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 wallet for cars +++ World-first approval for Level 4 autonomous parking +++ U.S. mileage tax on EVs? +++ UPS drone delivery service +++ The future of self-driving systems
Daimler and startup Riddle&Code have partnered to develop an in-vehicle blockchain application. The blockchain wallet is a hardware/software solution for permanent installation in the vehicle; it creates an encrypted identity for the vehicle and its data, and cannot be manipulated. It could be used to track maintenance, pay road tolls or manage smart contracts for hire cars.
Source: Business Insider
Stuttgart’s regional administrative authority has awarded Daimler and technology company Bosch the world’s first approval for a fully automated, Level 4 autonomous parking function. The automated valet parking service is activated by an app and managed by an in-vehicle control unit. Lidar sensors in the parking garage detect the vehicle and guide it to an appropriate parking space.
Source: The Verge
One million EVs in the USA are exempt from gasoline taxes and thus from road maintenance levies. The National Bureau of Economic Research advocates a mileage tax that would be lower than gas taxes: In the long run, a mileage tax would be the right way to go for EVs, depending on time and location. The tax could even be negative and so incentivize consumers to buy EVs.
American parcel service UPS has submitted an application to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to make commercial deliveries by drone. Last year, the company started trialing aerial deliveries of lab samples to a hospital. Once certified, UPS plans to deploy the drone service to other hospitals. After that, the company hopes to extend routes to between 8 and 18 kilometers (5 to 10 miles) and ultimately, introduce night-time deliveries for the healthcare sector.
Innovation // Autonomous
Experts agree: There will be two autonomous vehicle development phases, and we are still in the first. Many companies will fail because they are unable to commercialize their innovations or build profitable business models around them. This means that many of today’s AV innovators will no longer play significant roles in the future. The second phase hinges on the technology required to make vehicles totally autonomous.
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