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Just a day after attending the e-hailing public hearing in the provincial parliament, transport businessman Tinyiko Khoza sits in one of his cars and reflects on his dream of expanding his business to include an e-hailing service and move with the times – a dream that has gone up in smoke.

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First city in the world to have flying taxis; the future is here

Dubai will be the first city in the world to have flying taxis. The drone which will used to operate and making history is named the Ehang 184. 

The Ehang 184 has been tested and seen as safe, smart and is a eco-friendly low altitude autonomous aerial vehicle, aiming on providing short to medium distance communication and transportation solution.

The Drone can fly at a speed of 100mph and can fly 31 miles on a single charge. It has a very simple control panel, it is touchscreen and the passenger just needs to add in their destinationa dn you will be on your way.

The Drone does not require any human intervention and flies itself is battery powered which can fly up to 30mins. The 184 was 100% designed to be with green technology. 

In 2016, The Ehang was cleared for tesing in Nevada and has been tested in Dubai. However, The US Federal Aviation Authority has not yet approved wider use of the drone.  

The drone has safety feature embedded known as the Ehang fail safe system. If any components malfunction or disconnect, the aircraft will immediately land in the nearest possible area to ensure safety.

 

 


 

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Africa’s transport leaders drive free trade agenda

National development across Africa continues to support the commitment undertaken by the 54 members of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in November 2016 to create a continent-wide free trade area.  At the helm of this initiative is Africa’s transport sector, taking continuous strides to unlock cross-border opportunities for intra-African trade and development.

There is a much to be gained from a free trade area for Africa, as intra-African trade is the lowest of any region in the world at a mere 10%.  A properly executed free trade area could change the status quo and transform Africa. As projects and initiatives in support of transport infrastructure development to boost intra-African trade continue to crop up across the continent, Africa’s transport leaders take action to demonstrate their vision of modernised transport and free trade for the region.

The Federal Republic of Nigeria has most recently reaffirmed its commitment to intra-African trade and development with the confirmation of The Honourable Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Nigeria’s Minister of Transport, to join the strategic round table discussions that will be held during the 6th annual African Ports Evolution Forum in Durban, South Africa this October.  The Honourable Amaechi’s presence in Durban this October alongside Kenya’s Principal Secretary of Maritime and Shipping, Nancy Karigithu and South Africa’s Minister of Transport, The Honourable Joe Maswanganyi will catalyse the ensuing strategic pan-African discussions for cathartic expansion and modernisation of ports, corridors and multi-modal connectivity.

The African Ports Evolution Forum, now in its 6th year, is an annual initiative created in response to Africa’s transport infrastructure gap.  The initiative unites ports authorities, Ministries of Transport, terminal operators and rail operators to support the scale of development currently underway across the continent.  Not only will Ministries of Transport from Nigeria to Kenya to South Africa be in attendance but also myriad ports authorities from Namport to Djibouti Ports and Free Zone Authority will be there to boost intra-African collaboration and prepare for post-neo-panamax shipping requirements as the 4th industrial revolution sweeps the globe and Africa’s profile as a global trade partner gains momentum.  African Ports Evolution is strategically located with the 2nd annual African Rail Evolution Forum and Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal’s Export Week initiative to provide comprehensive access to strategic development for both coastal and hinterland trade.

Supported by the Ports Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA) and hosted by eThekwini Municipality, the forum garners support from more than 100 sponsors and exhibitors and 80 media and association partners to form one of Africa’s leading transport initiatives.  Port and corridor expansion is not only creating new business opportunities for port city development across the sub-Saharan region but also opening up new access to hinterland areas and strategic trade corridors. “African Ports Evolution Forum unpacks best practices for sustainable port development and expansion with emphasis on the latest technologies available to drive sustainable construction, interoperability of systems, port efficiency and optimisation,” says Carly Pols, International Business Director at Hypenica Pty Ltd. www.portsevolution.com

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