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:
Blockchain for carsharing +++ Delivery bots in cycle lanes +++ AI system for alerting motorcyclists to bends +++ Solar panels for cars +++ EVs worldwide: Germany in third place
Siemens is considering various use cases for blockchain as a transaction intermediary, and presented a system for “blockchain-based smart parking” at Bosch’s 2019 Connected World conference. Blockchain technologies could streamline carsharing transactions in particular, making the process of delivering vehicles or unlocking hire cars more seamless. This would also benefit owners of vehicle fleets or parking garages.
U.S. startup Refraction AI has developed a three-wheeled delivery bot – a medium-sized model that could fill the gap between small delivery bots on sidewalks and autonomous vehicles on roads. REV-1 costs USD 5,000, is lighter and less powerful than self-driving cars, so would qualify under e-bike regulations and – at 32 inches (82 cm) wide – fit into cycle lanes.
Source: The Verge
Almost a fifth of all motorcycle accidents are the result of taking bends too fast or turning too sharply. Researchers at ETH Zurich and KU Leuven have developed a road curvature warning system that uses computer vision and mapping data. This allows it to predict the motorcycle’s lane position and roll angle. Instead of sensors, the research team uses map databases from Here Technologies plus an AI architecture.
Together with Sharp and Toyota, Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has started road-testing solar-powered vehicles, fitting a Prius PHV with newly designed solar battery panels on roof, hood and rear hatch door. The solar panels can convert solar energy with 34-percent efficiency, contrasting with conventional panels’ 22.5-percent efficiency. The energy generated should extend the e-car’s range by up to 44 kilometers (27 miles).
According to EV sales figures for the first half of 2019, China is still the largest growth market for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, with 628,000 newly registered e-vehicles. This is well ahead of the USA (149,000 new registrations). At 48,000, Germany’s new registrations have grown by 41 percent over the previous year, putting the country in third place, ahead of EV role model Norway (41,000 new registrations).
Source: Automobil-Industrie (German)
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