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November 29, 2017

Your future commute could be by taxi drone

A Chinese start-up has developed a flying car that it plans to roll out as soon as next year.

EHang’s E-184 drone can carry one passenger in its small cockpit, but the firm says it’s working on a model that can carry two. EHang’s CEO, Hu Huazhi, says they’ll be in operation as “taxi drones” in Dubai in 2018 — as long as they get approval from regulators there.

Four battery-powered propellers lift the drone off the ground, and it’s equipped with fully automated navigation, according to Hu. Passengers select a pre-programmed flight path and then strap in for the ride. The E-184 has a cruising speed of up to 100km/h and can stay in the air for 25 minutes, the company [...]

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November 24, 2017

Get ready for the next digital revolution

As technology moves deeper into what used to be the realm of science fiction, many experts predict that the next big digital revolution will be the shift from mobile into immersive computing.

Put simply, that means using devices that create a virtual reality (VR) through computer technology generating realistic images, sounds and other sensations – or an augmented reality (AR), which layers virtual information over the real environment.

Both are manipulated through computer touch inputs, but while in AR the user can interact with the real world, in VR they cannot.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) said in a September report that last year marked the dawn of a “third [...]

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October 24, 2017

How to deal with vehicle crime in SA: Hijackings, remote-jamming and more…

Hijackings, car theft, smash & grab… Motorists in SA are plagued by many forms of vehicle-related crime.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) crime statistics for 2016, report an increase in so-called “trio crimes”; car-hijackings, house robberies and robberies at non-residential areas. These include car theft and items stolen from vehicles.

Vehicle recovery specialist, Cartrack, has released useful tips and advice to help prevent vehicle crime in SA. Andre Ittmann, CEO of Cartrack, said: “The most important thing to remember if you do become a victim to one of these crimes is that your life is more valuable than your possessions. Focus on what you [...]

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October 12, 2017

Mbalula asks for SANDF’s help to combat crime in Gauteng and Western Cape

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has requested the support of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to help combat crime in the Western Cape and Gauteng‚ the police ministry announced on Monday evening.

“Minister Mbalula notes that in recent past South Africa has been engulfed by an insurgence of extremely violent crime that has made communities feel and be unsafe‚” the ministry said.

It added that levels of violence in recent months involved the use of weapons of war in the commission of serious crimes where even innocent bystanders and children had fallen victim of gang-related violent crimes.

“When I visited the community of Elsies River‚ one [...]

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