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:
VR for test tracks +++ Exoskeletons in the automotive industry +++ Accessibility as innovation aid +++ Mobile, scalable microgrids +++ First electric, autonomous ships
Starting tomorrow, car testing company Dekra will present a VR application at the Automotive Testing Expo Europe for playing through various scenarios on its own racetrack in Brandenburg: EuroSpeedway Lausitzring is set to become Europe’s largest independent test center for autonomous driving. Dekra can already depict most scenarios for Levels 1 through 5.
In just two years, the number of exoskeletons used in car production has increased to several hundred. Six automakers already use passive exos, and at least a dozen suppliers are using or testing them. Using exoskeletons to protect shoulders and spines, or as sitting aids, not only prevents injuries, it also reduces error rates. With their short cycle times, automotive production lines are the ideal environment for testing these wearable supports.
About one-fifth of Americans are registered with disabilities – and yet when new technologies are developed, such human issues are often ignored. The same is true of the job market: Diversity and equality in the workplace are becoming top priorities for companies that want to attract the best employees and generate the most creative ideas. They need AI aids, VR mapping and sound applications for helping the visually impaired to detect their surroundings.
Source: The Next Web
Scale Microgrid Solutions and Schneider Electric have just launched the Rapid Response Modular Microgrid (R2M2) to prevent power outages during wildfires in California. This mobile, scalable grid solution has an Energy Control Center for simplifying and optimizing the integration of multiple power sources such as batteries and photovoltaics. The solution is not just intended for emergency cases, but for businesses and hospitals in need of year-round backup.
Source: Renewable Energy World
Starting in August, Dutch company Port Liner will deploy electric, autonomous container ships. The zero-emission barges, each 110 meters long and 11.45 meters wide (360 x 37.5 feet), are capable of transporting freight autonomously on inland waterways such as canals and rivers. Instead of an engine room, they have four giant batteries that can be replaced and recharged with electricity from renewable sources. The stern-mounted AI terminal can be lowered to travel safely beneath bridges.
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