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:
Augmented reality maps +++ Delivery robots +++ Flexible interior design +++ Taxis and facial recognition +++ Self-repairing robots
Connected // Mapping
Starting this week, all Google Maps users will be able to navigate using augmented reality (AR). In “Live View” mode, the smartphone app will superimpose navigation arrows on live camera footage of your immediate surroundings (example GIF). A practical solution that also makes navigating much more precise: your smartphone’s camera can detect the direction you’re moving in much faster than the built-in compass.
Source: Ars Technica
Logistics // Robotics
Postmates will be the first delivery service to use delivery robots on public sidewalks. Three autonomous “rovers” will be trialed in San Francisco, closely monitored by remote human pilots. The robots navigate using lidar, have a range of 40 kilometers (25 miles), and can carry up to 23 kilograms (50 pounds) of pizza, burgers or weekly shopping.
Source: The Verge
Autonomous // Design
Autonomous driving will turn cars into offices and living rooms on wheels. Using a near-production-ready concept car, mechatronics specialist Brose is demonstrating just how flexible AV interiors could be. Doors open at a gesture; seats adjust to give passengers easier access. Pressing a button is enough to turn the vehicle into a lounge with recliners or an office with desks.
Source: Automobilindustrie Vogel (German)
Shared // AI
Facial recognition technology will ensure that taxi drivers take breaks. Russian service provider Yandex.Taxi is installing sensors in its vehicles that map 68 points on driver’s faces. Software detects signs of fatigue such as yawning, blinking and a slumped posture, and blocks the taxi from accepting new orders. The aim is to reduce high accident rates.
AI // Robotics
Robots are handling increasingly complex tasks, but because many of them are prone to damage, their real-world practicality is limited. So researchers are developing droids that can repair themselves without human intervention, using self-healing polymers. Sensors detect damaged areas, and the robot’s AI autonomously manages the repair process.
Source: The Guardian
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