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DTM previews next-gen e-racing +++ Atlas Lab +++ “Phygital” retail concept +++ Innovative roles for AR +++ Smart roads generate electricity
Electric // Racing
The German Touring Car Championship (DTM) is thinking of opening up to e-racecars powered by batteries or fuel cells. But the new concept extends well beyond all-electric racing to include industrial robots that automatically make wheel changes during pit stops,
or replace batteries or hydrogen tanks. With 1,000 PS (986 bhp) under the hood, the e-racers will hit top speeds of over 300 km/h (186 mph).
Source: Elektroauto.news (German)
The University of Amsterdam and mapping specialist TomTom are launching a public-private research lab specializing in autonomous driving. The Atlas Lab will use AI to develop safe, high-definition maps for self-driving vehicles. Over the next five years, Ph.D. students will work on automated object recognition, 3D vehicle localization, and combined lidar and camera images. The lab is part of the national Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI) in the Netherlands.
Source: Robotic Business Review
Retail // Convenience
A Future X Smart Store first appeared at CES 2019; others have now opened in Tokyo and Shanghai. They’re all based on the new "Phygital” retail concept from Japanese brand SK-II. “Phygital” aims to combine physical retail space with the digital convenience of online shopping. A touchscreen provides product information; image recognition technology identifies products from smartphone photos and locates them within the shop. And a GPS system makes specific shelf lights flash to help consumers find their products.
AR // VR
Apple is planning to launch its own AR/VR headset by 2022. But insurers, for example, are already using AR and VR to analyze insurance claims. In Malaysia, engineers are being trained using AR/VR, and AR is popular in the real-estate sector. AR, VR and XR (Extended Reality) are also used in many art and education projects: XR company LifeVision VR, for
instance, offers VR technology in a storytelling app that makes literature accessible to young people.
Charging // Electric
Working within the government-funded “SMART Connected Community: Live Labs” project, scientists at Lancaster University in the UK are aiming to design and test smart roads. Supported by smart infrastructure, smart roads will generate electricity using piezoelectricity and hydromechanical dynamics from passing vehicles. The resulting energy will be stored in roadside batteries and used to power streetlamps, traffic signs and air pollution monitors.
Source: Intelligent Transport