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:
How should self-driving vehicles drop off passengers? +++ Top machine learning companies +++ Veemo e-trike +++ Cloud-based EV battery management +++ Tech trends for consumers
To drop off passengers at a precise set of GPS coordinates, an autonomous vehicle might have to double-park and obstruct traffic. And yet part of the vehicle’s job is to ensure that its passengers and other road users are safe. To do so, it should be capable of changing its precise destination according to multiple criteria, including time of day (or night) and local weather conditions.
Five interesting companies presented their work at startup conference Transform. Skymind is developing a cloud-based machine learning platform for analyzing images and texts. TechSee is working on visual customer engagement using AR and AI. Engine ML offers an agile software-as-a-service training platform for accelerating machine learning. Brainworks hopes to improve health care using contactless biometric sensors. And Unravel’s AI Ops chatbot helps speed up big data analysis.
No need to worry about rain or snow when riding this e-bike – because Veemo, designed in Canada, is an electric trike with an enclosed cockpit. Equipped with battery and solar panels, it acts like an electrically assisted bike, meaning no driving license is required. Although not yet available for purchase by private individuals, Veemo will soon launch as a rental bike in Vancouver and other North American cities.
Source: Elektroauto-News.net (German)
Cloud // Electric
Bosch has developed a cloud-based management system dubbed “Battery in the Cloud” that should extend an EV battery’s service life by up to 20 percent. It does this by constantly analyzing battery status, optimizing the charging process and providing energy-saving tips on the driver’s display. Chinese mobility platform DiDi will be the first customer to install the system in a pilot fleet.
The Forbes Technology Council’s Expert Panel sees potential in the following consumer trends: Supersonic aircraft will make a comeback, transporting both passengers and freight. The exponential growth of digital attack vectors (connected devices, social platforms) will be offset by AI-based security capable of protecting our individual digital personas. And as AI becomes as a trend in customer services, voice user interfaces will make human-machine interaction easier for customers.
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