E-commerce will change significantly due to augmented reality (AR): So far, 30 % of goods purchased on the Internet are still returned. Viewing the products via Apple's ARKit, for example, could improve the customer experience. 40% of buyers would be prepared to pay a higher price for this.
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Toyota plans to intensify the marketing of vehicles that can talk to each other in the United States. Why the US? Almost half of the vehicles there are connected – contrary to the Japanese market. By means of vehicle-to-vehicle communication, cars exchange information with each other when, for example, they get into a traffic jam.
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The development of connected cars is based, among other things, on the optimization of control and antenna technologies. This article emphasizes that a reduction in the power consumption of electrical components is only a fraction of the improvements. More important is the potential of new business models that these technologies entail. The article is a preview of the Connect Conference on May 3, 2018.
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Insight: Lab1886 article – Digital Silk Roads
Continental has developed a warning system to protect drivers from aquaplaning. Camera sensors evaluate the spray patterns of the tires to determine the water depth of a puddle. Sensors in the tire check the tread and thus support the camera infor-mation. The detection of an imminent aquaplaning situation triggers a warning.
Source: Vehicle electronics
The new video series FLUX from the Motherboard magazine examines future mobility technologies. The current episode focuses on augmented reality in the car. Startup Hudly, for example, which produces a portable head-up display for vehicles, is interviewed.
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Software company Teradata presents its new "4D Analytics" platform for the analysis of networked devices and cars. Geodata are intelligently linked to points in time. Users of the platform gain insight into the patterns of, for example, vehicle fleets, trains, traffic lights or restaurant visits.
Source: Geospatial World
Daimler subsidiary moovel Group is developing a platform for the future of urban mobility. The company has repeatedly attracted attention with exciting projects. Now moovel has released an online game to playfully approach the problem of congested traffic situations. "Beat the Traffic X" is based on traffic data from 11 major cities.
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moovel's online game: 'Beat the Traffic' (also in Stuttgart & LA)
Source: moovel Group
According to a survey by IT industry association Bitkom, Germans are extremely open-minded about cameras in cars. More than 80% of respondents believe that the dashcam will soon become an everyday feature in the car. Almost half are even in favor of making it mandatory - 65% are convinced that cameras contribute to road safety.
Insight: Traffic law - critical view of dashcams (German only)
A research team at FH Upper Austria has developed a simulation for driving optimization. Every component of the car is modeled with mathematical precision. This is followed by the calculation of the ideal way of driving for a given route. The results can then also be projected into the driver's field of vision.
NIU's latest e-scooters are capable of receiving wireless software updates. An app allows software updates to be transferred directly to the scooter via a smartphone connection. Such over-the-air updates can be used, for example, to increase engine efficiency or GPS accuracy.
Researchers from the University of Cambridge and Dartmouth College have developed an infrared system to read body language. In the form of a portable clip, the system is designed to help recognize social interaction. Integrated in vehicles and wearables, this could also benefit driver assistance systems or V2P communication.
Source: University of Cambridge
According to market analysis company Counterpoint, the con-nected car market is expected to grow by 270 % to 125 million vehicles by 2022. The main drivers of this increase are Europe and China. But Japan will also benefit from connected cars, especially due to its pioneering position in 5G technologies.
Startup Myriota provides constant machine-to-machine connectivity via a network of nanosatellites. Its energy-efficient plug & play solution was designed for the industrial IoT. Smart devices are thus able to send and receive data from remote locations.
Data is not the new oil - this is the main thesis of the extensive article. It is only valuable if it contributes to solving a problem. Some data sets lose their relevance, others are only valuable in large quantities. In short: Companies that link big data with machine learning or AI are more successful than those purely dealing in data.
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Management consultancy IDC surveyed the German industry on the Internet of Things (IoT). Key results: In the current year, 51% of companies will introduce IoT platforms; 40% prefer to network their devices via a mobile radio connection. However, IDC expects strong growth in low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN).
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Insight: BSA study – No. 1 Cloud Computing Country (German only)
Keiichi Matsuda, chief designer at Leap Motion, presents a user interface concept for the mixed reality era: digital wear-ables with touch control. An augmented reality headset and the Leap Motion camera, for example, create a digital model of a hand and extend it with a screen. For more control in VR.
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Google is working on its own blockchain technology. This is effectively an extension to its cloud-based services. The resulting databases are to be customizable for Google's customers. The Internet giant is one of the largest investors in the blockchain sector.
Sensors that detect free parking spaces and inform the community via app could simplify the search for a parking space. In a new pilot project, Ford is testing so-called "collaborative parking". It is part of the UK Autodrive program, which brings together various vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) projects.
Source: Automotive World
Tech company Weidmüller equips the Industry 4.0 with 5G net-works. In the process, 5G technology standards are transferred to local infrastructures. Because 5G networks of mobile service providers do not yet exist, the industry relies on local solutions.
VR researcher Jeremy Bailenson (Stanford University) summarizes 3 simple principles for good VR design: 1) Virtual reality should provide for extraordinary, positive experiences.2) Usually, 5 to 10 minutes in VR is sufficient. 3) VR sickness must be avoided by all means.
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Insight: Infographic on AR/VR
Whether object recognition, word processing or machine learning: AI applications are many and varied. The field of AI as a Service is at least as extensive. This article analyzes the advantages and disadvantages of cloud-based AI systems. In addition, individual providers and their intelligent assistance systems are presented.
Google is opening up its Maps service for game developers. The map data can be accessed via a specifically programmed interface. Location-based games such as Pokémon GO are enjoying great popularity. When will the first automaker integrate its mobility services into such games?
Source: The Verge
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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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
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
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.
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
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.
Source: MIT Technology Review
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.
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 city of Swansea is piloting a system that optimizes traffic flow for buses. Using big data, buses will be able to cross junctions quicker and better maintain their schedule. The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) from Daimler AG pursues a similar approach. But it also includes train routes, barrier-free stops and specialized ticket systems.
The startup Smartcar implements programming interfaces (API) and software development kits (SDK) for the connected car. One of their users is Washos, a car-care startup operating an on-demand cleaning service. Using Smartcar APIs, cars can be localized and opened temporarily.
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More and more research initiatives in Europe and the US are testing the use of 5G high-speed networks. The 5TONIC innovation laboratory, for example, is an open co-creation testbed. Here, companies, universities and research institutes can test wireless network systems. One of the focal areas is communication of autonomous vehicles on the basis of 5G.
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Insight: Forecast – Number of mobile 5G connections by 2025
Siemens has set its sights on digitizing the industry in three ways. The core element is the "digital twin". This is a virtual copy of the product on the one hand and the production on the other. Siemens is also able to create a 3rd twin: a digital replica of the product's performance.
Startup IMVERSE brings the user's body into the digital world as a three-dimensional video projection. In the immersive environment, users can see themselves as well as objects as they are in real life. With this achievement, VR demonstrates great potential - beyond the classic gaming community. VR is also already being applied in the automotive industry.
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Insight: Virtual reality needs 5G networks
Sony's Smart Assistant communicates with its users in the form of headphones. The sound is produced behind the outer ear, so that you can still hear your surroundings as usual. A special gesture control is integrated as well: questions from the digital assistant can be answered by simply nodding or shaking your head - ideal when driving.
In order to exploit the full potential of automotive technologies, they have to be connected. However, network coverage doesn't have the same quality everywhere. The article deals with the possibilities of how to connect the different cellular networks in a transnational and yet customer-specific way.
Source: Pipeline Publishing
Navigation startup Moovit combines various public mobility services on its platform. The traffic data of its 120 million users is now expected to help Moovit's most recent investor: Intel. Together with the data from Intel's Mobileye the aim is to model city traffic with maximum precision.
In the car, drivers and passengers generate valuable data. Automobile manufacturers could use this information to suggest suitable third-party services to their customers - Facebook & Co. have a similar business model. Startups such as Telenav and Otonomo are already working on the necessary technologies.
Insight: HPE turns the car into a data dealer (German only)
The major security problem of the Internet of Things could soon come to an end: MIT researchers have now developed a chip that is able to encrypt data quickly and energy-efficiently. Compared to a software solution, the chip requires 99% less power. Furthermore, the cryptographic protection is performed up to 500 times faster.
Insight: Telekom partners with startup Relayr (German only)