In South Africa, free-to-use electric cycle taxis are paid for by ads
In big cities, congested roads mean that public transport is the predominant mode of travel and if residents need to take a car, it’s usually a taxi. The Netherlands’ Hopper has already explored the possibility of eco taxi travel with its one-person electric scooters, and now Mellowcabs is enabling South African citizens to travel for free in its electric cycle cabs that are funded by advertising. READ MORE…

In South Africa, free-to-use electric cycle taxis are paid for by ads

In big cities, congested roads mean that public transport is the predominant mode of travel and if residents need to take a car, it’s usually a taxi. The Netherlands’ Hopper has already explored the possibility of eco taxi travel with its one-person electric scooters, and now Mellowcabs is enabling South African citizens to travel for free in its electric cycle cabs that are funded by advertising. READ MORE…

Motorbike helmet add-on enables headphone-free listening
Motorcycle helmets are growing up. First, we saw the NUVIZ Ride:HUD — a helmet add-on that gives them a Google Glass-style head-up display with information such as maps and speed. Now HEADWAY from Germany-based startup Rockatoo aims to replace motorcycle headphones with a device that turns any helmet into a loudspeaker. READ MORE…

Motorbike helmet add-on enables headphone-free listening

Motorcycle helmets are growing up. First, we saw the NUVIZ Ride:HUD — a helmet add-on that gives them a Google Glass-style head-up display with information such as maps and speed. Now HEADWAY from Germany-based startup Rockatoo aims to replace motorcycle headphones with a device that turns any helmet into a loudspeaker. READ MORE…

Widget turns any car into a smart vehicle
The Internet of Things is already making great headway in connecting home appliances to owners’ smartphones, and consumer vehicles are set to be the next big thing to go digital if demonstrations at this year’s CES are anything to go by. Currently seeking funding through Kickstarter, OBDLink MX WiFi is a small device that enables drivers to use a variety of maintenance tools and dashboard displays through their mobile. READ MORE…

Widget turns any car into a smart vehicle

The Internet of Things is already making great headway in connecting home appliances to owners’ smartphones, and consumer vehicles are set to be the next big thing to go digital if demonstrations at this year’s CES are anything to go by. Currently seeking funding through Kickstarter, OBDLink MX WiFi is a small device that enables drivers to use a variety of maintenance tools and dashboard displays through their mobile. READ MORE…

China creates giant vending machine dispensing electric cars for rent
Vending machines are incredibly versatile things, and in the past Springwise has seen it’s fair share of odd adaptations — from underwear-dispensing devices to machines rigged to offer free beer. Never one to be outdone, China’s Kandi Technologies has developed a gigantic version stocked with cars, delivered on-demand as part of an electric vehicle sharing program. READ MORE…

China creates giant vending machine dispensing electric cars for rent

Vending machines are incredibly versatile things, and in the past Springwise has seen it’s fair share of odd adaptations — from underwear-dispensing devices to machines rigged to offer free beer. Never one to be outdone, China’s Kandi Technologies has developed a gigantic version stocked with cars, delivered on-demand as part of an electric vehicle sharing program. READ MORE…

Ride:HUD is a Google Glass-style display add-on for motorbike helmets
The Internet of Things is gradually transforming households into smart spaces and we’ve even previously seen the same concept applied to vehicles, with models such as the Xkuty scooter enabling owners to take advantage of smartphone control. However, separate devices can take drivers’ attention from the road. That’s where the NUVIZ Ride:HUD comes in, offering a head up display that overlays pertinent, real-time data onto motorcycle riders’ helmet visors. READ MORE…

Ride:HUD is a Google Glass-style display add-on for motorbike helmets

The Internet of Things is gradually transforming households into smart spaces and we’ve even previously seen the same concept applied to vehicles, with models such as the Xkuty scooter enabling owners to take advantage of smartphone control. However, separate devices can take drivers’ attention from the road. That’s where the NUVIZ Ride:HUD comes in, offering a head up display that overlays pertinent, real-time data onto motorcycle riders’ helmet visors. READ MORE…

Car accessories enable drivers to broadcast their mood
Although car owners often show a part of their personality through their choice of vehicle, along with customizations such as bumper stickers and sticky car art, they can’t change those things to reflect their mood at any one time. Enter MotorMood, an automotive accessory that enables drivers to let the car behind know exactly how they’re feeling. READ MORE…

Car accessories enable drivers to broadcast their mood

Although car owners often show a part of their personality through their choice of vehicle, along with customizations such as bumper stickers and sticky car art, they can’t change those things to reflect their mood at any one time. Enter MotorMood, an automotive accessory that enables drivers to let the car behind know exactly how they’re feeling. READ MORE…

From Australia, car slows down when drivers lose attention
In the early 1990s, Western Australia had the lowest number of road deaths per 1,000 people in the country – now, it has the highest. In order to find a solution to this problem, motor insurance company RAC has developed the Attention Powered Car, a vehicle that detects when drivers are becoming distracted and slows it to a stop. READ MORE…

From Australia, car slows down when drivers lose attention

In the early 1990s, Western Australia had the lowest number of road deaths per 1,000 people in the country – now, it has the highest. In order to find a solution to this problem, motor insurance company RAC has developed the Attention Powered Car, a vehicle that detects when drivers are becoming distracted and slows it to a stop. READ MORE…

Audi’s AR users’ manual app can identify 300 car parts
Cars are complicated pieces of machinery and these days come with a dizzying number of controls on the dash, and there’s always one which drivers aren’t sure what it’s for. Auto firm Audi is hoping to solve this problem with its eKurzinfo app, which enables A1 and A3 owners to identify up to 300 different parts of their car, as well as receive augmented reality instructions on how to operate them. READ MORE…

Audi’s AR users’ manual app can identify 300 car parts

Cars are complicated pieces of machinery and these days come with a dizzying number of controls on the dash, and there’s always one which drivers aren’t sure what it’s for. Auto firm Audi is hoping to solve this problem with its eKurzinfo app, which enables A1 and A3 owners to identify up to 300 different parts of their car, as well as receive augmented reality instructions on how to operate them. READ MORE…

In Thailand, app alerts sleepy drivers and directs them to coffee outlets
Getting products to consumers at the exact moment they need it is an art in the marketing world, and we recently saw Douwe Egberts’ Bye Bye Red Eye campaign succeed at doing just that – automatically offering free coffee to passersby who yawned. Now Thailand’s Drive Awake initiative is targeting drivers who show signs of sleepiness, directing them to the nearest Café Amazon-branded outlet to refresh. READ MORE…

In Thailand, app alerts sleepy drivers and directs them to coffee outlets

Getting products to consumers at the exact moment they need it is an art in the marketing world, and we recently saw Douwe Egberts’ Bye Bye Red Eye campaign succeed at doing just that – automatically offering free coffee to passersby who yawned. Now Thailand’s Drive Awake initiative is targeting drivers who show signs of sleepiness, directing them to the nearest Café Amazon-branded outlet to refresh. READ MORE…