Category: Technology

AUTONOMOUS CARS: HOW SAFE IS SAFE ENOUGH?

It is just a matter of time until most, if not all, of the traffic on our roads consists of driverless vehicles. The question is at what point will we consider autonomous technology safe enough to take the human out…

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: NOT IF BUT WHEN

It’s no news to anyone that autonomous vehicles are coming, and in a big way. The more pertinent question is when – when will we reach the tipping point? Driverless trucks are the future of the freight industry. Leading equipment…

AI BREAKTHROUGH FOR AUTONOMOUS CARS

A new Artificial Intelligence (AI) computing platform promises to be the breakthrough that will make autonomous vehicles affordable and practical without prohibitive infrastructure investment by governments. American technology company, Nvidia, has developed an open AI car computing platform that enables…

THE INEVITABLE RISE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

More than most industries the automotive industry is at the front line of the technological revolution that will see artificial intelligence (AI) and automation completely alter the way we live, move and do business. A new report, titled “Amplifying Human…

‘VENDING MACHINE’ CAR RETAILER TO GO PUBLIC

A US used car retailer that allows customers to buy cars online and pick them up from towers resembling giant vending machines has, according to reports, approached investment banks for an initial public offering. The company, Carvana, has supposedly hired…

UK’S EV UPTAKE OUTSTRIPS CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE

The United Kingdom’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure is struggling to keep pace with the public’s increased uptake of electric vehicles (EVs). According to data obtained from charge point database Zap-Map by UK online publication Auto Express, by the end of…

TESLA TO TARGET UTE MARKET

Tesla founder Elon Musk’s plan to diversify his electric vehicle stable beyond luxury vehicles to utes is gathering interest among Australian tradespeople. The Toyota Hilux was Australia’s biggest-selling car in 2016 while, in the US, Ford’s F-150 ‘pickup truck’ is…

OPEN SOURCE FOR AUTONOMOUS CAR

Educational tech company, Udacity, whose plans for a self-driving car concept we detailed last edition, promised to open source the complete design. To that end the company has released its self-driving car simulator via open source licence. With a working…

KIDS BORN TODAY WILL NEVER DRIVE A CAR… OR WILL THEY?

With the rate of technological change seemingly increasing by the week, most accept that autonomous vehicles are coming; it’s just a question of when. Some, like Henrik Christensen, the head of UC San Diego’s Contextual Robotics Institute, predict that kids…

UNLIMITED RANGE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES?

A new dynamic charging technology being developed by Honda could provide electric vehicles (EVs) with unlimited range. ‘Dynamic charging’, which is the ability to both supply power and charge the battery while driving, is a potential game-changer for EVs. Honda…