News: Tesla updating Autopilot feature 

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Tesla Motors chief executive Elon Musk said on Sunday the automaker was updating its semi-autonomous driving system Autopilot, which could potentially have prevented a fatality in May.

Musk said the update, which will be available within a week or two through an “over-the-air” software update, would rely foremost on radar to give Tesla’s cars a better sense of what is around them and when to brake.

New restrictions of Autopilot 8.0 are a nod to widespread concerns that the system lulled users into a false sense of security through its “hands-off” driving capability. The updated system now will temporarily prevent drivers from using the system if they do not respond to audible warnings to take back control of the car. Continue reading “Tesla updating Autopilot feature ” »

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News: Holden in unique one-street model launch

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Holden_Colorado Place100916_001Holden’s corporate affairs team has pulled off a unique promotion – launching its new Colorado ute to just one street.

That is a cul-de-sac to be precise, Colorado Place in Avondale, Aiclland.

Residents of the 17 households which make up Colorado Place were treated on Saturday to a unique one-off event today, as Holden celebrated the arrival of the new Colorado with an impromptu street party. Continue reading “Holden in unique one-street model launch” »

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News: Volvo launches massive autonomous-drive test

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Cheaper fuel means people are spending less overall according to the latest Statistics NZ figures.

Total retail spending using electronic cards was $4.7 billion in August 2016, up $166 million (3.7%) from August 2015.

Of the six retail industries, the only decrease was in the fuel industry, down $36 million (6.1%). Continue reading “Volvo launches massive autonomous-drive test” »

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News: Market leading Ranger gets upgrades and Euro V engine

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From September Ford is adding it’s Sync III communications system to the XLT and Wildtrak variants of the top selling Ranger Ute, and from November it is installing a new Euro V compliant engine.

In the year to August 31, 2016, the Ford Ranger is now more than 1400 units ahead of the Toyota Hilux and more than 2000 units ahead of the Corolla.

Ford New Zealand marketing manager Cameron Thomas says the company is not resting on its laurels. Continue reading “Market leading Ranger gets upgrades and Euro V engine” »

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News: Holden releasing Colorado pricing before on sale date

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Holdens is announcing the list of recommended retail pricing for the new Colorado a few days ahead of its official on-sale date of Saturday, September 10.

As the Ranger ute is to Ford, the Colorado pick-up is Holden New Zealand’s top-selling vehicle, so the local distribution arm of General Motors is maintaining the current retail pricing on all 4×2 Colorado variants while 4×4 models see a $1000 increase across the range.

“The value equation offered by Colorado is better than even before, with new standard features equating to thousands of dollars of added enhancements,” says Holden New Zealand, managing director Kristian Aquilina. Continue reading “Holden releasing Colorado pricing before on sale date” »

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News: Flowers over car accessories

paymarkPaymark network spending patterns reveal that Father’s Day gifts have changed over the years, with increased spending on flowers over car accessories.

The data shows that overall the value of underlying spending that passed through the Paymark network decreased 0.8% in seasonally adjusted terms between July and August. This was partly due to lower spending on fuel, but there were also declines amongst other sectors.

However, it will take several more weeks to determine whether the spending momentum has slowed or whether a pre-occupation with the Olympic Games or other distractions are to blame during the month. Continue reading “Flowers over car accessories” »

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News: First Autonomous Vehicle on NZ Roads within Months

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The country’s first official demonstration of an autonomous driving vehicle using New Zealand roads is set to take place within months.

The New Zealand Traffic Institute (Trafinz), Volvo, New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and the Ministry of Transport have come together to show how an autonomous vehicle will handle New Zealand’s road conditions.

Car manufacturer Volvo will demonstrate the technology on a 10-15km stretch of public road in Tauranga as part of the national Trafinz transport conference. Continue reading “First Autonomous Vehicle on NZ Roads within Months” »

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News: Daimler sets sights on EVs

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German carmaker Daimler plans to roll out at least six, and possibly as many as nine, electric vehicle (EV) models as part of its push to compete with Tesla and Audi.

The maker of Mercedes-Benz remains on track to unveil a new electric car at the Paris motor show next month after saying in July it had accelerated development of premium electric cars, a segment currently dominated by Tesla.

German trade magazine Automobilwoche earlier cited company sources saying Daimler intends to bring to market more than six EV models between 2018 and 2024. Continue reading “Daimler sets sights on EVs” »

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