HIGH 5! Here is the news update of the latest trends from the global technology and startup scene. HIGH 5 is published by Lab1886. This week’s topics are:
Open AI platform for smart transportation +++ E-bikes as solution for commuters? +++ Cars talk to traffic lights +++ Jeff Bezos’s space utopia +++ AI telephone service uses “linguistic personalities”
The Chinese ride-hailing service is opening its AI platform to transportation services and other businesses. The platform offers machine learning services that include voice, image and natural-language processing, as well as mapping and travel safety. Didi is aiming the platform at urban transit services, automotive industry partners, and software developers.
Electric bicycles are becoming increasingly popular, not least among the elderly and people with physical disabilities – in 2018, sales rose by 79 percent in the USA alone. But e-bikes could also become an alternative for urban commuters in particular. Not only could this help to build a health-conscious society, it would also reduce traffic congestion and environmental problems.
Audi’s V2I service is already available in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Washington D.C. – and starting in July, new Audi cars will also be capable of connecting to traffic lights in Ingolstadt. The system tells drivers how long they have before they reach the next green light. This should save fuel and in the long run, help to ease urban traffic congestion.
Source: Automobilwoche (German)
The Amazon founder recently presented a lunar lander – alongside his personal vision of space colonization. With his spaceflight company Blue Origin, he wants to create the infrastructure required to escape from the Earth and its increasingly scarce resources. However, Bezos’s idea is only a watered-down, private-sector copy of the vision of physicist Gerard O’Neill, originally presented to Congress in 1975.
Source: City Lab
Startup Scaled Insights has developed an AI system with behavioral analytics that analyzes 130 variables in an individual caller’s speech patterns. From this, it generates a “linguistic personality” with a specific vocabulary and phrases that enable it to appear friendly and helpful to the caller. The system is already being used by the UK’s NHS healthcare system, and Nationwide Building Society is currently organizing trials with customers.
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