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:
E-scooter emissions +++ Trust in robot cars +++ Blind spot warnings +++ Reaction times +++ Mobility research project
Electric // Shared // Sustainability
E-scooters promise climate-neutral mobility. But a study shows that over their entire lifecycle, they produce more CO2 per passenger and kilometer than a diesel bus carrying a full load of passengers. And they can only replace cars in a third of journeys. Production and disposal produce especially high emissions. But if scooters’ service lives could be increased from a few months to two years, they would be the cleanest alternative in almost all cases.
Source: Technology Review
Autonomous // Gender
79 percent of women distrust autonomous vehicles; the same is true of just 62 percent of men. Possible explanation: Women have different safety expectations. And for developers, autonomous driving is primarily about technology; social factors play a minimal role. To establish trust, predominantly male development teams should become more diverse.
Electric // Safety
Startup Calamus has presented an e-bike that alerts riders to approaching vehicles. Ultrasonic sensors scan traffic beside and behind the bike. When a car enters the rider’s blind spot, the handlebar grips vibrate. Other safety systems, navigation, and the motor and lighting systems are managed by an Android-based operating system. The company has reached its first crowdfunding target and deliveries are slated for 2020.
Autonomous // Safety
Researchers have gained new insights into how quickly human drivers recognize and respond to hazardous situations. The results are important for developing autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles. The more research is done into human reaction patterns, the more autopilots and safety systems can be optimized to compensate for them.
Source: MIT News
Electric // Mobility
For two years, the 3connect research project has been investigating e-mobility in fleets, logistics, public transportation and farming. The results: A system that recycles used EV batteries as transportable container batteries. An engine control system based on vehicle payload. An energy management system for hybrid tractors. And a mobility platform that integrates mass transit, carsharing, charging stations and rental bikes.
Source: Electrive (German)
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