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…

BRITISH REPORT SEES BILLIONS IN DIGITAL MANUFACTURING

A British report commissioned by KPMG has highlighted the opportunity for the automotive industry to make billions of pounds over the next two decades by embracing digital manufacturing. The first-ever report on the potential of digital automotive manufacturing in the…

MERCEDES-MAYBACH LAUNCH NEW LUXURY ELECTRIC CONCEPT

Mercedes-Maybach last month launched its new concept vehicle, the Vision 6 Cabriolet, at the 2017 Monterey Car Week in California. The concept car is a glamorous luxury convertible that runs exclusively on electricity. The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet takes modern…

VOLVO TO GO FULLY ELECTRIC BY 2019

Volvo plans to build only electric and hybrid vehicles, starting in 2019, making it the first major automaker to abandon cars and SUVs powered solely by the internal combustion engine. Chief Executive, Hakan Samuelsson, said the move was dictated by…

RECORD SALES MONTHS IN JULY, AUGUST

Australia’s motor industry has now posted five months of record sales for 2017, with August the fourth successive month of record gains and the highest August outcome on record, according to the motor industry’s official statistical service, VFACTS. The August…

3D SCANNER TO IMPROVE TYRE SAFETY

A Finnish tyre manufacturer has developed new 3D scanning technology to help drivers easily assess the safety of their tyres. A study of the safety-related aspects of tyre use showed that 25 percent of tyre-related accidents occurred because the tyre’s…

5 THINGS TOP SALES PERFORMERS DO IN 2017

For the past 15 years I’ve worked in and with sales teams and it seems every team is the same: a mix of three groups of people is always evident: Group 1: The top performers, always always earning the big…

FIAT CHRYSLER JOINS BMW AUTONOMOUS DEVELOPMENT GROUP

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will join the BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye to develop a state-of-the-art autonomous driving platform. Delphi is also on board as a development partner and system integrator. The partners intend to jointly deploy a cooperation model to…

PETROL TOO EXPENSIVE IN CAIRNS

Cairns petrol stations make 38 percent more profit on fuel sales than the national average, according to an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) report. ACCC Chairman, Rod Sims, said the reason was the lack of “vigorous and effective competitors”….