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Wiehahn Diederichs
A Capetonian freelance writer and photographer, Wiehahn is a lover of stories in all their forms, and has been an avid gamer since he took his first breath. If he is not working or gaming, he either pours his creative energy into his passion for music or plays foosball in some bar.
  • This Toyota concept car can read your emotions

    "While we can't predict the future, we can inspire it." With these words, Toyota introduces its latest automobile specimen, the "Concept-i", a beautifully bizarre car concept that illustrates the Japanese automaker's wishes for "an automotive future wherein our cars can connect with us". Toyota aims to establish this connection via their innovative AI, namely "Yui", a creation of the CALTY Design Research Centre (a Toyota-focused design studio) and undoubtedly the most significant feature that the Concept-i boasts. Yui will not only act as your on-board virtual assistant but will double as a sort of tag-along therapist as well. Beyond providing basic guidance,...

  • Nikola Motor Company unveils hydrogen powered truck

    For quite some time now scientists and engineers have been looking into hydrogen fuel cells as a strong alternative to gasoline and diesel. These fuel cells pose many benefits such as being emissions-free, being produced from renewable resources, running silently and having easy maintenance. But even though this is a promising solution, there is still one problem preventing the large scale use of hydrogen powered cars and that’s infrastructure. No one will buy a hydrogen car without being able to easily refuel it and because of the lack of demand; no one is willing to implement a hydrogen refuelling infrastructure with...

  • BMW unveils bike of the future

    As part of their centenary birthday celebrations, BMW has released a range of inventive vehicle concepts, titled the 'VISION Next 100' series. With this range, BMW tries to envision what the next one hundred years of transportation will look like. One of their latest reveals is the Motorrad Vision Next 100, a futuristic zero-emissions motorcycle that boasts an advanced self-balancing system, executed via a gyroscopic stabiliser, which will keep the bike balanced in motion and when stationary. The bike will still be fitted with a kickstand though, as the self-balancing function is only functional when the bike turned on. To avoid...

  • Amazon Vehicles could be every gear head’s new happy place

    Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, recently launched the latest addition to their website, namely Amazon Vehicles. This new page is aimed at providing the “automotive community” with a one-stop platform to browse and compare reviews on a plethora of vehicles. From old school 90s station wagons to the latest electric-powered beasts, the sheer magnitude of motor reviews on Vehicles is absolutely staggering. There is even a decent range of motorcycles thrown in for good measure. "Our goal is to support customers during one of the most important, research-intensive purchases in their lives by helping them make informed decisions every step of the way," said Adam Goetsch, director...

  • VISION NEXT 100: Rolls-Royce reveals its first autonomous ‘floating’ car

    Rolls-Royce unveiled its vision of future automotive luxury at the Roundhouse in London last week, a fully autonomous spectacle of opulence called the “103EX”. The self-driving car was designed by Giles Taylor and his team as part of the VISION NEXT 100, a range of imaginative car concepts that not only celebrated BMW’s centenary birthday but aimed to envision what the next hundred years of car evolution will look like. “Rolls-Royce 103EX is our first ever vision vehicle, and embodies just one of the endless possibilities that awaits. A personalised icon for the future, providing a sanctuary of calm in...

  • Carvana just opened up an automated Car Vending Machine in Nashville

    From 3D printed supercars to self driving vehicles, the world of automobiles has always come with its share of eccentricities. But now Nashville, the city of country, blues and honky tonks, adds another entry to that list of oddities in the form of a “Car Vending Machine”. This rather unique approach to the used-car sales game was conceived by Ernie Garcia, CEO of Carvana, one of the largest online motor sales companies in the world and listed by Forbes as the fifth most promising American company of 2015. The one-of-a-kind glass facility opened up last Thursday (Nov 12) in Nashville, Tennessee...

  • Barracuda: is this the ultimate stealth boat?

    The Ireland-based boat design company, Safehaven Marine, is well-known for designing a wide range of boats that all fulfill one requirement: they’re sturdy as hell. The latest beast to come from their work shop, the Barracuda SV11, is certainly no exception and might be their greatest design yet. Designed with specific clients in mind, such as the Polish Navy and the Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research, the Barracuda boasts the perfect blend of speed, maneuverability, safety and firepower. If Batman ever needed a boat, this would undoubtedly be his first choice. Let us take the Barracuda apart, starting from the outside...

  • Here’s everything you need to know about Blade, the 3D-printed supercar

    Lately it seems that everywhere you look there is some new future altering innovation manifesting itself in some unique and intricate form. Now the San Francisco-based startup company, Divergent Microfactories, is the latest to join these prestigious ranks with its recently unveiled project. Meet Blade, the world’s first fully functional, 3D printed supercar. The uniquely contructed vehicle has tandem seating, weighs just under 1,400lbs (about a third of Porche’s flagship 911 Carrera supercar), is powered by a 700hp engine that can by fuelled by either compressed natural gas or petrol, and boasts a beastly acceleration of 0-60mph in less than...

  • The Volocopter VC200: a superb engineering achievement

    The Volocopter VC200 is German-based company, E-Volo’s, answer to the personal flying machine of the future. If it proves successful and ends up being released to the masses, it has the potential to change the landscape of short distance transportation. The Volocopter made its first successful remote controlled flight back in 2013. Now the team at E-Volo is working around the clock to program and upgrade the VC200’s computer system for its first manned-flight, which they hope to achieve in the next few months. “We’re assembling a new electronic flight-control system, and a new battery system.” says E-Volo CEO, Alexander...

  • 4 futuristic vehicles you won’t believe are being built right now

    People, the future is upon us. Everything that seemed like a distant dream, only spoken of in books and fantasized about in films, is rapidly manifesting into reality. If the endeavours in this article are to be successful we will soon have a world filled with jet bikes and flying billionaires. Still confused? Well read on and see some of the fantastic but surreal vehicles that currently being worked on. Read more: Here's everything you need to know about the enormous Roc space plane NASA's 10 engine drone copter The engineers at NASA are currently getting pretty creative by prototyping a 10-engine...

  • Here’s everything you need to know about the enormous Roc space plane

    Deep in the Californian Mojave desert an ambitious project is taking place that aims to send ripples through the corridors of time. A beast is being created, the likes of which the world has never seen. This creature is “Roc”, named after the Middle-Eastern bird of prey, and it will be the largest plane ever constructed in the history of mankind. Roc is being built by the Mojave Spaceport based aerospace company, Scaled Composites, for Stratolaunch Systems, a space transportation venture founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The purpose of this monstrosity will be to fly unmanned payloads or manned...

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