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Self-driving cars could lead to increased traffic and pollution if they spur more travel by car. Witthaya Prasongsin via Getty Images

Driverless cars won’t be good for the environment if they lead to more auto use

Studies show that when people can ride in a car without having to operate it, they increase their car use. That could increase traffic and pollution, unless government puts a price on car travel.
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COVID-19 has changed the future of retail: there’s plenty more automation in store

Woolworths’ A$780 millon investment in new automated distribution centres is a sign of how much COVID-19 has changed the way we shop. It points what’s to come in the retail sector.
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Panic buying in the wake of COVID-19 underscores inequalities in South Africa

Most consumers in South Africa aren’t able to fill up a trolley of groceries for their daily needs, let alone join the panic buying induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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