Category: Technology

THE SPOOKY WORLD OF SCI-FI IS UPON US

Keeping up-to-date with emerging technology associated with connected and autonomous vehicles and planning innovative ways to adapt and operate their businesses represent the biggest challenges facing Dealers over the next 15 years. It’s hard to imagine but by 2030 we…

VARYING DEGREES OF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

We won’t suddenly go, overnight, from driving ourselves around to lying back in fully autonomous vehicles. The introduction of the technology will come in stages as outlined below. No automation Also known as ‘driving’, or what we’ve done for more…

ELECTRIC FUTURE NOT GUARANTEED

Most people assume that the future of motoring is electric. Tesla (especially) and others are betting on it. Yet electric cars make up just one per cent of the world car market. Teslas are common in a place like Hong…

PORSCHE AIMS HIGH WITH FIRST ELECTRIC MODEL

Porsche aims to sell 20,000 units per year worldwide of its first attempt at an all-electric car, the Mission E. The challenger to Tesla’s Model S is not due until 2019, although the concept was unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt…

INTELLIGENT TRANSPORT SYSTEMS A STEP CLOSER

An Australia-wide connected vehicle network, known as Co-operative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), is a step closer to being a reality after the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) announced its intention to allocate the 5.9 GHz band by early 2017….

CONNECTIVITY IS THE NEW BLACK: SURVEY

As those who attended the AADA National Dealer Convention would be aware, connectivity and digitalisation have become the biggest drivers of the retail automotive business. This was confirmed by a recent global survey predicting that more than half the global…

CADILLAC JOINS VIRTUAL SHOWROOM MOVEMENT

Following the lead of Tesla, Cadillac Dealers in the United States are being asked to consider establishing ‘virtual’ showrooms. With rapid improvements in virtual reality technology, prospective car buyers will be able to ‘test drive’ a vehicle by putting on…

Audi takes on Tesla

Audi has, with the announcement it will release three models by 2020, signalled its intention to take on Tesla in the electric vehicle market. It will also form a new subsidiary to develop autonomous cars. The company openly admits its…

Samsung bets on electric cars

The Yuan is BYD’s latest plug-in hybrid mini SUV. Samsung Electronics says it will acquire a stake in BYD through the Chinese electric vehicle and battery maker’s ongoing US$2.3 billion (A$3bn) share sale, as the South Korean technology giant bets…

TESLA’S FATAL AUTOPILOT CRASH

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun a preliminary investigation into 25,000 Tesla Motors Model S cars after a fatal crash involving a vehicle using the ‘Autopilot’ mode. The agency said the crash came in a 2015 Model…