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:
3D printing for mobility products +++ Largest EV charging network in North America +++ Trials of autonomous e-robotaxis +++ Robots aboard the ISS +++ Solar-power innovations
3D Print // Autonomous
Aviation company Airbus and OEM LM Industries are jointly founding a digital mobility startup. Based on the Airbus campus near Munich, Neorizon will develop 3D-printed mobility solutions for highway and aviation applications. A microfactory for building products will also be built on the campus. The startup will focus on autonomous devices designed specifically for short-run manufacturing.
Source: 3D Printing Industry
Working with two automakers, Ford and VW, online giant Amazon is planning to develop North America’s largest network of charging stations, featuring 12,000 chargers. Amazon and Ford also intend to develop and market domestic chargers for recharging EVs at home. The partners hope to make charging stations as commonplace as coffeeshop chains.
Source: heise.de (German)
In Paris, 100 users are currently testing two autonomous taxis that can be summoned by app. The taxis – converted Renault EVs – are running on the Paris-Saclay university campus, which includes administrative and residential buildings. The cars’ rear seats are equipped with individual USB ports, multimedia displays and speakers. For safety reasons, a “safety operator” sits in the driver’s seat to intervene if necessary.
Source: emobilität.online (German)
Aerospace // Machine Learning
SoundSee is an AI-based system developed by Bosch that will be sent to the International Space Station (ISS) on November 2. The system will be installed on NASA’s autonomous Astrobee robot. Using microphones and machine learning, the robot will analyze sounds on the ISS and use them to detect problems or malfunctions.
Exciting solar-power innovations are spotlighting alternative energy sources. For example: transparent solar panels developed by researchers at Michigan State University can absorb ultraviolet and near-infrared light, and can be attached to any building surface. The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 is the first solar-powered spacecraft to go into orbit. And starting in 2021, furniture giant IKEA and artist Olafur Eliasson are launching a series of design objects for home users, capable of acting as solar collectors.
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