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:
UK: New houses to have EV chargers +++ Safety standards for e-scooters +++ Two-speed e-drive system +++ Augmented Intelligence +++ Fuel cell-powered lunar vehicle
The British government wants dedicated parking spaces in all new homes to be fitted with EV chargers – making home charging the most convenient, cost-effective option for EV users. Domestic chargers are currently eligible for a GBP 500 grant. By 2020, users should also be able to use standard credit cards as an easy method of paying for access to all new, public fast chargers.
Micromobility // Safety
This year, a new technical committee set up by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) will develop standards for electric scooters, monocycles and Segways. International standards for both manufacturers and users should improve the safety and reliability of charging stations, batteries and recycling. At the same time, scooter rental firms Bird and Lime are also seeking to make scooters safer and assuage local authorities’ anxieties.
Source: electrive.net (German)
Technology supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG recently presented a two-speed drive for electric vehicles. With a maximum power rating of 140 kW, it combines a two-stage shift element with appropriate power electronics. The drive’s improved efficiency should increase range by up to 5 percent, according to ZF. And because the drive system is designed to optimize installation space, it is especially suitable for compact passenger cars.
Source: Automobil Produktion (German)
One of the big problems hampering AI development is bias. Humans seem unable to create a non-tendentious AI system. Instead, we should rely on Augmented Intelligence. As a technology, AI should help humans make better decisions by providing them with more information – becoming supportive AI, and empowering humans to fulfil their potential.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is working with automaker Toyota on a lunar mission scheduled for 2029. Over the next three years, Toyota will work on a manned moon rover prototype with a pressurized cabin. Powered by fuel cells, the rover will have a range of 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles). The concept drawings also show solar panels.
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