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:
Urban mobility 2035 +++ Autonomous trucks with Torc Robotics +++ Using open-source software for traffic censuses +++ Three-year plan for Volocopter +++ IAA 2019
According to a survey, 32 percent of users would be willing to switch to robot taxis or shuttles if they didn’t have to wait longer than ten minutes. A study quantifies the future of mobility as follows: at 34 cents per kilometer, robotaxis could be eight times cheaper than normal taxis. In Germany, this would require around 560,000 robotaxis and 180,000 roboshuttles with three-year service lives – these taxi services represent EUR 23.4 billion in revenue. On the downside, unregulated robotaxis could bring traffic to a standstill, boosting traffic volume by 30 percent.
Source: Next Mobility (German)
Trucks // Autonomous
Developer Torc Robotics and Daimler Trucks are testing highly automated Level 4 trucks on highways in Virginia, USA. The trucks are using autonomous control software from Torc Robotics. Daimler is also planning to develop an infrastructure for operational trials of self-driving applications.
OpenDataCam is an open-source project that was developed for use in cities as a method of counting moving objects. The software can analyze both live streams and video recordings. Analyses are exported via an API. Version 2.0 of the software is now freely available on the GitHub platform.
Source: heise.de (German)
Following a new EUR 50 million financing round led by Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, Volocopter has announced plans for commercial implementation: Air taxi services should be available in two to three years. To achieve this, Volocopter is seeking partnerships with local operators. Initially, air taxi fares will be high, but should level off after five to ten years.
The Frankfurt International Motor Show starts tomorrow. But the latest event seeks to add value by being less of a show and more of a mobility fest. The IAA Conference will host debates and talks. The IAA Experience will feature a 1,500-square-meter e-bike zone, as well as e-scooters to try out. And a B2B platform, New Mobility World, will ensure that professional visitors also get their money’s worth.
Source: Auto Zeitung (German)
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