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:
Regulating drone traffic +++ Ride-hailing app with Visa card +++ Innovative ultracapacitor +++ E-charging stations with blockchain +++ Code of conduct for e-scooters
In early 2018, there were one million registered drones in America alone. Estimates suggest this number will quadruple by 2022, due to commercial drone flights. To avoid crashes and incidents, it is vital to organize airspace. Researchers at Florida’s Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University have developed an AI-based network of acoustic sensors that can identify a drone and use pattern-recognition techniques to hijack its video feed or even take full control.
Source: New Atlas
India’s Uber rival Ola, a ride-hailing service with 150 million users (making two million journeys per day), wants to process its users’ data more efficiently. By partnering with Visa, the company plans to issue ten million credit cards to customers over the next three and a half years. By doing so, it hopes to create a cashless, inclusive ecosystem that combines mobility with payment services.
A nanotube ultracapacitor designed by French company Nawa is going into series production. Made of carbon, the innovative capacitor is characterized by extremely fast charging and discharging rates, putting lithium batteries in the shade. Although it only has a quarter of a lithium battery’s energy density by volume, it stores more than five times as much energy as other ultracapacitors. The capacitor lasts up to one million charging cycles, even under extreme temperature conditions.
Source: New Atlas
Working with energy provider EnBW, automotive supplier Bosch has developed a smart charging station in which the entire process from selection to booking to payment is handled by a blockchain-based solution. In real time, users will be able to choose between transparent pricing models and electricity from renewable energy sources. This is done using Bosch software in the car itself, combined with smart charging station management.
Source: heise.de (German)
Today, Germany’s Federal Council is deciding whether to approve electric scooters. Paris is further down the road, with no less than ten scooter services. Now the city has drawn up a code of conduct to regulate its 15,000 e-scooters. If the operators fail to control random parking or riding on the sidewalk, the scooters will be permanently banned. Operators must also recycle their scooters and improve their environmental footprint.
Source: ZEIT ONLINE (German)
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