August 9 – 5 Key Stories From The Digital World

By August 8, 2019 Insight

1. Postmates will test delivery robots on San Francisco sidewalks

  • San Franciscans might soon see Postmates’ cute delivery robot rolling down their sidewalks…delivery service has secured what could be the first permit allowing sidewalk robotics operations in the city
  • Postmates introduced the big-eyed, Wall-E-like Serve in December, revealing its plans to send the robot with your orders to your homes and offices
  • You’ll be able to unlock its compartment — it can carry up to 50 pounds of goods and for up to 30 miles on a single charge — using your phone or a code the service gives you

2. Ecommerce as Video’s Killer App

  • virality of campaigns like Chiptole’s lid flip challenge (250M+ views) show the power of “user-generated commercials” that people actually want to watch
  • Small- and medium-sized businesses are using short videos as next-generation advertisements…strategy merchants in China use is to tell the story of a product’s origin
  • On TikTok competitor Kwai, 10% of livestreamers have already started to sell goods on-platform, and one popular vertical that’s emerged is fruit ecommerce

3.  Amazon’s AWS will help health researchers diagnose patients and monitor disease

  • idea is to combine their vast amounts of health data in an effort to come up with better ways of treating patients
  • believe that machine learning can significantly accelerate the progress of medical research and help translate those advances into treatments and improved experiences for patients
  • Amazon has been increasingly pushing its way into public health, most notably with the formation of Haven, a consortium between itself, JPMorgan, and Berkshire Hathaway to experiment with healthcare systems

4. Drones swoop into the Congo to strengthen the country’s vaccine supply chain

  • In a little over two days, the drones delivered three months’ worth of vaccine supplies to three health clinics…On the return trips, they hauled reports and lab samples for measles and yellow fever
  • One test flight reduced a 6-hour round trip delivery to 20 minutes…first week, the fleet of two drones has logged more than 300 miles daily
  • Amazon is nearing the official debut of its all-electric Prime Air drone, which will deliver packages under 5 pounds in record time

5. Daimler, Commerzbank pilot blockchain digital cash for machine payments

  • Daimler Truck ID and Truck Wallet are still in the prototype phase…Truck ID means that the truck can identify itself to other machines, enabling autonomous machine-to-machine transactions
  • Daimler envisages numerous potential applications…include processing tolls, transmitting freight papers, potentially controlling and billing subcontractor drivers, and processing pay-per-use vehicle leasing
  • The Blockchain Factory of Daimler Financial Services has also developed a Daimler Car Wallet for using in ride-sharing and car-sharing