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:
Largest e-vehicle with regenerative braking +++ Adidas uses Zalando’s logistics network +++ Is China pivoting to fuel cells? +++ Starting your car via smartphone +++ AirBnB for parking
The world’s largest EV is currently working in a Swiss quarry: The 45-ton dump truck (110 tons fully laden) transports rubble, but never needs to be recharged. The monster e-truck generates high charging currents by recovering the energy used when braking – then reuses it for the unladen uphill journey. Surplus energy is fed into the power grid.
Source: Elektroauto-News (German)
Sharing // Delivery
E-commerce company Zalando is making its delivery infrastructure available to Adidas on a trial basis. In Paris, Zalando now makes same-day or next-day deliveries of packages from the Adidas online shop. The partner program with Adidas is expected to offset Zalando’s investment in logistics, which was intended to reduce the number of returns by enabling faster deliveries.
Source: Gründerszene (German)
China could be turning toward fuel cells and away from electric drivetrains – at least, according to hints in press reports and by politicians. In March, ministries cut EV subsidies by 66 percent. Now, following Japan’s example, it appears that four hydrogen corridors are planned – possibly as many as 20 in the Yangtze-Kiang river delta. By 2030, as many as one million fuel-cell vehicles may be on China’s roads.
Source: Automobil Industrie (German)
Korean startup OneKey has launched a system for unlocking vehicles via smartphone: Your vehicle unlocks itself automatically as you approach, and relocks itself as you leave. It only starts once you – and your smartphone – are inside. You can use the app to share your car with other users. OneKey also offers the system for unlocking front doors via smartphone.
Source: New Atlas
Sharing // Parking
In Kazakhstan, owners of private parking spaces can rent them out via the TuraQshare app. The short-term sharing app was developed to combat urban traffic chaos. But it also allows owners who are on holiday or not using their parking spaces to earn extra cash, following the AirBnB model. Rentals can be hourly, daily, weekly or monthly.
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