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Start-up-Contest der Länder

Start-up-Contest der Länder

The House of Logistics and Mobility in Frankfurt brings together 14 great startups from all over Germany to showcase the innovative strength of German startups. We are super happy to represent Thuringia in this big competition. 

Go to: https://www.holm-startuptag.de/contest/voting to watch all the other great startups and vote for your personal winner. 

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Investor Days Thüringen 2021

Investor Days Thüringen 2021

Every Year the start-up community comes together and networks at the Investor Days Thüringen. This year was the first year that we used this opportunity to showcase our technology with other entrepreneurs, investors, and other interesting people.

The event was perfectly organized and had everything that you could wish for in a digital event. With our own booth, we had the chance to go into direct dialog with investors and supporters.

#IDT21 in numbers

500

Founders, investors, corporates and innovators

36

Start-ups and growth companies
on the pitch stage

165

VC-investors and business angels

Thanks to the https://www.stift-thueringen.de/nc/start.html# and https://www.bm-t.de/ for organizing this great event.

Wee see us next year @ https://investordays-thueringen.de/

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Behaviour economics of alcohol consumption in mobility industry

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Behaviour economics of alcohol consumption in mobility industry

Studies have suggested that alcohol drinking pattern can cause great disaster in terms of economics. In Germany for example, the severity of drink-drive crashes (expressed as fatalities per 1,000 injury crashes) is nearly twice as high as that of crashes in general. Unfortunately, almost none of the European countries systematically test all road users involved in crashes for alcohol. Therefore, alcohol related crashes are underreported in the official statistics of most European countries.

In Germany, in 2003, 6.8% of all crashes with personal injury were alcohol-related. Based on a sample in which the police were instructed to try to obtain breath samples from the driver responsible for causing the crash. Drink drivers not only kill themselves, but they also kill other road users (their passengers and/or the occupants of the vehicles and pedestrians they crash into Not only drink driving but also drink walking, drink riding and drink cycling cause fatalities.

When someone uses drugs and alcohol it can seriously impair the performance, productivity, and potentially even affect the safety of employees. To comply with legal requirements, protect staff and the public, and look after the general health and wellbeing of the workforce, drug and alcohol policies are becoming significantly more mainstay in the general industry. With 76 % of people who misuse substances thought to be in regular employment, businesses are faced with very real risks that can have a knock-on effect in terms of safety, health, and productivity. By investing in a robust workplace drug and alcohol policy, employers can reduce mounting costs and identify potential problems before they escalate.

Blood alcohol level (BAL) estimation is the most important parameter to determine the alcohol intoxication state of the driver. In order to enforce traffic laws, breath alcohol analyses (BrAL) have been used for approximately 70 years to determine blood alcohol level and level of drunkenness. However, the BrAL cannot be used by people suffering from asthmatics or persons with craniocerebral injuries. Many contagious airborne infections such as COVID-19, Influenza, Chickenpox, Mumps, Measles, Whooping cough, and Tuberculosis predominantly spread through particles or droplets from coughing and sneezing, so avoiding forceful exhales near others is important. Breathalyzers have already been recognized as a potential problem during the pandemic, with Calgary police officers suspending roadside breathalyzers testing for the time being.

At the University of Applied Sciences Jena Germany, a group of postdocs, students, and engineers formed a team called 4pilots which is determined to solve this problem. The team of 4pilots has been awarded kick start funding from the University of Applied Sciences Jena. Underlying innovation for this technology lies in the fact that there are significant changes in the body during alcohol metabolism by the liver. As a result of this, blood vessels expand and skin flushing appears in the face showing changes in eyes, ears, forehead, and other parts of the body including hands. By exploring these changes in combination with photonics and artificial intelligence, 4pilots try to distinguish between a sober and intoxicated/drunken person.

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Startuplab @EAH Jena

Startuplab @EAH Jena

On the 30th of June we finished our 6 Months REAHLIZE funding period at the Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule Jena. The EAH Jena offered us funding and mentoring to support the first crucial steps of our start-up. Within these six months we were able to finish our proof-of-concept prototype and come up with design of our brand-new driver monitoring system. It has been a great experience working with the team at the EAH and see how much is done to help young entrepreneurs.

We are really thankful for this opportunity and we are looking forward to continuing our relationship with the EAH Jena.

REAHLIZE funding

REAHLIZE is a funding program of the Ernst Abbe University Jena as part of the “StartUp @ EAH” project, which is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The aim of REAHLIZE is to support individuals or teams who want to develop a prototype or a proof-of-concept for an innovative idea in the pre-foundation phase. People interested in founding a company receive financial support of up to 7,500 euros. The funds can be used for material resources or consulting services within a maximum period of six months after the funding approval. In addition, the sponsored people have access to high-quality infrastructure and individual advice.

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Jena - a city full of innovation

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Emotional Driving

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Emotional Driving

Emotions can impair cognition and decision making skills. Stress can cause us to become very upset, sleep poorly, and eat unhealthily. While driving it can cause severe distraction, inattentiveness and rage driving. It can be especially problematic when drivers have to manage busy, hectic schedules etc.

Distracted driving from strong emotions can cause drivers to:

  • –  Drift into another lane or onto the road shoulder

  • –  Miss a red light or a stop sign

  • –  Rear-end or side-swipe another car

  • –  Strike a pedestrian

  • –  Speed through a school or construction zone

  • –  Fail to properly use mirrors in crowded areas, such as parking lots

    If the driver is feeling really upset, even the smallest thing (like being cut off or held up by a slow driver) could make him even more upset and cause him to do something rash, like participating in road rage. If caught in this act, which is a criminal offense, it could lead to court appearances, high fines, and jail time ― worse yet, it could lead to serious injury or even death.

    4Pilots gives every driver a smart co-driver that knows exactly in which situation the driver needs a reminder to calm down, needs to take a break or just a little feedback on his driving behaviour. Our emotion recognition system is computer vision based. It uses Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) to classify the emotion into two classes: neutral and stressed. The neutral class consists of minimal risk emotion, say normal condition.The stressed class includes high risk emotions like anger, sadness, disgust, surprise etc. which can impair cognition and decision making skills. So, when the driver is identified as stressed, it will alert the driver in the most efficient way.

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Set up : Jena – Gründungs- und Innovationstag 2021

Set up : Jena – Gründungs- und Innovationstag 2021

The Set up: Jena – Gründungs- und Innovationstag 2021, was a great event that helped us connect further with start-up space in Jena. Together with 4 other entrepreneurs we got the chance to film a Pitch-Video presenting our start-up.

Jena - a city full of innovation

Jena is a city of innovation, doesn’t mater if its in the field of medicine, life-science, culture or automotive. It is always great to see how many people come out to support our journey. The environment here in Jena has been supportive and the academic interest in entrepreneurship is growing continuously.

Thanks to https://www.nucleus-jena.de/ for organizing this great event. We are more than happy to work with you in the future.

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Best of Seed Award 2021

Best of Seed Award 2021

Best of Seed Award 2021

On the 22nd of April we had the chance to take part in the Launchday of HHL Digital Space in Leipzig. Together with two other start-ups we got selected for the best of seed award Mitteldeutschland. The event gave us the great chance to pitch our start-up in front of a live jury and more than 100 people on the livestream for the first time.

HHL Digital Space is a great incubator that helps tech entrepreneurs with developing their ideas and launching their first product. We had the chance to get to know all the great entrepreneurs from their 2nd batch and meet the expert jury consisting of Constanze Buchheim, Founder and Managing Partner at i-potentials, Lukas C. C. Hempel, Founder and Managing Director at bookingkit and HHL’s Dean Prof. Dr. Stephan Stubner.

Check out https://www.hhl-digital.space/ to see their great program and all the interesting start-ups that they support.

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Drunk driving and loopholes in insurance claims

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Drunk driving and loopholes in insurance claims

Germany has a per capita of 12.87 L of pure alcohol consumption in adults. Alcohol-related hazards in Germany are under-reported. Insurance companies retain the right to refuse payment on any insurance claim involving an accident on a German highway however there are loopholes in the system.

Alcohol level permissible in Germany

The amount of alcohol a driver can have in their system while driving differs depending on the situation. Similarly, the penalty also differs. In Germany, A driver who is caught with 1.1 mg/ml or higher commits a criminal offense and is taken to court. For young people, there are a different set of rules compared to adult driver rules. For young drivers such as those under the age of 21 and new drivers, those with their license for 2 years or under the level should have an alcohol limit of 0.0 mg per 100 ml of blood. https://www.bussgeldkatalog.org/german-driving-laws/#drunk_driving_and_drug_driving

The penalty in Germany for drunk driving

Violating the 0% blood alcohol as a new driver can be fined 250 € but will not result in a driving ban. You will also receive one penalty point at the national driver’s register. Exceeding a blood alcohol level of 0.5 % can result in a 500 € fine and a 1-month driving ban as well as 2 penalty points at the driver’s register. The size of the fine, as well as the length of the driving ban, will increase up to 1500 € and 3 months if you are a repeat offender. Exceeding a blood alcohol level of 1.1 ‰ means that you may face more serious consequences because you leave the world of administrative offenses. You may be prosecuted for it which will usually lead to a fine based on your income (often settled beforehand without ever entering a courtroom) or under severe circumstances to a prison sentence of up to 1 year. You will also receive three penalty points in the national driver’s register and a significant driving ban. Its length will depend on the extent of the transgression.

Karlsruhe case study: A loophole in Insurance claims

The Federal Court of Karlsruhe in 2011 ruled on a case in which a 22-year-old man smashed his own car into a lamppost on the way home from a rock concert. More than an hour after the crash he was measured as having 0.27 percent alcohol in his blood, enabling his insurer to refuse to pay the €6,400 damage to his car. The Federal Court acknowledged that there may have been a point earlier in the evening when the driver should have made a decision about whether to continue drinking and then drive. Because this had not been considered in the previous hearings, the Federal Court referred the case back to the Higher Regional Court in Dresden. https://www.thelocal.de/20110623/35835

One shop solution for drunk driving

At 4Pilots we are developing an imaging system that can detect alcohol. This is an easy integrable retrofit system for automobiles. Insurance companies can adopt this system and to discriminate if the driver is sober or intoxicated. Our technology provides the insurance company an opportunity to access the driver intoxication remotely. The current method of blood alcohol detection or breath alcohol detection needs a third person’s involvement also possesses the danger of exhaled air. Our method is non-invasive and insurance companies can detect real-time information on level alcohol in toxicity.

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