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Technobyte: Nienbot Mini pros and driverless cars

This week I have been playing around with the Ninebot Mini Pro. The Ninebot is a battery driven personal transportation device built on the famous Segway device we often see in parking lots.

This mini version travels at 18km/h and has a range of around 30km. It took me around an hour to master the skills of manoeuvring this device, but once I got my balance and my knees aligned to control the steering it was a fantastic experience.

mia.africa.com

Ninebot Mini Pro | 30km Ride Distance and Phone Control ...

Traffic accidents cost world economies billions each year, but with the development of autonomous driving technologies these costs could be reduced dramatically.

Autonomous driving technologies are revolutionising the automotive industry with their promise to improve vehicle safety and reduce traffic accidents, but what is the monetary impact of this on GDP? Experts at Global Positioning Specialists (GPS) have revealed how much GDP could be saved through driverless cars in 73 countries.

The US topped the list of 73 countries, where over $340bn is lost to traffic accidents each year, the largest amount of GDP lost in the world.

If all vehicles in the US were driverless, the amount of GDP lost could be substantially reduced. In particular, GDP lost to traffic accidents could be cut by over $306bn a year, making the roads considerably safer.

South Africa has the highest percentage of GDP lost to traffic accidents in the world (7.8%), but because of a much lower GDP, South Africa ranked 13th, where driverless tech could have reduced lost GDP by over $21bn.

www.gps.com.au

Driverless Cars Set to Save World Economies Billions ...

It's been a walking corpse for the last couple of years, and now 3D TV finally looks dead. LG and Sony, the last two major TV makers to support the 3D feature in their TVs, will stop doing so in 2017.

None of their sets, not even high-end models such as their new OLED TVs, will be able to show 3D movies and TV shows. The 3D feature has been offered on select televisions since 2010, when the theatrical success of "Avatar" in 3D helped encourage renewed interest in the technology.

In addition to a 3D-capable TV, it requires specialized glasses for each viewer and the 3D version of a TV show or movie -- although some TVs also offer a simulated 3D effect mode.

www.cnet.com

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