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.
Sharp has developed a transparent NFC antenna. It can be invisibly built into displays and convert them into payment and authentication interfaces. The electronics group envisions potential applications in POS terminals and vending machines.
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At CES Asia, Continental unveiled pedestrian recognition using artificial intelligence. The basis of the new technology is the recognition and classification of limbs. The development makes it possible to identify distracted smartphone users and to send hazard warnings to nearby vehicles.
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ZF Friedrichshafen has developed a fully active chassis system called ZF sMOTION. With the new technology, car body move-ments should no longer be noticeable inside the vehicle. This is ensured by intelligent actuators that adjust the compression and rebound for each wheel. The automotive supplier consid-ers automated and autonomous driving as area of application.
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UPS buys 1000 electric vans from Workhorse. The aim of the logistics company is to operate every 4th vehicle purchased with an alternative drive system by 2020. The conversion of 1500 delivery vans in New York to electric drive and an order for Daimler's FUSO electric trucks also contribute to this goal.
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YourStory highlights the 14 most interesting deep tech startups in Hyderabad. With their work in the fields of AR/VR, health tech, agritech, and waste management, the innovative companies are pioneers worldwide.
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"Morphing Controls" from Continental give the dashboard a tidy look with a futuristic feel. All operating elements disappear underneath a stretchable film. As soon as the driver's hand approaches, the buttons light up and slowly take shape to stand out against the surface. After selection, the buttons disappear—the control panel is once again completely dark and smooth.
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Last summer, Baidu launched Apollo, an open platform for autonomous vehicles. It is intended to help make China the largest market for AV technologies. As of now, Honda is also part of the alliance. The company has teamed up with startup SenseTime to work on image recognition for driverless cars.
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Startup Sure offers accident insurance for Uber and Lyft pas-sengers. Its "RideSafe" program allows passengers to book 24-hour coverage directly via the Uber or Lyft app. The insur-ance policy includes more coverage than those of the ride-hailing companies.
According to a survey by management consultancy PwC, ¾ of German and Austrian electricity suppliers are active in the e-mobility sector. Almost all companies believe in its growing importance. According to PwC, the focus of their efforts is on setting up and operating the charging infrastructure.
Sports car manufacturer Panoz and the paint experts from FEYNLAB are determined to fight scratches on the car. Panoz is now using self-healing paints for its luxury cars. The new coating is a memory polymer and returns to its original shape when exposed to heat.
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According to a McKinsey study, the application of AI programs will create more than US$ 5.7 trillion in value in the business world. Marketing and sales benefit most, followed by supply chain management and manufacturing.
Austria has opened its largest test laboratory for autonomous technologies. "DigiTrans" networks scientific groups and companies with road, air and freight transport. Over the next few years, the potentials of platooning, automated local traffic, and the effects of driverless mobility in the city are to be researched.
With a new digital service, users can charge their electric vehicles irrespective of the manufacturer. Porsche offers this service for all participating charging stations for € 2.50 per month. Identification at the charging points is done via app or a "Porsche ID Card".
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Synthetic fuel from renewable energies and CO2 promises emission-free mobility. However, CO2 can only be extracted from the atmosphere with great effort. Moreover, production efficiency is very low. Due to the high energy density of fuels, however, the technology could be worthwhile for maritime and air traffic.
General Electric introduces a traffic management system for a sky full of aircraft: AiRXOS. Similar to the Waze navigation service, it provides users with real-time data on other flying objects, obstacles or weather conditions. This establishes order and security in a future where many millions of drones will shoot through the clouds.
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IBM imitates biological brain structures in a new chip archi-tecture. It uses short-term synapses for computation and long-term ones for memory. Artificial neural networks are up to a hundred times more efficient: The new processors allow a massive acceleration of AI software.
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Autonomous vehicles must be tested under realistic conditions to guarantee their reliability. This leads to interesting ethical and legal challenges. Do we need a new "social contract" for the autonomous mobility of the future?
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P2P sharing startup Turo offers its users a toolkit to unlock their vehicles via app. The 6 million Turo users can thus rent their car without personally handing over a key. The company colla-borates with car manufacturers to make vehicles "Turo-ready" when they leave the factory.
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Startup Metaboards develops metamaterials for wireless charging. These are structures made up of metal and plastic compounds that have properties not found in nature. The waterproof and flexible technology requires no specific contact points to charge the end devices: You just put them on the surface and wait.
Uber is developing a minimalist version of its app for the Indian market. The app only has a size of 5MB. It also works with an extremely slow Internet connection as used by over 50 million people in India. Compared to the standard version with 181MB, Uber Lite is easier to operate on phones with small storage capacity.
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Automotive supplier HARMAN has developed a multifunctional antenna. It is capable of communicating with different termi-nals. These include, for example, radio stations, satellites, Bluetooth devices or Wi-Fi routers. The aim is to reduce the up to 18 antennas required in a connected car to a single one.
Startup Hailo is developing a computer chip specifically for autonomous vehicles. The processor cores are designed for decentralized edge computing networks and deep learning algorithms. This makes them particularly energy-efficient. The chip's higher computing speed also allows the AI to make faster driving decisions.
Startup AIPARK facilitates parking in big cities. A database with over 60 million parking spaces is updated daily by 5 million users via app. AI analyzes this data together with information on parking garages, weather, events, and traffic. AIPARK then generates a recommendation for the nearest available parking space.
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, a mechanical engineering company, has launched a product for end customers for the first time in its history: the Wallbox Home Eco home charger. The stationary charging device with a power range of up to 11 kW can be installed in the garage or outdoors. Thanks to the plug & play solution, the Wallbox is easy to operate.
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15 of the largest ships emit about as much sulfur oxides as 380 million cars. Meyer Werft is therefore building cruise ships equipped with fuel cells to reduce emissions. The advantage of fuel cells: They can be scaled to any size and installed in decentralized locations on board. The entire propulsion could thus be pollution-free.
At CeBIT, Continental and Vodafone announce a new partner-ship for the joint promotion of innovations. The aim is to reduce the traffic accident rate by means of new technologies. For this purpose, new concepts are being tested at the 5G Mobility Lab in Aldenhoven—such as a digital shield protecting pedestrian and a traffic jam warning system.
Apple is developing a new inspection technology for the control of neural networks. The main focus is to determine the reliability of the output of a primary neural network, for example when controlling an autonomous vehicle.
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Lufthansa is focusing on a new type of maintenance service. For this purpose, digital twins of all airplanes are created. All aircraft are therefore equipped with sensors to collect informa-tion about their status in real time. This makes it possible to detect malfunctions at an early stage and to service aircraft proactively.
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Startup Carbon Engineering extracts CO₂ from the atmosphere and synthesizes fuels from it. In Squamish, Canada, the company removes 1 ton of CO₂ from the air every day and produces 2 barrels of fuel. The plant reduces the CO₂ footprint by 70 percent.
Startup Cobli is developing AI-based software which allows the creation of behavioral patterns of drivers. The algorithm analyses GPS data to establish a driving profile. Cobli thus wants to contribute to road safety and warn about increased fuel consumption caused by aggressive driving.
With 7 new partners, the international collaborative effort Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) is developing an open software platform for the connected car. Linux is the world's largest open source project—the 500 most powerful computers are currently running it. From now on, the partners include, among others, Bose and HERE.
One of the winners of the Radical Innovation hotel design award is Studio Aprilli. With its "Autonomous Travel Suite", it has designed a hotel for the era of autonomous mobility. The hotel is a swarm of self-driving hotel rooms on wheels. Once they reach their destination, the vehicles can dock to a tower-like structure.
Uber filed a patent application for an algorithm that assigns the ideal driver to passengers with special transportation needs. At first, the program recognizes the condition of the passenger based on, among other things, walking speed and smartphone typing behavior. The drivers are informed of this accordingly.
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Daimler Trucks has unveiled two brand-new electric heavy-duty trucks, which will be delivered to the first customers before the end of this year. One of the vehicles is the eCascadia. It is based on the most successful long-haul truck in North America, the Cascadia. Its range is 250 miles - at a powerful 730 hp.
Startup Sensosurf produces the "Screw 4.0", a threaded rod equipped with sensors. Incorporated in industrial facilities, the component provides information, for example, on breakage of the nut. For Industry 4.0 or in the connected car, this techno-logy can also be used for predictive maintenance, i.e. automatic maintenance forecasts.
Startup Affectiva is working on AI that recognizes emotions. With immediate effect, its technologies will expand the auto-motive cockpit platform of Intel subsidiary Wind River. Digital assistants should thus be able to act in a more socially compe-tent manner. In addition, the driver's attention is monitored to increase safety.
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Morgan Stanley predicts that autonomous vehicles will increase the volume of global wireless traffic 40-fold. A disruption com-parable to the introduction of the iPhone in 2007. However, the increasing revenues for telecommunications providers also mean increasing upfront investment pressure: the bank estimates the expansion of 1 city-wide 5G network to support autonomous vehicles at US$ 3.3 billion.
For the first time, Waymo completed a test drive outside the USA—in Italy. In the European market, the Alphabet subsidiary wants to act primarily as a service provider. The cars are to be integrated into various transportation service networks, such as logistics, taxi services or public transport.
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Shell has unveiled the new hybrid heavy goods vehicle called "Starship", which is 40% more effective than an average semi truck. To achieve excellent aerodynamics, Shell collaborated with the AirFlow Truck Company. In addition, a 5,000-watt solar array on the roof reduces the load on the diesel engine.
Nanalyze magazine has compiled a list of the 10 biggest AI startups in the world. Alongside many US and Chinese unicorns, the finalists include the German FinTech startup Kreditech. In addition, 2 AV companies, Zoox and Argo AI, are also represented.
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