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Researchers worldwide are discovering new ways to combat climate change. Geoengineering can make big difference through domestic innovations – and the car plays a vital role.
Der Rechtsstreit zwischen Uber und Waymo ist beigelegt. Seit April 2017 testet Waymo in Phoenix seine autonome Flotte. Jetzt wurde das Unternehmen in Arizona als „Transportation Network Company“ eingestuft – und darf für seine Fahrten Geld verlangen. Noch in diesem Jahr soll der weltweit erste autonome kommerzielle Ride-Hailing-Service beginnen.
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The Greentech Media magazine predicts the 6 most important trends of e-mobility in 2018. Sales of electric cars have been rising steadily for years. By 2022, a total of 2.9 million electric vehicles on the road could have increased the power demand by 11,000 gigawatt hours - this equals the electricity generated by 5.5 million wind turbines.
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Source: Greentech Media
The founder of venture capital firm Wind Capital suspects a bubble in the mobility sector: in 2017, 300 million euros were invested here in startups in Germany alone, many of which are overvalued. Nevertheless, the investor still believes in viable business models, especially in the area of car and bike sharing.
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Source: NGIN Mobility
Cybersecurity can greatly benefit from the use of artificial intelligence. John Bruce from IBM Resilient explains why human analysts should be supported by intelligent assistance systems: The best way of dealing with the flood of information is to be ensured by a symbiosis of human and artificial intelligence.
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Qualcomm demands regulatory provisions for autonomous driving from the legislator. Politics should above all make car manufacturers and suppliers take their responsibilities. Qualcomm compares the use of autonomous and connecting technologies with that of air bags or GPS: mandatory regulations could reduce costs and increase acceptance.
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Source: heise Autos
On-demand shuttle services such as MOIA and ioki are intended to complement local public transport. However, for these pooling offers to be successful, they must gain in popularity and efficiency. ioki manager Pfeiffer even claims: on-demand shuttles will only become lucrative when they operate autonomously.
Electra Meccanica presents the SOLO, an electric single-seater for city traffic. The special thing about it: recharging of the vehicle is done wirelessly and a charge lasts for about 100 miles. It is based on Qualcomm's Halo system, which enables wireless charging while parking or driving - all that's missing now is the matching charging areas.
Startup Call9 promotes the use of telemedicine in nursing facilities. In telemedicine, doctors and patients stay in contact via phone, messaging or video if personal consultation is not available. Perhaps this is also a prospect for frequent drivers: Would it be possible to obtain medical advice in the car instead of in the treatment room?
Startup Magic Leap is developing augmented reality glasses: after 8 years – with almost US$ 2 billion in venture capital and more than 1000 employees - there is still no finished product. This year, the "Magic Leap One" will finally be released. The t3n podcast is dedicated to the opaque company.
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Insight: Startup RealWear with marketable AR glasses
A team of VTI researchers is developing software to keep drivers awake. The degree of "tired driving" is determined from data provided by various sensors. Alarm systems can then respond to the situation - because up to Level 3 autonomy, the driver must be able to take over control of the vehicle in an emergency.
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Source: The Guardian
Indian startup Zoomcar offers users an on-demand car rental service. Furthermore, vehicles can also be leased out via its platform: buyers of a new car are given the option of renting their cars out in periods when they are not using them. This helps Zoomcar expand its vehicle portfolio, while the buyers recoup their cost.
Solid-state batteries could double the range of electric vehicles. Compared to classic lithium-ion batteries, the alternative batteries use solid electrolytes. However, despite the investments of numerous companies - from BMW to Dyson - research is still in its infancy. The article discusses the status quo.
Startup Hackrod wants to produce cars with a 3D printer. To this end, it has developed a digital platform that simplifies vehicle design and configuration, including AR and VR support. Will the young company be able to assert itself against the competition of Local Motors and Divergent3D?
Source: 3D Printing Industry
The artificial intelligence boom can no longer be ignored - but what is behind the buzzword AI? What is the difference between Machine Learning and Deep Learning? The article traces the history of the technology and clarifies the most important terms.
echnology group Oracle is expanding its cloud platform with services related to autonomous systems. For example, Oracle's autonomous database is integrated, which organizes and manages AI-supported databases. The platform makes it possible to fully automate numerous work steps in logistics.
Source: Enterprise Times
Researchers from all over the world are working on micro- and nanorobots. The mini machines are mainly used in medicine, but they are also suitable for rescue operations and repairs. The detailed article differentiates different types of robots with their respective challenges and opportunities.
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Startup company Platio specializes in the installation of solar paths that supply electricity to electric vehicles or nearby buildings. The solar modules are covered with a layer of recycled plastic to protect the cells. The first prototype was installed in Budapest within a day.
More than 3 billion people own a smartphone. And the next billions are to follow. The future of the internet will depend on the demands of these new users. Most of them use exclusively smartphones. Google also identifies intuitive control and local content as top trends of this new generation.
Source: Google Blog
MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has developed a new algorithm to make drones fly safely. The drone no longer uses detailed maps for navigation. Instead, it captures the uncertainties of its route in a mathematical model. The accident rate was thus reduced by half. Is this a model for the further development of autonomous systems in cars?
DB Schenker, Deutsche Bahn's logistics subsidiary, has joined forces with Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences to work on truck platooning. As of April, first tests will be carried out on the A9 freeway. The aim is the daily use of this technology between the two logistics centers in Munich and Nuremberg.
Insight: Daimler's platooning tests on public highways in the US
Source: Post & Parcel
A new algorithm recognizes whether a touch screen is used by children: contrary to adults, they have smaller fingers and use the screen differently. This is, for example, to prevent children from making unauthorized purchases in online shops or even operating an autonomous vehicle via app.
Source: MIT Technology Review
Without copper there is no mobility - that's the thesis of the article. The electrical conductivity of this metal is almost unsurpassed. Electric vehicles require more than 60 kg of copper. The demand for this important raw material will increase almost tenfold over the next decade. This will present challenges, for example regarding recycling,
Source: Springer Professional
Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have further developed their "e-Skin". The electronic skin is able to measure temperature, pressure and vibration - ideal for prostheses and robots with a sense of touch. The new version is self-healing and recyclable. In addition, production costs were reduced.
In order to explain traffic congestions in a city, both physical and social structures need to be considered. The behavior of commuters, pedestrians or drivers can be predicted via agent-based simulation. This model information is an ideal addition to the purely physical sensor data of a smart city.
Source: The Independent
The changes resulting from the increasing autonomy are extensive. Whether in the energy or public transportation sector, in finance or the justice system: Frank Chen considers the way towards a reality of autonomous driving beyond the actual vehicle in 8 informative videos.
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Flixbus plans to use hybrid buses and autonomous driving assistance systems. Nonetheless, the classic bus driver is to remain on the long-distance buses also in the long term: as a service and brand ambassador. In the interview, one of the founders of Flixbus talks about current environmental and growth objectives as well as new offers.
The existing 12-volt standard in vehicles is increasingly complemented by 42-volt systems. The so-called mild hybrid systems support the internal combustion engine with an electric drive in order to increase fuel economy. Although slightly less powerful than the full hybrid variant, their cost is two-thirds lower.
Source: The New York Times
EV startup NIO has already arrived in Germany – now other Chinese unicorns are making their way into Western markets. Perhaps the startup companies Cambricon or SenseTime also provide attractive solutions for automakers. Their approaches to deep learning processors and AI for pattern recognition are in any case promising.
MIT SMR has conducted a global survey on the current potential of artificial intelligence. The result: 85% of companies are aware of the potential competitive advantage - but only 39% have an AI strategy. Significant areas of application are currently customer service, video surveillance or field operations.
In the automotive sector, the cooperation network for autonomous technologies is becoming increasingly complex. The article analyzes the reasons for and trends of cooperation and presents hypotheses on how the supplier structure will change: mobility platforms continue to gain in importance.
Insight: TrendForce – 80% growth per year for autonomous taxis until 2023 (German only)
In 5 years, Uber Elevate intends to launch its first commercial flights - fully electric and later also autonomous. In an interview, Justin Erlich, Uber's Head of Policy of Autonomous Vehicles and Urban Aviation, talks about the construction design and utilization concepts. The sharing aspect and the potential of renting rooftops as landing pads are particularly emphasized.
Insight: Podcast – 'The future is flying cars'
NewMotion interviewed almost 7,000 drivers of electric cars about their usage patterns and expectations. Approximately 50% of the Germans surveyed own a vehicle with a conventional combustion engine in addition to the e-car or plug-in hybrid. Among the reasons for using an e-vehicle, where cost savings only come in 5th place, the fun factor and environmental protection are to the fore.
Source: eMobilität – der Blog
Das Start-up Wi-Fiber bietet Module für die Nachrüstung von Straßenlaternen in Smart Citys. Die smarte Laterne wird mit der sogenannten „Intelli-Plattform“ verbunden und je nach Bedarf ausgerüstet: mit intelligenten Lichteffekten, Kameras oder Schallerkennung. Die Modularität der Systemerweiterung spart gegenüber einem kompletten Austausch Zeit und Geld.
Video: The Intelli-Platform in Las Vegas (2 min)
Continental's new connectivity manager uses the power of crowdsourcing to determine the network quality of a planned route. Accordingly, the data management is predictive. The driver could, for example, be notified of possible dead spots along the road ahead.
Startup Optibus helps bus operators to create ideal schedules. In doing so, the young company is also preparing for a completely autonomous transport system in the future. Its vision is a holistic mobility platform that equally includes driverless taxis as well as buses and public transport.
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Chinese ride-hailing giant DiDi Chuxing has entered into an alliance with major players in the industry including Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and BYD to establish an electric vehicle sharing platform. Besides the combination of sharing and pooling, the alliance also focuses on electromobility.
India is the fifth largest automobile market in the world. This article examines the efforts of the country's major automakers towards electromobility. Tata Motors is testing e-buses, and Mahindra Electric is investing millions in the development of affordable e-cars. Maruti Suzuki also wants have an electric vehicle ready for production by 2020.
Source: The Straits Times
Market research company CB Insights has identified 7 trends in the luxury industry. Of course, digitization takes first place. Authentication of products is also becoming increasingly important in order to combat black-market trading. In addition, alternative business models such as renting luxury goods are gaining in importance.
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Source: CB Insights
How efficient is office work in virtual reality environments? This is the question being addressed in a new study, which examines typing on a keyboard wearing a VR headset. A higher typing speed was detected when the fingers were displayed. Traditional keys also had a positive effect in comparison to a touchscreen keyboard.
In most autonomous vehicles, LiDAR sensors are used to scan the environment with laser technology. However, the sensors are expensive and produce incredible amounts of data. Are alternative technologies such as cameras and ultrasound sufficient to achieve a driverless car?