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Concept Cars are visionary. Again and again they define the dream of driving. They are showing today what mobility and freedom will feel like tomorrow.
Continental has developed a tire, which adapts to weather conditions. At first, an integrated sensor registers the weather and temperature. In the next step, the ContiAdapt system reacts by regulating the tire pressure: the change allows the tire to adopt different shapes so that it can master any road surface.
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Bees and ants have tiny brains, but are excellent navigators. Based on this biological model, a team of Portuguese and Danish researchers has developed an autonomous bot. Without a map and completely self-learning, the energy-efficient agent develops a "memory" for its paths and destinations.
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Startup Fair provides cars - fast and cheap. A copy of a driver's license is all it takes to book a vehicle by app within a few minutes. Fair offers its vehicles on a monthly basis, but unlike leasing, without any contract term. In the long run, Fair's prices are significantly lower than those of a rental car.
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The Silicon Valley startup Pi wants to facilitate wireless charging for tablets and mobile phones. Pi's solution, a kind of pylon, charges all nearby devices via magnetic fields. Could this technology also turn parking lots into huge charging stations?
Amazon might introduce its first "Alexa glasses" before the end of this year. Unlike Google Glass, it won't feature a camera or display. However, Amazon's smart glasses will reportedly be equipped with a microphone and a special bone-conduction audio system. Instead of using earplugs, the sound is transmitted via the temporal bone.
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A software was recently presented at the University of Nottingham, which reconstructs the complete 3D facial geometry from a single 2D image. The extremely complex process was simplified by a neural network. The technology could, for example, put a face on digital assistants.
At the IAA, Continental presents its new fully automated valet parking function. At a transfer point in front of the parking garage, the driver exits the vehicle, which navigates fully autonomously, recognizes free parking spaces and parks itself. The driver uses his mobile phone to request the car back to the transfer point.
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Startup CryptoMove provides a data security service, which relies on chaos. Initially, sensitive data is fragmented into small bundles, which are then encrypted and stored individually on different cloud servers where they are constantly moved around. That way, CryptoMove's organized chaos protects particularly well against attacks.
Japanese research company RIKEN in collaboration with the University of Tokyo has developed an ultra-thin solar cell. It is also stretchable, flexible and even after having been washed, it is still able to generate electricity from sunlight. A pioneer for photovoltaic clothing?
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Market research company CB Insights has compiled a comprehensive overview of all unicorn startups worldwide. Their total value amounts to approximately US$ 747 billion. More than 50% of the unicorns added to the list in 2017 are not from the USA. China is the international frontrunner: it is home to 7 of the 10 most highly valued non-US unicorn companies.
Source: CB Insights
Startup CTRL-Labs has developed a bracelet that could replace the keyboard and mouse. Minimal impulses in the arm are detected and directly transmitted to the computer or smartphone. With the direct conversion of nerve signals into computer commands, the product provides a visionary brain-machine interface.
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Intel has partnered with Waymo. Its processors will be integrated into Waymo's platform. However, hardware alone is not enough: Intel recently announced that it has already invested a total of US$1 billion in AI startups such as Mighty AI and Data Robot. .
Source: The Verge
Jaama has developed a fleet management app. Similar to the former Lab1886 project VAN2SHARE, the startup provides an overview of all vehicles, including test and mileage readings. Automatic notification is particularly important if maintenance or repairs are required.
Source: Fleet News
As a new application reveals, Tesla has patented a station for battery replacement. It will take less than 15 minutes to replace the battery using a lifting platform and an automated system. The supercharger, by contrast, needs 30 minutes to charge 80 percent of the battery.
Daimler's Hackathon at the IAA was a huge success: 65 students programmed for 24 hours to develop solutions for future mobility. The "HD Vision deep" team was able to win the competition with its software for automatic registration of the environment - e. g. for the identification of free parking spaces.
According to consulting firm Deloitte, the market for so-called "Connected Car Services" (CCS) will experience rapid growth. Europe is expected to be the largest sales market with 715 million euros in 2022. For the Europeans, diagnosis and maintenance play the most important role in connected vehicle services to date.
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British insurance broker AdrianFlux presents the first insurance for dself-driving cars. Sie deckt durch autonome Technologien verursachte Schadensfälle mit ab. t covers damage caused by autonomous technologies. This includes software bugs, cyber attacks, late or incomplete updates, and satellite failures.
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Google is introducing the mobile payments app Tez in India. o this end, a cooperation was concluded with UPI in order to guarantee transfers between different banks. Furthermore, the app offers a "cash" mode, which guarantees anonymous transactions via peer-to-peer connection, similar to cash payment.
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With Matrix Charging, startup Easelink introduces a new form of charging. A metal plate, which can be raised from the floor, makes contact with a cable harness on the underside of the vehicle - without a plug. A technology that could also be connected with StoreDots fast-charging batteries?
Numerous carmakers, suppliers and automobile startups are romping about in Silicon Valley. Together with the real estate company CBRE, "Quartz" magazine has identified 64 companies in the valley that are dedicated to the future of cars. As the overview in the article shows, 26 of them have been approved for testing autonomous vehicles.
A new cooperation between Harman International, IBM, Irdeto as well as G+D Mobile Security wants to effectively protect connected vehicles against cyberattacks. The platforms from Harman and IBM were integrated with one another and expanded by Irdeto's software competence. G+D's Management Framework rounds off the collaboration.
IAA stand information: Hall 3.1, Booth C30
The new system from startup ViaFAUNA alerts drivers and vehicles of approaching wild animals. Infrared sensors are installed in areas rich in game. If an animal is detected, the transmitters sends warning signals via radio waves. Autonomous vehicles are thus able to initiate a braking process hundreds of meters ahead of the animal crossing.
Start-up Infostellar wants to make satellite communication as simple as booking with Airbnb. For this purpose, it is developing the "StellarStation" platform: users can clearly and easily rent satellites from third-party providers. StellarStation is to lay the foundation for a more robust Internet via satellite that is available around the globe.
At the IAA, Renault presented the Symbioz study. Here, the vehicle and the house enter into a symbiotic relationship: besides the possibility of using the car as part of the living space, it can be combined with the house's power grid to form a smart grid.
Source: heise online
Researchers at MIT have developed a robot that reacts to natural language. Like a digital assistant, it performs tasks on command - but unlike Alexa & Co., it has two hands. The already functioning prototype is a first step towards the autonomous domestic robot of the future.
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A total of 21 new startups presented themselves at the Demo Days of the MIT delta v accelerator program. One of them is Octant, which calls itself the "Netflix for autonomous vehicles". It creates high-quality training sets of different traffic scenarios. This helps test vehicle software in very specific applications.
Insights: Octant's presentation at the Demo Days
Source: MIT News
Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has designed a spherical drone that is particularly suited for parcel deliveries. So far, the higher volume of a spherical frame made ball-shaped drones extremely unwieldy. The new construction, by contrast, can be folded down, thus making it possible to reduce its volume by 92%.
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Clean-tech company TM4, together with CONVERTRONIX, has developed the BCI20 bi-directional charger inverter. It will be used primarily in electromobility. On the one hand, the BCI20 is a powerful charger, on the other hand, it serves as an autonomous inverter while driving.
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The T-1000 robot was developed at the University of Brussels. These models can connect to form larger, independent robot configurations: as soon as several T-1000s team up, swarm intelligence modeled on neuronal processes ensures the stability of the formation. The new algorithm facilitates complex control without a central unit.
Life keeps getting faster. Why not as fast as the light? Beaming does not seem to break the laws of physics - but the world could be turned upside down.
At the beginning of this year, startup Reviver unveiled a digital license plate, which marks the start of an ambitious plan: its platform, which is currently in the development phase, is designed to transform every vehicle into an IoT endpoint. This is to simplify fleet management and facilitate automatic payment - for example in a parking garage.
Insights: Lab1886 article on digital license plates
The driverless car can hope for a new sensory organ: startup AdaSky has introduced "Viper", a far infrared sensor that also sees in dark and foggy conditions. The energy-saving, just over 4 cm long device detects pedestrians, animals as well as the road condition.
Tire manufacturer Goodyear will equip the fleet of the Tesla-sharing startup Tesloop with connected tires. They automatically report when they need to be replaced. While the vehicles are charging, Goodyear sends technicians in accordance with sensor data to take care of the tires in good time.
At the IAA, reports on e-mobility are striking like lightning: Daimler announced that it would completely electrify the smart product portfolio; VW plans to offer 50 purely electrically driven models; and BMW presented the i Vision Dynamics, a concept car with a range of 375 miles. German automakers are in a spirit of optimism.
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Of all the announcements in the Apple keynote, the iPhone X stands out in particular: instead of home button and fingerprint as a means of identification, Apple focuses on the owner's face. Infrared sensors map it three-dimensionally with 30,000 scanning points. The iPhone X is unlocked by looking at the new model. In the process, the program behind Face ID gets to know the owner better and better.
STARTUP AUTOBAHN is one of the most important promoters of startup what3words. Now Mercedes-Benz has announced that the navigation software of the young shooting star will in the future be available as standard in every vehicle. Would you like a taster? The words "bricks.sending.able" directly take you to the IAA booth of STARTUP AUTOBAHN.
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By 2020, all smart models are to be powered purely by electricity - this was announced by Dr. Zetsche at the IAA. Furthermore, the official premiere of the autonomous smart vision EQ fortwo was celebrated. By dispensing with the pedal or steering wheel, the cockpit is transformed into a rolling third place, including an extensive multimedia platform.
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Dr. Zetsche proudly announced the cooperation between Daimler AG and Volocopter. The Multicopter was proof that the inventor of the automobile is also able to carry individual mobility into the 3rd dimension. The autonomous aircraft will commence first test flights in Dubai by the end of the year.
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"Our electrical offensive continues to gain momentum: by 2022, Mercedes-Benz Cars will have more than ten fully electric vehicles on the market. And the Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA proves that we are serious about electromobility across the entire portfolio," says Dr. Zetsche.