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Carmaker tests heated steering wheels to help drivers pay attention
A ‘sensory steering wheel’ that can be quickly heated and cooled could tell drivers when and where to turn, when to change lanes, or when approaching an intersection.
R.I.P car keys: New Hyundai tech lets you use your phone
The new tech enables you to use your phone to lock and unlock your car, start it, save your individual settings, and control it remotely in ride sharing.
Vehicle security startup Trillium recognised by innovation platform
Trillium's global research and development centres develop cybersecurity solutions for vehicle fleets.
BMW launches wireless EV charger
BMW has launched a factory-fitted, fully integrated inductive charging facility for the high-voltage battery in a plug-in hybrid vehicle.
Should we be worried about ‘buggy’ EVs
A group of citizen scientists are planting tracking devices in electric vans and cars to measure their performance every minute of the day.
HAVAL unveils autonomous EV at Auto China 2018
HAVAL unveiled a raft of new vehicles boasting new engine technologies.
New standards for vehicle repairs as more EVs enter NZ
New standards have been introduced by the country’s largest body of panel beaters to cope with increasing numbers of EVs.
Uber aims to ‘elevate’ its service with flying taxis
According to Uber vertical takeoff and landing aircraft will bring far-reaching changes to global cities.
The Kia Niro EV to arrive in NZ early 2019
An all-electric version of the Kia Niro SUV has been unveiled at a special event.
Volvo Cars and Trucks share live vehicle data, creepy or efficient?
From 2018, live and anonymised data will be shared between selected Volvo trucks and cars.
HAVAL reveals a new plug-in hybrid car
HAVAL has previewed its first plug-in hybrid ahead of its official reveal.
Kiwis ditching car ownership in favour of car-sharing
An industry expert says local uptake of peer-to-peer vehicle renting is part of an international trend.
Ford’s new window can help the visually impaired “see” the road
Feel The View takes pictures that are turned into high-contrast monochrome images, these are then reproduced on the glass using special LEDs.
NZ company to supply 150 autonomous shuttles to Korea
“This is a significant development for Ohmio and a major ‘vote of confidence’ in what we have developed."
How EVs could possibly minimise international conflict
This month’s flip the fleet poll asked EV owners their main reason for buying their cars.
Mandatory autonomous safety systems could save hundreds of Kiwi lives
AEB is already standard in many new vehicles sold in NZ but is not yet compulsory.
How NZ businesses aim to future-proof their fleets with EVs
New Zealand businesses are increasingly embracing more sustainable transport options to get their employees from A to B.
Everything you need to know about autonomous vehicles
Vehicles can be categorised according to the ADAS features they offer and there are six levels of automation.
Could Labour's fuel tax be a good thing for EV owners?
Meridian Energy is supporting the opportunity to increase the uptake of EVs created by Government’s new transport plan.
Waymo and Land Rover collaborate on autonomous vehicle
The two companies aim to develop the world’s first premium self-driving electric vehicle.
How NZ is becoming the world’s living tech lab
"New Zealand now has a global reputation for technology leadership in space, GPS, artificial intelligence, IoT, agritech and creative technologies."
Kiwi startup aims to remove the cost barrier for electric vehicles
A startup in Rotorua wants to make second-hand electric vehicles more affordable to encourage the use of sustainable transport.
Lower Hutt to ‘buzz’ with electric vehicles
The silent convoy will give Hutt City residents a chance to test drive some electric cars.
The VW Bus is back, and it’s gone green
The I.D. Buzz is the second EV concept that VW has revealed for production.