future of Car Parking for Developers - Mar 6

The transition to autonomous vehicles is predicted to encompass 45 percent of Australian vehicle ownership by 2040, posing new complications for developers as they consider the future of car parking.

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Drivers urged to take the airbag recall seriously and check their cars - Mar 1

Drivers are being urged not to take the largest airbag recall in automotive history lightly with over four million cars deemed a serious threat on Australian roads.

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