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:
Facial recognition lets senior citizens travel for free +++ Hydrone +++ 1,000 new Bitcoin ATMs +++ Google’s quantum computer +++ Parking needs reform
In Shenzhen, China, pre-registered passengers aged 60 and over may travel on subways free of charge by submitting to facial scans instead of buying tickets. To help them, automatic gates and self-service counters have been installed at 18 subway stations, using technology developed by Tencent. Five other Chinese cities are also testing the system.
Source: The Next Web
VTOls // Fuel Cell
Last week, Chinese drone developer MMC UAV presented a fuel cell-powered drone at InterGeo 2019 In Stuttgart, Germany. Capable of vertical take-off and landing, the “hydrone” can fly for 10 hours carrying a 3-kilogram (6.6-pound) payload, or stay aloft for 15 hours without payload. The drone is powered by four wing-mounted rotors and one fuselage-mounted rotor.
Source: New Atlas
Bitcoin Depot, a U.S. ATM operator working for Bitcoin, has already installed 250 ATMs in the USA and plans to install a total of 1,000 by the end of 2020. This reflects the international boom in Bitcoin ATMs: every day, six new crypto-ATMs are installed somewhere in the world. Few other businesses are experiencing such rapid growth – experts expect the annual compound growth rate to top 46 percent by 2024.
For the first time, Google researchers claim to have proof that their quantum computer’s processing power exceeds that of supercomputers: Google’s “Sycamore” quantum computer took just 3 minutes and 20 seconds to solve a problem which cutting-edge supercomputers would have needed 10,000 years to work out. However, Google withdrew the paper initially published on the subject and has yet to make a statement.
Source: heise (German)
Whenever U.S. cities require builders to provide off-street parking, the end-result is increased traffic congestion, urban sprawl and unaffordable housing. Instead, businesses should decide whether they want to make parking spaces available to their customers. And
these on-street parking spaces should cost just enough to ensure that one or two are always free. In streets with paid parking, public services should be improved so parking motorists can see their money at work.
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