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N3 Toll Route sees drastic reduction in road fatalities
N3 Toll Route sees drastic reduction in road fatalities

Data recorded by N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) shows a 40,63% reduction in fatalities between January to March 2018 on the N3 Toll Route...

2 days ago

Rendering of the Volocopter flying taxi in action
Volocopter shares its vision of skyport networks for flying taxis

Showing off a fully functioning flying taxi is one thing, having a plan in place for how you'll move hundreds of them around big cities is another...

By Nick Lavars 2 days ago

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies plans to hold a public unveiling of the Toulouse facility sometime later in 2018.
Pieces fall into place for new Hyperloop test track in France

Startup Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has been quite busy signing deals to explore the potential of high-speed transport routes all around the world, but has little in the way of functioning prototypes and test tracks to show for it...

By Nick Lavars 17 Apr 2018

WTM Africa 2018 ready to welcome leading travel and tourism professionals in Cape Town
WTM Africa 2018 ready to welcome leading travel and tourism professionals in Cape Town

WTM Africa 2018 is set to deliver another impactful and important exhibition dedicated to furthering the potential of tourism on the continent and even further afield...

Issued by World Travel Market Africa 13 Apr 2018

Photo by Emilio Garcia on Unsplash
Why my startup scene is better than yours: Rwanda

It is heady days for the African tech startup space, but which ecosystem has the most going for it?

By Tom Jackson 13 Apr 2018

Why SafeBoda, SafeMotos don't fear Uber or Taxify
Why SafeBoda, SafeMotos don't fear Uber or Taxify

Everyone knew it might happen someday, and that has indeed proven the case. Uber and Taxify are expanding beyond taxis in Africa...

By Tom Jackson 13 Apr 2018

Parcels delivered within two hours could be the norm by 2028
Parcels delivered within two hours could be the norm by 2028

In response to today's online-buying, smartphone-wielding consumer that expects a seamless, faster purchasing journey, 78% of logistics companies expect to provide same-day delivery by 2023...

12 Apr 2018

20 out of 65 Seedstars Summit finalists from Africa
20 out of 65 Seedstars Summit finalists from Africa

With the Seedstars World Summit taking place on Thursday, 12 April 2018, the organisers have announced the final 65 finalists that will get the chance to pitch their ideas on the global stage. 20 out of the 65 finalists are from Africa...

By Ilse van den Berg 11 Apr 2018

10 reasons why you need to visit WTM Africa 2018
10 reasons why you need to visit WTM Africa 2018

Join travel professionals from 70 countries and regions over three days in Cape Town. WTM Africa is an international event providing a platform to showcase your products to serious buyers...

Issued by World Travel Market Africa 10 Apr 2018

Image: Screenshot Uber
Uber to acquire electric bike-sharing company, Jump

NEWSWATCH: Uber has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire an electric, dockless bike-sharing service it's been testing in San Francisco, called Jump Bikes...

By Ilse van den Berg 10 Apr 2018

Taxify launches partnership with Namola to improve driver safety
Taxify launches partnership with Namola to improve driver safety

In an attempt to improve passenger and driver safety, ride-hailing app Taxify launched an in-app safety button in partnership with Namola on Wednesday...

5 Apr 2018

Self-driving truck startup co-founder leaving Uber
Self-driving truck startup co-founder leaving Uber

SAN FRANCISCO, US - A co-founder of a self-driving truck startup Uber bought to rev up its autonomous vehicle efforts is leaving the ride-share company, CNBC reports...

3 Apr 2018

Daimler, BMW to merge car-sharing services
Daimler, BMW to merge car-sharing services

FRANKFURT, Germany - German carmakers Daimler and BMW said on Wednesday they would merge their car-sharing services Car2Go and DriveNow, creating a European giant with around four million users to take on challengers like Uber...

30 Mar 2018

Michaella Rugwizangoga
New CEO for Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda

Michaella Rugwizangoga has been appointed as Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda's new chief executive officer...

29 Mar 2018

South Africa, you can now tip your Uber driver
South Africa, you can now tip your Uber driver

Feeling bad about not tipping your Uber driver for making your day? If saying "thanks" is just too cold for you, from today, riders can now give their drivers monetary appreciation through the app...

By Andy Walker 28 Mar 2018

Further price hikes: fuel prices to increase in April
Further price hikes: fuel prices to increase in April

It will be an April of financial woe for South Africans. The price of everything is going up - including fuel. Fill it up while you can...

By Jason Snyman 26 Mar 2018

Siemens and Alstom couple train units
Siemens and Alstom couple train units

PARIS, France - The maker of France's iconic TGV trains Alstom and German industrial leader Siemens have signed an agreement on creating a global leader in the rail industry...

26 Mar 2018

Speaker: Dr Rutendo Hwindingwi, associate director at Deloitte South Africa.
Saaff Congress 2018 to put spotlight on innovation, technology

The SA Association of Freight Forwarders (Saaff) has announced details of its 2018 two-day congress for the freight forwarding and customs clearing industry in South Africa, scheduled for 29-30 August 2018...

23 Mar 2018

Who's to blame when driverless cars have an accident?
Who's to blame when driverless cars have an accident?

The news that an Uber self-driving vehicle has killed a pedestrian has made headlines around the world...

By Raja Jurdak and Salil S. Kanhere 23 Mar 2018

Tigo managing director, Simon Karikari, (second left), and the general manager of Uber East Africa, Loic Amado, shake hands after announcing the partnership between Tigo and Uber Tanzania in Dar es Salaam. Others are: Uber country manager, Alfred Msemo and Tigo’s head of mobile financial services, Hussein Sayed. Source: Tigo.
Tigo and Uber partner up in East Africa

Tigo Tanzania and Uber partner to offer exciting new offers to customers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania...

23 Mar 2018

Jakarta’s traffic system is one of many facets of the city that could be improved by smart cities technologies, but at what cost? ,
Three scenarios show we have to think carefully about ethics in designing smart cities

To improve cities, governments are increasingly promoting the use of technology and data-driven decision-making...

By Anthony Burke and Prasuna Reddy 19 Mar 2018

Taxify launches boda boda service in Nairobi
Taxify launches boda boda service in Nairobi

Ride-hailing company, Taxify, has launched its boda boda (motorbike) hailing service in Nairobi, Kenya. Bodas can be ordered using the normal Taxify app...

19 Mar 2018

Kitty Hawk's Cora self-flying air taxi for two has officially launched in New Zealand (Credit: Kitty Hawk)
Kitty Hawk autonomous flying taxi officially unveiled

Kitty Hawk, the same group of California dreamers who introduced the leisure-focused Flyer last year, has revealed an all-electric, self-piloted air taxi in New Zealand...

By Paul Ridden 16 Mar 2018

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SA's bulk exports rose 4.3% year on year in February

TNPA said there was an error in the formula calculation for iron ore in January 2018, which had been corrected in February 2018...

By Dominic Preuss 13 Mar 2018

WTM Africa 2018 to highlight investment in Africa
WTM Africa 2018 to highlight investment in Africa

WTM Africa 2018 is excited to announce its inaugural WTM Africa Tourism Investors' Forum, a platform dedicated to connecting ministers of tourism from countries across the continent, with eager investors...

Issued by World Travel Market Africa 12 Mar 2018

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Buses could be history sooner than you think - here's why

Buses have been a reliable feature of urban and rural landscapes for more than 200 years, but the end of the bus has already been signalled...

By Marcus Mayers, David Bamford 12 Mar 2018

Waymo's self-driving trucks are ready to haul cargo to Google's data centers in Atlanta, Georgia (Credit: Waymo)
Waymo self-driving trucks to start hauling cargo this week

Waymo has clocked up millions of self-driving miles since starting Google's autonomous vehicle project in 2009, celebrating five million of them by recently releasing a 360-degree video to demonstrate how its cars see the world around them...

By Paul Ridden 12 Mar 2018

MTN's ride-hailing app popular in Iran
MTN's ride-hailing app popular in Iran

MTN's ride-hailing app in Iran facilitated about 850,000 trips a day in December, which would rank it among Uber's biggest markets globally, management said recently...

12 Mar 2018

Dewald Ranft
Understanding the lifespan of vehicle parts: brake fluid

So how often should you change your brake fluid? This is a common question workshop mechanics get asked. The braking system of the vehicle remains one of the most overlooked systems in the vehicle and can be one of the most critical too...

By Dewald Ranft 12 Mar 2018

How ride-hailing apps are benefitting female drivers
How ride-hailing apps are benefitting female drivers

A recent report by IFC, a sister organisation of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group, shows that ride-hailing apps boost women's income and ease their entry into the transportation industry...

8 Mar 2018

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