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:
EU law mandates EV noise signature +++ Human-machine collaboration +++ Autonomous water bot from MIT +++ Airless car tires +++ First e-scooters in Herne
On July 1, the European Parliament’s law mandating an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) will come into force: all new models of electric cars and hybrids must emit a noise signature when driving at up to 20 km/h (12 mph), and when reversing. The law does not specify exactly how this should be done. Starting in 2021, all new e-cars and hybrids must be equipped with such a warning system.
Source: Driving Electric
To make same-day deliveries, Amazon is famous for exploring new ways of using robots. In an 11,000-square-meter (120,000-square-foot) warehouse in Colorado, bots now do most of the distribution work, while human workers simply scan individual packages and place them on the bots, which deposit the packages in one of 300 different chutes corresponding to U.S. postcodes.
In the future, the city of Amsterdam is hoping to use robot boats to build on-demand bridges and pop-up floating stages on the city’s canals. Researchers at MIT are developing a “roboat” capable of self-assembling with others to form temporary outdoor markets, or using sensors to measure water and air quality. The individual roboats should also be able to act as autonomous water taxis and ferries.
In 2024, the next generation of airless car tires is due to appear on the market. Michelin and GM are collaborating on an innovative tire substitute that looks just like a skeletal tire. The outer layer consists of rubber and synthetic compounds. There is no sidewall, just high-strength composite spokes connected by an aluminum hub. No air is involved!
Starting on June 15, electric scooters should become legal across Germany. But in Herne, rental service Circ (formerly Flash) has already put 50 e-scooters on the road – all legal thanks to local authority approval. The rental company is also active in other countries and has an agreement with Swiss Federal Railways (SBB). Rail passengers with valid SBB tickets may use Circ scooters to continue their journeys.
Source: electrive.net (German)
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