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:
Jelbi is world’s largest MaaS solution +++ E-scooter improvements +++ AI and blockchain +++ 500-megapixel facial recognition +++ Live rail for e-buses in Sweden
After a three-month trial period, Jelbi has been officially launched in Berlin. The intermodal app, developed by BVG and startup Trafi, connects twelve public transit players and various sharing services, from shuttles to e-scooters. This makes it the world’s largest Mobility-as-a-Service solution. Jelbi offers an integrated service with real-time route planning in a single app that covers everything from initial search to ticket purchase.
Source: Intelligent Transport
To improve acceptance of e-scooters in Germany, operators need to adapt their business model. The dockless or free-floating approach needs to improve, perhaps by morphing into a fixed-station rental model like the Parisian one. E-scooters are especially popular in the suburbs for traveling the last mile to city railroad stations. Establishing e-scooter docks there would improve efficiency and make them easier to maintain.
Source: Gründerszene (German)
Legalizing cryptocurrencies not only boosts their social acceptance, it also stimulates technological innovation. CryptoIndex, for example, uses AI to monitor cryptocurrencies –automatically selecting and rebalancing the 100 best coins. SingularityNET also uses AI for its decentralized AI marketplace – a platform for trading AI services; later, it will be turned into a fully self-organizing AI network. DeepBrain Chain offers a similar platform, specializing primarily in low-cost computing resources for various AI products.
Source: Good Audience
China is testing facial recognition technologies for various applications, such as buying subway tickets. Scientists from Shanghai and Changchun have developed a 500-megapixel camera with an AI-based cloud service, capable of picking out individuals from thousands of faces. Apparently, the supercamera can also take panoramic pictures of crowds – in stadiums, for example – with clearly recognizable images of every single face.
Source: The Next Web
Trials of an electric rail for e-buses are about to start in Lund, Sweden. E-road builder Elonroad and the University of Lund are laying a conductive multi-segmented rail over a distance of one kilometer. E-trolleybuses connect with the rail via a special pick-up receiver. The smart rail detects an approaching e-bus using wireless communication, activating only those rail segments that are immediately underneath the vehicle. The system should reduce charging times and make e-buses more cost-effective.
Source: emobilität.online (German)
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