Australia

Jeep Australia launches Wrangler ‘Dragon Edition’

Jeep Australia has just launched a second special edition of its widely acclaimed iconic off-road four-wheel-drive stalwart Wrangler.

The new Dragon Edition is based on the Wrangler Unlimited Overland four-door, but some noticeable improvements and additions allow it to look unique. The new special edition adds 18-inch wheels, bronze highlights to the front-end garnishes, badges and the Mopar fuel door bolts.

Time to invest in improved mobile coverage is now: Bush Alliance

Mobile access is an essential element for the future of remote and rural parts of Australia and thus it is a time to make investments to improve mobile coverage, the Broadband for the Bush Alliance said.

John Huigen, chairperson of the Broadband for the Bush Alliance, NBN satellite service would not be sufficient to meet the Internet needs of the country's most remote areas.

He suggested that mobile coverage should be extended to the 3 per cent of households that currently set to get NBN's satellite Internet service.

All Australian networks can send emergency text alerts

All mobile phone networks in Australia can now send emergency text alerts to mobile phone users near an emergency.

Previously, emergency text alerts could be sent only to a mobile phone's registered service address. It means visitors to the area didn't receive these warning text messages.

Optus network and Vodafone Hutchison Australia network will join Telstra, which was thus far the only network able to send emergency text messages.

The change aims at reaching all active mobile phone users, including those roaming on various Australian mobile phone networks.

New rules allow Victoria Police to hide speed cameras

Victoria Police can now hide their speed camera cars to protect operators from angry motorists, thanks to new rules.

The re-written operating rules state that mobile speed camera cars can be hidden behind vegetation, road signs or street posts.

Superintendent Dean McWhirter said that the re-written camera operating rules particularly aimed at enhancing safety for the operators of the mobile camera.

Australians create world’s first attention-powered car

The Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia has unveiled an Attention Powered Car that runs on full capacity only if its driver is fully alert.

Created by the Royal Automobile Club in partnership with electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring headgear-maker Emotiv, the Attention Powered Car, a Hyundai i40, aims at decreasing the number of accidents caused due to inattentive driving.

Redland residents will be better off under Coalition plan: Andrew Laming

Redland residents need not sign a petition calling on the government to provide a fibre-to-the-home broadband network instead of a fibre-to-the-node scheme as they would be better off under the Coalition plan, Bowman MP Andrew Laming said.

Triggered by Nick Paine, a business student at Queensland University, the online petition calling on the Abbott government to offer fibre-to-the-home broadband network to residents has already gained as many as 265,000 signatures.

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