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:
Acceptance of autonomous driving technologies +++ Certification guidelines for air taxis +++ Augmented-reality headsets +++ Variable charging tariffs +++ Automation and the future of work
Instead of developing self-driving technologies for vehicles from scratch, it could make sense to adopt and develop achievements from other industries. Autonomous use cases in, for example, manufacturing and mining are regarded as safe and trustworthy – and could help to accelerate public acceptance of self-driving vehicles.
The EU Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued new guidelines for the certification of hybrid and electric VTOL aircraft. From both technical and regulatory perspectives, this should pave the way for air taxis in Europe. The certification covers small-category aircraft with a maximum laden weight of 1.3 metric tons, carrying up to nine passengers. Additional regulation will, however, be required for full-scale commercial operation.
Canadian start-up RealWear has raised USD 80 million in funding for its industrial augmented-reality headsets. The company’s HMT-1 AR helmet displays the equivalent of a virtual 7″ Android tablet angled just below the user’s line of sight. Combined with a software platform, this provides connected users with easy access to information even when they are working in difficult conditions, enabling them to work safely and productively.
To make charging prices more transparent and affordable, Instadrive, an EV leasing service, has joined forces with go-e, a supplier of chargers, and aWATTar, a provider of variable electricity tariffs. Working with Discovergy Smart Meters, the threesome offers the best electricity rates every hour, transferred automatically to the wall-mounted charger. If there is a surplus, the negative prices are also passed on to users so they can earn money through exclusive grid discounts and cost sharing.
Source: elektroauto-news.net (German)
Future of Work
According to two studies by consulting firm PwC, it is unlikely that AI will replace more than three percent of jobs by the early 2020s. Instead, AI and smart automation will contribute significantly to the demand for new jobs. Robots will not replace humans or the human touch, but harmoniously cooperate with humans as “co-bots”.
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