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:
EV charging by debit card +++ Augmented soundscape for navigation +++ Bionic arm as 3D printout +++ Ride-hailing vs. open mobility +++ Designing trust into AI
Electric // Charging
For EVs to become more attractive to the mass market, payment options need to be streamlined. Parkstrom, a charging infrastructure provider, now offers Giro-e – a convenient service that allows users to pay at charging stations using their EC cards. The charger is authorized and activated contactlessly, via NFC chip. This direct payment process obviates roaming fees and electricity charges.
Source: elektroauto-news.net (German)
Safety // Augmented Reality
The Dreamwaves app combines augmented reality with ambient sounds. To make navigation easier, it generates virtual sounds that guide users. Intended to help visually impaired people on roads, this “intuitive audio navigation” could also benefit cyclists and e-scooter riders. The beta version of the app will be released this year.
Source: Trending Topics (German)
3D Print // Robotics
Starting right now, anybody can print out a Youbionic robotic Human Arm at home using a 3D printer. The Italian startup has made the files for the individual components available online – all the user has to do is assemble the arm. The bionic arm should be able to move smoothly, and is designed for students and professionals working in AI and robotics.
Ride Hailing // Multimodal
In New York, ride-hailing service Lyft is in dispute with the provider of a Mobility-as-a-Service solution. Multimodal app Transit can be used to book and pay for trips using any mobility service – but Lyft has blocked the app from accessing its ride-hailing services. Should cities oblige private service providers to enable in-app payments for MaaS solutions developed by third parties? Already standard practice in France and Holland, this step is inevitable for cities that really want to limit vehicular traffic.
In the competitive AI space, the EU can only excel by “building an AI we can trust”, claimed EU Commissioner (soon to be Executive Vice President) Margrethe Vestager. Analogous to “Privacy by Design”, the EU should develop ethical guidelines for AI that “serves humanity” based on “trust in the design”. The EU should also invest more in AI and make more strategic use of, for example, public procurement.
Source: heise.de (German)
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