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Isle of Man may hand over its roads to self-driving cars

Matt McFarland   Small, self-governing island's transport minister leading push to attract companies that make autonomous cars.

Insurers set to track driver behaviour

Telematics combines informatics and telecommunications in vehicles to make them smarter, and allows companies to monitor ...

Ruth Liew   The increasing roll out of cars equipped with monitoring technology will inevitably fuel the rise of telematics insurance.

Here's why 20cm matters to the car industry

John Ristevski, vice president, reality capture and processing for digital map maker HERE.

Marco della Cava   ​If the coming age of the transport revolution, the machines will need the help of John Ristevski.

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Tesla Model S owners in Australia get access to in-car Spotify Premium

All Tesla Model S cars in Australia will be receiving an automatic upgrade to Spotify Premium.

Tesla owners get full access to Spotify without ads, monthly subscriptions or data costs.

Why you shouldn't buy a hoverboard for Christmas

A 16-year-old was knocked out after falling off a 'hoverboard' he received for Christmas in Elenora Heights.

Katie Burgess   The hottest gift under Australian Christmas trees this year may actually set your house on fire.

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Ford's high-tech emergency-aid feature may have tattled on its driver

Cathy Bernstein.

Hayley Tsukayama   A Florida woman was reportedly arrested and placed into custody last week after her car implicated her in at least one alleged hit-and-run incident.

Exploding 'hoverboards' heading for a Christmas tree near you

A 16-year-old was knocked out after falling off a 'hoverboard' he received for Christmas in Elenora Heights.

Liam Mannix   Warnings notes sound over cheap, self-balancing scooters - or hoverboards - which are expected to be a popular gift this year. They have a tendency to overheat, catch fire, or blow up.

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Google's chief of self-driving cars downplays 'the trolley problem'

Google’s Chris Urmson has responded to the debate over the ethics of how a self-driving car should respond if it could ...

Matt McFarland   Should your self-driving car risk your life to avoid hitting multiple people?


'Hoverboards' on Xmas naughty list

Chic-Robot Smart S1.

Keegan Thomson   Children across NSW could be waking up disappointed on Christmas Day if their parents follow the advice of the state's Minister for Roads Duncan Gay.

Mysterious $1.4b start-up to take on Tesla

A rendering of Faraday Future's manufacturing plant.

Jerry Hirsch and Samantha Masunaga   Cast of highly pedigreed people are planning a factory that will churn out the next luxury electric car.

Fuel metal jacket

The Tesla Model X is a key competitor in the battle between hydrogen-powered and electric cars.

Alan Tovey   Hydrogen or electric: which will drive petrol off road? Battery champions like Elon Musk are taking on the Japanese giants in the battle to power the cars of tomorrow.


Steve Jobs considered building an Apple Car in 2008

Busy with iPhone plans, Steve Jobs decided not to move forward with the Apple car idea back in 2008.

Adam Satariano   With more than $US200 billion in cash and investments on its balance sheet, Apple certainly has the resources to build a car (and a spaceship).

Apple's car ambitions destroy start-up

Tim Cook's Apple is poaching employees from other companies, sometimes leading to those companies no longer existing.

Julia Love   Apple's aggressive recruitment of car experts as it explores a vehicle leaves promising start-up dead.

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Pump in my car: great audio for road warriors

Units such as the Pioneer DEH P99RS can deliver top quality sound inside the car.

Rod Easdown   Ignore the naysayers and enjoy premium sound while you drive.

Volkswagen scandal shows a need for more tech, not less

dirty exhaust.

Farhad Manjoo   You could be forgiven for reacting to the Volkswagen scandal by yearning for the halcyon era of dumb cars.


This is the closest thing to a flying car you can get today

The Icon A5 can cruise to a little over 300 metres.

Justin Ocean   Transportable, foldable aircraft for recreational use is as awesome as it looks.

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Autonomous taxis are nothing personal, just business.

Taxi drivers block a street to protest the Uber ride-sharing service in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil. Cab drivers ...

Andrew Masterson   The "sharing economy" is no soft-and-fluffy alternative to capitalism.

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Google's driverless cars have a problem: other drivers

A Google self-driving car in California. Google cars regularly take the most cautious approach, but that can put them ...

Matt Richtel, Conor Dougherty   Google, a leader in efforts to create driverless cars, has run into an odd safety conundrum: humans.

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Security researcher who hacked Jeep leaves job at Twitter

Charlie Miller at the Black Hat security conference.

Joseph Menn   The security researcher who hacked into a moving Jeep earlier this year has resigned as an engineer at Twitter Inc after three years on the job, a person familiar with the matter said.

'It's pretty much like gliding'

A man rides his airwheel through the streets of Sydney.

Jacob Saulwick   To reach his office in Circular Quay, Brendan Wong used to cross Pyrmont Bridge and stroll through the CBD. In hindsight, that seems positively energetic.