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:
Fast charging: 30 minutes for free +++ Autonomous parking management +++ Drone in your trunk +++ Mobile dispenser +++ World Summit AI
Electric // Charging
U.S. charging station operator Volta already displays on-screen advertising on its chargers. Now customers will be able to fast-charge their e-vehicles for 30 minutes at no cost. The DC charging process is funded by advertising. Over the next twelve months, the company will install 150 fast chargers with advertising displays in strategic locations pinpointed by data analytics.
Source: electrive.net (German)
Autonomous // Parking
Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI) is using a parking garage in Karlsruhe, Germany, to explore suitable infrastructures for the autonomous parking and recharging of e-vehicles. Equipped with mobile sensors, lidar and 360-degree cameras, the multi-story garage is capable of autonomously guiding EVs at various automation levels to parking spaces or charging stations, communicating with them via WiFi. The project will run until 2021.
Source: emobilität.online (German)
UAVs // Safety
In the USA, Ford Global Technologies has filed a patent for storing a drone in a vehicle’s trunk. Drivers control the in-trunk quadcopter via the car’s on-board systems. It is intended for use in emergencies: If the vehicle is involved in an accident or runs out of fuel, the drone can spotlight it to alert other drivers. Drivers can also view the live stream from its camera on their smartphones.
Chilean startup Algramo plans to launch its mobile vending unit in the USA in the near future. Mounted on an electric tricycle, the dispenser drives through cities so that local residents can refill empty detergent bottles on the spot, avoiding plastic waste. Each refillable bottle has an RFID code that provides discounts on future purchases.
Several fledgling AI startups introduced themselves at the World Summit AI in Amsterdam. Exciting newcomers included German startup Neuro Flash, which claims to predict customers’ attitudes to brands; ProovStation from France, which builds automated vehicle inspection bays, and EmitWise, which develops software for helping large enterprises to minimize their carbon footprint.
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