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Here's The Tech That Will Power The Next Generation Of Driverless Cars

Driverless cars are very cool, but the technology that enables their self-driving smarts requires a novel mix of raw computational and deep learning power, using both general-purpose CPUs and GPUs to crunch real-time data and match it to a massive catalogue of imagery and vehicle profiles. A brand new Nvidia processor, the company says, has the power to finally make it happen.


Could The Rotary Engine Live Again?

With the slow but eventual death of Mazda’s RX-8 in 2012, the Wankel rotary engine fell out of use in road-going production cars. Despite its incredibly simple design — with just three moving parts — it had developed a reputation for being unreliable, oil-burning and fuel-hungry. But a new report out of Japan suggests the rotary, loved by enthusiasts for its distinctive brap-brap sound and driveability, might make a return — in a new Mazda RX-9 at the beginning of the next decade.


How Tesla Just Made The Fastest Car You Can Buy

Tesla has just created the fastest car you can buy — and it’s all thanks to the company’s new 100 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery. The Model S P100D with Ludicrous Mode is a slightly upgraded version of the Model S P90D (with a 90 kWh battery) that was released in March. But this new version can go 0-to-97km/h in just 2.5 seconds.


This Australian Team Just Launched A Giant Racing Drone That Can Hit 200km/h

By now, it’s highly likely you’ve heard of drone racing. Tiny drones, hitting speeds of up to 120km/h, flown through underground carparks and abandoned buildings by pilots wearing goggles which give them a hair-raising first person view of the action. Now, in Australia, a group has built a 1.5-metre 30kg racing drone that can hit 200km/h.


Tesla's New P100D Is 'The Quickest Production Car In The World'

As is fast becoming tradition for the Californian start-up electric car manufacturer, Tesla’s latest incremental battery upgrade option for the Model S and Model X further improves the existing cars’ range and acceleration — now to frankly ridiculous levels. The Tesla Model S P100D’s new 100kWh battery pack, says Tesla, makes it the fastest accelerating production car… in the world. Well, the fastest car that you can buy right now, at least.


The 10 Most Enjoyable Cars You Can Buy In Australia For $10,000

Let’s say you have $10,000 to spend on a new (new for you, not new-new) car. But you want something fun — a car that, while it isn’t necessarily built just for all-out circuit racing or the drags, is a little more enjoyable to drive than your average A-to-B city econobox. With that criteria in mind, we’ve rounded up the 10 most enjoyable cars that you can find in decent condition in Australia for around about $10,000.


$2 Per Ride Levy To Help Fund Victoria's New Ride-Sharing Legislation

Over the next two years, the current licencing regime for taxis, hire cars and ride share services in Victoria will be scrapped. All existing licenses will be removed, as will the knowledge test. In its place will be a new system of “industry accountability”.

A $378 million fund will be available to existing drivers to help with the transition to the new system, which is being partially funded by a $2 per trip levy. That’s right, Victorians, you’ll soon be paying two dollars extra a ride.


Fuel Retailers Say The ACCC Isn't Telling The Whole Story

The national body representing fuel retailers in Australia has openly criticised the ACCC’s June 2016 Quarterly Report on the Australian Petroleum Market for being “somewhat selective” in its most recent commentary on retail petrol price movements — namely that petrol prices have hit a new low — but retailers are charging more than ever.


Petrol Prices Hit New Lows, But Servos Charge More Than Ever

Average petrol prices in 2015 to 16 were at their lowest levels since 2002, according to an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report on the Australian petrol industry. Unfortunately for motorists, gross retail margins in the same period increased to their highest levels — meaning the full benefits of lower international crude oil and refined petrol prices are not being passed on to consumers.


Welp, Australians Are Spending A Lot Of Money On Transport

The average Australian family is spending up to $22,000 every year to get around, according to the Australian Automobile Association.

The AAA commissioned Australia’s first Transport Affordability Index to track transport affordability by analysing tax, tollways, public transport and finance costs as a proportion of average household income across states and territories.


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