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:
E-buses avoid more fossil fuels +++ Lidar for senior citizens +++ Cameras at pedestrian lights +++ Google Street View analysis enhances risk models +++ Fuel-cell innovation
A BloombergNEF survey explores the transition from diesel-powered buses to electric buses in China. By the end of 2019, Chinese electric buses will have displaced 270,000 barrels of diesel fuel per day – three times more than all electric cars worldwide. Shenzhen recently replaced all its diesel buses with 16,000 e-buses – that’s more e-buses than New York, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Chicago and Toronto combined.
Source: Clean Technica
Self-driving technologies could also assist older people who are confined to their homes. Together with health startup Cera Care, IBM is conducting a six-month trial with volunteers in the UK. Lidar sensors will keep track of their movements at home every minute of the day. Machine learning will help to detect falls or changes in gait.
Next year, cameras will be installed at a number of pedestrian lights in Vienna, replacing the push-button walk-light system. Using deep learning, the system (developed by Graz University of Technology) detects whether a pedestrian wants to cross the road. Working with the city’s traffic management system, and depending on current traffic flow, the system will decide when to switch the walk light to green. The system works locally and does not transmit or record any motion data.
Source: New Atlas
Researchers at Stanford University and the University of Warsaw have developed an astonishingly accurate prediction system derived from analyses of images of residences from Google Street View. By comparing them with the digital insurance records of 20,000 Polish vehicle owners, they were able to more accurately predict the likelihood of residents making claims. Such data analytics could benefit insurance companies and banks by significantly improving their risk models.
Source: heise.de (German)
Several innovations have recently advanced fuel-cell technology – especially for trucks, trains and buses. For example, bus manufacturer Solaris will present its hydrogen-powered bus in June, and the e-transporter developed by DHL with startup Streetscooter will be the first mass-produced van to be powered by a fuel cell. Toyota has a prototype forklift truck, and the Fraunhofer Institute has developed a prototype miniaturized fuel cell for bicycles.
Source: Gründerszene (German)
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