We have been warned. Now, let’s hope that car manufacturers and rental companies have learned their lesson. Zipcar, a car rental company that operates in 10 countries, suffered a connectivity breakdown that caused a significant amount of its fleet in New York, California and Oregon to halt. Wherever customers happened to be, their cars simply refused to start for about 10% of Zipcar customers.Read the story “Zipcar rental cars lost their network connectivity, leaving drivers stranded”
Dutch company Allego has developed an electric vehicle charger that can add 100 km / 62 miles worth of power into a car battery in 5 minutes. The company is building a large network of charging stations across continental Europe that is compatible with electric cars, buses and light trucks.
Travelers who are making long road trips don’t think much about the availability of petrol stations because they are everywhere. If you are planning to make a long tour on an electric car, careful planning is required today. Ionity, a joint venture of German automakers, aims to change that. The new company is going to build a network of charging stations along major route across Europe.
Everyone who travels – tourists, professionals, digital nomads, remote workers – rely on their computing devices to be in touch with the home base or to get their work done. One key thing people take for granted at home – Internet access – is not always available on the road. Once a traveler realizes what it really means to be disconnected for a few critical hours or perhaps for days, it becomes obvious that the whole computer setup must be prepared for travel. The setup relies on offline tools.
When traveling overseas, you will need Internet access – sooner or later. If you are working and traveling as a digital nomad, you will need it the moment you arrive in a new country, but if you are on holiday, perhaps you settle in first. No problem, many people think, I’ll use the hotel Wi-Fi, free access at McDonalds, or Wi-Fi at a nearby café. Sure, if you know what you are doing, because recent news reports showed us that multiple hotel Wi-Fi networks in Europe and Middle East were infiltrated so that hackers could collect guests’ banking and other passwords.
What can a traveler do to have an Internet access overseas that doesn’t cost a fortune and that is reliable and secure? The answer is to purchase a prepaid SIM card with a data plan in each country you visit.
Read the story “This is how you use a prepaid SIM card overseas for Internet access like a pro”