Nigeria lags in technology innovation, says MainOne CEO

Technological innovations

Nigeria is lagging behind peers in terms of technological innovations, especially with little progress in the fields of electronic devices and instrumentations, according to Funke Okpeke, chief executive officer at MainOne. She made the remark while delivering a speech themed, “The Role of Electronic Devices and Instrumentation in National Development”, at the public lecture of […]

Will Nigeria take advantage of data science demand?

Data Science

Data science is becoming one of the sexiest jobs of the 21st century in high demand, due to the large quantum of data being generated, a situation which is increasing the shortage of data scientists. Statista reports that the number of connected devices to grow to at almost 31 billion worldwide between from 2015 to […]

Regulation, policy framework stall holistic deployment of blockchain

Blockchain

With the continuous buzz around blockchain raising the expectations of many Nigerians, analysts said the Nigerian government still does not have the prerequisites and enablers that will facilitate the adoption and deployment of the technology. According to analysts, despite the clear-cut enormous benefits of blockchain, the Nigerian government still appears not ready as it is […]

Uber to stop developing self-driving trucks

Uber

The ride-hailing company, Uber said it will stop developing self-driving trucks that have been hauling cargo on U.S. highways, seeking to focus its autonomous vehicle technology solely on cars, according to Reuters. Through its acquisition of Otto in 2016, Uber had sought to disrupt freight hauling with self-driving trucks and Uber Freight, its smartphone app that connects truck drivers and shippers. The company said Uber Freight, which has seen “rapid” growth, is unaffected by the decision. Trucking has been viewed by transportation experts as a natural application for self-driving technology because of the relative predictability of highways compared with busy city streets. “We believe having our entire team’s energy and expertise focused on (self-driving cars) is the best path forward,” Eric Meyhofer, head of Uber Advanced Technologies Group, said in an emailed statement. Uber had unveiled plans earlier this year to integrate manual trucking with self-driving trucks by deploying the former for short hauls and the latter for longer distances. San Francisco-based Uber faces competition from Silicon Valley companies including Tesla Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Waymo as well as traditional automakers such as Ford and General Motors in the race to bring self-driving cars to the market. Uber said it will move employees working on self-driving trucks to other internal roles within autonomous vehicle development.

Electric vehicle sales around the world up over 50% in 2017

Electric car sales around the world rose by 54 percent in 2017 to a three-million threshold, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a report Wednesday. The IEA said as many as 220 million electric vehicles (EVs) could be on the road in 2030 — if governments adopt more ambitious environmental standards. The report indicated […]