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  • (Auto-)Mobile first.
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    29.06.2018

    (Auto-)Mobile first.

    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 The dash-board, on the other hand, looks outdated after a short time.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?

  • Picked Up and Parked.
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    29.06.2018

    Picked Up and Parked.

    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

  • From Sharing to Planning.
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    29.06.2018

    From Sharing to Planning.

    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

  • Let There Be Electricity.
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    29.06.2018

    Let There Be Electricity.

    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.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: CNBC

  • Visible Greatness.
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    29.06.2018

    Visible Greatness.

    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.

    Reading time: 2 min

    Source: t3n

  • The Air Network.
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    28.06.2018

    The Air Network.

    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.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: TechCrunch

  • Excellent Performance.
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    28.06.2018

    Excellent Performance.

    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.

    Reading time: 2 min

    Source: Forbes

  • Heavenly Delivery.
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    28.06.2018

    Heavenly Delivery.

    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.

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    Video: 1 min

    Source: VentureBeat

  • Electric Gray.
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    28.06.2018

    Electric Gray.

    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.

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    Source: Graphene-info

  • Dragon Valley.
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    28.06.2018

    Dragon Valley.

    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

    Source: Xconomy

  • The City Has Had Its Day.
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    27.06.2018

    The City Has Had Its Day.

    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

    Source: WIRED

  • Autonomic Adrenaline Rush.
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    27.06.2018

    Autonomic Adrenaline Rush.

    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.

    Reading time: 2 min

    Source: Top Gear

  • Shared Continent.
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    27.06.2018

    Shared Continent.

    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, ShoferGoCatch or Shebah.

    Reading time: 4 min

    Source: ABC

  • Smart Grid 2.0.
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    27.06.2018

    Smart Grid 2.0.

    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

  • Surface with Deep Structure.
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    27.06.2018

    Surface with Deep Structure.

    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.

    Reading time: 4 min

    Source: EurekAlert!

  • Cybersafe Connections.
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    26.06.2018

    Cybersafe Connections.

    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.

    Reading time: 4 min

    Source: Transport Security World

  • LiDAR Forestry.
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    26.06.2018

    LiDAR Forestry.

    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.

    Reading time: 5 min

    Source: Geospatial World

  • Robot Revolution.
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    26.06.2018

    Robot Revolution.

    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.

    Reading time: 2 min

    Insight: RoVi Robot Vision at Automatica 2018

    Source: elektroniknet

  • Cape of Good eHope.
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    26.06.2018

    Cape of Good eHope.

    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.

    Reading time: 4 min

    Source: Huffington Post

  • Next Level of 3D Printing.
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    26.06.2018

    Next Level of 3D Printing.

    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.

    Reading time: 5 min

    Video: 2 min

    Source: Design News

  • Support from Above.
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    25.06.2018

    Support from Above.

    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.

    Reading time: 2 min

    Source: Engadget

  • Harmony from A to Z.
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    25.06.2018

    Harmony from A to Z.

    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.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: TechCrunch

  • Sharing with Conditions.
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    25.06.2018

    Sharing with Conditions.

    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.

    Reading time: 2 min

    Source: SlashGear

  • Deep Dive: Lithium.
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    25.06.2018

    Deep Dive: Lithium.

    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.

    Reading time: 6 min

    Source: The Barrel Blog

  • Tasty Change.
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    25.06.2018

    Tasty Change.

    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.

    Reading time: 6 min

    Source: Bloomberg

  • Keys on the Phone.
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    22.06.2018

    Keys on the Phone.

    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.

    Reading time: 2 min

    Source: engadget

  • Training Camp for Algorithms.
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    22.06.2018

    Training Camp for Algorithms.

    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.

    Reading time: 2 min

    Video: 2 min

    Source: CNBC

  • Moving with a Bike.
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    22.06.2018

    Moving with a Bike.

    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.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: TechCrunch

  • E Stands for Extra.
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    22.06.2018

    E Stands for Extra.

    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.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: The Verge

  • The Power of Ideas.
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    22.06.2018

    The Power of Ideas.

    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

  • Triple Technical Advantage.
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    21.06.2018

    Triple Technical Advantage.

    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.

    Reading time: 5 min

    Source: Forbes

  • From the Water to the Road.
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    21.06.2018

    From the Water to the Road.

    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.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: Gründerszene

  • Butler on Demand.
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    21.06.2018

    Butler on Demand.

    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.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: American Inno

  • The Best Test.
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    21.06.2018

    The Best Test.

    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.

    Reading time: 2 min

    Source: Springer Professional

  • Human-Machine Interaction 2.0.
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    21.06.2018

    Human-Machine Interaction 2.0.

    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.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: Engadget

  • Team Research.
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    20.06.2018

    Team Research.

    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.

    Reading time: 4 min

    Source: DFKI

  • 3-dimensional Vision.
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    20.06.2018

    3-dimensional Vision.

    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.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Video: 1 min

    Insight: Startup rideOS—Maps for self-driving vehicles

    Source: Tech Times

  • Speed of the Virtual.
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    20.06.2018

    Speed of the Virtual.

    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.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: NGIN Mobility

  • Thousandfold Power Boost.
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    20.06.2018

    Thousandfold Power Boost.

    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.

    Reading time: 3 min

    Source: The Independent

  • Icon Test.
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    20.06.2018

    Icon Test.

    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.

    Reading time: 6 min

    Source: The Verge