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:
AI-managed smart charging +++ Automatic license plate recognition +++ Autonomous road trials in London +++ Intercity air taxis +++ New lidar system
Electric // Charging
Scientists in the EU-wide ELECTRIFIC project are working on optimizing power grids for EV charging purposes. AI-based “smart charging” should intelligently integrate charging infrastructure into existing power grids, reducing or eliminating the need for resource-intensive construction work. An algorithm will prevent grid overloads by rescheduling or shifting scheduled charging processes to other parts of the grid.
Source: electrive.net (German)
Tracking // Algorithms
Axon, an American manufacturer of law enforcement technologies and weapons, plans to incorporate automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) into its next generation of police dashcams. Instead of police officers having to type in license plate details, the system will use an algorithm to match numbers. The manufacturer’s independent ethics board recommends that the system should be used transparently, according to a clear use policy.
Headed by AI startup FiveAI, joint research project StreetWise is launching the largest trial of robotaxis on UK highways. This October and November, autonomous vehicles will commute between the London suburbs of Croydon and Bromley – a 12-mile journey. Passengers can get on and off at fixed stops. The aim of the project is to accelerate the viability of self-driving cars.
British aerospace manufacturer Vertical Aerospace uses Formula 1 technologies to develop air taxis. Its new electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft will be the world’s first eVTOL capable of transporting 250 kilograms. The developer aims to reduce the environmental impact of intercity e-taxi flights. Flying at up to 50 mph, the aircraft can be equipped with wheels or floats and made larger or smaller as required.
Source: Intelligent Transport
Forward-facing lidar systems detect objects at long distances ahead within a narrow field of vision. Now they have competition: Sense Photonics has developed a wide-angle, short-range lidar system. Capable of synchronizing with conventional cameras, it can be mounted on the sides and rear of vehicles to provide an all-round view. The system is already in production.
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