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:
Self-driving entertainment +++ EU plans one million new charging stations +++ Streetcams spot distracted drivers +++ Local laws for e-scooters +++ IBM donates supercomputer to MIT
Autonomous // Entertainment
Japanese companies Sony and Yamaha are developing a self-driving minibus that instead of windows, is fitted with big-screen TVs inside and out. The electrically powered, experimental SC-1 “Sociable Cart” can carry five passengers. While the external screens display advertising, the internal screens could show the vehicle’s surroundings in immersive augmented reality.
Electric // Charging
As part of efforts to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, the EU Commission is planning to install one million new EV charging stations by 2025. The aim is to alleviate “range anxiety” resulting from the scarcity of charging points. According to a priority list drafted by the Commission, funds have already been earmarked for the installations.
Source: electrive.net (German)
Australian tech firm Acusensus has developed a system that automatically detects distracted drivers on roads. Smart security cameras – set up on roadsides, similar to speed cameras – take high-res photos of drivers. The images are then analyzed using machine learning to identify distracted drivers holding or using their smartphones, for example.
Source: CBC News
Working with the Association of German Cities and the German Association of Towns and Municipalities, four e-scooter rental companies in Germany have agreed a list of measures for making micromobility safer and less haphazard. No longer will riders be allowed to leave e-scooters wherever they want; instead, they must take photos to prove the scooters are neatly parked. Fixed rental stations should keep things tidy. Both sides are also urging better maintenance and development of the cycle path network.
Source: Passauer Neue Presse (German)
A computer cluster with the same architecture as the world’s fastest supercomputer – IBM’s Summit – is being installed at MIT. Costing almost USD 12 million and christened Satori, it will enable MIT researchers to create more sophisticated AI models based on even larger collections of data. Satori is the size of a shipping container and can perform two quadrillion calculations per second.
Source: MIT News
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