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:
Air-taxi infrastructure +++ Irresponsible driving +++ Encouraging EV adoption +++ Artificial
skin +++ E-mobility innovations
Air Taxis // Infrastructure
For the first time, air-taxi developer Volocopter and infrastructure provider Skyports have presented a prototype of their take-off and landing infrastructure: the Voloport. The design is modular, making it flexible enough to install in any urban environment – including roofs, railway stations and parking lots. As well as Volocopters, it also supports third-party air
Source: emobilitaet.online (German)
Electric // Infrastructure
How can we encourage people to accept e-mobility? A Swedish study suggests that if
municipalities invested more in charging infrastructure, more people would buy EVs
– because charging stations are so visible. Seeing more EVs on our roads would also make us feel more inclined to buy them. Cities could achieve this by electrifying their own fleets. The researchers concludes that the more visible innovations are, the faster we adopt them.
Source: Elektroauto-News (German)
The Tokyo Motor Show starts tomorrow – and Japanese automakers will unveil their many e-mobility offerings. Mazda will present its first all-electric car – the “EV”. Lexus will present a pre-production e-vehicle. Toyota and Honda still prefer conventional hybrid drives, while Mitsubishi is experimenting with a powertrain combining electric motors with a gas turbine.
Source: Automobil-Industrie (German)
Autonomous // Safety
Driverless vehicles are already perfectly capable of handling predictable traffic situations. What they can’t deal with is irrational human behavior: abrupt braking, sudden swerves, tailgating. Because such behavior is so rarely encountered on test drives, startup Latent Logic has collected videos of reckless driving and used them to generate 3D models. The models will help manufacturers to test EV software and train it to identify risky situations.
Source: heise (German)
Developers have designed a smartphone case that feels – and reacts – like human skin. The case detects many different kinds of touch, including tickling or pinching. While the invention is not intended for the marketplace, it does demonstrate a new way of interacting with devices using “Skin-On Interfaces” technology developed by British researchers.
Source: WCJB TV
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