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:
E-car subscriptions +++ Charging stations replace fuel pumps +++ Blockchain tokens +++ Mobility app for city authorities +++ Voice assistants
Electric // Subscription Models
You won’t be able to buy Canoo’s futuristic electric car – just rent it. The Californian firm doesn’t see a future for privately owned cars: Dealing with registration, insurance and maintenance is an time-wasting burden for customers. Instead, everything is covered by a monthly EV subscription. The first vehicles are slated for delivery in 2021.
Electric // Infrastructure
In Oslo, the first service station has replaced its fuel pumps with newly installed charging stations. Operator Circle K has big plans: Next year, the company plans to equip 100 service stations across Norway with a total of 500 charging points.
Source: electrive (German)
Blockchain // Augumented Reality
A KPMG study suggests that customers of all ages are increasingly willing to use blockchain tokens to buy products. In London, Vodafone is surfing this trend in a new advertising campaign. Users taking part in an augmented reality game can search for unique virtual tokens distributed throughout the city, which they can then exchange for prizes.
Source: The Next Web
Shared // Cities
Bicycle and e-scooter sharing services are popular. But many cities are overwhelmed by the number of services and the resulting sidewalk chaos. The Lacuna app helps city officials by bundling all providers’ location data. They can use it to check whether users are complying with official parking zones. And the data is also useful for indicating where new bike-share routes are needed.
Source: Fast Company
Connected // Voice Assistants
Amazon wants to embed Alexa in all parts of our lives. To date, the voice assistant has been most popular in smart speakers for home use. Unlike Google and Apple’s equivalent services, it is not preinstalled on smartphones – a definite problem. So Amazon has launched three new wearables, all controlled via Alexa: headphones, glasses and a ring. These niche products highlight just how competitive the market is.
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