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:
10 Gbps data rate for cars? +++ Tire friction generates electricity +++ Lyft app provides local transit info +++ Hexagonal steering wheel improves driver reactions +++ High-speed drive for microrobots
Connectivity // Autonomous
To enable vehicles to transfer ever larger volumes of data internally, the first prototypes of a high-speed connection system complying with the IEEE 802.3ae standard should start to appear in 2021. The 10GBASE-SR specification supports data rates of up to 10 Gbps over distances of up to 25 meters. A team of 15 automakers, suppliers and component developers is currently defining the technology required.
Source: Elektronikpraxis (German)
Sustainability // Car Design
Japanese tire manufacturer Sumitomo Rubber is working with researchers at Kansai University on a tire design capable of generating energy from friction. The system involves installing a special device inside the tire that converts static electricity from “frictional charging” into energy. This could be used to power onboard electronics such as radios or dashboard lights.
Source: New Atlas
To encourage New York users to stay loyal to the Lyft app, the ride-hailing provider is expanding its mobile offering to include information on local transit services. Users can view subway and bus connections in real time, along with the locations of Citi Bike docks and details of bicycle availability. Although users can reserve bikes via the app, they must pay for subway tickets using their metro cards.
Step by step, semi-autonomous driver assistance systems are transitioning to fully autonomous systems. To help prepare drivers for self-driving vehicles, BMW has developed a hexagonal steering wheel. The iNext steering wheel should enable a driver obliged to take control of a vehicle in an emergency to immediately discern the vehicle’s steering angle. Lights on the steering wheel also indicate the vehicle’s self-driving mode.
Ion engines are used by solar-powered spaceships. Now a similar drive concept could make insect-sized miniature robots much more efficient. Scientists at the University of Washington have developed a machine that generates electrohydrodynamic (EHD) thrust with no moving mechanical parts. Each thruster can be fabricated in just 25 minutes using a laser micromachining process.
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