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:
Berlin test site for automated driving +++ Driving EVs on backroads +++ Flying batteries for drones +++ Choosing autonomous car brands +++ Passenger safety and ride-hailing services
Autonomous // Connectivity
TU Berlin’s Distributed Artificial Intelligence Laboratory is setting up an area for testing automated and networked vehicles in the Strasse des 17. Juni. Along the 3.6-kilometer (2.25-mile) stretch, more than 100 sensors will detect traffic, weather conditions, road
conditions, parking volumes and environmental pollution. The system will analyze the data and use it to make forecasts – by, for example, predicting accident blackspots for cyclists.
Source: Automobil Industrie (German)
An experiment using Python, the programming language, has demonstrated that it is perfectly possible to drive EVs on backroads, away from highways. 50 routes, randomly generated by Python, were entered into the online app “A Better Route Planner”. Only two of the 50 routes showed gaps in the Supercharger network, in Montana and North Dakota respectively. And contrary to expectations, bypassing highways turned out to be as quick as using them.
Scientists at UC Berkeley have developed a drone that can charge itself in flight: Small
propeller-driven batteries deliver extra power while the drone is airborne. Although the
drone can only fly for 12 minutes with its built-in 2.2 ampere-hour lithium-polymer battery,
each flying battery gives it an extra 1.5 ampere-hour power boost.
Source: IEEE Spectrum
Autonomous // Privacy
A worldwide survey by the IBM Institute for Business Value shows that 57 percent of city
dwellers and 46 percent of country dwellers would select an autonomous vehicle brand
based on the carmaker’s prioritization of data privacy and security. This would matter even
more to them than the initial investment.
Source: Green Car Reports
Ride-Hailing // Security
Ride-hailing service Uber intends to make journeys safer for passengers by introducing
several new features. First, users in many U.S. cities will soon be able to use the Uber app to
send emergency texts to 911. The app will simultaneously transmit location and vehicle
details. Second, drivers will only be able to drive off once passengers have given them a
special PIN for each journey. Third, drivers’ identities will be confirmed by facial recognition.
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