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This Is Australia's First Electric Car

After two years of research and development in Melbourne and Armidale, the first electric car to be fully designed and built in Australia is about to kick-start local manufacturing in Victoria. The Tomcar LV1, designed for the mining industry, is the first EV from a company with a background in off-road recreational carts and buggies, and is the most Australian vehicle to be assembled in the country for a long time.


University Students Turned Go-Karts Into Mario Kart With Real-Life Power-Ups

Many of us spent a good portion of our university years battling it out in Mario Kart. Those carefully-honed skills aren’t exactly a big seller on your resume, unless you happen to be one of four Colorado State University students who created a real-life version of the game, complete with weapons and power-ups.


You Can Buy This Crazy, Alien-Like 3D Printed Electric Motorcycle

The word Airbus probably brings to mind an image of a hefty aeroplane that flies you around the world. But this time around, Airbus has made a decidedly different kind of vehicle: a 3D printed motorcycle that looks like something straight out of Alien.


No, The First Commercial Google Car Won't Necessarily Be A Chrysler Minivan

Earlier this month, Google and Chrysler announced that they were working together to build self-driving cars based on the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivan. But Google is keen to point out that this is still very much experimentation and not the birth of a commercial vehicle.


Toyota Has Sold Nine Million Hybrids, And Saved Over 25 Billion Litres Of Petrol

Toyota has sold nine million hybrids across the world since the Prius first became available in Japan almost 20 years ago. That’s a lot of batteries. The amount of fuel saved by those hybrids — with a bit of back-of-the-envelope math — is enough for each Toyota hybrid to drive around the entire planet, and then keep going.


RC Trucks Learning To Drift At High Speeds Will Make Self-Driving Cars Safer

Everyone assumes that self-driving cars will stick to the rules of the road as strictly as a teenager taking their driving test. But life is unpredictable, and often fast, evasive manoeuvres are needed to avoid an accident. To ensure they will perform just as reliably when they have to drive more aggressively, this RC truck is learning how to drift all by itself.


This Is Our First Good Look At Uber's Self-Driving Car

In a blog post yesterday, Uber officially showed off the self-driving car that’s been stealthily cruising around Pittsburgh city streets. The car is a hybrid Ford Fusion, one of the more impressive autonomous research vehicles out there, and is currently in the early stages of safety testing.


Google Patented A Sticky Car Hood That Traps Pedestrians Like Flies To Keep Them Safe

Google loves to brag about how its self-driving cars and their ability to save lives by being really good at not crashing into things. But crashes do still happen, and when they do, Google apparently has a backup plan: human flypaper.


Queen Elizabeth Announces UK Push For Autonomous Cars And Drones

Every year, the Queen gives a speech about what the UK government will focus its attentions on over the coming 12 months. Yesterday she explained that, among other things, she wants the country to focus on autonomous cars and drones.


This Month In Dashcams: Crashes, Crashes, Crashes

Video: Put them in charge of a couple of tons of metal, plastic and petrol, and people do some stupid things. Dash Cam Owners Australia has put together another compilation of Australians being morons on our roads — and this month, you get to see all the crashes and fender-benders you’ve been waiting for.


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