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:
Autonomous e-scooters +++ Telematics insurance +++ AV research +++ Cruise ships +++ Lidar simulation
Autonomous // Urban Mobility
Manufacturer Segway-Ninebot has launched an e-scooter that can drive itself to charging stations – without a rider. This could make scooter-sharing more economical by eliminating the need to collect scooters manually for recharging and maintenance. The autonomous scooters are now undergoing trials, with commercial use slated for 2020. First customers include Uber and Lyft.
Insurance // Telematics
In a recent financing round, car insurer Root Insurance raised USD 350 million in venture capital – a record for an insurance startup. In contrast to traditional insurers, Root relies on telematics to calculate premiums. A smartphone app assesses whether policyholders are driving carefully by evaluating variables such as speed and braking behavior: The safer the driving style, the cheaper the insurance.
Autonomous // Research
So far, AV software developers have kept their code top secret. But things are changing: Waymo has decided to publish a huge dataset. Principal scientist Drago Anguelov explains: “The more smart brains you can get working on the problem, … the better”. Making the data public should encourage scientists in particular to engage with autonomous driving.
Electric // Cruise Ships
The environmental performance of cruise ships could soon improve. Operator Aida Cruises has announced that it will electrify its fleet. One fuel-cell ship is already in service; now the company plans to introduce battery technology in a partnership with Norwegian battery manufacturer Corvus Energy. The first ship powered by lithium-ion batteries is due to sail next year.
Source: E-Mobility Online
Autonomous // Sensors
Lidar is a vital distance-measuring tool for AVs. Now lidar sensors can be tested virtually using the latest version of CarMaker, simulation software developed by IPG Automotive. Developers can use their own settings to model sensor mounting points, cycle times and transmitter output. And because they can change the properties of the objects to be detected, they can also test downstream algorithms.
Source: Next Mobility
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