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:
Joint European project boosts Car-to-X +++ Aral launches superfast charging stations +++ Sodium-ion batteries +++ Data forensics for drones +++ Repurposing parking spaces
In a one-year pilot project, OEMs, navigation service providers and authorities in six EU countries are working together to build Car-to-X technology for communicating details of hazardous situations in real time. It should be possible to update other road users on immediate hazards such as accidents or black ice, and Volvo, Ford, BMW and Daimler are working with HERE and TomTom to devise a manufacturer-independent, EU-wide solution.
Source: Automotive World
The Aral filling-station chain has opened the company’s first two ultra-fast charging stations in Bochum, Germany. The 160-kilowatt stations are capable of boosting the range of compatible EVs by 100 kilometers in just 6 minutes. The charging stations themselves can be upgraded to 320 kilowatts. To gauge their commercial potential, Aral is operating the new stations itself.
Source: Elektroauto-News (German)
Fraunhofer IWS has developed a new battery production process that uses less energy and requires no toxic solvents at all. It involves coating battery-cell electrodes with a dry film instead of liquid chemicals. Fraunhofer is producing the new sodium-ion batteries jointly with Finnish battery manufacturer Broadbit Batteries, in a Broadbit pilot plant. Fraunhofer’s researchers believe this process could replace conventional paste-based processes.
In the future, data collected by drones could be a valuable source of forensic information, just like data from smartphones or devices linked to the Internet of Things (IoT). Apart from flight metadata, drones featuring facial recognition technology are an especially interesting source of, for example, data on goods deliveries to customers. Analytics could be used to optimize supply-chain performance, fight crime, or conduct in-house investigations.
Once e-scooters and self-driving vehicles are ubiquitous and, as they will be at some point, always in motion, we will need to repurpose all those newly empty parking spaces. Startup ParkJockey’s app enables parking operators to sell empty spaces to ride-hailing, car rental and food delivery services. CloudKitchens buys up real estate such as garages and rents it out to food delivery services without their own restaurants. Meanwhile, SpotHero’s app is preparing to book parking spaces for autonomous vehicles.
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