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This week’s topics are: Augsburg introduces flat-rate mobility +++ Vehicle made of wood nanofibers +++ 3D city mapping by satellite +++ 5G in China +++ New LCD for AR, VR
Augsburg has launched Germany’s first flat-rate mobility program. For a EUR 79 monthly fee, citizens can use “Mobil-Flat S” for unlimited local transit and bike rental, plus carsharing for up to 15 hours or 150 kilometers. And users paying the “Mobil-Flat M” subscription can carshare for up to 30 hours – with unlimited mileage. The flat-rate program is the result of a one-year trial conducted by Stadtwerke Augsburg.
Source: Intelligent Transport
Researchers from Kyoto University, Japan’s Ministry of the Environment and several companies have unveiled a vehicle partially manufactured out of wood fibers in a climate-friendly process. The body and underlying structure consist of plant-based cellulose nanofibers (CNF); the material is five times stronger than steel but weighs five times less. The concept car is intended to demonstrate the suitability of CNF for mass production.
U.S. startup Sturfee uses high-resolution 2D satellite photos to visually recreate cities in 3D. Various AR apps can then overlay augmented-reality content on the resulting 3D imagery. Instead of using costly camera-cars to visually map a city, Sturfee can generate a machine-readable version in just one week. Sturfee has already mapped 15 cities and signed a license agreement with KDDI, Japan's largest mobile phone provider.
Source: New Atlas
In one of the biggest 5G projects to launch, 50 cities in China were brought online simultaneously, reflecting the effectiveness of the Chinese government’s 5G initiative. 5G enables robots, drones and military units to communicate faster and make quicker decisions. Broader 5G coverage would benefit all industrial sectors that rely on wireless communication.
U.S. and Taiwanese researchers working with the Air Force Research Laboratory have developed a technique that changes the structure of liquid crystals. This could benefit the next generation of 3D, augmented-reality and virtual-reality displays. Photonic applications such as mirrorless lasers, biosensors and fast/slow light generation could also benefit from the technology.