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:
Facebook launches cryptocurrency +++ London: up to 50,000 charge points +++ Pizza deliveries by robot +++ E-bike with fingerprint unlocking +++ Blockchain builds automated trust in supply chains
Facebook wants to connect 1.7 billion users without bank accounts to the worldwide payment transactions network using a dedicated open-source cryptocurrency, Libra. Users should be able to pay via WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or a dedicated app. An association of companies such as Mastercard, Visa, PayPal and Stripe has been set up to manage Libra. Effectively, the Libra ecosystem is adopting the monetary policy used by central banks, which issue fiat currencies administered by their own reserves.
The UK capital expects the number of EVs on its roads to grow to 330,000 by 2025 – assuming the right e-mobility infrastructure is in place. To meet demand, London plans to develop a network of up to 4,100 fast-charging stations and 47,000 standard chargers. And by 2030, only zero-emission vehicles will be allowed into London – much earlier than the British government’s target date of 2040.
Source: electrive.net (German)
Since last year, the Nuro robot car has been delivering groceries to customers in Arizona and Houston. This year, the Nuro will also start delivering Domino’s pizzas in the Houston area. The latest model has no driver’s cab and is supposed to be half the size of a normal car. Customers should be able to retrieve their orders from a locked compartment by entering a code via touchscreen.
The new Stark Drive Torque e-bike from Swedish manufacturer Stark Drive combines high tech with a 240-watt motor and a maximum speed of 42 km/h (26 mph) – or 62 km/h (38 mph) for the Max version. In addition to an NFC sensor for data transfers, it offers multi-user fingerprint unlocking, as well as a rechargeable battery with USB interface and inductive charging for smartphones.
Source: New Atlas
As supply chains become more and more complex, building trust between the various parties becomes a factor that should not be underestimated. Major challenges include ensuring the authenticity of goods, continuously recording their entire lifecycle history, and verifying buyers’ and sellers’ identities. A combination of blockchain, AI and the Internet of Things (IoT) could effectively automate trust and ensure traceability.
Source: MIT Technology Review
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