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The top 5 Car Tech startups in the UK

The trend of autonomous cars in recent years began to increase, the research area for the development of driverless car technology is increasingly attractive. Innovation and technology in the automotive sector are increasingly emerging and the range of research is widespread. Even the giant technology companies are starting to look to develop this future car technology. Some of them come from Google with Google Cars, Tesla with its flagship product Tesla Model S.

The Alcraft GT An autonomous car manufactured by Alcraft Motor Company
The Alcraft GT An autonomous car manufactured by Alcraft Motor Company

But this time we do not review autonomous car products coming from USA like Google or Autonomous Tesla Car. The reviews we made were automotive car startups from the UK in “The Top 5 Car Startups in the UK”

Some of our selected startups are members of the automotive technology development group that is under the umbrella of cooperation with Tech London Advocates (TLA). The group was founded by David Murray-Hundley in 2017 who is a businessman in many economic sectors.

Here’s a row of top 5 car tech startups in the UK

1. Whipgo

Whipgo is a platform that bridges car rental services ranging from small cars, vans, saloons to super cars from UK-based local vehicle rental companies to the community without the hassle of lease agreements and documents.

Startup Whipgo centered near Old Street in London, which was established in 2016 has a mission to facilitate the rental of vehicles and build a community. You can rent vehicles with no hassle. A process which can take you half a day will take you seconds.

2. Wagonex

Wagonex was founded by Toby Kernon in 2017, Toby is someone who has background jobs in the financial sector. The establishment of start-up Wagonex is backed by the desire to own a car and no longer want to own it. It is based on the idea that owning a car with a long-term commitment will drain your bag and depreciation costs for vehicles in the second year will increase.

Wagonex idea is that you no longer need to be burdened to have a vehicle with an expensive price. Simply subscribe with Wagonex to use the vehicle rental service, the fees you incur include car rental services and service charges except fuel costs.

3. BARO Vehicles

BARO Vehicles is a manufacturing company that is developing autonomous cars. Vehicle products that are already available in the market is the Compact Car named “Baro One”. This vehicle is operated in private spaces such as university campuses, business parks and golf courses. Using sophisticated engineering, BARO ONE offers unprecedented levels of technology, comfort and design.

Baro vehicles were established in 2015 and is headquartered at Horiba-Mira Technology Park in the UK. The barrio Vehicles’ vision is to create and produce intelligent robots to transport people and goods. In addition Baro Vehicles also want the creation of a more secure means of transportation, it is because the number of deaths on the road users occurred more due to human error.

Thus, it is hoped that Self Driven Cars can reduce these problems in addition to creating a more comfortable driving experience and can increase productivity levels for the drivers themselves. In the end, compact and autonomous cars can contribute to solving congestion problems in big cities.

4. VEHICLE REDESIGN COMPANY (VRCO)

VRCO In collaboration with the Institute for Innovation and Sustainable Engineering, Derby University is currently developing NeoXcraft. This futuristic car can later have the ability like a regular car and at the same time has a function like a drone plane. Thus the future technology to combine the functions of land and air vehicles can take place as a whole.

Quoted from the official VRCO website, the company has now received financial assistance from research funding provided under the European Regional Development Fund, accessed through the LEP Low Carbon fund D2N2 provision to develop NeoXcraft.

NeoXcraft has a vehicle concept that can accommodate up to 2 people or weighs 180 kgs and is capable of running at speeds of 180 knots, 210mph, 333kpj. Under the condition of 100% battery can travel for 60 minutes duration and has features such as charging fast charging feature on your latest smartphone. Not to mention the safety features of an air parachute system were pinned on this autonomous VRCO car. If you are interested NeoXcraft stored in your home, please go here, maybe you become one of the first lucky to get it.

5. Alcraft Motor Company

Alcraft Motor Company is an automotive start-up founded by David Alcraft and based in the Silverstone innovation center cluster.

David Alcraft has a background as a pharmacist and qualified as a chemistry engineer, before entering the automotive business David has served as CEO of several pharmaceutical, medical and healthcare companies.

Looking at the history of David certainly the field of health and pharmacy is very much different from the automotive industry and even electric vehicle technology. But David Alcraft’s passion for vintage and classic cars has encouraged him to set up Alcraft Motor Company.

Alcraft Motor Company in cooperation with Delta Motorsport Engineering Team is making their first futuristic car project named “The Alcraft GT”. Delta Motorsport is known for their expertise in high-performance electric cars and is a key partner in the EV program of one of the world’s premier premium groups.

The Alcraft GT is fully developed using power supply from an electric battery and can travel up to 300 miles and developed with 2 front and rear seat seats.

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Everything you need to know from Whatsapp

All the Features you should know on whatsapp
Everything you need to know from Whatsapp

While holding the title as the world’s largest instant messaging service, with more than 1.2 billion users, WhatsApp does not stop innovating.

Throughout the year 2017 alone, the company owned by Facebook has released more than 10 new features for its application in various platforms.

Here’s the list, as summarized KompasTekno from Gizbot, Sunday (24/12/2017). Have you tried everything?

1. Delete the error message
Long wait, the incorrect message deletion feature finally arrives at WhatsApp in October 2017. The form is the “delete for everyone” option for messages that appear when the user clicks the trash can icon at the top of the app window.
The deleted message will then be replaced with the words “this message was deleted”, to inform the recipient that the message was sent but then deleted.

2. Track the location of friends
The “share loc” feature for location sharing is further developed through the presence of a new option called “Live Location” that can be used to monitor the location of friends in real time, for example when awaiting arrival when the appointment.

This location sharing duration can be set from 15 minutes to hours, depending on need. How to access it, click the attachment button (column paper clip) in the message writing field, and select “Share Live Location”.

3. Two-step verification
Security aspect did not escape the attention of WhatsApp. In February 2017, this instant service began implementing an optional two-step verification scheme for users.
The first verification is done by sending the code via SMS or phone as before. The second verification is a user-created 6-digit passcode, and must be entered each time you register the phone number as WhatsApp contact again.

Status Snapchat
Like Instagram Stories that mimics Snapchat, WhatsApp also presents the “Status” feature in the form of short photos and videos that can be displayed for friends to see. The short photo or video will then disappear after 24 hours.
Then, in mid-2017, WhatsApp again added a new status text feature with a colored rear screen. This one feature is picked from social networking Facebook.

5. WhatsApp for Business
As part of its revenue-generating efforts, WhatsApp deploys business features for business people. The form of various customer service services that can be done through WhatsApp.

For example, for an airline KLM that is the first customer of WhatsApp for Business, a passenger can confirm booking, get a check in notification, get boarding pass, and update flight status from WhatsApp.

6. GIF animation support
In addition to photos and videos, as early as 2017, WhatsApp gets additional support for short animations in GIF format. Various GIF animations are available through the search field available next to the emoji tab and can be sent to the other person.
This feature actually exists in WhatsApp for iOS by the end of 2016, then following it on Android at the beginning of 2017.
In addition, WhatsApp also increases the amount of media (such as photos) to be shared, from being limited to 10 pieces once sent, but then upgraded to 30 pieces.

7. Delivery of documents of all formats
By 2016, WhatsApp supports document submissions in PDF format. In mid-2017, document format support expanded to include APK, ZIP, DOC, XLS, TXT, and more.
According to the WhatsApp website, the document delivery feature supports up to 100 MB file size. But there are also reports that iPhone users can send documents up to 120 MB.

8. Grouping photos in an album
Before the arrival of this one feature, photos sent via WhatsApp will be displayed one by one, so it can be inconvenient to the recipient when sent in large quantities. As of June 2017, WhatsApp automatically categorizes the photos sent into an album so that it’s more concise.
In the same update, WhatsApp also adds color filters named “Pop”, “Black and White”, “Cool”, “Chrome”, and a variety of film filters that can be applied in photos and video recordings of users.

9. Playback of YouTube videos from within the app
When a user wants to open a friend’s YouTube YouTube video, WhatsApp will usually open the YouTube app to play the video separately.

The captions limit is deprecated at the end of November, while adding YouTube in-app playback support for its app on the iOS platform.
YouTube videos can now be played directly in the WhatsApp app in a small picture (picture in picture) and can still be viewed even if the user switches the chat to someone else. Not yet known when this feature will be present for applications WhatsApp Android version.