Motorists can learn from the Facebook hack

Last week Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced two days of questioning by the US Congress on user security and privacy invasions and he has since been summoned to testify to EU lawmakers. With the acceleration of connected vehicles and the data they will collect, here's what motorists can learn from this unfolding story. Connectivity has revolutionised the world and the automotive industry has happily joined the party. A host of benefits are associated with this trend including better, tailor-made product offerings for drivers such as streaming digital radio and enhanced navigation systems with improved ways of avoiding congestion. Connected-car technologies will [...]

By | 2018-04-18T17:39:23+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Car Technology, News|

Waymo Self-Driving Tech Not to Blame

Following a recent fatal crash involving a Tesla Model X, John Krafcik, the CEO of Waymo says their technology is not to blame. (Image above: Emergency personnel work at the scene where a Tesla electric SUV crashed into a barrier on U.S. Highway 101 in Mountain View, California [KTVU via Associated Press]) According to Bloomberg, who cited Krafcik as saying, that self-driving technology isn't to blame for the fatal crash of a Tesla (TSLA) Model X as Tesla's autopilot system requires a human driver to remain alert and regularly handle the wheel, while fully autonomous technology requires no human input. [...]

By | 2018-04-11T14:27:43+00:00 April 10th, 2018|Car Technology, EV's, News, Self Driving|

SEAT First Car Brand to Partner with Shazam

SEAT will be the first automotive brand in the world to integrate Shazam into its infotainment system. How is it that no other manufacturer considered integrating one of the most popular music-finding apps into their systems? Actually, take away its music genre, Shazam is generally one of the most popular apps in the world. What is Shazam? If you’re currently unfamiliar with what Shazam is or what it does, there is bound to be someone around you who does. Shazam has hundreds of millions of users that magically connect with the world around them through the app because of music. [...]

By | 2018-03-25T21:08:49+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Car Technology|

Biggest reveals of Geneva Motor Show

Every year it’s probably said that this show was the most tech-heavy, but each year we keep advancing even further. The first day at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show was explosive, Twitter was buzzing with all the latest reveals and displays. There’s still a significant presence of the ICE (internal combustion engine) supercars and 1,000+ horsepower hypercars. In addition, there was also the next wave of battery and electric-powered vehicles. Ferrari, McLaren, Lamborghini, and Aston Martin continue to amaze crowds with pistons and petrol. However, Geneva 2018 also saw a strong presence of more efficient machines such as turbine [...]

By | 2018-03-08T21:48:32+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Car Technology, EV's, ICE Cars, News|

CES 2018: Cars in the spotlight

Every January the tone for the year in the tech world is set by the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. The event took place between the 5th and 9th of January and is usually filled with gaming, wearables and virtual reality amongst other things. Automakers make a small appearance but majority of them save their big announcements for the NAIAS, North American International Auto Show, in Detroit. However, this year Hyundai, KIA, Ford and Toyota made a notable presence. Toyota e-Palette Toyota unveiled its autonomous e-commerce mobility platform called the e-Palette. e-Palette is Toyota’s on-demand autonomous vehicle solution [...]

By | 2018-01-28T22:25:39+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Car Technology|

Mercedes-Benz Intelligent World Drive – five continents in five months!

The Intelligent World Drive initiative was launched at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) in September. The German automaker now wants to take its systems and tech to the next level by testing them in different parts of the world. A Mercedes-Benz S‑Class has been automated, for an initiative called Intelligent World Drive, for test purposes to face a variety of complex traffic situations. In efforts of gathering valuable experience on the road to autonomous driving, the car will be tested on 5 continents. It began its first leg in Frankfurt - Germany, where it was launched. [...]

By | 2017-11-14T16:50:32+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Car Technology|

BMW releases a 360-Degree Virtual Test Drive Experience on Mars in an X3

Ever wonder what's it like to drive on the red planet? You can now take a virtual drive in the new BMW X3! Much like seeing those distinct angel eyes in your rearview mirror rocketing toward you, BMW is moving a few lightyears ahead with its new BMW X3. Automakers the world over are testing their products on different terrains but BMW now created a test drive experience on Mars. Yes, you read right, on Mars! Talk about innovative, you can now experience the new top-spec 2018 BMW X3 M40i in a 360-degree virtual reality drive on Mars. The 360 [...]

By | 2017-09-27T14:11:54+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Car Technology, ICE Cars|

Cheaper alternative child car seat reaches South Africa – but is it safe?

World Road Crash Statistics show that almost 1.3 million people die from road accidents every year, making that an average of 3,287 deaths a day. We take every precaution to protect the lives of our kids, but how many are putting a price limit on it? Source: Wikipedia.org These stats clearly show how dangerous being on the road is, especially for a child not in a car seat in South Africa. The rise in car accidents year on year is a sad reality. Furthermore, those involving children are even more tragic. Now, even though cars are being filled with technological [...]

By | 2017-09-12T22:39:47+00:00 June 11th, 2017|Car Technology, News|

Thieves are abusing technology with signal jamming

It seems the smarter and more connected our cars get, so do potential car thieves. Technology advancements now allow thieves to steal your car without breaking in. It was a year ago that two hackers remotely accessed the inner workings of a Jeep to illustrate the ease of accessibility. The scenario was proof of how easy it is to gain control of (and ultimately steal) a car built by the Fiat/Chrysler group. This also lead to the recall of 1.4 million Chrysler vehicles. Apart from this method, thieves rarely need an expensive laptop to gain access to your car. Volkswagen made [...]

By | 2017-09-12T21:58:32+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Car Technology|

Serious Car Accident? There’s an App for that

South Africa is like the Wild West (or the Wild South, rather) where road fatalities are concerned. Our statistics are currently at 47 road deaths per day. Every time you get into a car, you're faced with unroadworthy vehicles, drunk drivers, and drivers who insist on texting. The likelihood of meeting up in an accident rises every day. It’s a jungle out there. Driving is even considered less safe than bungee jumping, paragliding or even piloting (one of my favorite things to do). So, let’s suppose you get into a serious car crash. You cannot move to grab your mobile phone [...]

By | 2017-09-12T21:56:24+00:00 February 18th, 2017|Car Technology|