Siemens is Building Uniti’s Steering Wheel Free E-car

In 36 hours the Swedish startup Uniti collected 500,000 euros. Siemens is to help out in the production of its unusual vehicle.

It is an electrically powered vehicle without pedals and steering wheel, which is to get a control as in an airplane. The Swedish E-car startup Uniti is receiving support from Siemens Nordics for the production of its vehicles.

As the company announced, 50,000 of the cars are to be produced fully in Sweden. The production will begin within 18 months, first vehicles are to be delivered in 2019.

With a range of around 150 kilometers, two people can be transported. Classical fittings will no longer exist, according to the company. Instead head-up displays – all tachometer stands are projected onto the glass, functions performed by touch. So far, there were all the features only in theory. First prototypes are currently being developed.

In October last year, Uniti spent a total of 500,000 Euros

In 36 hours the Swedish startup Uniti collected 500,000 euros. Siemens is to help out in the production of its unusual vehicle.

It is an electrically powered vehicle without pedals and steering wheel, which is to get a control as in an airplane. The Swedish E-car startup Uniti is receiving support from Siemens Nordics for the production of its vehicles.

As the company announced, 50,000 of the cars are to be produced fully in Sweden. The production will begin within 18 months, first vehicles are to be delivered in 2019.

With a range of around 150 kilometers, two people can be transported. Classical fittings will no longer exist, according to the company. Instead head-up displays – all tachometer stands are projected onto the glass, functions performed by touch. So far, there were all the features only in theory. First prototypes are currently being developed.

In October last year, Uniti spent a total of 500,000 Euros on a Crowd Investing Campaign on FundedByMe within 36 hours. In November, the campaign closed with 1.2 million euros. 600 investors from 45 different countries had come together.

The startup deliberately refrained from taking advantage of investor offers from the automotive industry, said company spokeswoman Verena Kitowski to the founder scene and NGIN Mobilty at that time. At Unity, one wants to proceed completely according to the open-source principle, says Kitowski.

With the new partner Siemens, the vision is one step closer. In the course of the partnership, a software suite is to be used, which allows the entire production process to be virtually planned before real implementation. For this purpose, the company’s first industrial 4.0 factory in Sweden will be manufactured.

The startup now has the possibility to produce in large numbers, and that faster and with a significantly lower starting capital.

The Startup Uniti has emerged in summer 2015 as a spin-off from a university project. The engineers, who work for Uniti’s founder Lewis Horne, are still partially in the final phase of their studies.

A similar project, which has emerged from a university project and also completed a successful campaign, is Sono Motors. Munich is developing a car that recharges itself via solar cells and has a climate system made of moss.

Daimler and Bosch Want Driverless Taxis Already in Five Years

A “series-ready system for driverless cars in public urban road traffic”: Daimler and Bosch want to bring this together to the market by the beginning of the coming decade.

Originally in 2030, everything was going to be much quicker: Daimler and Bosch wanted to develop the self-propelled car for urban traffic by the beginning of the coming decade, i.e. in about five years.

Together, the Stuttgart-based car mechanic and the world’s largest supplier want to develop software and algorithms for an autonomous driving system that makes the fully automated (SAE-Level 4) and driverless (SAE-Level 5) driving possible. The vehicles should help, among other things, to improve traffic flow in cities and increase safety on the roads, Daimler shares.

Behind the cooperation with Boch is the idea of a robot

A “series-ready system for driverless cars in public urban road traffic”: Daimler and Bosch want to bring this together to the market by the beginning of the coming decade.

Originally in 2030, everything was going to be much quicker: Daimler and Bosch wanted to develop the self-propelled car for urban traffic by the beginning of the coming decade, i.e. in about five years.

Together, the Stuttgart-based car mechanic and the world’s largest supplier want to develop software and algorithms for an autonomous driving system that makes the fully automated (SAE-Level 4) and driverless (SAE-Level 5) driving possible. The vehicles should help, among other things, to improve traffic flow in cities and increase safety on the roads, Daimler shares.

Behind the cooperation with Boch is the idea of a robot taxis. In certain city areas, users should be able to order self-employed car-sharing cars via a smartphone app, which brings them to the goal, while they can devote themselves to other things.

The vehicle comes to the driver, not the driver to the vehicle,” Daimler summarizes. Corresponding business models are to be implemented until 2025.

It was only recently that Bosch presented its self-learning auto computer for autonomous vehicles. Over the next four years, the company plans to invest 300 million euros in AI research. The core of the so-called “brain for self-propelled cars” is a chipset from Nvidia. The graphics card manufacturer is currently positioning itself as a partner to the auto industry.

It includes regulations for fully automated driving, but not for the autonomous operation of cars, which may start off completely without a steering wheel or the attention of the occupants.

IBM’s Watson Can Detect Heart Disease

Even the best human physicians are not immune from occasional misdiagnoses. Artificial intelligence could, therefore, play an essential role in the field of diagnostics in the future. The KI Watson, developed by IBM, has now received a new feature that enables it to detect heart diseases at an early stage.

Watson was able to prove its skills in the field of medical at the beginning of the past. While physicians for months were not able to find the cause of the symptoms of a patient, Watson gave the explanation in just ten minutes.

The AI compared the present case with the disease images from millions of studies and diagnosed leukemia in this way. Now Watson not only browses through records but also can help investigate even X-rays and ultrasound images.

The feature that allows Watson to diagnose diagnostic images better and faster th

Even the best human physicians are not immune from occasional misdiagnoses. Artificial intelligence could, therefore, play an essential role in the field of diagnostics in the future. The KI Watson, developed by IBM, has now received a new feature that enables it to detect heart diseases at an early stage.

Watson was able to prove its skills in the field of medical at the beginning of the past. While physicians for months were not able to find the cause of the symptoms of a patient, Watson gave the explanation in just ten minutes.

The AI compared the present case with the disease images from millions of studies and diagnosed leukemia in this way. Now Watson not only browses through records but also can help investigate even X-rays and ultrasound images.

The feature that allows Watson to diagnose diagnostic images better and faster than a medical practitioner from flesh and blood is especially useful in heart disease. The term aortic stenosis is used to summarize diseases which lead to a narrowing of the excitatory tract of the left ventricular chamber. This disorder is extremely difficult to diagnose, as the cardiac specialist Jaime Murillo confirms to Mashable. Here, an AI could actually save lives.

If you have an ultrasound scan, the quality of the treatment depends on how good the technology is, the extent to which there are deviations, and how different medical professionals interpret the images.

With Watson, one can see a standardization and increased accuracy of the diagnoses that lead to a better treatment of the patients. Now the artificial intelligence has to prove that they meet the high expectations and offer a real medical value.

In Chile, Solar Power Plants Are to Supply Electricity Around the Clock

The significant disadvantage of solar systems is their dependence on daylight. In Chile, solar power plants are to be built, which still provide electricity at night or in bad weather.

In addition to wind and hydropower, solar energy is the great hope for climate-friendly electricity production. Particularly in warm regions with high solar radiation the potential is enormous.

However, a crucial weak point in the sun-dependent electricity production has been the fact that less or no electricity can be produced at night and in bad weather. The exclusive supply of a region with solar power is therefore difficult.

The US company SolarReserve has now solved this problem: In Chile, three solar thermal power plants are to be built wh

The significant disadvantage of solar systems is their dependence on daylight. In Chile, solar power plants are to be built, which still provide electricity at night or in bad weather.

In addition to wind and hydropower, solar energy is the great hope for climate-friendly electricity production. Particularly in warm regions with high solar radiation the potential is enormous.

However, a crucial weak point in the sun-dependent electricity production has been the fact that less or no electricity can be produced at night and in bad weather. The exclusive supply of a region with solar power is therefore difficult.

The US company SolarReserve has now solved this problem: In Chile, three solar thermal power plants are to be built which can supply electricity 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

This makes possible a storage solution in the form of a liquid salt solution. It should circulate during the day and heat up. At night, it is stored in tanks at a temperature of 566 degrees Celsius.

In the case of energy supplies, the hot salt water is heated. The resulting steam drives a turbine, which in turn produces electricity. Up to 5.8-gigawatt hours can be stored for 13 hours. The largest of the three planned plants in the Chilean province of Tamarugal is to be able to deliver 450 megawatts around the clock.

The installations consist of up to three solar towers, surrounded by several thousand mirrors, which bundle the sunlight and return to the towers. In this way, the salt solution circulating therein is heated. A similar facility is under the name Ashalim Project is just in the Israeli desert. The 250-meter high Solturm tower is the highest of its kind.

The Chilean government has recently given the green light to the construction of two of the three facilities. The construction work for the Tamarugal power station and another in Copiapó can theoretically start according to the SolarReserve, but an approval for the third facility in Antofagasta is still pending. Until the new solar power plants actually deliver energy, however, it could still take quite a while.

First, SolarReserve needs to find customers for solar power. Contracts with potential buyers are to be signed at a public auction in October. It is then necessary to attract investors for the construction of the facilities.

The implementation of the Solar Power Plants in Tamarugal alone will cost 2.6 billion dollars. If all negotiations are proceeding as planned, construction work is scheduled to start at the end of 2018.

The principle used by SolarReserve is not new. In Arizona and Las Vegas, similar plants are used, which also store energy in the form of heated salt. However, both power plants use an additional transfer liquid in the form of oil to heat the salt.

SolarReserve is the first company to heat the salt directly. The company has already implemented and commissioned a first small plant in Nevada with promising results.

The power plant produces more electricity than expected; the yield is 105 percent of the contractually secured electricity. Other comparable facilities are lagging behind their set goals.

The goal for projects in Chile is to be able to compete directly with coal and nuclear power plants. The plants should work for 30 years without having to resort to fossil fuels or to have to exchange the liquid salt.

SolarReserve can also be used as a fertilizer. The company wants to restore the environment with its power plants as little as possible. To do this, work with local communities is carrying out extensive studies before construction. The selection of the sites and the use of water-saving technology are also taken into account during planning.

The introduction of 24-hour solar power plants could be a major step in the spread of renewable energies. In any case, it is another sign of global efforts to make electricity production climate friendly.

Europe is also on a right path in this regard. In the North Sea, for example, an artificial island for electricity generation by wind power is to be created, which would supply electricity to several surrounding countries.

The World’s First Hydrogen Train is Being Tested in Germany

The world’s first hydrogen train is currently being tested in Salzgitter, the Coradia iLint. 2018 the first journeys with passengers are to follow.

The world’s first hydrogen train has completed its maiden voyage on a test track in Salzgitter. The CO2-free Coradia iLint was developed by the French rail vehicle manufacturer Alstom and reaches speeds of 80 to 140 km/h.

The ride was the first of a four-week trial to test the stability of the power supply system and the electrical braking system. The year 2018 will be the first tests with passengers in Germany.

According to Alstom, the Coradia iLint is the first low-floor passenger train powered by hydrogen-oxygen fuel cells. Oxygen atoms react with hydrogen atoms and generate electrical energy. Even cars like the Toyota Mirai use the technology, but they ha

The world’s first hydrogen train is currently being tested in Salzgitter, the Coradia iLint. 2018 the first journeys with passengers are to follow.

The world’s first hydrogen train has completed its maiden voyage on a test track in Salzgitter. The CO2-free Coradia iLint was developed by the French rail vehicle manufacturer Alstom and reaches speeds of 80 to 140 km/h.

The ride was the first of a four-week trial to test the stability of the power supply system and the electrical braking system. The year 2018 will be the first tests with passengers in Germany.

According to Alstom, the Coradia iLint is the first low-floor passenger train powered by hydrogen-oxygen fuel cells. Oxygen atoms react with hydrogen atoms and generate electrical energy. Even cars like the Toyota Mirai use the technology, but they have not yet established themselves on the market.

According to the US Energy Information Administration, this type of energy generation is “two to three times more efficient than an internal combustion engine” with petrol. In addition, the hydrogen drive does not emit any pollutants but only water vapor and condensation water.

On the test track in Salzgitter, there is an own hydrogen filling station where the gas is pumped into the pressure tank of the Coradia iLint. The hydrogen used in this process is actually a by-product of an industrial process and is used as a waste product in a meaningful way. Thus the Coradia iLint is an excellent alternative to the diesel train.

On a second test track in the Czech Republic, the train is accelerated to its maximum speed of 140 km/h. Previously, all electrical and pneumatic functions were checked and confirmed at a standstill.

This test drive is an important milestone for environmental protection and technical innovation. Today, this new drive system, which has so far been tested successfully on the trial bench, is a decisive step for clean mobility in Europe.

If all tests are successful, next year the train will start its trial with passengers on the route Buxtehude-Bremervörde-Bremerhaven-Cuxhaven. In 2021, the Coradia iLint is also to be used in Great Britain.

However, the mammoth task has to be tackled first, to ensure a nationwide hydrogen supply. So far, there are only eight hydrogen filling stations for cars all over the UK.

In Germany, there were already 21 stations in mid-2016, until 2023 the number will be increased to 400 increase. The British government also wants all cars to be driven without emissions by 2050, with the aim of expanding hydrogen filling stations in particular.

How Hackers Can Get to Your PIN Using Smartphone Sensors

In a typical smartphone, there are about 25 sensors, often only a few millimeters in size, which make it a kind of digital Swiss pocket knife.

Magnetometer and Accelerometer make the device a compass, the barometer tells the fitness app how many levels you have already climbed, the brightness sensor automatically controls the display light, and the gyroscope registers rotations, such as rotating the screen or controlling games.

Researchers from Newcastle University have now shown that it is theoretically possible to conclude from some of these sensory data on information that should remain secret. From the motion data of the gyroscope, they were able to derive a four-digit PIN code with 70% probability in the first experiment. In the fifth trial, the hit rate was even 100 percent.

According to the researchers, the smartphone manufacturers are aware of this security risk. A solution or even the will to sacrifice user friendliness in favor of security, they would not have. In a

In a typical smartphone, there are about 25 sensors, often only a few millimeters in size, which make it a kind of digital Swiss pocket knife.

Magnetometer and Accelerometer make the device a compass, the barometer tells the fitness app how many levels you have already climbed, the brightness sensor automatically controls the display light, and the gyroscope registers rotations, such as rotating the screen or controlling games.

Researchers from Newcastle University have now shown that it is theoretically possible to conclude from some of these sensory data on information that should remain secret. From the motion data of the gyroscope, they were able to derive a four-digit PIN code with 70% probability in the first experiment. In the fifth trial, the hit rate was even 100 percent.

According to the researchers, the smartphone manufacturers are aware of this security risk. A solution or even the will to sacrifice user friendliness in favor of security, they would not have. In a press release, Maryam Mehrnezhad, the author of the study in the International Journal of Information Security, writes: “Because apps and websites do not need permission to access most of the sensors, malicious programs can” spy “the sensor data Sensitive information such as telephone times, physical and tactile activities such as PIN and passwords.

Hackers can easily misuse just the gyroscope that measures the rotations. The sensor is one of those, for whose use many apps do not have to ask as with Camera or GPS after permission. Every tap, every squeezing and pushing movement, every tilt of the phone leaves a unique pattern that can be interpreted.

Siamak Shahandashti, the co-author of the study, explains the danger: “It’s a bit like a puzzle, the more parts you put together, the better you can see the whole picture.” Each sensor contributes to the puzzle Of personal information is always better to recognize. “Personal fitness gadgets that transfer the movements of the wrist to an online profile are a whole new threat,” adds the scientist.

The researchers from Newcastle were able to show during the course of their study that a website or app, which activates sensors secretly, can grab data in some browsers as long as the tab remains open in the background – in some cases, even when the smartphone is in the blocked state.

Who then, for example, enters his online banking PIN, by his movements indirectly reveals the combination of numbers. “People are much more worried about the data of the camera or the GPS, the quiet sensors are usually underestimated,” says Mehrnezhad.

As early as 2011, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology demonstrated that the acceleration sensor or the microphone of an iPhone could translate keyboard strokes into actual words. For this, the smartphone had only to lie on the desk next to the desktop PC. And Stanford researchers were able to convert the motion sensor into a microphone in 2014 to listen to conversations.

To close security gaps like this, the researchers at Newcastle University also want to work with the industry. Until a solution comes in, users should be able to master security monitoring: keep the operating system up-to-date, change passwords regularly, close tabs, and download apps only from trustworthy sources.

The First Test Track of Hyperloop One is Ready

Hyperloop One has completed its first closed-end test track, the DevLoop, in the desert near Las Vegas, Nevada. As a result, the development of the high-speed transport system in vacuum boilers will move into the next phase.

At the same time, the company announced the next steps of the design contest Hyperloop Global Challenge in the USA, where the first possible routes will be explored.

As the company is writing a press release, the DevLoop is now fully assembled and thus the first test track with the length of 500 meters, on which future prototypes of capsules can be used.

This allows the development of the magnetically floating rail vehicles to be advanced in the desert at Las Vegas – after an initial test of the outdoor engine systems last year, an important next step.

The routes proposed for the US in the course of the Hyperloop Global Challenge in

Hyperloop One has completed its first closed-end test track, the DevLoop, in the desert near Las Vegas, Nevada. As a result, the development of the high-speed transport system in vacuum boilers will move into the next phase.

At the same time, the company announced the next steps of the design contest Hyperloop Global Challenge in the USA, where the first possible routes will be explored.

As the company is writing a press release, the DevLoop is now fully assembled and thus the first test track with the length of 500 meters, on which future prototypes of capsules can be used.

This allows the development of the magnetically floating rail vehicles to be advanced in the desert at Las Vegas – after an initial test of the outdoor engine systems last year, an important next step.

The routes proposed for the US in the course of the Hyperloop Global Challenge involve not only teams of planners, but sometimes even employees of state traffic authorities.

The longest would have a distance of 1152 miles from Cheyenne to Houston and would shorten transport times of 17 hours on the road to about an hour and 45 minutes. Until the time comes, however, it is likely that this will continue for years to decades – if the concept proves to be viable and economic at all.

The announcement of the test track construction in January is now underway as planned. The concept of super-rapid magnetic levitation paths in vacuum tubes has met with more and more resonance since the kickoff of Elon Musk in 2013 worldwide.

Even Lufthansa and DB are showing interest in the possibility of people and goods to bring faster and cheaper than by plane from A to B. Especially on the middle course, a well-developed tube system would probably be far superior to all previous transport means.