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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.
The magazine The Next Web (TNW) asked 14 Internet of Things experts about the most important future fields of application for the IoT. Founders, bloggers and journalists have their say, among others. This clearly illustrates: smart devices are becoming increasingly important, especially for transport infrastructure and urban development.
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Insight: Kaspersky Conference – Focus on the (in-)security of the IoT
At the University of Arizona, a head-up display for the car was developed that can be integrated directly into the windshield. As a hologram, it has a larger viewing angle than conventional displays. So far, information had become less clearly recognizable the more you looked at a display from the side.
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At SXSW, autonomous driving was a subject of heated debate. The article reflects the different opinions of the panel participants. Everyone agrees on the far-reaching technical, social and political changes that driverless mobility will entail.
Insight: MIT talk about the future of mobility
Source: heise Autos
FlixBus is expanding. The bus company has just announced that it will also be operating trains throughout the country as of late March. Two long-distance routes in Germany and France served by all-electric buses will follow next month. The range of the e-buses is said to be approx. 125 miles.
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Source: Metro Magazine
A study chaired by Harvard University is examining various models to measure the benefits of renewable energies. The ecological footprint is only one of the presented methods. Avoided emissions or result-oriented models could also determine the success.
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Insight: Study by the Boston Green Ribbon Commission
Source: Rocky Mountain Institute
Startup Nectome is certainly the most extraordinary company among those supported by the accelerator Y Combinator. Its service is to chemically preserve the brains of its customers after they passed away. In the distant future it may be possible to revive brains preserved in such a way – if necessary as a computer simulation.
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Source: MIT Technology Review
Google and Apple are the companies acquiring the largest number of AI start-ups. Both companies have taken over more than a dozen young companies each - and the battle for top talents continues. The article takes a closer look at the startups.
Insight: 8 computer vision startups
Autonomous vehicles will initially transport goods and not people. This thesis is supported by 2 reasons: firstly, the security risk is much lower, since only goods are damaged in the worst case. Secondly, driverless delivery is – unlike ride-hailing – not dependent on rush hours.
Arlington, Texas, has long been the largest city in the United States without public transport. The money saved was used to build other infrastructures. Today, the same is the case again: startup Via, which is supported by Daimler, is now providing passenger transport. Mercedes-Benz vans can be requested by app for trips on demand.
Delta's modular charging station systems are a cost-effective solution in many respects. On the one hand, it is possible to gradually increase the output from 50 kW to 150 kW, which simplifies the upgrade to fast charging points. On the other hand, it draws its energy flexibly from the public electricity grid or a battery.
Startup Kitty Hawk is testing a new type of fully electric, autonomous air taxis. No one less than Alphabet's CEO Larry Page finances the self-steering aeronautical technology. The aim is to establish a commercial network of autonomous air taxis in New Zealand within just three years.
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Source: New York Times
Smart city technologies give citizens up to 125 hours more time each year. This is the finding of a study by Juniper Research, which lists advantages in terms of time management and quality of life. The study also identified the 20 leading smart cities worldwide on the basis of criteria such as mobility and public safety.
Insight: PwC’s infographic on smart cities
Source: Intel Newsroom
Waymo brings its autonomous technologies from the car to the truck. In Atlanta, the trucks transport goods between Google's data centers. The information gathered during the trips will be used to understand the specific problems of the logistics industry.
Insight: Interactive animation of an autonomous vehicle
Source: Waymo Blog via Medium
Food startup Marley Spoon has examined car sharing availability in Berlin. Some patterns are clearly recognizable: the classic rush hours considerably reduce the number of available cars. Particularly in midtown, resources are exhausted in the early evening. Demand for car sharing services remains strong.
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Source: Head of Product von Marley Spoon via Medium
More and more mineral extraction companies are starting to produce batteries themselves. Mine operators are already benefiting from the growing demand for batteries. The in-house production could open up new business areas and increase margins. The article highlights the development of various mining firms.
Source: Greentech Media
Startup Cognata enables virtual training of autonomous vehicles. Its simulation technology combines deep learning and computer vision algorithms. It includes, among other things, interactions with other road users and considers local weather conditions. Thus, the startup shortens the test drives phase and reduces risks.
Source: The Official NVIDIA Blog
At the "South by Southwest" Conference, Bose is presenting gesture-controlled AR glasses that add acoustic information to reality. The glasses are equipped with miniature speakers that transmit audio feedback to the wearer's ear. Connected to the smartphone via Bluetooth, the glasses are also compatible with Siri and Google Assistant.
Source: The Verge
At SXSW, Pamela Pavliscak from Change Sciences gives a lecture on the emotional value of autonomous vehicles. Due to their artificial intelligence, the vehicles can become an emotional "buddy". Those who spend a lot of time in the car anyway will also find a listener here in the future.
Source: VISION mobility
Google Assistant wants to conquer the world of ambient computing. More third-party providers, more complex devices and a simplified application are the objectives. At SXSW, the digital assistant is attracting attention with a Google "Fun House" featuring a sock-folding robot, a system for ordering beer and a parking space finder.
Source: Fast Company
The innovation conference not only focuses on music, film and interactive media. Topics such as energy and transport are also discussed: experts from the Rocky Mountain Institute, Greentown Labs as well as Shell call for a comprehensive collaboration and challenge the role of companies. In line with this, Mercedes is presenting its new EQ e-mobility brand.
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Source: SXSW Schedule
In addition to a few billionaires, more and more company founders want to conquer space. This is to be achieved with increasingly lighter technology and more sophisticated transport options. Startups such as Astro Digital and Made In Space are dedicating themselves to the concepts flying high and are becoming established in zero gravity with satellites and 3D printing.
Source: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
The energy sector makes intensive use of artificial intelligence. Its main areas of application are flexible storage, autonomous grids, failure management, and smart electricity meters - or the exploration of oil fields. US-American analyst CB Insights takes a closer look at these applications.
Source: CB Insights
The UNICARagil project pools the forces of 7 universities to develop a driverless car of Autonomy Level 5. In addition to the research facilities, suppliers are also involved, providing for example the navigation and simulation software. The project is expected to be completed in 4 years.
Uber has filed 2 patents to counter the potential boredom in autonomous vehicles, which bring virtual reality to the car. An interactive game could, for example, be designed from the vehicle's sensor data. Since the movement of the car itself is included in the VR, this could help prevent motion sickness.
The "bilevel equalizer" from The University of Toledo makes batteries more effective. So far, two types of equalizers have been used to connect battery cells in series in cars: passive ones are cheap, but not very efficient; the better active equalizers are far more expensive. The bilevel equalizer combines both systems to counteract the respective disadvantages.
Google's vision: Internet without loading times. This is to be achieved by extending its AMP framework, which is already used by network giants such as Baidu, Bing and Twitter. The plan equals the development of a new web standard - a real mammoth task.
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E-commerce giant Alibaba spends more money on research than all other companies in China. And in the next three years, this budget is set to triple. Only Amazon and Alphabet spend more. Alibaba’s investments will focus mainly on AI technologies.
In Arizona, Uber Freight will now transport goods in autonomous trucks. However, these vehicles still need a safety driver on board. The driver will monitor progress along routes up to 550 km long. Such autonomization of logistics will affect the work of truck drivers profoundly.
By mid-May, around 500 Mercedes-Benz drivers could win Daimler's first cryptocurrency, MobiCoin. Testers will be rewarded with coins depending on how eco-friendly they drive. Coin-holders will be invited to events like the Berlin Fashion Week or DTM.
Source: Interesting Engineering
General Electric has unveiled a new battery platform called Reservoir. As an adaptive system, it’s more than just a giant battery. Each battery is monitored and optimally used to maximize performance. To counteract overload, the system dynamically adjusts to the power grid. Could this technology be used to control interconnected e-car batteries?
Source: Business Wire
Not travelling to the Geneva Motor Show? This New York Times article provides a comprehensive overview of the event. From Alfa Romeo to Volvo, practically the entire alphabet of the automotive world is covered.
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Google has unveiled the world's largest quantum computer. At 72 qbits, it surpasses the competition from IBM, Microsoft and Intel. These machines are much faster than their digital counterparts for solving certain mathematical problems. Such problems include route optimization, a key challenge for logistics.
The future of industry lies in evaluating huge amounts of data. However, sensor data must also be comparable. About 80% of the costs of "Industry 4.0" projects are currently being channeled into data standardization. This must happen before AI can assume the work.
In Geneva, HARMAN has revealed two enhancements to its AudioworX platform. These allow manufacturers to highly personalize their vehicles. The platform makes it possible to integrate several infotainment systems within a single vehicle. This helps create an individualized ridesharing experience.
Source: eeNews Automotive
Every year, dozens of electric concept cars are exhibited at fairs and showrooms. But how many of these make it to the road? This article presents important vehicles that could make their tarmac debut within the next five years.
Goodyear has created a tire that cleans the air. The 3D-printed-tire contains moss that converts CO2 into oxygen. The technology is also equipped with sensors that allow vehicle-to-infrastructure communication.
In Japan, Yahoo has expanded its maps services with augmented reality. Users of an ARKit-enabled device can enjoy updated orientation. Routes are now furnished with digital signs, arrows and animations. Currently, this option is only available to pedestrians.
The University of Stanford has created technology that, among other things, allows autonomous vehicles to ‘see’ better at intersections. This involves a laser that can be beamed around a corner. Any objects in between will reflect photons and from these reflections, the shape of the object can be measured. The innovation could be used for early hazard detection.
The startup Kasko2Go is developing a tamper-proof database for auto insurance, based on blockchain technology. In an accident, a type of digital "fingerprint" of the vehicle is created from evidence and police data. Insurances can work more precisely with this security.
Students from the University of Eindhoven have designed an e-vehicle that is almost completely biodegradable. Its chassis, body and interior are made of biocomposites. Plastic has been replaced by PLA, a polymer made from chained lactic acids.