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|

2018 World Car Awards

The annual World Car Awards, aka WCOTY (World Car Of The Year), has been running for 14 years. It is seen as the most prestigious awards, on a global scale, in the automobile industry. It is essentially like the Oscars of motoring. 2018 World Car of the Year Anders Gustafsson at the 2018 World Car Awards ceremony at the Javits Center in Manhattan, NY March 28, 2018. CREDIT: Kevin Hagen for The World Car Awards The three finalists in the running for the World Car Of The Year title was the Mazda CX-5, the Range Rover Velar and [...]

By | 2018-04-09T10:41:29+00:00 April 9th, 2018|News|

PAL-V Liberty – First production road and air-legal flying car revealed

A Dutch company called PAL-V has just revealed the world’s first production flying car, PAL-V Liberty, at the 2018 Geneva motor show. The PAL-V Liberty comes a year before the first examples arrive on roads, or should I say skies. PAL-V claims the Liberty is completely compliant with current/existing regulations and says it represents a “pivotal time in aviation and mobility history”. The three-wheeled PAL-V Liberty flying car is equipped with a 74 kW (99bhp) driving engine and a 147 kW (197 bhp) Rotax powered flying engine. It can be ordered for around £425,000, that’s roughly around R7 million. There’s [...]

By | 2018-03-16T14:37:47+00:00 March 16th, 2018|News|

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|

China’s Geely buys $9-billion stake in Germany’s Daimler

It has been confirmed that Geely Automotive has acquired an estimated $9 billion stake in Daimler. The Chinese automotive giant is now the German firm’s single largest shareholder with 9,69% ownership of the company. According to Reuters, Shufu was seeking an alliance with Daimler so they could enhance developments on autonomous and electric vehicles. Daimler’s technology would assist in battling rivals like Uber, Google and Tesla in that segment. The news agency reported Li Shufu as saying, “No current car industry player is likely to win this battle against the invaders from outside without friends. To achieve and assert technological [...]

By | 2018-02-28T14:33:55+00:00 February 28th, 2018|News|

Where did the Tesla Roadster and Starman in space end up?

The Tesla Roadster and the Starman that Elon Musk blasted into space through SpaceX could progressively smash back into our planet. Talk about sensationalizing, it’s not as bad as I just made it sound. If the Roadster is to ever collide with Earth, it would be tens of millions of years from now. I’ve read there’s a 6 percent chance it will hit Earth in the coming millions of years. However, it will get close to us before then. In its initial orbit, it will pass Earth several times. A close encounter is scheduled, or should I say predicted, for [...]

By | 2018-02-27T16:34:20+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|News|

Tesla Roadster floating in space – Elon Musk breaks the Internet

In case you missed the news this week, there’s a red Roadster now in orbit. Elon Musk’s private spacefaring company, SpaceX, had a milestone rocket launch this week. It’s primary Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful operational rocket, took a unique addition with it. Of course, it was a product of Musk’s other company – Tesla. Depending on your timezone, on the 7th February 2018, the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket with a Tesla Roadster on-board was launched. It was the first time a private company was attempting to reach beyond Earth's orbit. But aside from that, they also included a [...]

By | 2018-02-09T21:45:50+00:00 February 9th, 2018|News|

2018 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) Highlights

By now we already know that every year we kick off with the Detroit motor show aka the NAIAS - North American International Auto Show. This motor show is one of the largest in the region. The show is all about SUV’s, pickups, tech and such but mainly the surprises. Here are some of the highlights of this year’s event: Self-driving Because of where our future is heading, let’s start with this one. We know well about self-driving cars and their abilities but it’s still always fascinating to see how the tech is incorporated into vehicles. And also, what these [...]

By | 2018-02-02T13:51:19+00:00 January 21st, 2018|News|

Fraudulent metal strength data threatens automakers

Automakers have been put into the spotlight and are undergoing scrutiny for its vehicle production that makes use of supplies from Kobe Steel. Kobe Steel is Japan’s third-largest steelmaker and are suppliers to Ford, GM (General Motors), Honda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, and Toyota. The Kobe Steel scandal A scandal around falsified data has raised its head. Apparently Kobe Steel employees have falsified data on the strength and durability of materials. These include copper and aluminium products that are used in cars, airplanes, trains, and even possibly a space rocket. Subaru has issued a statement saying it had done an internal investigation. [...]

By | 2017-11-14T16:47:01+00:00 October 30th, 2017|News|