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Transport

  • This is what happens when a pelican strikes a Mango Boeing 737 mid-air

    What happens when a large bird strikes a commercial passenger plane? That's the question pilots and passengers onboard a Mango flight from Cape Town International answered this weekend. According to reports, a Mango-operated Boeing 737 passenger plane struck a pelican shortly after departure from the Western Cape's largest airport. The impact left a massive dent in the plane's left-hand side horizontal stabiliser. The stabiliser (part of the tail section) is largely employed to provide stability and tail lift as the plane travels through the air. #birdstrike on @FlyMangoSA flight out of @capetownint this afternoon. Poor pelican didn't make it pic.twitter.com/jGYKjWPRks — Derek Smith...

  • Uber banned in Italy due to ‘unfair competition’

    Uber has been deemed "unfair competition" and is barred from operating in Italy, a Rome judge ruled Friday. The company is not able to use its Black, Lux, Suv, X , XL, Select, and Van cars in the country, nor is it allowed to advertise its services. Conflict between Uber and Italian taxi services turned legal in 2015, when locals argued that they are unable to compete with the app. "This is the fourth ruling by an Italian judge that ascertains Uber’s unfair competition," lawyers for Italy's top taxi association said in a statement to Corriere della Sera. " the latest battle in a legal war that began...

  • Transnet debuts first locomotive designed and made in South Africa

    South Africa's first locally engineered locomotive has today been unveiled in Pretoria. The Trans African Locomotive, or TAL2001, "is the first ever train that has been designed, engineered and manufactured locally by the State-Owned Entity, Transnet, which will serve the African continent," the SA government writes in a press release. Launch of @TE_Transnet African locomotive TAL2001 pic.twitter.com/RR9ao4hPvs — Railways Africa (@RailwaysAfrica) April 4, 2017 Government officials including President Jacob Zuma and Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown launched the locomotive, and also hitched a ride on it at its launch in Pretoria on Tuesday. President Zuma and Minister Brown boarding for a maiden trip...

  • Uber psychologically manipulates drivers like it’s a game, report reveals

    Last month Uber CEO Travis Kalanick was caught on video arguing with a driver about fares. The driver complained that he was bankrupt because of the app; Kalanick told him it was his own fault. The company has since apologised for this misstep, and noted that it needs leadership help. In a press conference to discuss its relationship with drivers -- as well as the sexism that pervades the institution -- head of US and Canada business Rachel Holt assured that the most important change is its relationship with its drivers. "Drivers are at the center of the Uber experience, and...

  • Large electronics banned on some Middle East, African flights to US

    The US has banned all passengers travelling from eight Muslim-majority countries from bringing carry-on devices larger than a smartphone. This includes laptops, tablets, e-readers, and portable gaming devices. Passengers who wish to travel with their electronics would need to put them in their checked baggage -- putting the devices at risk of theft or even snooping from the US government. Selected airports in Jordan , Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have been affected. None of these countries were affected by Trump's proposed travel ban. According to The Verge, no rationale was given for the ban. Neither the US Transportation Security...

  • Cape Town wants you to work from home (or take a bus) to reduce congestion

    The City of Cape Town would much prefer you working from home, or thinking twice about those nine-to-five slogs. This after the City revealed a work-in-progress strategy for reducing traffic congestion in Cape Town. According to an EWN report, the strategy will debut in front of council next week, and should include interesting proposals like a boost to public transport, parking perks that privilege irregular parking hours, and carpooling. More interestingly though, the City also wants employers to introduce flexible working hours, or a reduced work week. You can now smile a little wider. Perhaps working from home is the solution to...

  • Uber announces big plans, promises transformation with no ‘brilliant jerks’

    Uber held a press conference yesterday to discuss the specific changes it will be making after months of scandals. These changes include new leadership, diversity training, and a focus on drivers' needs and complaints. Board member Ariana Huffington spoke first about the backlash Uber received after former engineer Susan Fowler Rigetti revealed the institutional sexism of the company. "I have two daughters who are young adults, just starting out in their careers," Huffington said. "I want to make sure that the company that we build at Uber reflects the best of anything in the workplace. So that no woman ever has to choose between...

  • Uber’s selfie security system arrives in South Africa

    Transportation service Uber might've changed the way many travel about in South Africa, but it's also changing the way we use selfies. The company today announced a new security measure called Real-Time ID Check, which will require its drivers to occasionally send a selfie to Uber for verification purposes. The company then compares the picture sent to records of the driver, to allow said driver to operate the app. "This prevents fraud and protects drivers’ accounts from being compromised," the company writes on its official blog. "It also protects riders by building another layer of accountability into the app to ensure the...

  • Uber president Jeff Jones quits after nightmarish six months

    Uber president Jeff Jones is leaving the company after just six months on the job. While CEO Travis Kalanick is blaming his search for a COO as the reason Jones quit, the president told Recode that "that the beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided career are inconsistent with what saw and experienced at Uber." Jeff Jones worked as the CMO of retail giant Target before making the move to Uber in October 2016. While he was there, Jones spent a lot of his time talking to drivers to decipher the ride-sharing company's next move. He believed that the...

  • Imizamo Yethu: Uber will ferry your donations to fire victims

    The Hout Bay and Imizamo Yethu fires have seen numerous organisations and citizens step up to deliver goods and services. Now,Uber has joined the party, launching a two-day initiative that sees Uber drivers serving as couriers for donations. "Uber is working with the Cape Town Disaster Management Team and has created a temporary vehicle view called UberCOMMUNITY, that will allow Cape Town riders to request a vehicle, at no cost, that will collect donations," the smart cab service said in an emailed statement. The service will be available on Tuesday (14 March) and Wednesday (15 March), between 10am and 3pm. Users can't...

  • Johannesburg’s anti-Uber #TaxiStrike according to Twitter

    Update: We've received the following comment from Uber South Africa regarding the #TaxiStrike: Our technology is open and pro-choice and we are keen to offer it to a broad number of taxi drivers to boost their chances for profit. In fact many metered taxi drivers are already using our technology to boost their incomes and we would welcome more who wish to join their colleagues. We do not feel that it should be about Uber or Taxi but rather Uber AND Taxi. Threats and intimidation against those who want to use Uber to boost their income is unacceptable. Today’s protest only...

  • Hacker reports free ride Uber bug, ruins it for all of us

    While searching for bugs in Uber's system, white hat hacker and snitch Anand Prakash discovered one that would allow anyone with the know-how the ability to hail a ride without having to pay. But instead of doing the noble thing and spreading the news underground so the rest of us could have a few free rides before Uber found out, Prakash reported it straight to The Man himself. Uber, like many tech companies, offers a bug bounty programme -- meaning they pay anywhere between US$100 and US$10 000 to hackers who report bugs to them. The programmes both strengthens their security and...

  • Uber CEO admits he needs leadership help after disrespecting driver

    On 28 February, Bloomberg released a video of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick arguing with an Uber driver after a ride. The argument (which starts around the four minute mark) shows Kalanick and the driver, Fawzi Kamel, arguing about lower fares for UberBLACK. Kamel takes the rare opportunity to discuss his worries about his job to the company's CEO. He notes that Uber is "raising the standards" for drivers to qualify for Black, but "dropping the prices" for riders. Kalanick begins calmly stating that they have to keep ahead of competition, but when Kamel gets heated about being bankrupt because of Uber, Kalanick's...

  • #DeleteUber 2.0: ex-Uber engineer details sexual harassment

    Less than a month after users boycotted Uber due to CEO Travis Kalanick's ties to US President Donald Trump, a former employee has sparked new outrage over a blog post detailing institutionalised sexism at the company. Susan J. Fowler, now an engineer at online payment company Stripe, left Uber last December. She is but one of many female engineers who left the company after human resources (HR) allegedly refused to deal with the inherent sexism in the workplace. In an essay posted Sunday, Fowler listed the many failings of both the HR department and the men she worked with. Fowler says she became aware of...

  • Lufthansa’s Airbus A350-900s to receive smart cabin lighting system

    The Airbus A350-900 is a gorgeous piece of aircraft engineering, but for Lufthansa, its sculpted wingtips just weren't enough. The German airliner has announced that it will install a novel creature comfort in its cabins, giving passengers variable lighting settings that mimics light on the ground. This system, which will use LEDs, will aim to alleviate the stress on passengers' biorhythms when crossing timezones. "With the introduction of Lufthansa's new A350-900, it has now for the first time become possible to work with and fit with the biorhythms of the passengers by providing the right type of light at the right...