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:
Dedicated AI for robotaxis +++ eHang to launch UAM in December +++ Hydrogen in transportation +++ VR glasses on the street +++ AI detects emotions using voice patterns
Autonomous // Algorithms
Berlin-based startup Motor AI is using cognitive neuroscience to develop an AI capable of controlling vehicles with Level 4 or 5 autonomy. The company claims that the algorithms make decisions just like a human brain – which should obviate the need for extensive training and test driving. With the software, the startup hopes to gain Europe-wide ISO certification from Germany’s technical inspectorate (TÜV).
Source: Gründerszene (German)
Chinese drone developer eHang is working on the launch of the world’s first urban air mobility service in Guangzhou, slated for December, with 216 electric air taxis capable of vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOLs). eHang aims to become an all-round mobility provider focusing on tourism, medical applications and transportation. A biotech company hopes to use the eVTOLs to transport organs for transplants.
Hydrogen // Fuel Cell
Berlin-based startup Graforce has developed a method for generating hydrogen – plasmalysis – that uses two-thirds less energy than conventional electrolysis. Hydrogen produced like this could be used to power fuel cells in, for example, electric trucks. The larger and heavier the truck, the more sense it makes to equip it with fuel cells that are much lighter than batteries. Experts also calculate that developing a hydrogen infrastructure for vehicles would be cheaper than developing an EV charging network.
Source: heise online (German)
Microsoft is working on virtual reality glasses that reinterpret the physical world using VR. Users wearing them will still see where they’re going – but their route will be vastly enriched by VR. This could make the daily commute much more exciting. The system uses GPS and cameras to detect objects like people or vehicles and transform them into VR.
Japanese startup Empath develops “emotional AI” – AI capable of recognizing speakers’ emotional states from their voices, regardless of the language they’re speaking. The system can currently identify four states: joy, anger, calmness and sorrow. The startup has released an API for iOS and Android apps. The software has already been used at Japanese call centers to track callers’ moods.
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