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Uber has teamed up with CarZar to help car owners get around after selling their vehicles by offering them R3 000 in free Uber rides.

Fuel, insurance, tolls and parking fees keep going up – these costs of owning a vehicle in South Africa are increasing making it difficult for some motorists to sustain owning a car. More car owners are turning to alternate modes of transport, that’s why Uber and CarZar have teamed up to simplify the lives of those wanting to sell their vehicles.

According to a recent Stats SA Survey on domestic tourism¹, domestic transport costs come in second only to shopping for consumers. This is due to a decline in disposable income, consumers are therefore finding themselves in a spot where they need to reprioritise funds in order to essentially, do more with less.

For those looking to sell their vehicles to reduce some of their financial pressures, Uber and CarZar are taking out the stress and intensive admin of selling a car independently, while providing sellers with a reliable transport alternative once they’re sold their car.

This partnership will bring a sense of relief to car owners who want to sell their vehicles but still want to enjoy safe, affordable and reliable transport while they are looking at their alternative transport options. Uber and CarZar’s partnership is centred around the #CarFreeCareFree movement. With the rise in costs such as fuel, this partnership is set to extend a helping hand to consumers who need one. CarZar has teamed up with Uber and will provide those who sell their vehicles to CarZar up to R3 000 in free Uber rides! This deal is effective as of 29 June 2017.

“Uber’s goal is to help reduce traffic congestion in cities which will, in turn, result less, unproductive, time wasted sitting in traffic. Partnering with CarZar helps us help those who’ve sold their vehicles to understand what a great, hassle-free option Uber is,” says Shavaye Govender, Lead : Partnerships & Uber for Business, Uber SSA.

CarZar CMO, Francesca Berta, says, “We are very excited to be one of the first brands to partner with Uber to promote a car free society.”

She adds, “We look forward to offering sellers a solution to their temporary transport issues once they sell their vehicles to CarZar, and what better way to start than experiencing hassle-free Uber!”

Those interested in taking advantage of this offer can go to www.carzar.co.za for a way to sell a car, and experience the benefits of Uber.

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Cars connect to traffic lights

New Jaguar Land Rover technology using Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2X) connects cars to traffic lights so drivers can avoid getting stuck at red and help free up traffic flow in cities.

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The world’s first traffic lights were installed exactly 150 years ago outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Since then drivers around the globe have spent billions of hours waiting for green. With Jaguar Land Rover’s latest tech, however, their days could be numbered.

The Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory (GLOSA) system allows cars to “talk” to traffic lights and inform the driver the speed they should drive as they approach junctions or signals.

Widespread adoption of the V2X technology will prevent drivers from racing to beat the lights and improve air quality by reducing harsh acceleration or braking near lights. The goal is for the V2X revolution to create free-flowing cities with fewer delays and less commuter stress.

The connected technology is currently being trialed on a Jaguar F-PACE, as part of a £20 million (R371 million) collaborative research project.

Like all Jaguar or Land Rover vehicles today, the F-PACE already boasts a wide range of sophisticated Advanced Driver Assistance (ADAS) features. The connected technology trials are enhancing existing ADAS features by increasing the line of sight of a vehicle when it is connected via the internet to other vehicles and infrastructure. GLOSA is being tested alongside a host of other measures to slash the time commuters spend in traffic.

For example, Intersection Collision Warning (ICW) alerts drivers when it is unsafe to proceed at a junction. ICW informs drivers if other cars are approaching from another road and can suggest the order in which cars should proceed at a junction.

Jaguar Land Rover has also addressed time lost to searching for a parking space by providing real-time information of available spaces to drivers and developed an Emergency Vehicle Warning to alert motorists when a fire engine, police car or ambulance is approaching. The advanced technology builds on the connected systems already available on the Jaguar F-PACE such as Adaptive Cruise Control.

Oriol Quintana-Morales, Jaguar Land Rover Connected Technology Research Engineer, said: “This cutting-edge technology will radically reduce the time we waste at traffic lights. It has the potential to revolutionise driving by creating safe, free-flowing cities that take the stress out of commuting. Our research is motivated by the chance to make future journeys as comfortable and stress-free as possible for all our customers.”

The trials are part of the £20 million government-funded project, UK Autodrive, which has helped accelerate the development of Jaguar Land Rover’s future self-driving and connected technology. As well as strengthening the Midlands’ position as a hub of mobility innovation. Britain’s biggest car maker, headquartered in Coventry, is working on connected technology as part of its pledge to deliver zero accidents, zero congestion and zero emissions.

Connected technology will link the vehicle to everything around it, allowing seamless, free-flowing traffic that will pave the way for delivering self-driving vehicles.

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Roborace reveals new vehicle

Roborace has given its fans a first look at what the new competition vehicle for Season Alpha will look like at the WebSummmit conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

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DevBot 2.0 utilizes sensors similar to that in Robocar and is also fully electric, but has the addition of a cockpit for a human driver.

Season Alpha will see teams comprising of both a human driver and an AI driver. Lap times from the duo will be compared with that of other human + machine teams to determine a winner.

DevBot 2.0 will be launched in the new year but Roborace CEO Lucas Di Grassi has shared some first glimpses of what 2019 holds for the series in an interview on stage at WebSummit.

Season Alpha will see teams compete starting in Spring 2019 using the DevBot 2.0 vehicles to develop their automated driving systems, with professional drivers teaching the AI how to improve, as well as learning from the AI how to better their own performance.

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