#1 | Amazon led $575 million investment in Deliveroo
Amazon led a $575 million funding round in the food delivery app Deliveroo. Other investors such as Rowe Price, Fidelity Management and Research Company, and Greenoaks also took part in the Series G round that takes the total the London-based company has raised to date up to $1.53 billion. It’s not clear how Amazon plans to benefit from its newly formed strategic alliance with the thriving startup. Deliveroo currently operates in 14 countries, including major European markets such as UK, France, Germany, and Spain. It boasts partnerships with 80,000 restaurants and has 2,500 permanent employees.
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#2 | Huawei’s future hangs in the balance
Following the decision of the U.S. Commerce Department to prohibit American companies from selling parts and components to Huawei, the future of the Chinese tech conglomerate hangs in the balance. The company was unable to guarantee that its existing and future customers will receive Android software updates, and made broad statements about developing its own operating system. The U.S. government, in the meantime, has eased the restrictions allowing Huawei to purchase American-made goods to maintain existing networks for up to 90 days. It’s unclear what will happen afterward, but mobile operators across the world are already suspending orders for Huawei smartphones.
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#3 | U.S. Postal Service to test self-driving trucks
TThe U.S. Postal Service teamed up with San Diego-based startup TuSimple to test how self-driving trucks might improve delivery times and costs. TuSimple’s trucks will transport mail between USPS facilities in Phoenix and Dallas for two weeks, carrying out five 2,100 miles-long round trips. A safety driver and an engineer will sit in each vehicle. The companies hope that these tests will provide new insights and help speed up the development of autonomous trucks that are seen as a potential solution for a worsening driver shortage. Read more here: https://reut.rs/2VX15yq https://bloom.bg/2wmS5TT
#4 |AFord combines robots and autonomous cars for package delivery
Automaker Ford and the Oregon-based startup Agility Robotics are exploring how a two-legged robot and a self-driving car can work together to deliver packages. The robot they developed is called Digit and the idea is to place it into the back of an autonomous car. Once the vehicle reaches the destination, the robot unfolds itself, picks up the parcel, and drops it near the doorstep. The first proper trials are to begin in early 2020, and the system is still far from a full-scale delivery. Nonetheless, it demonstrates the potential that robots with legs, instead of wheels, have in the delivery industry.
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#5 | Alphabet plans to open smart city buildings in Toronto by 2024
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