On a weekly basis we’ll highlight 4 articles that caught our attention while doing our research. We’ll show you key events or trends in the digital world that you shouldn’t have missed this week. All articles were gathered and processed in our Trendbase tool.
Origami window blind generates solar energy
Solgami is an origami window blind that ensures privacy, while also generating solar energy.
The blinds consist of a flat, printable geometry that is folded in three dimensions. The blinds combine thin film solar cells and reflective, conductive inks, printed on a transparent polymer substrate. Once printed, it is folded in a concertina shape.
Solgami replaces normal window blinds. They can be used open, closed or somewhere in between.
BMW and Daimler will spend over $1 billion on the future of transportation
BMW and Daimler, two giants in the automobile sector, are pooling their resources in a joint mobility effort that spans autonomous cars, ride-hailing, electric scooters, car-sharing, and electric car charging. The two companies announced on Friday that their intention is to spend $1.13 billion on the venture, an eye-popping sum designed to make the rest of the industry sit up and take notice.
The move comes amid widespread uncertainty in the auto industry, with declining sales and an ongoing trade war threatening to upend the business. Against this backdrop, automakers are embracing new business models and alternatives to personal car ownership as well as disruptive technologies like self-driving cars.
Alibaba sends two express trains a week to its Liège hub
Last Saturday, the first ‘Alibaba express train’ has left the Chinese city of Zhengzhou with destination Liège (Belgium). A 8.000 kilometre journey the train will make twice a week to transport parcels. The project should save 30% of logistic costs for less urgent e-commerce products.
Chinese internet giant, Alibaba, confirmed in November last year Liège (Belgium) will become its first European hub. Liège was chosen together with Hong Kong, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and Moskou as one of the bridgeheads in the 13 billion euro worldwide network of Cainiao, the logistic daughter of Alibaba.
Uber to launch shared e-bikes in Brussels
Uber is probably going to introduce its Jump bicycle sharing in Brussels before the summer / Jump American mobility giant, Uber, is planning to launch its Jump bike sharing in Brussels. This is apparent from a number of vacancies on the company’s job site. Uber, known from the taxi app, is looking for candidates who will manage the launch of Jump in the Belgian capital.
Jump will have to compete with the Villo bikes, which are parked in fixed stations and which will introduce electric bikes from this summer, and the Billy Bikes. The Asian players, such as oBike and GoBee.Bike, are no longer active on the market.
All trends were gathered and processed in Trendbase. Trendbase is a tool that helps you to gather and categorize industry trends, identify those trends and add context to them and to share that knowledge within your organization to inspire and educate people.
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