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:
New e-models at IAA 2019 +++ Chat-based AI travel assistant +++ Foldable e-scooter +++ Certification association proposes neutral vehicle data cloud +++ Voice-activated in-car audio quiz
Frankfurt’s International Motor Show is open, and visitors can marvel at the many new EVs on display – from the new Volkswagen ID.3 with a maximum, battery-dependent range of 330, 410 or 550 kilometers (200, 255, 340 miles) to the Mercedes-Benz EQC with a maximum range of 400 kilometers (250 miles) right through to Porsche’s Taycan e-sedan, which can be recharged from 5 to 80 percent in just 22 minutes. Everyone is betting on E!
Source: emobly (German)
AI // Travel
Eddy Travels is an AI-enabled travel assistant for users of major messaging services such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Slack and Telegram. The chatbot uses a language-processing system to analyze user preferences – flights, overnight stays, restaurants, travel tips – and displays a list of suggestions in the user’s favorite chat app.
Automaker Hyundai has presented an updated prototype of its foldable e-scooter, which can be charged in a car using the energy generated while driving. No bigger than a backpack, the folded scooter is easy to carry at 7.7 kilograms (17 pounds). It travels at a good 19 km/h (12 mph) and has a battery-powered range of around 19 kilometers (12 miles).
At IAA 2019, three product testing and certification organizations presented a policy brief in which they call for a shared cloud for storing data from autonomous vehicles. German associations TÜV, Dekra and Fahrzeugdatensystem GmbH FSD are in favor of an independent cloud platform that would store data from highly and fully automated vehicles. They believe this would guarantee security and prevent data manipulation.
Source: Automobilwoche (German)
Even quiz fans can get their money’s worth while they’re driving. The Drivetime app allows drivers and passengers to play TV quiz “Jeopardy!” as a voice-activated audio game. The multiple-choice questions are played over the car’s speakers; users respond by saying “A”, “B”, “C” or “D”. The system recognizes their answers using Google’s cloud-based speech-recognition service.
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