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Mazda rolls out Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in SA

While Apple CarPlay’s been available in South Africa for a while, Android Auto only officially made its way to South Africa earlier this year. Japanese car maker Mazda this week announced that certain models in its lineup will now support both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There’s one catch though, if you’re a Mazda owner and keen on connecting your mobile phone to your car via Apple...[Read More]

BMW ConnectedDrive: So connected, you’re free

What can your BMW do for you? Get you to your destination on time? Provide answers to all your questions? Or keep you entertained at all times? How about all of the above, and more. YOUR ASSISTANT The exceptional services of BMW ConnectedDrive give you the best possible support before and during every journey. Looking for the best Italian restaurant in town or an on-duty pharmacist over the weeken...[Read More]

The battle to be the Amazon (or Netflix) of transport

High-tech companies and venture capitalists have been striving to break into the transport and mobility market. Between 2016 and 2018, venture capital investment in urban technology surpassed that of many other areas, including pharmaceuticals and artificial intelligence. Almost 70% of this investment was in mobility. There are many players in this space, but the three largest are Alphabet, Uber a...[Read More]

Lego made a full-sized, drivable Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron

It just just a couple of years ago that we were impressed by this time-lapse of a Lego Porsche 911 GT3 build, a task that took far longer than the compressed 25 minutes. We’d absolutely love to see how long it took to build Lego’s life-sized Bugatti Chiron, which uses more than a million pieces of Lego Technic in its construction. And if your first question is ‘Why?’ then y...[Read More]

Sweden’s new road powers electric vehicles – what’s the environmental impact?

Sweden has built the first smart road that will allow electric vehicles to charge as they drive. The eRoadArlanda pilot scheme, which covers two kilometres of road outside Stockholm, is an attempt to solve one of the biggest challenges that the transport industry faces. Namely, how to move freight and people in a way that neither damages the climate through greenhouse gas emissions nor the quality...[Read More]

Driverless cars are already here but the roads aren’t ready for them

The recent deaths of a woman struck by a car Uber was testing in driverless mode and of a man whose Tesla Model X crashed when his hands were off the steering wheel because he was letting the car do some of the driving may shift the debate over autonomous vehicles. Those tragic fatalities are raising overdue questions about whether people and places will be ready when this new technology moves fro...[Read More]

Formula E racing puts power in the hands of fans

Imagine this. You are an elite racing driver competing at a prestigious event on the streets of New York. You’re in a good position, preparing to accelerate up to 220km/h, when one of your main rivals sails past, thanks to a boost of energy fans voted to give them. This is “Fanboost” in action, an initiative of the FIA Formula E series that has the potential to radically change the way fans engage...[Read More]

Electric vehicles are changing the world. And they’re only just getting started

Global interest in climate change – its effects on the environment and society more broadly – is probably at an all time high. Countries around the world, with the glaring exception of the US under President Donald Trump, are increasingly acknowledging the shift that’s needed from a fossil fuel-driven economy to one that is sustainable, green and attempts to mitigate climate change. One area where...[Read More]

Redefining ‘safety’ for self-driving cars

In early November, a self-driving shuttle and a delivery truck collided in Las Vegas. The event, in which no one was injured and no property was seriously damaged, attracted media and public attention in part because one of the vehicles was driving itself – and because that shuttle had been operating for only less than an hour before the crash. It’s not the first collision involving a self-driving...[Read More]

End of the road for traditional vehicles? Here are the facts

New sales of petrol and diesel cars will be banned by 2040 in the UK, which has since been joined by France. Sweden and Scotland will impose the ban by 2032, and Norway by 2025. Coupled with increasing concern over the carcinogenic effects of diesel emissions, the Volkswagen defeat device scandal, and the link between diesel particulates and Alzheimer’s, focus has turned again to electric cars. Th...[Read More]

Pizza delivery by robot cars has arrived with big questions

People in Ann Arbor, Mich., are experiencing home food-delivery without a driver. Domino’s Pizza and Ford have paired up in a pilot project that will look at how humans interact with driverless food-delivery cars. Ann Arbor is home to thousands of students, an age group not likely to view this new technology with suspicion. But it could turn into a fascinating social experiment for the food indust...[Read More]

Merc teases the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE

Chalk up another Mercedes that we’re never going to own, right there next to that Merc-made golf-car for those in need of money-removal surgery. Mercedes-AMG is teasing a new hybrid supercar (and if those words don’t make you perk up inside, your soul is dead) called the Project ONE. The world gets its first official look at the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE at the International Motor Show ...[Read More]

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