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:
Solid-state lidar by 2021 +++ Autonomous cars improve traffic flow +++ Spider hairs as environmental sensors +++ User data in cars +++ Open-source robot dog
AMS AG, an Austrian manufacturer of analog semiconductors, is working with automotive suppliers Ibeo and ZF Friedrichshafen with the aim of developing solid-state lidar by 2021. This involves VCSEL arrays – special lasers that are supposed to be more reliable than, for example, LEDs or edge emitters. The joint venture is expected to deliver advanced solid-state lidar for autonomous driving technologies and future automotive development.
Source: Next Mobility News (German)
Researchers at the University of Cambridge in the UK have been exploring how a fleet of self-driving vehicles affects other traffic. The connected cars improved the flow of traffic by 35 percent. They were able to adjust to each other and improve overall road safety by acting together to avoid more “aggressive” motorists.
A team of researchers from Purdue University, ETH Zurich and Nanyang Technology University has developed sensors that mimic the fine hairs of spiders, bats and birds. If these hair-like “mechanosensors” were attached to wings or other surfaces, they would give autonomous flying machines or vehicles spider-like senses so they could detect and avoid objects more easily.
Source: Science Daily
According to a McKinsey study, modern cars collect up to 25 gigabytes of data per hour. Connected cars, as well as tomorrow’s self-driving vehicles, show how limitless the commercial possibilities associated with collecting personal data really are. While data is vital for repairs and servicing, increasingly, automakers also control which workshops should be used. Surely customers should be able to decide for themselves?
Source: The New York Times
“Stanford Doggo” is an open-source robot developed by students to act as an open platform for research into robots with legs. Weighing just 5 kilograms (11 lbs), the robot currently holds the record for aerial jumps and is more agile than other four-legged robots. All details of its hardware and software can be downloaded for free; the components themselves can be bought for reasonable prices.
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