Senin, 20 November 2017

Uber makes a big move in driverless service. It's The Daily Crunch.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20 2017 By Darrell Etherington

Uber places a big order for a driverless fleet, China's biggest tech giant is now world-ranking, and Tesla gets more truck orders for a truck that isn't yet in production. All that and more in The Daily Crunch for November 20, 2017.

1. Uber orders 24,000 Volvo SUVs to make up its self-driving fleet

Uber is ordering around 24,000 XC90 SUVs from Volvo – the car it uses for its current autonomous test vehicle. The plan is to add additional redundant systems to these cars to make them ready to roll without driver, even as backup.

These orders will cover 2019 to 2021, and could go up or down depending on how plans proceed. But the bottom line is that Uber is getting ready to move in earnest on deploying its autonomous ride hailing fleet, just as Waymo seems serious about doing the same.

2. Tencent now valued at over $500 billion

Chinese tech giant Tencent is now in that rarefied club of tech companies that are valued at over $500 billion, joining Microsoft, Apple, Alphabet, Facebook and Amazon. It's a big milestone for a tech company originating in China, but it might not be long as the only Chinese company with that distinction – Alibaba is hot on its heels.

3. Loblaw places order for 25 Tesla electric Semis

Tesla's truck is doing well in the early offing – it's not yet in production, but already Walmart has ordered some, and now Canadian grocer Loblaw has ordered 25. These are relatively small orders, but they could lead to much bigger ones, as both retailers operate sizable fleets and have ambitions of reducing their carbon footprint.

4. Germany says no to smartwatches for kids

Germany has banned smartwatches aimed at children, owing to the potential that they could be used for unauthorized remote listening and other nefarious purposes.

5. Uber adds live location tracking

Uber has made it possible for riders to share their live location data with drivers temporarily during pickups to make it easier for them to actually get picked up at the right spot. This actually sounds great because it sucks to have a driver go past you or stop too early and then you have to track them down.

6. Apple served a warrant to get in Texas shooter's iPhone SE

In what's shaping up to be another showdown over privacy between the FBI and Apple, the law enforcement agency has issued a warrant to the tech giant requesting access to the iPhone SE of the Texas shooter. They issued a warrant, but apparently they didn't actually just ask Apple for technical assistance in accessing the device. Sounds like they could be angling to try to get a software backdoor tool once again.

7. Amazon's Philip K. Dick series is coming January 12

Do you need a new sci-fi anthology series? Everyone does. That's why it's good news that Amazon Prime Video's original Philip K. Dick anthology show is coming on January 12, with all episodes available to stream then.

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