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:
Didi’s autonomous ride-hailing +++ EV battery charges in six minutes! +++ Using moss to filter air in EVs +++ AI-controlled companies are here +++ Artificial muscles
Autonomous // Ride Hailing
Ride-hailing group Didi has been authorized to run self-driving taxis in part of Shanghai. Over the next few months, the company plans to introduce 30 different Level 4 (fully automated) car models, which passengers can book by app – free of charge. By 2020, the service will be extended to cover the whole of Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen – by 2021, Didi plans to offer self-driving taxis outside China.
British startup Echion Technologies in Cambridge has developed a battery that can be fully charged in just six minutes. The company has replaced the key component, graphite, with a new kind of powder, which also makes the battery less flammable than existing batteries. The EV battery is slated for launch next year.
Sustainability // Electric
The Sono Sion, a solar-powered electric car from German startup Sono, uses natural moss for air filtration. Clearly visible behind a transparent panel on the dashboard, the moss supplies the passenger compartment with filtered air. With a 35 kWh battery powered by solar panels, the Sono Sion was launched back in March as an affordable EV.
Source: Roadshow by CNET
Autonomous driving is divided into five levels, from partially to fully automated. Businesses, however, have only reached the equivalent of Level 2 – assisted driving – with the help of business software from suppliers like Salesforce, SAP or ServiceNow. But over the next five years, robot advisers working in financial services are expected to catch up. Promising AI applications are also evolving in supply chain management (Aera Technology), marketing (Marketo) and sales (6sense).
Source: MIT Sloan
Scientists at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have developed artificial muscles for use in biomimetic robots, wearables or biomedical devices. Instead of conventional polymer actuators, the researchers used a polymer mix based on MXene – a new kind of material optimized for fast reactions and flexibility – to build butterflies with artificial wings.
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