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:
TechnikRadar 2019 +++ Electric torque vectoring +++ World Economic Forum supports global AI standards +++ Gesture recognition via ultrasound +++ Grid operators and the EV boom
In terms of expectations for digitalization, Germans in business are more optimistic than the European average, but more skeptical about the social impact than, say, Scandinavians. The latest biennial TechnikRadar survey by acatech and the Körber Foundation indicates that this also applies to autonomous driving – only 37 percent of Germans believe it will prevent accidents. Germans still have limited trust in technology, with only 18 percent considering it reliable.
Source: Factory (German)
As more and more e-vehicles are developed, electric torque vectoring systems are becoming an increasingly relevant means of improving vehicle stability. Unlike relatively expensive mechanical torque vectoring, the electric version should keep costs down while offering the same benefits. But deterred by the supposed cost barrier, manufacturers are still reluctant to accept the technology. The benefits must be clarified once and for all.
Source: Next Mobility (German)
The Global AI Council was launched at the World Economic Forum in San Francisco as one of six Councils intended to close governance gaps, chaired by industry representatives and government delegates. The expert members are expected to draw up global guidelines for autonomous driving, blockchain, AI, precision medicine and other high-tech activities. Last week, 36 nations signed the OECD’s “AI Principles and Recommendations” as part of this initiative.
Researchers at Fraunhofer IPMS have developed a gesture recognition system based on a microchip architecture that generates ultrasound at frequencies of up to 300 kHz. It can precisely detect motions in the millimeter range with deflections of up to 50 centimeters. The system’s electronics are less costly than camera-based systems, it is not sensitive to light scatter, and it can precisely track movements on optically transparent surfaces.
Source: Elektronikpraxis (German)
Germany’s energy sector is well prepared for the coming e-vehicle boom forecast for 2050: Berlin’s power grid alone is currently capable of supporting 250,000 EVs without becoming unstable. To better regulate energy demand, the Federal Association of Energy and Water Management is requesting legislative support for smart vehicle charging to enable flexible grid management.
Source: Elektroauto-News (German)
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