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:
OCEAN 12 alliance: energy-saving sensors +++ Coup: free rides for battery swappers +++ Blockchain system for e-scooters +++ AI misunderstood +++ EV market penetration
OCEAN 12, an EU-funded research alliance of 27 companies, universities and institutes, is working to optimize sensors for new mobility models. According to Bosch, which heads the 14-partner German consortium, this advanced development work should result in sensor systems for autonomous cars and drones that consume 90 percent less energy.
Source: emobilitaet.online (German)
Sharing // Charging
Coup, an e-scooter sharing service, is testing a new charging model that encourages customers to swap batteries. E-scooter riders are given free rides if they charge scooter batteries themselves. The company is running the “Coup pit stop” service alongside its existing charging service, aiming to streamline fleet management processes.
Source: electrive.net (German)
Micromobility // Blockchain
T-Labs, Deutsche Telekom’s research lab, has been testing a blockchain-based system for e-scooter rental since September. Under the xRide system, users send their data directly to the e-scooter without having to register and log on via an app. T-Labs hopes this decentralized, blockchain-based process will result in a more cost-effective, secure system.
Source: BTC Echo (German)
Founders of AI startups want to clear up the most common misunderstandings about AI, because the public often has unrealistic ideas about what AI can do. They quote chess genius Garry Kasparov: “The public thinks we’re at Windows 10 when we’re at MS-DOS”. Realistically, today’s AI has the intellectual capacity of a three-year-old child.
Source: Forbes Africa
Around the word, major cities are passing laws to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles. New York is the first U.S. city to levy a congestion charge. All future ride-hailing vehicles in Shenzhen, China, must be electric. And in London, many fleet managers are upgrading their fleets to avoid paying congestion charges for older vehicles that produce higher emissions.
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