June 7 – 5 Key Stories From The Digital World

By June 7, 2019 Insight

1. Uber Copter offers on-demand JFK helicopter service for top-tier users

  • adding regular helicopter air service to the heaviest users of its platform with Uber Copter
  • will provide on-demand transportation from Lower Manhattan to JFK airport for, on average, between $200 and $225 per person, which includes car service to and from the helipad at each end
  • Pick-up is at a small city heliport located near the Staten Island Ferry terminal, and then at Kennedy you get a ride from the helicopter landing area to whichever terminal from which you’re departing

2. Facial Recognition Is Already Here: These Are The 30+ US Companies Testing The Technology

  • Ford and Intel have teamed up on a project called Project Mobil, in which a dashboard camera uses facial recognition to identify the primary driver of a vehicle or other authorized drivers, such as family members
  • Covergirl is using facial recognition in its Custom Blend App to help customers find foundation shades that complement their skin tones
  • ExxonMobil partnered with WEX to launch DriverDash, a fuel payment app for fleet drivers that allows the use of facial recognition to authorize and document transactions

3. How do Amazon Go stores work?

  • in order for us to generate accurate receipts, we needed to keep track of the interactions that you have with the products and associate those interactions to the nearest customer account
  • company instead generated fake errors—footage of fake, animated people picking products within the store; networking blips; camera outages—to teach the algorithms to understand how to understand what was going on
  • Eventually…the machines were able to deduce who was entering, who was leaving (and with whom), and all the other kinds of “retail scaffolding”—what products, how much they cost, and so on and so forth

4. Walmart has more than 120 fast EV charging stations in 34 states

  • Reuters sources claimed that 180 more stations were coming before the end of 2019
  • Most of the existing stations are placed at stores near key highways, although there are “dozens” more due near large urban areas
  • Walmart, meanwhile, can use this to keep its stores relevant in the online shopping era

5. SuperData: Millennials spend average of $112 a month on gaming content

  • 71 percent of millennial gamers watch video game content on sites like Twitch and YouTube
  • average millennial gamer will spend about $29 a month in donations to video content creators…will also watch an average of six hours of video game content
  • 54 percent of millennial gamers have full-time jobs…gender split between male and female is about even, and their average income household is about $58,000 a year