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:
Microchip boosts EV range +++ AI for smart routing +++ Successful MaaS systems +++ Self-repairing pavement +++ Blockchain-based code in chocolate bars
Electric // Range
Bosch has introduced a new kind of wafer-manufacturing process that is expected to make microchips for electric and hybrid vehicles more efficient. Silicon carbide semiconductors support lower switching frequencies and reduce energy losses, improving range by six percent. The semiconductors work at higher operating temperatures, reducing the need for cooling systems. This cuts vehicle weight, resulting in lower total costs.
Source: Automobilwoche (German)
Algorithms // Logistics
Munich startup Smartlane aims to further digitize the logistics industry – its cloud-based software is designed to optimize fleet utilization. Algorithms calculate the best routes based on driver and vehicle workloads plus delivery-time windows. Impressed by Smartlane’s idea, VC investor and TV adjudicator Frank Thelen has invested in the company through his Freigeist Capital fund.
Source: Gründerszene (German)
Implementing a successful Mobility-as-a-Service solution depends on multiple factors. Providing passengers with real-time travel information is one of them. But in any mobility ecosystem, the question of who owns the app interface with which passengers interact must also be clear. Multimodal hubs require precise planning, because approval and implementation time should be based on community needs. Data management should also take users’ security requirements into account: Will customers be able to use new mobility options without disclosing their personal data?
Source: Intelligent Transport
A Mexican student won the James Dyson Award with his innovative highway maintenance solution. He developed a coating from used tires and various additives that reacts to rain by turning into a putty. This in turn produces calcium silicates that fill any cracks in the road. The self-repairing pavement is ready for use as soon as the new material has been certified.
British consumers buying bars of chocolate can now choose to support farmers in Ecuador. By scanning the bar’s blockchain-based QR code, customers can choose to donate directly to a farmer or obtain a discount on their next purchase. The Other Bar is a joint project organized by the United Nations Development Programme and the FairChain Foundation.
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