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BMW launches remote-control parking in South Africa

22nd August 2016 Is that parking spot just too tight to allow you to get into and out of your car? Never fear, remote-control parking is here. BMW South Africa (SA) has launched its remote control parking system that allows 7 Series owners to manoeuvre in or out of a garage or forward-parking space – no parallel... 

Uber mulls new South African services as it expands African footprint

19th August 2016 There is “huge scope” for Uber to grow in South Africa, says Uber sub-Saharan Africa GM Alon Lits. “My wife and I have one car. I Uber to work every morning and I always drive past all of these cars in traffic with single occupants. I want each and every one of these drivers to switch to Uber.” 

Volvo Cars and Uber join forces to develop autonomous driving cars

19th August 2016 Volvo Cars and ride-sharing company Uber will join forces to develop autonomous driving (AD) cars. The two companies have signed an agreement to develop base vehicles that will be able to incorporate the latest developments in AD technologies, up to and including, fully autonomous driverless... 

Uber mulls new South African services as it expands African footprint

19th August 2016 There is “huge scope” for Uber to grow in South Africa, says Uber sub-Saharan Africa GM Alon Lits. “My wife and I have one car. I Uber to work every morning and I always drive past all of these cars in traffic with single occupants. I want each and every one of these drivers to switch to Uber.” 

July new-vehicle sales show ‘dramatic’ slump

19th August 2016 New-vehicle sales “slumped dramatically” in July, serving as a reflection of the “current difficult economic conditions” in the country, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that sales... 

Govt may target pension funds as next source of funding, says economist

19th August 2016 The promises of politicians are always greater than the South African taxpayer’s capacity to deliver, says Efficient Group chief economist Dawie Roodt.   He says the current ANC/Cosatu/South African Communist Party tripartite government has become ideologically confused, scripting contradictory... 

Anaergia takes over as manager of SA’s first commercial biogas plant

19th August 2016  The day-to-day management of South Africa’s first commercial biogas plant have shifted to biogas expert Anaergia Africa, part of the Anaergia international group of companies, as from July. Anaergia Africa will manage the plant in a two-year contract. 

Metair’s auto parts business struggles; no immediate fears over failed Turkey coup

18th August 2016 A struggling automotive components business saw operating profit at JSE-listed Metair drop 25%, to R260-million, for the six months ended June 30, compared with the same period last year. Revenue at the energy storage solutions and automotive components manufacturer and distributor increased 14%... 

African auto body lobbies Nigeria on industry development

17th August 2016 A delegation from the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM), led by chairperson Jeff Nemeth, is visiting the Nigerian capital, Abuja, with the aim of creating a framework for policy development that will support the growth of the Nigerian automotive industry. Nemeth is also the... 

Ford to develop self-driving car for ride-hailing service

17th August 2016 Ford has announced its intent to have a high-volume, fully autonomous vehicle in commercial operation in 2021 in a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service. Ford also notes that it is investing in, or collaborating with, four technology startups to enhance its programme of autonomous vehicle... 

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