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Jacques Coetzee: Staff Reporter
Jacques grew up in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He also studied International Relations (BA) at Stellenbosch University with an interest in innovation and initiatives and how they could contribute to the benefit of society. I have always been interested in both politics and development and started becoming more and more intrigued with how technological development could contribute to society. He loves arts and more specifically the art of writing. His interests in writing and journalism grew more over the last few years with a keen focus on current trends in technological innovation and social development. He is currently teaching English as a second language in South Korea and looking to further his interests and education in writing
  • Tesla’s new Model X in 6 beautiful snaps

    If you haven't heard the news, Elon Musk recently launched Tesla's latest electric vehicle called the Model X. While not particularly as sexy as the 2014 sport Model S, the X surely didn't have Musk hold back when it came to showing off some really advanced tech. As Tesla notes, "Model X is the SUV uncompromised". Besides its 90 kWh battery providing 250 miles (around 400km) of range, the Model X is an four-wheel drive machine that can transport up to seven people. Yes, it has up to seven seats which can be accessed via the X's awesome Falcon Wing...

  • Driving change: is 3D printing transport’s biggest disrupter?

    Transportation is probably the most interesting industries to witness undergoing change. A century-old invention seems like it's finally on the cusp of changing the way we go from point A to B. From the internet and GPS to 3D printing, Driving Change is a four-part series that covers the most powerful technologies moulding 21st century transport as we know it. A lot of things can be 3D printed these days. By using a variety of materials such as plastic, metal, stem cells and even human tissue, complex parts such as replacement joints, consumer clothing and engine parts can be created...

  • Driving Change: how self-driving cars could revolutionise our world

    Transportation is probably the most interesting industries to witness undergoing change. A century-old invention seems like it's finally on the cusp of changing the way we go from point A to B. From the internet and GPS to 3D printing, Driving Change is a four-part series that covers the most powerful technologies moulding 21st century transport as we know it. Self-driving cars are the talk of the day. From Google (latest model pictured above) to the German automakers, who's making the most headway? How is this going to change the way we view ownership and insurance? Back in 1939, industrial designer...

  • Driving change: how tech has unlocked the power of ride-sharing

    Transportation is probably the most interesting industries to witness undergoing change. A century-old invention seems like it's finally on the cusp of changing the way we go from point A to B. From the internet and GPS to 3D printing, Driving Change is a four-part series that covers the most powerful technologies moulding 21st century transport as we know it. Whatever belongings you have that aren't being used while you read this, are being wasted. Think about that for a second. That old pair of running shoes lying in your closet could be on a budding athletes's feet while you...

  • Driving Change: how data is making our cities move smarter

    Transportation is probably the most interesting industries to witness undergoing change. A century-old invention seems like it's finally on the cusp of changing the way we go from point A to B. From the internet and GPS to 3D printing, Driving Change is a four-part series that covers the most powerful technologies molding 21st century transport as we know it. As any Motorburn reader would tell you, cars are getting freakishly smart these days. These four-wheelers can drive themselves around and even cruise around on the moon if they want to. Yet, for a large part, the ways in which...

  • BMW, Nissan trying to stay ahead of curve with electric power stations in SA

    An interesting move to say the least, car manufacturers Nissan and BMW recently announced that they're partnering up to build a national grid for electric and hybrid cars in South Africa. What seems like a move only Tesla would encourage in sunny California, IOL Business reports that the two companies will roll out fast-charging stations from now until 2017. Drivers of Nissan's all-electric Leaf, for instance, can now rely on these stations while BMW's more recent hybrids -- the i3 and i8 models -- can become less fuel dependant. The managing director or BMW South Africa, Tim Abbott, said that the partnership...

  • This video ad of the Audi RS 3’s birth is super powerful [video]

    Audi's hot Sportback busted onto the scene in 2004, but this powerfully gritty video is breathing new life into the latest RS 3 model. The parent? Audi's R8 of course. The German manufacturer -- which revealed the new R8 earlier this year -- states that the sporty beast carries all the fitting characteristics of a parent. If we look at the DNA that is. The specs and pecs of the 2015 RS 3 were outed last year, and have recently started putting the UK's roads to the test. "The new Audi RS 3 Sportback features the latest generation of our 2.5...

  • NanoFlowcell’s Quant F, Quantino are merging performance with zero emissions [gallery]

    Motorburn has seen its fair share of electrics, from Renovo's Shelby prototype to Chevrolet's bolt concept. Many are bold as they are beautiful but they're usually stuck in concept phase. Nonetheless, they are worth dreaming and drooling about. In a move to demonstrate the power and elegance of flow cell technology, NanoFlowcell recently showcased its latest toys at the Geneva Motor Show. The company behind these ambitious roadsters is the same player that introduced the Quant E last year at the Geneva Motor Show. Not to be confused with "quaint" because there anything but. NanoFlowcell is on a mission to fuse enormous...

  • Germany opens up section of Autobahn for more autonomous car testing

    The race to deploy the first comercial self-driving cars is on like never before. The German government is showing its commitment to the further research and experimentation of self-driving cars after it just announced it will dedicate a section of the Autobahn (motorway). Testing ground for self-piloted vehicles would enable local automakers such as Mercedes Benz and Audi to better compete with their Western counterparts. As Bloomberg points out, this marks one of the first public highways specifically equipped for this purpose. Probably more important is the fact that this move marks Germany's stance against the likes of strong competitors such...

  • This radical Slovenian bike by Akrapovič looks completely insane [gallery]

    Every now and then an ambitious concept design hits our radars which usually stay within the confines of pen, paper and animation wizards. It gets really interesting when they are actually crafted and showcased to the world. Recently debuted at the Bad Salzuflen Custom bike Show in Germany, the so-called Full Moon motorcycle took the stage. Designed by Slovinian exhaust manufacturer Akrapovič in partnership with Dreamachine Motorcycles the prototype looks like something the Silver Surfer would drive if he ever got tired of that board. Read more: Emission free cruising on a futuristic snail, anyone? While they only developed one of these prototypes,...

  • Crowdsourced video of 70 Land Rover travels across the globe is heart-warming [video]

    In celebration of its birthday bash, the Discovery Land Rover has released a rather heart-warming, adventure-filled video compilation, that features video clips sourced from 70 different owners across 24 countries. The family SUV for adventurers was first introduced in 1989 of which over 1-million have been produced to this date. And if the video is anything to go by, doesn't hold back. From giving tribes a lift in the warm deserts to trekking through snowy peaks and dense jungles, Land Rover received over 1 000 clips, amounting to over 100 hours of amateur footage. Dominic Chambers, Land Rover Marketing Communications Director...

  • The 2016 Audi TT carries virtual cockpit powered by two Tegra 3 processors

    Cars are computers. The sentence "automakers are using Tegra 3 to help reinvent the driving experience," would have baffled computer geeks a few years ago, and gone over the heads of car junkies. Today it's becoming the norm. Recently, at the Connected Car Expo in Los Angeles, Audi and Nvidia have announced that they've yet again teamed-up to produce the virtual cockpit, among other exciting things that wants to make automobiles smarter. The new Audi TT introduces the virtual cockpit, which is described as a digital platform that drivers can customise to present the information they want most -- an intelligent...

  • Toyota reinvents the Prius with the bad-ass hydrogen-fueled Mirai

    After much teasing over the better part of this year, Toyota has finally announced the launch its hydrogen-fueled Mirai. The four-door sedan uses no petrol. Instead it relies on hydrogen, which means that it emits nothing but vapour and H2O -- all natural gas. The Japanese automaker explains that the fuel cell technology works similar to that of a battery-wielding car, only a lot more high-tech. Read more: The next Toyota Prius will come with Le Mans racing technology Mirai’s fuel cell stack combines hydrogen gas from tanks with oxygen to produce electricity that powers the electric motor. The battery produces 3.1 kW/L...

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