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:
“Unicorn” Momenta +++ Universal base for e-charging stations +++ Air sensors on streetlamps +++ Autonomous vehicles legal in Florida +++ Chinese AI guidelines
Last year, Momenta was the first Chinese startup focusing on autonomous driving to be valued at over one billion dollars. To provide self-driving vehicles with deep learning capabilities, the company collects data and develops deep-learning software, high-definition semantic mapping, and data-driven route planning. Their first mass-produced solution, Highway Pilot, is semi-autonomous control software; a driverless robotaxi package for urban use will soon follow.
Swedish startup Unimi Solutions is developing a universal base for e-chargers, to provide the many different e-charging technologies with a standard foundation. The patented technology is designed to support 50 types of e-charging stations and is suitable for both AC and DC chargers. Since the base makes up around 50 percent of the cost of investing in a charging station, standardization would be a cost-effective option.
Source: electrive.net (German)
In addition to ground sensors and satellite detection, there is now another method for measuring air quality more efficiently: Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have developed optical nano-sensors for detecting nitrogen dioxide. To detect exhaust gases even more accurately, the sensors have been mounted on streetlamps in Gothenburg. According to the researchers, there are currently no small, functional nitrogen-dioxide sensors on the market.
Source: New Atlas
While other states are still debating the regulatory implications, Florida has taken action: Starting on July 1, driverless cars will be legally permitted on the federal state’s public roads – so long as they meet the new legislation’s insurance and safety requirements. The law could also speed things up for rideshare companies seeking to launch robotaxi services.
With the publication of the Beijing AI Principles by the Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence (BAAI), China hopes to ensure that “human privacy, dignity, freedom, autonomy, and rights” are “sufficiently respected” by AI research, effectively formulating a kind of human rights for AIs. Proponents hope that the new principles will raise questions that could in turn spark a debate on personal freedom between China and the USA. Just describing the issues involved could result in constructive admissions.
Source: heise.de (German)
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