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.
Smartphones are replaced every 2-3 years—cars about once every 9 years. With the rapid development of digital interfaces, customers quickly get used to new, intuitive designs. The dash-board, on the other hand, looks outdated after a short time. Are apps that are integrated via CarPlay or Android Auto the future of the dashboard?
Reading time: 3 min
Insight: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety: Infotainment Ranking
Source: The Drive
Automated driving will first establish itself in logistics before it conquers the mass market. Automotive supplier ZF remains convinced of this—and has developed an autonomous truck for company premises. The IMG 1052 picks up containers inde-pendently, drives them to the desired destination, and parks them perfectly.
Reading time: 6 min
Video: 3 min
Source: Commercial Career Journal
Ride-sharing is changing city traffic - that's why Uber has developed a digital toolbox especially for traffic planners in Mumbai. Information on infrastructure and traffic management can be accessed clearly. So far, cooperation with the authorities has been a rather unusual strategy for Uber. Is a change in sight?
Reading time: 2 min
Insight: Uber returns to London
Source: The Financial Express
Startup ELECTRIFY offers its customers a central platform for decentralized energy supply. Digital contracts can be conclud-ed via tamper-proof databases without intermediary bodies. This reduces transaction costs by around 30 %. In addition, the prices of different energy providers can be compared.
E-commerce company Alibaba has overtaken IBM in cloud computing. This puts Alibaba in 4th place: Only Amazon, Microsoft, and Google record have even higher revenues. Cloud computing is a global market and therefore requires global brands: Alibaba would like to develop into one.
Startup Aclima manufactures air quality sensors whose data are networked on a platform. Collaborating with Google, Aclima has already found out: emission peaks and lows can be measured simultaneously in the same street. This requires a differentiated approach to the issue.
Daimler has teamed up with semiconductor manufacturer Xilinx to enhance in-car AI applications. In the vehicles, the deep learning algorithms will run on Xilinx' processor platform. It is highly efficient, low-energy, and low-latency—properties that are particularly important for autonomous vehicles.
Drone startup Matternet expands its operations in the US. On-demand urban transportation systems are to be set up there. In Switzerland, Matternet has been transporting medical items through the air for months—fully autonomously. A partnership with Mercedes-Benz Vans was also established to test parcel delivery of the future.
Video: 1 min
Graphene producer Talga Resources has added graphene to concrete to make the actually insulating material electrically conductive. This allows inductive charging and even a heated road surface in icy weather. The higher stability of graphene reduces the amount of cement required in the concrete, which saves costs.
Even though Silicon Valley-based startups still achieve the highest financing levels—China is on the fast track. Young companies in the metropolitan regions of Beijing and Shanghai raised around US$ 95 billion between 2012 and 2018. In Silicon Valley, it was US$ 140 billion. Both cities are home to 40 tech unicorns in total, while Silicon Valley has 57 of the billion-dollar companies.
Reading time: 4 min
Startup Teralytics evaluates the comprehensible movements of 500 million telephone users for the optimization of mobility services. Cofounder Georg Polzer believes that new transport systems such as hyperloops and drones can bridge long distances at high speed. Life in the city as a conurbation is therefore losing in importance.
Reading time: 5 min
For the 25th anniversary of the famous Festival of Speed in Goodwood, England, a special car will compete: Roborace sends a fully autonomous racer to the narrow racecourse between forests, hay bales, and firewalls. An acid test for the AI of this racing car.
Source: Top Gear
Chinese company DiDi is the next giant to enter the highly competitive Australian ride-sharing market. Major players like Taxify, Uber, and Ola are already active there. While Uber is pursuing an offensive strategy, DiDi is focusing on cooperation—or even investments in local providers. Down Under these would be, for example, Shofer, GoCatch or Shebah.
In the podcast, Greentech Media, together with a consultant from the Indigo Advisory Group, addresses the future of smart grids. How do AI technologies change energy networks and business models? How are utility companies promoting inno-vation? And what role do renewable energies play in this?
Listening time: 46 min
Source: Greentech Media
Harvard University has developed a surface that changes its properties at the touch of a button. It becomes rough or smooth, cleans itself or directs liquids in a certain direction. Maybe the high-tech material can be integrated into surfaces of the car—such as seats or steering wheel covers—so they can adapt to the drivers' preferences.
The eCyber security system will protect vehicles against cyber attacks in the future. The product comprises both hardware and software components and is manufactured by ERM Advanced Telematics, a spin-off of the Israeli Ituran Group. As of this fall, eCyber will be available to OEMs and suppliers in 68 countries.
Source: Transport Security World
LiDAR sensor technology is used in forestry 4.0 to efficiently measure forest stands. In particular, tree volume and canopy height over wide spatial areas are analyzed. This applica-tion can possibly be transferred to the urban jungle, for example for the navigation of air taxis.
Source: Geospatial World
Startup RoVi Robot Vision revolutionizes the control and monitoring of robots. The company replaces complex hardware sensors with industrial image processing. This enables robots to determine the positions, movements, and contact forces of their arms and grippers for the first time—without any integra-ted electronic sensors. This will greatly simplify the design of robots.
Insight: RoVi Robot Vision at Automatica 2018
South Africa's rising gasoline prices could boost sales of hybrid and electric cars. The majority of motorists here still tend to use drives powered by fossil fuels, but this could soon change. However, the precondition would be that the purchase prices of hybrid and electric vehicles in the Republic would drop.
Source: Huffington Post
MIT has developed a novel 3D printing process. It allows printing of soft structures whose movements are controlled by magnetic fields. This facilitates the adoption of new shapes which are, among other things, used to actuate the movement of microrobots.
Video: 2 min
Source: Design News
Ohio State University has launched a pilot program for traffic and road monitoring using drones. The tracking data is used, among other things, for prompt accident detection and warning of road damage and flooding. Connected and self-driving cars could be supplied directly with the information.
Startup Silexica harmonizes the up to 250 digital applications in modern cars. In addition to navigation and infotainment sys-tems, these include the sensors of (semi-)autonomous vehi-cles. Silexica has developed a range of tools to virtually map and optimize the entire range of applications.
Digital platforms make it possible to increasingly share one's car with other people. The individual adjustment of the vehicle to determine, for example, top speed and maximum accelera-tion can create a feeling of trust. Tesla, for example, has just developed such a function for its valet mode.
About half of the world's lithium reserves are mined in China. The raw material is mainly used in electric vehicle batteries. Approximately 50% of all electrically powered vehicles are also sold in China. The article examines the growing demand for lithium and electric cars—battery production could increase fivefold by 2022.
Source: The Barrel Blog
Creator is a startup for culinary robotics. Now it has opened its first fully automated burger restaurant. A machine comprising of 20 computers, 350 sensors, and 50 actuator mechanisms pro-duces really fresh burgers. Never before has work automation been so delicious.
The Car Connectivity Consortium has published a standard for digital vehicle keys. It allows users to unlock and lock their car and start the engine with their smartphone. For car rentals or car sharing, this facilitates keyless operation. The Lab1886 project CHARK.me uses a similar technology.
Microsoft has acquired software startup Bonsai for the development of autonomous systems. Bonsai created a kind of boot camp for AI programs to optimize them in a simulated environ-ment. The companies want to jointly create a platform for auto-nomous applications in Industry 4.0.
Startup Citymapper offers its users a comprehensive navigation app to always find the fastest route. From now on, Citymapper is collaborating with bike sharing startup Mobike. If navigation for bicycles is activated, all available Mobikes in the vicinity are immediately displayed.
Uber goes electric: In a 1-year pilot program, the ride-hailing giant wants to break the milestone of 5 million rides in electric cars. For this reason, drivers using an electronically powered car receive a small bonus payment for each trip. The data are shared with scientists to explore the introduction of electric vehicles.
Source: The Verge
For the 5th time, the Technology Review innovation magazine has selected the top 10 among 35 innovators. They work on fiber optic utilization and genetic analysis, 3D printers and design treasures, with e-waste and home storage, cryptography and AI. The article features detailed portraits of the young founders.
Reading time: 10 min
Source: Technology Review
Eye tracking will solve the most relevant problems of AR and VR applications: It can identify the user to allow for smooth personalization. If only the focus point is rendered with high resolution, performance also increases. Depending on the viewing direction, focusing allows a more realistic experience of the digital world.
Sensor technology startup Toposens started as a study project: A water robot should avoid collisions with obstacles. For this purpose, the founders built a 3D ultrasound sensor along with the corresponding software—the birth of Toposens. Meanwhile, its technology is used for research on autonomous vehicles.
Startup Carrectly is a full concierge service for the car. On the online platform, vehicle owners can request and schedule maintenance services, car washes, and even bodywork repairs. A Carrectly employee picks up the car at the agreed time and brings it back clean and repaired.
Source: American Inno
TU Braunschweig and Tongji University in Shanghai have joined forces to increase battery safety. To this end, they jointly develop testing and standardization procedures. The focus is on batteries that are to be used in electric vehicles.
Source: Springer Professional
At MIT, robots can be controlled with brain waves and gestures. The machine adapts to its users. Electric brain activity of an observing person shows the robot if it has made a mistake. The movements of the robotic arm can be corrected by gesture control.
600 European AI experts have founded the CLAIRE research alliance. The confederation is intended to help make Europe a competitive research location for AI technologies. CLAIRE supporters cite the nuclear physics laboratory CERN in Geneva as a model.
DeepMind has developed an algorithm that can create 3-dimensional objects and spaces from 2-dimensional representations. The special feature of the system is that it recognizes objects without prior training. The technology could help autonomous vehicles to capture their environment.
Insight: Startup rideOS—Maps for self-driving vehicles
Source: Tech Times
Until now, ridesharing service provider allygator has picked up its customers directly at the front door. Now the startup wants to integrate its service into local public transport. However, this requires stops—real or virtual ones. The latter can now be found via allygator's app. Since no more house numbers have to be searched for, the shuttle service becomes even faster.
Source: NGIN Mobility
Startup Earthdas is currently developing a graph battery that that is expected to charge 12 times faster than conventional lithium-ion batteries. Electric vehicles could thus be recharged in only 5 minutes. Unlike small research projects, Earthdas scales on industrial dimensions: the first 3,000 units are to be produced this year.
Source: The Independent
The G-Class has stood for unconditional adventure since the 1970s. Its latest model raises this standard even further. A unique design makes the G-Class an iconic status symbol. For the article, the off-roader was put to the acid test.