Category: Technology

THE RISE OF THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming cheaper and more efficient, and their benefit to the environment can’t be overstated. To speed up the adoption of these vehicles, several nations have announced plans to ban the sale of non-electric vehicles, effectively putting…

ELECTRIC VEHICLES AT ELIZABETH PLANT?

Just months after Holden closed its doors, the UK billionaire who saved the Whyalla steelworks is looking to bring car manufacturing back to Adelaide’s northern suburbs. SA Treasurer, Tom Koutsantonis, said Sanjeev Gupta’s company, GFG Alliance, recently approached the State…

NORWAY: ELECTRIC AND HYBRID SALES TOP TRADITIONAL

Sales of electric and hybrid cars in Norway last year outpaced those running on fossil fuels, cementing the country’s position as a global leader in the push to restrict vehicle emissions. Norway, a major oil exporter, would seem an unlikely…

MANDATORY AUTOMATED BRAKING?

In the wake of research showing the technology can reduce rear-end crashes by 38 percent, VicRoads is mounting a campaign to make automated emergency braking standard for all Australian vehicles. Automated emergency braking, which is already being fitted into many…

CHINESE MAKER ATTEMPTS TO REVOLUTIONISE CAR EXPERIENCE

Chinese startup Nio is redesigning the electric vehicle (EV) from the inside out in an effort to eliminate the chore of driving and make transportation a truly comfortable experience. A number of car manufacturers – including industry veterans like Volkswagen…

GET SERIOUS ABOUT CYBER SECURITY

On 13 February 2017, the Australian Senate passed the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016 (Bill). The Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2016 will introduce a mandatory data breach notification rule which will come into effect in February…

ELECTRIC SUPER HIGHWAY FOR QUEENSLAND

The Queensland Government will build one of the world’s longest electric vehicle highways, a 2,000km stretch with 18 free recharging stations. Environment Minister and Acting Main Roads Minister, Steven Miles, officially kick-started the EV revolution in the state with the…

RENAULT-NISSAN ALLIANCE TOP ELECTRIC VEHICLE MAKER

The Renault-Nissan electric vehicle alliance continues to go from strength to strength. The Nissan Leaf is the best-selling all-electric car in history; the Renault Zoe is performing strongly in Europe, and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is also contributing to sales. Including…

KANGAROOS THROW OFF DRIVERLESS CARS

The unusual way kangaroos move is making it difficult for autonomous vehicle sensors to identify them. Volvo Australia’s Technical Manager, David Pickett, recently told the ABC that kangaroos completely throw off the car’s animal detection system. “We’ve noticed with the…

BIG ADVANCE FOR WIRELESS CHARGING OF ELECTRIC CARS

If electric cars could recharge while driving down a highway it would virtually eliminate concerns about their range and lower their cost, perhaps making electricity the standard fuel for vehicles. Now Stanford University scientists have overcome a major hurdle to…