HIGH 5! Here is the news update of the latest trends from the global technology and startup scene. HIGH 5 is published by Lab1886.
Wirecard and Here Mobility +++ Parking for cargo bikes +++ Robots handling 45 percent of manufacturing +++ More computing power for training AIs +++ 3D-knitted upholstery
Financial services provider Wirecard is working with Here Mobility – the mobility department of mapping service Here – on new Mobility-as-a-Service solutions. First, Here Mobility’s marketplace will be integrated into Wirecard’s banking app so that users can use the app to search and pay for journeys. The partners will present other products combining payment and mobility services at the CES trade fair in early 2020.
Source: Automobilwoche (German)
Berlin’s Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection has issued new regulations for car parking spaces in low-speed zones, which can now be converted into parking lots for cargo bikes and electric scooters. One parking space can hold
up to three cargo bikes, secured to special brackets. Exactly how the regulations are implemented is up to each individual district.
Source: Der Spiegel (German)
At the World Sensors Summit in Zhengzhou, China, experts predicted that robots would be handling almost half of global manufacturing by 2020. Chinese industrial robot production reached 148,000 units in 2018, accounting for 38 percent of the world’s total. According to the International Federation of Robotics, China will have 130 robots per 10,000 people by 2021.
Source: Global Times
In 2018, an analysis by AI research lab OpenAI showed that the computational power required to train the largest AI models has doubled every 3.4 months since 2012. New data shows that this power is now doubling seven times faster than it did between 1959 and 2012. But it also shows how much more resource-intensive and costly the whole deep-learning field has become. OpenAI recommends that funding for academic researchers should be increased.
Source: MIT Technology Review
3D // Costumization
Automaker Ford has unveiled a 3D knitting machine that can 3D print or knit customized car-seat upholstery. Each cover is knitted as a whole so that no material is wasted. This means that individual pieces of fabric no longer have to be cut out of larger pieces or sewn together, saving resources and labor costs.
Source: Auto Blog