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Flying cars: automating the skies means playing with our lives

As Harry Potter’s encounter with the Whomping Willow reminds us, flying cars can be dangerous. Before futuristic visions of three-dimensional sprawling city traffic can approach reality, there are some serious safety issues that need addressing.

A user’s guide to self-driving cars

A controversy had Tesla at the centre of the debate in 2016, when it announced it would release self-driving capabilities over-the-air to their vehicles. Similar to what happened with Mercedes-Benz, the company was criticized for misleading advertising and “overstating the autonomy of its vehicles.”

Flying cars could cut emissions, replace planes, and free up roads – but not soon enough

When Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was released 50 years ago, flying cars were a flight of fancy. Now, these futuristic vehicles are entering the outer fringes of reality. According to a new study published in Nature, for some journeys flying cars could eventually be greener than even electric road cars, cutting emissions while also reducing traffic on increasingly busy roads.

Your car is more likely to be hacked by your mechanic than a terrorist

Hollywood would have us believe our cars are extremely vulnerable to hackers. A hacker remotely logs into the onboard computer of a car on display in a showroom, causing the car to burst through the glass out onto the street – just in the nick of time to block a car chase.

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]

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