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5 min
robots hit the streets as demand for food delivery grows

Robot food delivery is no longer the stuff of science fiction. But you may not see it in your neighborhood anytime soon. Hundreds of little robots — knee-high and able to hold around four large pizzas — are now navigating college campuses and even some city sidewalks in the U.S., the U.K. and elsewhere. While robots were being tested in limited numbers before the coronavirus hit, the companies building them say pandemic-related labor shortages and a growing preference for contactless delivery have accelerated their deployment. “We saw demand for robot usage just go through the ceiling,” said Alastair Westgarth, the CEO of Starship Technologies, which recently completed its 2 millionth delivery. “I think demand was always there, but it was brought forward by the pandemic effect.” Starship has more than 1,000 robots…

2 min
autonomous vehicle maker nuro secures $600m for expansion

Electric vehicle maker Nuro said it had secured $600 million in funding from Google, Kroger and others to continue the development of its autonomous delivery vehicle service. The Silicon Valley robotics company has already made thousands of grocery deliveries with Kroger as a part of a 2018 partnership. “Demand for local deliveries is exploding,”said Griffin Schroeder, partner at Tiger Global, which led the new round of financing.“Nuro is the bridge to an era of sustainable, low cost, autonomous local delivery.” Nuro also signed a five-year strategic partnership with Google Cloud to support the ongoing development of the zero-occupant, autonomous delivery vehicles and said it will explore opportunities with the tech giant to“strengthen and transform local commerce.” Nuro recently announced a partnership with FedEx and has piloted pizza delivery with Domino’s in Houston. In August, Nuro…

2 min
doordash adds safety features to help protect drivers

DoorDash is adding security features to its app to help protect drivers. The San Francisco-based delivery company said it’s partnering with security company ADT on the new features, which will be available to all U.S. DoorDash drivers by the end of this year. Under the new system, DoorDash drivers who are feeling unsafe can connect to an ADT agent using a button in DoorDash’s app. The agent will stay on the phone until the driver feels comfortable; if the driver stops communicating, ADT will call 911. DoorDash is also adding an emergency-assistance button to its app, which drivers can swipe to let ADT know they need immediate help. ADT will contact 911 and then remain in touch with the driver via text messages. The enhanced safety follows several high-profile attacks on delivery drivers. In…

3 min
tesla software recall may head off fight with us regulators

Tesla has issued a recall that automatically sent a software update fixing a safety problem in its electric vehicles, apparently heading off a looming confrontation with U.S. safety regulators. But recall documents posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website Tuesday don’t address another safety issue specified by the agency when it demanded that Tesla explain why it wasn’t doing recalls for safety-related software updates done over the internet. The recall covers nearly 12,000 Teslas with a glitch in the“Full Self-Driving”software that can make the cars stop for no good reason. The company’s paperwork says the problems with automatic emergency braking can increase the risk of other vehicles hitting Teslas from behind. A public recall allows owners to ensure repairs are done and that people buying cars know of potential safety problems.…

7 min
m1 powered

It’s true that gamers favor Windows PCs over Macs when building their new gaming rigs, as they’re easy to customize and have widespread support from modern studios, but it doesn’t mean Apple can’t enter the gaming world. As the company builds incredible new machines powered by the M1 Pro and M1 Max, Apple could finally be a serious gaming contender… GAMING ON THE MAC For many years, Apple has relied on third-party graphics processors on its MacBooks and iMac models, like the AMD Radeon Pro 5700 XT which is found in the latest 27-inch iMac. But as the company looks to move away from third parties and differentiate itself in the PC market, Apple has begun the transition away from third-party chips to its own custom tech, the M1 chip. Right now,…

5 min
an “eraser button”? focused ideas could help bridle big tech

Break up Big Tech? How about shrinking the tech companies’ shield against liability in cases where the content they push to users causes harm? Or creating a new regulator to strictly oversee the industry? Those ideas have captured official attention in the U.S., Europe, U.K. and Australia as controversy has enveloped Facebook — which renamed itself Meta — Google, Amazon and other giants. Revelations of deep-seated problems surfaced by former Facebook product manager Frances Haugen, buttressed by a trove of internal company documents, have lent momentum to legislative and regulatory efforts. But while regulators are still considering major moves such as breaking up some companies or limiting their acquisitions, the most realistic changes may be more tangible and less grandly ambitious. And also the kind of thing people might actually see popping…