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    Geoengineering on Wheels.

    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.

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    Breathe Deep.

    Clean air is becoming an invisible luxury. Your car could one day be an island of fresh air in a sea of pollution.

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    Idea factory looking for forward thinkers.

    Lab1886 works on the future of mobility with creativity and inventive spirit in an innovation culture. From start-ups to individual applicants, as a home base for visionaries, we offer a wide variety of opportunities to work together.

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  • Ultra-thin Payment.
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    19.06.2018

    Ultra-thin Payment.

    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.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: Smart2Zero

  • AI Understands Body Language.
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    19.06.2018

    AI Understands Body Language.

    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.

    Reading time: 4 min

    Source: Tires & Parts

  • Comfortable Future.
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    19.06.2018

    Comfortable Future.

    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.

    Reading time: 4 min

    Source: Springer Professional

  • Electric Fleet.
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    19.06.2018

    Electric Fleet.

    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.

    Reading time: 2 min

    Source: Electrek

  • Eyes on Hyderabad.
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    19.06.2018

    Eyes on Hyderabad.

    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.

    Reading time: 9 min

    Source: YourStory

  • Tidy Interior.
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    18.06.2018

    Tidy Interior.

    "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.

    Reading time: 1 min

    Source: Continental

  • Search for Partners.
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    18.06.2018

    Search for Partners.

    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.

    Reading time: 2 min

    Source: Nikkei Asian Review

  • Flexible Protection.
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    18.06.2018

    Flexible Protection.

    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.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: myAJC

  • Powered for the Trip.
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    18.06.2018

    Powered for the Trip.

    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.

    Reading time: 2 min

    Source: carIT

  • Living Paint.
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    18.06.2018

    Living Paint.

    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.

    Reading time: 5 min

    Source: SlashGear

  • Trillions from Bytes.
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    15.06.2018

    Trillions from Bytes.

    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.

    Reading time: 5 min

    Source: McKinsey

  • Autonomous in the Alps.
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    15.06.2018

    Autonomous in the Alps.

    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.

    Reading time: 4 min

    Source: Tips

  • Just load it.
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    15.06.2018

    Just load it.

    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".

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: Mobile Geeks

  • Organic—what else?
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    15.06.2018

    Organic—what else?

    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.

    Reading time: 5 min

    Source: SZ

  • Waze for Drones.
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    15.06.2018

    Waze for Drones.

    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.

    Reading time: 5 min

    Source: Robot Rabbi

  • Digital Synapses.
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    14.06.2018

    Digital Synapses.

    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.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: MIT Technology Review

  • Without Driver, but not without Dispute.
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    14.06.2018

    Without Driver, but not without Dispute.

    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?

    Reading time: 10 min

    Source: Longreads

  • Handover of Keys in the Cloud.
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    14.06.2018

    Handover of Keys in the Cloud.

    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.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: PR Newswire

  • The End of Cable Clutter.
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    14.06.2018

    The End of Cable Clutter.

    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.

    Reading time: 2 min

    Source: TechCrunch

  • Small but Mighty.
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    14.06.2018

    Small but Mighty.

    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.

    Reading time: 5 min

    Source: NDTV Gadgets

  • Less Is More.
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    13.06.2018

    Less Is More.

    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.

    Reading time: 2 min

    Source: CNET

  • Hard Shell, Fast Core.
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    13.06.2018

    Hard Shell, Fast Core.

    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.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: Forbes

  • Parking Space within Easy Reach.
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    13.06.2018

    Parking Space within Easy Reach.

    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.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: t3n

  • Plug & Charge.
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    13.06.2018

    Plug & Charge.

    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.

    Reading time: 4 min

    Source: Printing Impressions

  • Fresh Air in the Port.
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    13.06.2018

    Fresh Air in the Port.

    15 of the largest ships emit about as much sulfur oxides as 380 million carsMeyer 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.

    Reading time: 5 min

    Source: Golem

  • Tires and Networks.
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    12.06.2018

    Tires and Networks.

    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.

    Reading time: 5 min

    Source: Continental

  • Artificial Inspector.
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    12.06.2018

    Artificial Inspector.

    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.

    Reading time: 8 min

    Source: Patently Apple

  • The Digital Twin.
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    12.06.2018

    The Digital Twin.

    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.

    Reading time: 4 min

    Source: NGIN Mobility

  • Fuel Is in the Air.
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    12.06.2018

    Fuel Is in the Air.

    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.

    Reading time: 4 min

    Source: CBC

  • Digital Logbook.
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    12.06.2018

    Digital Logbook.

    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.

    Reading time: 5 min

    Source: EurekAlert!

  • Operating System for the Car.
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    11.06.2018

    Operating System for the Car.

    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.

    Reading time: 2 min

    Source: PR Newswire

  • Rooms on the Freeway.
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    11.06.2018

    Rooms on the Freeway.

    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.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: Quartzy

  • High Life Hailing.
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    11.06.2018

    High Life Hailing.

    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.

    Reading time: 2 min

    Source: CNN Money

  • Power for the Star.
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    11.06.2018

    Power for the Star.

    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.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: electrek

  • Smart Screw.
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    11.06.2018

    Smart Screw.

    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.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: elektroniknet

  • For a Pleasant Driving Experience.
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    08.06.2018

    For a Pleasant Driving Experience.

    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.

    Reading time: 4 min

    Source: Business Wire

  • In the Sea of Data.
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    08.06.2018

    In the Sea of Data.

    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.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: FierceWireless

  • Expansion Across the Atlantic.
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    08.06.2018

    Expansion Across the Atlantic.

    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.

    Reading time: 2 min

    Insight: Talk of Waymo's Director of Operations

    Source: t3n

  • Easy Drive Despite Heavy Haulage.
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    08.06.2018

    Easy Drive Despite Heavy Haulage.

    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.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: CNET

  • The Pinnacle of Intelligence.
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    08.06.2018

    The Pinnacle of Intelligence.

    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.

    Reading time: 6 min

    Source: Nanalyze