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Car parts giant will speed up

Car parts giant will speed up | Automotive Services | Scoop.it

AUSTRALIA’S largest wholesaler of automotive spare parts has set up a new warehouse in Townsville, which will ­operate as a North Queensland hub.

 

Wholesale car and truck parts business Australian Truck and Autoparts has already established numerous branches across the country and opened its latest site at Crocodile Cres in Mt St John.

 

The company, established in 1981, imports, manufactures, remanufactures and wholesales brake, clutch, suspension, cooling and service products for both passenger and commercial vehicles.

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Autonomous Car Technology Has A Long Way To Go

Autonomous Car Technology Has A Long Way To Go | Automotive Services | Scoop.it

Here’s proof that autonomous car technology still has a long way to go. We nearly crash at 100km/h testing an automatic overtaking system.

 

Less than a week after an autonomous Google car crashed into a municipal bus in California, we got a frightening reminder why cars that can drive themselves are a long way from replacing humans.

 

 

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Frequently unasked questions: Will self-driving cars have morals?

Frequently unasked questions: Will self-driving cars have morals? | Automotive Services | Scoop.it

What I really like about science fiction is, OK, not very much.

However, as some of it is being overtaken by science fact, it could be interesting to revisit Isaac Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics", as they might apply to self-driving cars.

 

Isaac Asimov, the Grand Poobah of sci-fi, was a Russian-born polymath and word factory (he wrote hundreds of books despite also working as biochemistry professor). In his short story Runaround, he set out a moral code for smart machines stating:

 

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

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Is your car costing too much?

Is your car costing too much? | Automotive Services | Scoop.it

Cutting down on your car bills is easy if you have the know-how and put a bit of time and effort in.

 

LIKE electricity costs, car savings are possible when you look for them.

 

I recently downloaded a free mobile app developed and offered to customers by our power provider. Among other things, it allows the bill payer to regularly monitor household electricity use, looking back at the peaks and troughs of consumption, as well as forecasting total use for a month.

 

In the past we, like a high percentage of users I imagine, have simply received an invoice, rolled our eyes when costs were higher than expected, paid up and lived in hope the following month's bill might be less.

 

The beauty of the new app is we can now look in more detail at where the peaks were and be a little more proactive in trying to reduce waste in the future.

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Smart roads industry makes CRC bid

Smart roads industry makes CRC bid | Automotive Services | Scoop.it

THE management company operating Australia’s AutoCRC automotive research organisation is preparing a bid to reinvent the organisation as co-operative research centre focussing on intelligent transport systems, dubbed iMoveCRC.


Currently officially known as Automotive Australia 2020 CRC, AutoCRC will wind up at the end of 2016 after having received the maximum two five-year grants from the federal government, but its management company will continue under the new name Excellerate Australia.

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What are the least sporty sports cars?

What are the least sporty sports cars? | Automotive Services | Scoop.it

Not all sports cars actually deserve the name - even those from the likes of BMW, Aston Martin and MG.


If art is anything you can get away with, as Andy Warhol supposedly said, then so is the word "sports", at least when applied to cars. Here are six machines that have got away with a lot.

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No gears, no gasoline, no problem: check out this hydrogen-powered car

No gears, no gasoline, no problem: check out this hydrogen-powered car | Automotive Services | Scoop.it

A Welsh startup last week unveiled a working prototype of a zero-carbon-emission, hydrogen-powered car with no gears.


With a carbon fibre and aluminium outer shell weighing less than 40 kilograms, keeping the weight of the whole car around 500 kilograms, the Riversimple Rasa is incredibly fuel-efficient, able to traverse 500 kilometres on just 1.5 kilograms of hydrogen.


It can go from zero to 100 kilometres an hour – top speed – in around 10 seconds, thanks to an 8.5 kilowatt fuel cell stack adapted from those usually found in forklifts which powers in-wheel electric motors. The same motors double as brakes.

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Melbourne man turns his old car into a ‘piece of motoring history’

Melbourne man turns his old car into a ‘piece of motoring history’ | Automotive Services | Scoop.it

A Melbourne man has come up with a creative way to draw attention to his old car on Gumtree, editing a photo of the vehicle into iconic situations.


The ad for his 1990 Toyota Camry SV21 shows the car with James Bond, the cast of Fast & Furious and the Beatles.


“As you can see, it has lived a very distinguished life,' Nick from Malvern East in Melbourne began the Gumtree ad.


“A new job means I don't have much need for it. And that just isn't fair on a car which has done so much, and has so much left to do. It needs to be freed! It has places to see, and as sad as it is, I'm not the one to take it there.”


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External airbags reduce side-impact collision force by 30%

External airbags reduce side-impact collision force by 30% | Automotive Services | Scoop.it

Pedestrian Airbags are now a reality and it's looking likely external airbags will be developed to deploy moments before a side-impact collision to keep occupants safer.


IN 2009, MERCEDES-BENZ demonstrated an airbag that deployed under the front of a car milliseconds before a frontal collision to one, act as an anchor and improve the vehicle’s stopping performance and, two to lift the front of the car to avoid it diving under hard brakes. Called the braking bag it was predicted to become a feature on all new-generation Mercedes-Benz vehicles. It didn’t.


Fast forward to now, and pedestrian airbags on vehicles are becoming more common, indeed EuroNCAP is including them as a consideration in testing and ratings. But now researchers and automotive components manufacturers, like ZF TRW, are demonstrating external side airbags.

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MotorWorld Sydney: Australia’s new car festival launches

MotorWorld Sydney: Australia’s new car festival launches | Automotive Services | Scoop.it

MotorWorld Sydney, a new Australian festival designed to connect car buyers, enthusiasts and industry members with everything car-related has been officially launched today, before opening its doors to the public later this year.


The event promises to be “Australia’s biggest drive experience” and the new concept is set to come to life at Sydney Motorsport Park from November 30 to December 4, 2016.


Motor shows have come and gone from the Australian stage over the years, with dwindling crowd numbers and risings costs largely to blame. MotorWorld Sydney organisers, confident in their format, say this is no ordinary motor show.

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How all-wheel drive cars could use less fuel than 2WD

How all-wheel drive cars could use less fuel than 2WD | Automotive Services | Scoop.it

The days of two-wheel drive SUVs could be numbered if car makers can take away one of the biggest factors limiting their all-wheel drive siblings – high fuel use.

Mazda says it is close to developing a four-wheel drive system that is more efficient and uses less fuel than a lighter two-wheel drive system.


Speaking at the inaugural Mazda Ice Academy – a snow and ice driving course designed to highlight advantages of the brand’s i-Activ all-wheel drive system – drivetrain assistant management engineer Tetsushi Marutani said Mazda’s goal was to have an efficient four-wheel drive system “in the near future”.

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Door open today to one of the biggest spare parts sales for Coast car collectors

Door open today to one of the biggest spare parts sales for Coast car collectors | Automotive Services | Scoop.it

WILL Smith has bought a new iPhone as he prepares, for the first time, to open the doors of his Gold Coast Wreckers for one of the biggest spare parts sales staged in Australia.


Sitting on an old stool under his Reedy Creek home office, renowned for the pink FX Holden poking out on the top veranda, Mr Smith yesterday was taking a stream of calls.


His new phone, which has been used to post photographs to a Facebook page, is the only shiny modern piece of technology among the dusty tools stacked to the ceiling.

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How does a rule-abiding driverless car deal with Canberra's tailgating habit?

How does a rule-abiding driverless car deal with Canberra's tailgating habit? | Automotive Services | Scoop.it

In the last few years the emergence of autonomous (or 'driverless') vehicle technology has excited policy makers, pundits and the public.


It conjures up the image of a Jetsons-like future where our cars chauffeur us around, park themselves, and save us from wasting time in traffic.


While autonomous vehicles are exciting, we need to stay realistic about what they can achieve, and what they mean for transport and city planning.


Perhaps the biggest myth to bust is the one that says the prospect of driverless cars means we needn't bother building mass public transport for our cities, like light rail. Nor should we bother with the sustainable planning initiatives that accompany public transport projects – initiatives like slow, people-friendly streets, urban infill, and cycling and walking infrastructure.


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Australia's fastest police car

Australia's fastest police car | Automotive Services | Scoop.it

Victoria Police have taken delivery of the fastest and most expensive police car to earn its stripes. And it's not just for show.

 

Police in Victoria have taken delivery of the fastest, most powerful and most expensive highway patrol car to ever be put into service.

 

Powered by a massive twin-turbocharged V8, the $200,000 Mercedes GLE63 AMG SUV coupe can reach the speed limit in just 4.2 seconds -- quicker than any Holden Commodore or Ford Falcon pursuit sedan.

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World’s fastest car gears up to break land speed record

World’s fastest car gears up to break land speed record | Automotive Services | Scoop.it

A blend of automotive and aerospace engineering, the world's fastest vehicle gets set to hammer the sound barrier.

 

Race-time will soon be upon us. Roaring around the Albert Park track at more than 200km/h, Formula One cars competing in this weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix will once again be putting their tyres to the test.

 

Yet on the drawing board is a very much faster car whose tyre-free metal-alloy wheels could melt sand as it smashes the land speed record.

 

British designers of the Bloodhound Supersonic Car, a cross between a racing car, a fighter jet and a space rocket, aim ultimately to achieve speeds of 1610km/h or more, almost 400 km/h faster than the speed of sound.

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Six Car Maintenance Tips All Drivers Should Follow

Six Car Maintenance Tips All Drivers Should Follow | Automotive Services | Scoop.it

Whether you’re an A to B driver or an enthusiast, every car owner and driver should familiarise themselves with the most important car maintenance tips. A few simple upkeep tricks can help you save money, prolong the life of your vehicle and increase your safety on the road and the safety of your passengers. Here are six maintenance jobs that literally any driver can do.

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Why Diesel is still important?

Why Diesel is still important? | Automotive Services | Scoop.it

Mercedes-Benz says it is committed to diesel power despite fresh questions surrounding the fuel's relevance.

 

Petrol engines have improved remarkably efficient in recent years, and Volkswagen's emissions crisis demonstrates difficulties engineers face when trying to get oil-burning cars to comply with ever-tightening emissions laws.

 

Yet Ola Kallenius, head of sales and marketing for Mercedes-Benz, says the brand's investment in diesel propulsion has not wavered.

 

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Why Australian road legislation needs a re-think

Why Australian road legislation needs a re-think | Automotive Services | Scoop.it

There are stricter speed limits, higher police coverage and more speed cameras, so why are our roads so disorderly?


The speedo has just clicked over 170km/h on a public motorway outside of Munich in Germany this week when the realisation dawns on me. It is time Australia had a re-think on highway speed limits and road enforcement measures.


There is nothing orderly about current safety enforcement measures along Australia's major arterial roads. Time and again, the German case study is a perfect illustration of why.


On open sections of autobahn, drivers are given choice on how fast they want to travel, dependent on weather, traffic conditions, time of day, even their driven vehicle's suitability. Imagine that: autonomy. On other sections, like built-up areas, there is a speed limit enforced.


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The 15 best new cars in showrooms today, according to Australia’s motoring clubs

The 15 best new cars in showrooms today, according to Australia’s motoring clubs | Automotive Services | Scoop.it

A PINT-sized SUV has taken out the Australia’s Best Car awards, as sales figures show we are replacing hatchbacks with ‘faux-wheel-drives’ in record numbers.


The Mazda CX-3 was the overall winner across 15 categories of vehicles, according to the nation’s motoring clubs including the NRMA, RACQ, RACV, RAA, RAC, RACT and AANT.


Judges praised it for resale value, comfort and quality while also being fun to drive.


Notable category winners included the Mitsubishi Mirage (city car), Hyundai i30 (small car), and Toyota HiLux (ute), while the reigning Carsguide Car of the Year, the Kia Sorento, won best family SUV.

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Queensland heat melts car dashboard

Queensland heat melts car dashboard | Automotive Services | Scoop.it

It was so hot this week Queensland has created a new measure of temperature – dashboard-melting hot.


On Tuesday, car detailer Wayne Phillips took this photo of a Toyota Camry's dashboard that had melted under the extreme daytime heat.


In his eight years of operating Wayne's Mobile Car Care, Mr Phillips said it was the first time he had seen a car get that hot.


Wayne Phillips from Wayne's Mobile Car had a melted dashboard to deal with this week due to the hot weather.


"I was in shock, I'd never seen it before.


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New calls to scrap Luxury Car Tax in Australia

New calls to scrap Luxury Car Tax in Australia | Automotive Services | Scoop.it

The top end of town may be able to buy cheaper cars if the Federal Government gets its way.


There are renewed calls to abolish Luxury Car Tax -- which impacts more Toyotas than Mercedes-Benzes -- after the Federal Government announced sweeping changes to vehicle import laws today.


Under the proposed legislation, the Federal Government would allow private buyers to import new vehicles, in an attempt to keep prices low once Australian car manufacturing comes to an end in late 2017.


The car industry is fighting the proposal on the grounds it won't lead to more affordable cars for the masses and would reduce consumer protection for buyers of privately imported cars.


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Automotive Industry accelerated Connected Car Market

Automotive Industry accelerated Connected Car Market | Automotive Services | Scoop.it

Leading companies from across the automotive and transportation sector are supporting the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification to help accelerate the growth of the connected car market, the GSMA announced today.


The interoperable specification has been backed by international brands including General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Renault Nissan, Scania and Volvo Cars, and will enable automakers to remotely provision connectivity over the air to vehicles with an operator of their choice.


It will help to deliver a range of in-vehicle services such as infotainment, real-time navigation, insurance and breakdown services, as well as telematics and remote diagnostics.

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Do grey imports pose dangers?: The risks you might face privately importing a new car

Do grey imports pose dangers?: The risks you might face privately importing a new car | Automotive Services | Scoop.it

Heavy hitters within the Australian new vehicle industry have unanimously slammed the government’s proposal to change the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 and allow parallel ‘grey’ importation of near-new cars from 2018.


Executives from Porsche, Ferrari, Jaguar Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz, as well as the head of the industry’s peak body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), have all derided the proposal, which blind-sided many and is widely seen as a policy backflip.


So what are the government’s proposed changes to the Act, and what are the problems identified and argued by the Australian car industry?


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Why new import rules won't lead to cheaper cars in Australia

Why new import rules won't lead to cheaper cars in Australia | Automotive Services | Scoop.it

The Federal Government wants to herald the arrival of cheaper cars once local manufacturing ends in late 2017, but it hasn’t done it’s sums, say experts.


The Federal Government will announce on Wednesday radical changes that would allow private buyers to import brand new cars -- in the belief they will be cheaper.


But the car industry is expected to fight the proposal on the grounds it won’t lead to more affordable cars for the masses -- and could risk the jobs of dealership staff employed across the country.


The industry also warns the changes would lead to warranty and service complaints and will only benefit the super-rich who can afford luxury models and exotic sports-cars.

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Mazda has over 100 engineers working on resurrecting the rotary engine

Mazda has over 100 engineers working on resurrecting the rotary engine | Automotive Services | Scoop.it

Mazda currently have over 100 engineers working on their next generation rotary engine, according to a company spokesman.                             
The rotary engine, a strange, piston-less internal combustion unit, has defined the brand — largely for a dedicated group of motorheads — since its first production run in 1965 in the Mazda Cosmo.

                                         
Unable to overcome several disadvantages of the engine, including poor emissions and low torque output, the Japanese make ended usage in 2012 when the RX-8 fell from the lineup.                                               
Many car companies have defining characteristics — Volvos are safe, Toyotas are economical, Minis are, well, mini — but few have stuck to suck a specific engineering concept for as long as Mazda. Rotary engines are quite simply an indelible part of the company.                        

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