i3 - March/April 2018 - 15

By Mark Chisholm

Tech

I N T E R N AT I O N A L FO C US

GERMANY
UBER LOOKS
TO MAKE
A FRESH START
IN GERMANY

Germany to
Consider
Cryptocurrency
Regulation

Top, left to right: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images, Peter Hermes Furian/Alamy, Andrei Bortnikau/Alamy, HERA FOOD/Alamy.

Putting past legal troubles in the
rear-view mirror, Uber CEO Dara
Khosrowshahi has said that the
company is focusing on "responsible
growth" in Germany going forward.
Uber, who has previously encountered
legal battles with taxi associations
and regulators in the country, is looking at Germany as a "total reset,"
Khosrowshahi said. Uber currently
offers its service through licensed
taxi drivers in Germany.

German Researchers
Develop "Electronic Skin"
Researchers at the HelmholtzZentrum Dresden-Rossendorf
research laboratory have developed
"electronic skin" that serves as
a new interface with electronic
devices. The e-skin not only tracks
health data such as muscle movement and heart rate, but also
transforms magnetic sensors into
control devices. In a range of examples, the e-skin functioned as a keypad for input or a dial to control
the intensity of a light source. The
researchers believe the e-skin could
have applications in robotics, medicine, navigation and other uses.

BMW MOVE SIGNALS
POSSIBLE CARSHARING
PARTNERSHIP

After the company bought out partner company
Sixt from the carsharing joint venture DriveNow,
some believe BMW may be poised to form a carsharing alliance with Daimler AG. By merging
DriveNow with Daimler's Car2Go, the two companies
would be better positioned to compete with companies like Uber and Lyft. BMW paid Sixt 209 million
euros for its stake in the joint venture.

Germany and France plan to make
a joint proposal on regulating
bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies
at a meeting of G20 countries
in Buenos Aires in March. The call
for regulation came shortly after
bitcoin's value fell below $10,000
for the first time since November,
and Chinese and South Korean
authorities cracked down on the
cryptocurrency. "We have a responsibility to our citizens to explain
the risks and reduce the risks
by regulations which are needed,"
said Peter Altmaier, chief of staff
of the German Chancellery and
Federal Minister for Special Affairs.
The plans follow calls for regulation
from a German central bank
official, stressing the need for international cooperation. "Effective
regulation of virtual currencies
would therefore only be achievable
through the greatest possible
international cooperation, because
the regulatory power of nation
states is obviously limited," said
Deutsche Bundesbank director
Joachim Wuermeling.

Air Taxi Makes First Passenger
Flight in Germany
German aviation startup Volocopter has taken its first passenger flight in
Germany. The electric "multicopter" featuring 18 rotors, is described by
Volocopter CEO Florian Reuter as an "autonomous air taxi." The multicopter made the flight in an exhibition hall in December. Volocopter secured
a provisional license for flight from the German aviation authority in 2016.
Recently, the Volocopter VC200 prototype made its maiden U.S. flight
onstage during the Intel keynote at CES 2018, after Intel CEO Brian
Krzanich announced a partnership with Volocopter.
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