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:
Bid-based ride-hailing +++ Hydrofoil taxis on the Seine +++ Users choose their e-warning sounds +++ Rental car with driver +++ 3D-printed materials with embedded electronics
Bid2Ride has just launched in Washington, D.C.; in three months’ time it will also launch in other cities. The ride-hailing app offers bid-based rides plus real-time price comparisons from other portals. This gives users more choice: Either they pay the price they want for a single ride – or they use an existing ride-hailing service.
Source: DC Inno
Taxis that fly over water: Parisian startup Seabubbles is testing hydrofoil drones on the Seine, hoping to use the taxis to relieve urban traffic. The electrically powered vehicles use “wings” to rise above the water while traveling. The mayor’s office in Paris announced that once trials have been successfully completed, the water taxis could be ready for commercial use by spring 2020.
Electric // Safety
Starting in 2020, EVs and hybrids in the USA will have to emit warning sounds at low speeds – although the exact nature of the sounds hasn’t been specified. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering whether to allow EV drivers to select different warning sounds, as long as they meet performance requirements. The agency is inviting the public to comment on whether the number of pre-installed sounds should be limited.
Source: The Verge
Kyte is a San Francisco-based service for delivering rental cars that would otherwise be standing unused in car-hire firms’ parking garages. Drivers, known as “surfers”, deliver the vehicles to users’ front doors – then leave via local transit or on the e scooters they brought with them. Users can order rental cars right up to just two hours before they need them.
Scientists at MIT have successfully used conventional 3D printers to print devices with electronic components already embedded inside. The devices are printed using fibers that in turn consist of multiple interconnected materials which can store energy, glow, or even detect their surroundings. In the future, printed products with integrated circuits could be used to build complex biomedical devices and robots.
Source: 3D Print
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