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:
Filling stations of the future +++ EV with motorized wheel modules +++ World’s biggest bike parking garage +++ Autonomous vehicles on the farm +++ Drone splits into five
That’s how Danish architectural firm COBE imagines future e-charging stations. Ultra-fast charging takes 15 minutes, but drivers can make the most of their waiting time, relaxing on wooden benches under arched wooden roofs in a “green oasis” full of fresh air and surrounded by trees. Meanwhile, their children play with wooden blocks or on swings.
Startup REE has presented an electric car concept that reinvents the wheel. It saves (a lot of) space by putting motors and control systems into wheel modules or bays. Each module can house a motor, steering, brakes, drivetrain, suspension and sensors. Batteries are housed in the vehicle floor.
Source: New Atlas
This year, the world’s largest bicycle parking center will open in the Netherlands. Ector Hoogstad Architecten has developed a three-story hub beneath Utrecht Central Railway Station with enough capacity for 12,500 bicycles, which also manages the flow of incoming and outgoing cyclists and pedestrians. A digital system will guide cyclists to available parking spaces. Cyclists can pay using their standard public transit passes.
Source: New Atlas
Evolving in parallel with complex self-driving cars, another branch of the AV tree is flourishing. There are fewer human-machine interactions in farming, mining and construction applications. Industrial machines also operate in strictly geofenced areas, improving safety. Automation could even offset labor shortages on farms or at remote mines.
UAVs // Biomimicry
Scientists at the Singapore University of Technology and Design have developed a drone resembling a ceiling fan. It can break up into five mini-drones that look like winged seed pods. This happens in mid-air, enabling the mini-drones to flutter off like seeds in the wind. This could be useful for scattering sensors from the air or distributing emergency medical supplies.
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