Siemens is supporting African e-mobility startups
The Siemens Stiftung has awarded prize money of between 10,000 and 50,000 euros to five African social enterprises in its first competition in the field of electromobility. The money is intended to help the winners establish their products and services on the market.
VW launches ID.4 in China with drone spectacle
A few days ago, Volkswagen presented the ID.4 for the Chinese market and did not scrimp on spectacle: For the launch of the electric car in China, the carmaker staged a lavish light show with 2,000 illuminated drones as shown in the video below.
Elon Musk defends drone pilot on Twitter
A YouTuber complained that security at the Tesla construction site in Texas had forbidden him to take video footage with his drone. Musk responded that he thought his security staff were being “a bit overzealous” since he had given his okay for the recordings.
Battery research: high energy cells also suit aircraft
Tesla’s battery research partner Jeff Dahn from Dalhousie University provides an update on the new approach to cells with significantly higher energy density, which was presented last year. These should be suitable not only for cars, but also for electric aircraft and drones.
Waste not, want not
As pedestrian unhappiness about the onslaught of electric kick scooter fleets is mounting, Parisians have taken to throwing the scooters into the Seine to be rid of them. Now a startup called Guppy has emerged to retrieve the submerged scooters using magnets.
China: DHL launches drone delivery service
DHL Express and drone manufacturer EHang have entered into a strategic partnership to develop a fully automated drone delivery solution for China’s metropolitan areas. The cooperation has already started with a maiden flight at the EHang Command and Control Center in Guangzhou.
Drones to fill potholes
A research team at the University of Leeds is working on drones that can detect potholes. But rather than only hovering about, the little machines first scan the holes and then help 3d-print the fitting filling to fix it. Perceive and Patch, they call the principle.
Electric drone to shuttle passengers across London
British start-up Autonomous Flight is working on a drone capable of carrying commuters from central London to Heathrow airport in 12 min. The Y6S VTOL is set to take-off this year and the company is not alone in its ambition to take the last virgin airspace left.
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) inspired by Tesla has been put out there by designer Fraser Leid. So far, the Tesla Drone is only a vision but one that takes extra long range (60 min) and its own charging station (superbly fast and wireless) from its name sake. Ludicrous, is it not?!
autoevolution.com, behance.net (design)
Googled car map, drones.
Click tip: Top Speed issued a map showing the world’s most googled car brands per country. Tesla takes the top spot in Norway, but seems also the most sought after car in China. At least according to Google search, which is not the most widely used search engine there.
topspeed.com via gas2.org
Video tip: This home-made helicopter reutilises the rotors of 54 drones. Together they are strong enough to carry a man sitting on a sledge-like construction, with drones swarming all around him noisily.
youtube.com via telegraph.co.uk
Flying driving aid.
A drone following your car’s moves – sounds scary at first but is actually thought of as a safety feature by the Eye in the Sky team, which just won Toyota’s Silicon Valley App Design Competition. The drone is your live view from above and might be used for parking.