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Car crash given a shiny, golden makeover and no one knows why

Mashable

They say you can't polish a turd, but you sure can paint a car crash. A vehicular bungle, wherein a Toyota Camry met it's crumpled end at the trunk of a tree on a pedestrian island, has been given a golden new lease on life by an as-yet-unidentified street artist. SEE ALSO: Artist's animated "Illusions" will mesmerize you The vehicle crashed into a North Fitzroy tree in Melbourne, Australia on Oct. 16 and was promptly abandoned with the keys still in the ignition. That's when the mysterious artist literally struck gold, creating a work described by many online as "peak Melbourne." So @VictoriaPolice if a stolen car is left with no attempt to clear for a week the Fitzroy North artists will do what they do.


Toyota recalls over 300,000 Prius cars due to brake problem

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If you purchased a 2016 or 2017 Toyota Prius, you'll probably want to heed the company's latest announcement. Toyota has issued a recall for over 300,000 Prius vehicles due to faulty brakes. In total, 212,000 of the vehicles are in Japan, while 94,000 are in the United States. Thousands of the cars in Europe and Australia have already been recalled, according to the Los Angeles Times. On the involved vehicles, there is a possibility that the parking brake could become inoperative.


Majority of Australians ready for a driverless future: ADVI

ZDNet

Seven in 10 Australians trust autonomous vehicles to take over when they feel tired, bored, or physically and mentally incapable of driving manually, according to a study by the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI). More than 5,000 Australians aged 18 and over were surveyed by ADVI and its academic partners, including the University of New South Wales, through an 80-question survey designed to help guide research, marketing, and vehicle design efforts. According to ADVI's preliminary findings, 69 percent of survey respondents said they would rather a driverless car take the lead when driving was "boring or monotonous", and 60 percent said they would prefer an autonomous vehicle during traffic congestion. Participants said the most likely activity they would spend their time doing in driverless cars was observing scenery at 78 percent, followed by interacting with passengers on 76 percent, resting came in at 52 percent, and doing work-related activities polled at 36 percent. Almost half, 47 percent, of Australians surveyed felt self-driving vehicles would be safer than human drivers.


Google expands self-driving car testing to Phoenix

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Capitalizing on the area's opportunities for extreme temperature testing, Google announced Thursday that it is expanding its self-driving car testing program to Phoenix, Arizona. "The Phoenix area has distinct desert conditions, which will help us better understand how our sensors and cars handle extreme temperatures and dust in the air," said Jennifer Haroon, head of business operations for the Google Self-Driving Car project. "Driving in new cities enables our engineers to further refine our software and adapt to these different environments." Google has four Lexus RX450h crossovers driving around Phoenix digitally mapping lane markers, traffic signals, curb heights, "keep clear" zones and more. Phoenix is the expansion city in the U.S. for Google's self-driving car testing.


Autonomous cars to be trialled on Victorian roads

ZDNet

Autonomous cars will begin travelling on CityLink and the Monash and Tullamarine freeways in Victoria, Australia next year. Beginning in March, the trial will monitor how the cars interact with real-life road conditions such as overhead lane signals, electronic speed signs, and line markings. The cars will also be trialled in semi-autonomous mode with drivers inside and capable of taking the steering wheel if needed to prevent accidents. Australian government to continue focus on digital delivery in 2017 Australian ISPs to block piracy sites from the pocket of content owners TPG outbids MyRepublic to snag Singapore's fourth telco license NBN equity to cost government cash balance AU$2.1b annually by 2027 NBN equity to cost government cash balance AU$2.1b annually by 2027 The trial is expected to take up to two years and will be managed by tolling company Transurban, CityLink's owner. It's also expected that road users will need to wait at least 10 years before they can own a driverless car given the technology being tested is in its infancy.