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:
Annual flat rate for EV charging +++ 5G communication module +++ Robot solves Rubik’s Cube +++ E-mobility catches on in Germany +++ U.S. law should prevent drunk driving
Electric // Charging
Energy companies in Düren, Germany, and charging network operator Innogy are now offering an annual flat rate for charging. After making a one-off payment of EUR 49.99, users can charge their vehicles at all existing and future charging stations in Düren and at more than 3,600 Innogy chargers nationwide – all year round. The energy utilities hope to encourage drivers to switch to EVs.
Source: electrive.net (German)
5G // Autonomous
Component manufacturer LG Innotek has announced the launch of what it believes is the world’s first 5G communication module for autonomous vehicles. Running on a Qualcomm chipset, the device apparently has a maximum latency of one millisecond – one-tenth the latency of LTE. Temperature-resistant plastics are used to avoid the heat that would otherwise be generated by high volumes of data.
Source: Automobilwoche (German)
A robot hand developed by artificial intelligence lab OpenAI has solved Rubik’s Cube without outside help. To make this possible, the robot’s AI was put through a special training course, involving the injection of uncertainties – such as differently sized cubes – into the training simulations. This method could also enhance industrial robots, drones and other autonomous machines by teaching them to dynamically adapt their behavior to unforeseen obstacles.
Germany is still the world’s third largest EV market after China and the USA – and continued to grow through the first three quarters of 2019 by 48 percent year on year, with 74,000 new registrations. Sales of all-electric vehicles (BEV) have doubled, plug-in hybrids are stagnating. Even so, EVs as a whole only have a total German market share of 2.7 percent.
Source: emobly (German)
Two U.S. senators have proposed a law requiring carmakers to install technologies that would prevent drunk drivers from starting their cars. This could come into force by the middle of the next decade. Automakers could, for example, use sensors to analyze drivers’ breath and eye movements, or embed sensors in steering wheels or start buttons to detect blood alcohol levels. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is already testing suitable systems.
Source: Automotive News
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