HIGH 5! Here is the news update of the latest trends from the global technology and startup scene. HIGH 5 is published by Lab1886.
Trends in 2020 +++ EVs have enough range for commuters +++ Smartphone app tracks drones +++ Blockchain incubator in Paris +++ Concealed bicycle parking
The Gartner Institute has predicted strategic trends for 2020. Leading the pack is “hyperautomation”: robotic process automation (RPA) assisted by AI and machine learning. “Democratization of technology” means, among other things, further advances in low-code
programming, enabling non-specialists to develop software with minimal programming input. And “edge computing” – decentralized, distributed data processing (more local, less cloud-based) – could also become more significant.
Electric // Charging
A Statista survey has shown that the ranges of many electric cars exactly match most drivers’ needs. More than 70 percent of respondents stated that they did not drive more than 50 kilometers (30 miles) per day; 17 percent drive between 50 and 100 kilometers (30-
60 miles) per day. And 37 percent would find charging times of ten to 30 minutes acceptable.
Source: emobilität.online (German)
DJI is developing an app that would allow any smartphone to pinpoint nearby drones. Using a WiFi network, users will be able to view the drone’s ID, location, altitude, speed and direction. Once the app is approved in America and elsewhere, it could be released in 2020. The drone manufacturer is responding to calls for greater transparency in the drone industry.
Source: The Verge
The Garage is a new Paris-based incubator specializing in the development of new blockchain projects. It will support startups as well as large enterprise projects. The
incubator aims to finance 25 projects annually. The first five are already underway, including ticketing service Ticket721, Elite Chain – an e-wallet management app – and Ipocamp, a blockchain project for the international enforcement of product copyrights.
Urban Planning // Mobility
Danish architectural firm Cobe has redesigned a square in Copenhagen with the aim of combining green mobility with urban planning. Karen Blixen Square, on the grounds of the University of Copenhagen, is now divided into two levels. Above, hummocks planted with
trees and flowers invite people to sit and chat. Beneath them is enough space to park 2,000 bicycles – but only the parking garage entrances are visible.