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What Do Self-Driving Cars Mean For Personal Privacy And Data Security?

Autonomous vehicles, or self-driving cars, are likely to be seen more widely on roads in 2015. Already, legislation authorising the use of autonomous vehicles has been introduced in the US states of Nevada, Florida, California and Michigan, with similar legislation being planned for the UK.

To date, these laws have focused on legalising the use of autonomous vehicles and dealing, to an extent, with some of the complex issues relating to liability for accidents. But as with other emerging disruptive technologies, such as drones and wearables, it is essential that issues relating to user privacy and data security are properly addressed prior to the technologies being generally deployed.


BMW And Audi Are Working On Low-Cost Carbon Fibre

Lightweight carbon fibre in your everyday road-going family sedan could be commonplace in the not-too-distant future, with the news that BMW and Audi are working hard to cut the cost of producing the high-tech material by 90 per cent, bringing it into competition with steel and aluminium for mass-market automotive production.


The McLaren F1 Owner's Manual Is A Work Of Art

In the early 1990s, British supercar and Formula One powerhouse McLaren created a masterpiece. The McLaren F1, just over 100 of which were produced between 1992 and 1998, held the record as the world’s fastest car for over a decade until 2005 (toppled by the Bugatti Veyron). With a three-seater layout, a 6.1L V12 sourced from BMW and the world’s first carbon fibre monocoque chassis, the F1 was an engineering marvel and a beautiful sight to behold. Equally gorgeous, but much less publicised, was McLaren’s owner’s manual for the F1.


How To Ride A Big, Heavy Motorcycle Off-Road

There’s no better way to see the world than from two wheels. But, the adventure motorcycles made to do just that are so big and heavy, riding them off the road becomes its own, separate and difficult to master skill. Here’s how to do it.


Ford Sync AppLink Brings Safe Driving And Your Smartphone Together

A big problem with drivers on the road in Australia, at least in my own anecdotal experience, is everyone sneakily looking down at their smartphones when they’re driving and tapping away. They’re usually changing tracks on Spotify, choosing new podcasts, or checking the quickest directions to their lunchtime date. If you buy a new Ford, though, some of your (iOS and Android) smartphone apps will work with steering wheel controls, and let you keep your eyes on the road.


Ford's Smart And Safe MyKey Is Coming To More Cars In 2015

Ford is making it easier for you to make your car safer when you lend it out to your P-plater teenage child for the night. The car maker’s smart MyKey system has been tweaked and improved after a local survey of teenage drivers and their parents, adding more features and more adjustability into an already useful safety setup.


Tesla Motors' Next Big Thing Could Be Assisted Driving

Tesla Motors has been so close to an Australian launch of its Model S all-electric sedan for so long. We’ve been keeping track of every little update, but we know for sure that it’s only a matter of days until the Model S officially launches onto Aussie roads. Further to that, Tesla boss Elon Musk teased a big announcement — and we think we know what it is.


Tesla Motors Lifted A Model S Into Westfield Sydney

Wait. They did what? The guys at Tesla Motors lifted a Model S — one of the first in Australia — up six storeys in mid-air, onto the top floor of the Westfield Sydney shopping centre.


NSW Government Is Ripping Out 10 Speed Cameras

The New South Wales government is set to tear down 10 speed cameras across the state, because they’re not making a difference to road safety. If you live in any of those lucky locations, no eyesore speed cameras and the comfort of knowing you’re living around cautious and responsible drivers.


17 Glorious Minutes Of The Ferrari F40

Cars these days are safe. They can still be very fast, but they’re also constrained by stringent crash regulations and emissions regulations and pedestrian safety standards. In the late ’80s and early ’90s, most of those restrictions weren’t in place. That’s why the world was blessed with vehicles like the Ferrari F40.


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