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November Industry News

Updated 29 November 2017


Richard Hammond reveals why he will never race again - Nov 28
Richard Hammond has revealed his family have never seen footage of the horror crash which almost killed him earlier this year, adding: "I don't think they ever will."

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Self-driving buses will soon make their way to Singapore - Nov 28

Self-driving buses are quickly making their way around the world.

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Porsche says future cars could teach you how to race - Nov 28

The company has revealed its idea to add an autonomous track mode to its future cars. 

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Two Australian companies helping drive the global autonomous revolution - Nov 27

Holden might have officially shut the door on locally-built cars with the Elizabeth Plant closure, but Australia is still playing a role in shaping the cars of the future. 

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Positioning for an electric vehicle future - Nov 27

It seems reasonable to expect that the rate of adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) will increase markedly in years to come. 

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Ford recall bill detracts from push to electric, driverless cars - Nov 27

Ford chief executive Jim Hackett wants to push the 114-year-old car-maker towards the future as fast as he can.

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Peak body slams Labor's vehicle tax - Nov 25

The peak body representing the automotive industry has spoken out against Labor's increase to vehicle taxes. 

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Japan's latest scandal: Mitsubishi admits faking data - Nov 25

Another day, another admission of wrongdoing by a Japanese corporate giant. 

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Excited about the new Tesla Roadster? Here's the official video and all the pics - Nov 22
Elon Musk stunned the automotive world last week by unveiling a new Tesla Roadster at the launch of the Tesla truck. 

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Uber set for driverless Volvos - Nov 21

Uber has unveiled plans to order tens of thousands of autonomous, driverless Volvos that could be on the streets of cities around the world by 2019. 

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Australia takes lead of lightweight car technology - Nov 21

The Australian Research Council announced today that it would fund the ARC Training Centre in Lightweight Automotive Structures, or ATLAS, that would research how to make future cars lighter and more fuel efficient. 

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Uber strikes deal with Volvo to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars - Nov 21

No one knows what the future of self-driving cars will look like, or how long it will take to get there. But every major player in the field is striking partnerships to be ready for the day when autonomous vehicles finally become mainstream. 

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Headlight issue sees Indian Motorcycles recalled - Nov 21

A recall of some Indian Motorcycles sold in Australia has been initiated after it was found they were fitter with a headlight not matching Australian Design Rules (ADR) requirements. 

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MTAQ Launches Innovation Hub - Nov 16

The Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTA Queensland) has launched the MTAiQ Innovation Hub.

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Oil from recycled tyres tested in real-world conditions - Nov 15

Australian researchers have tested the performance of oil from recycled tyres in a 2.5L diesel vehicle under real world operating conditions. 

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Autonomous car regulations promised by 2020 - Nov 14

The technology is good to go, now the only thing standing between us and allowing our cars to do more of, or all of the driving, are the legalities of autonomous car use. 

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Driverless bus trial to kick off in Victoria - Nov 14

 An autonomous driverless shuttle will transport students around La Trobe University as part of a Government-backed trial that is expected to set the groundwork for the broader introduction of driverless vehicles across Victoria. 

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Dodge making a difference - Nov 15

Cairns based Mark Dodge Motoring - owned by Mark and Sharon Dodge - has won the Motor Trades Association of Queensland 2017 Community Award. 

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Thousands of extra Subaru cars added to Takata Airbag Recall - Nov 14

The effects of the Takata Airbag Recall are still being felt with Subaru Australia updating its list of affected vehicles over the weekend. 

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French beat Google to driverless taxis - Nov 13 

Autonomous robotaxis confirmed for Australia, but each six-seat minivan will cost $380,000.

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500,000 Aussies could join class action against car makers - Nov 13


A class action has been filed against Toyota on behalf of affected customers who were affected by the recall of cars fitted with defective Takata airbags. 

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Charging on ahead - Nov 10

Townsville pacesetter EV North has won the Motor Trades Association of Queensland's 2017 Innovation Award for its conversion of vehicles to electric drive. 

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Automotive Innovation Hub an Australian first - Nov 8

The Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTA Queensland), the automotive industry's peak body in that state, has launched the MTAiQ innovation hub. 

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How the first Holden came about - Nov 8

Australia's motoring industry has well over 100 years of heritage, dating back as far as the mid-1890's with steam powered vehicles. However despite what history tells us, it was the Holden 48-215 that was the first car we could really call our own – built for Australians - by Australians.

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Waymo's self-driving milepost: Humans take a backseat - Nov 8

Waymo is taking a historic step forward in the development of fully driverless cars by unleashing the first fleet of robot vehicles on public roads without humans behind the wheel. 

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Five levels of driving autonomy explained - Nov 6

In the last couple of years one of the big talking points in the car world has been the development of self-driving/autonomous and semi-autonomous cars. 

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Near 8% drop in motorcycle sales through 2017 - Nov 6

It's been a difficult year for most motorcycle brands and their dealers with the latest industry sales figures showing a near 8% decline in sales compared to last year. 

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Acquisition moves Telstra into driver-less vehicles industry - Nov 6

Also in acquisition mode in Telstra, which has acquired GPS telematics and fleet management services outfit MTData. 

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Australian governments slow on electric vehicles - Nov 6

Australia is laggard compared to other countries when it comes to encouraging the use of electric vehicles (EVs).

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Mercedes is testing a self driving S Class in five different continents - Nov 7

Mercedes is on a five-continent road trip with a specially prepared, self-driving S Class that will cultimate at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. 

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Tesla is strugglng with Model 3 production because of delays at its massive Gigafactory - Nov 1

Pasasonic CEO Kazuhiro Tsuga gave everyonea better understanding of why Tesla missed its target for Model 3 production in the third quarter.

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Hands-free driverless testing "5 of 6 years away" for Victoria - Nov 1

Revised regulations could allow autonomous vehicles on California roads without a human minder in the driver seat next year, but it could be five or six years before we see similar tests on local roads. 

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Mercedes-Benz X-Class luxury ute to make Australian debut in early 2018 - Oct 31

The ute market is growing so quickly even luxury brands want in on the action. 

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Waymo's CEO says self-driving cars are 'really close' to being ready for the road - Oct 31

Waymo, Google's autonomous vehicle spinoff, has its testing facility at a decommissioned Air Force base. 

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Over 7,600 Mack Trucks recalled - Oct 31

A recall has been issued for 7,668 Metro-Liner, Trident, Titan, Granite and Super-Liner Mack trucks in Australia. 

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2018 Nissan Leaf review - Oct 31

The 2018 Nissan Leaf must remind people that its maker was the world's real mainstream EV pioneer, even if Silicon Valley gets the plaudits. 

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The real benefits of artificial intelligence - Oct 31

"I propose to consider the question, can machines think?"

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Holden's closure marks end of an era for automotive manufacturing in Australia - Oct 31

Last week marked the end of an era for the automotive manufacturing industry with the closure of Holden's car manufacturing plant in Adelaide's north, after 70 years of operation. 

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