17 Mar 2018

Bits+Bytes: battery warning for EV drivers

From Bits+Bytes, 12:45 pm on 17 March 2018
Electric Car Charging (Pixabay CC0 Creative Commons)

Photo: Pixabay CC0 Creative Commons

This week, a warning about electric cars: a group of New Zealand citizen scientists claims to have discovered a problem with the battery powering one model of the world's best-selling electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf.

Also, why Facebook has banned political party pages in the UK.

And in other news, flying taxis are being trialled here in New Zealand: Kitty Hawk, the Silicon Valley startup backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, has done a deal with the government to test-fly "all-electric take-off and landing products".

So what technology are they using and does it have the potential to bypass congested roads?

Plus workers paid to sift through and remove disturbing content on YouTube will be limited to working 4 hours a day to protect their mental health.

And your tech questions answered: listener Andrew asks why can't we use the government's RealMe identification system in our dealings with the tax department?

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