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Domino's partners with Nuro on autonomous pizza delivery
Domino's is partnering with robotics firm Nuro to develop an autonomous pizza delivery using the custom unmanned vehicle. Known as the R2, Domino's hopes to start unmanned deliveries later this year. It will use Nuro's unmanned fleet to serve select Houston Domino's customers who place orders online. Customers will be provided with a unique PIN code to unlock the compartment to get their pizza.
Arla Foods using AI to predict milk production
The Danish co-operative Arla Foods has developed a new artificial intelligence tool to better predict their milk intake from farmer-owners. Using AI, 200 million kgs of milk can now be utilised better each year making Arla’s value chain even more sustainable, it said. It isbeing implemented in Arla’s markets across Europe, including Germany, Sweden, the UK, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
Blue Prism agrees to buy Thoughtonomy for £80 million
RPA and automation company Blue Prism has agreed a deal worth up to £80 million to buy UK company Thoughtonomy. The company is a cloud-based AI engine that delivers RPA-based solutions on a Software-as-a-Service framework. The deal is made up of cash and stock payments;. Alastair Bathgate, CEO of Blue Prism, said: "I am very pleased to announce this strategic acquisition."
Amazon takes Prime Air fleet to 70
Amazon has announced a partnership with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) to lease an additional fifteen Boeing 737-800 cargo aircraft. These fifteen aircraft will be in addition to the five Boeing 737-800’s already leased from GECAS and announced earlier this year. The aircraft will fly in the United States out of the more than 20 air gateways in the Amazon Air network.
DXC Technology launches Innovation Centre in London
DXC Technology has announced the opening of the DXC Innovation Centre in London. In a statement, it said the facility would enable "the company and its clients to develop and deliver high-impact digital solutions" The London Innovation Centre adds to DXC’s digital network in the UK, which includes a Digital Transformation Centre in Newcastle.
Volvo and NVIDIA to develop AI platform for autonomous vehicles
Volvo has signed an agreement with NVIDIA to jointly develop the decision making system of autonomous commercial vehicles and machines. Utilising NVIDIA’s end-to-end AI platform for training, simulation and in-vehicle computing, the resulting system is designed to safely handle fully autonomous driving on public roads and highways. The solution will be built on NVIDIA’s full software stack.
Sanofi and Google partner around data technologies
Sanofi is to work with Google on a virtual innovation lab. They intend to tap into 'emerging data technologies' that will help Sanofi transform its healthcare services. This will involve leveraging analytics across data sets to better understand key diseases. They will also apply AI technologies to that same data. In addition, Sanofi is to migrate some key applications to Google Cloud.
Facebook to launch Libra digital currency in 2020
Facebook has confirmed it will launch a cryptocurrency called Libra, which will be rolled out in 2020. The first product Calibra will introduce is a digital wallet for Libra, a new global currency powered by blockchain technology. The wallet will be available in Messenger, WhatsApp and as a standalone app. Facebook says it will allow users to send payments to each other at "little to no cost".
Volkswagen to build out dedicated software unit
Volkswagen says it will group 5,000 digital experts within a new software unit. 'Car.Software' will be the division responsible for the development of vehicle software and digital services. All new Volkswagen models will be fitted with the same software. It aims to develop 60% of its software in-house by 2025. "We want to create a powerhouse for the digital car," said a spokesperson.
IBM builds world's most powerful supercomputer for Total
IBM has delivered what it's calling the world's most powerful commercial supercomputer to Total. Pangea III will help Total discover new oil resources and assess revenue opportunities faster than ever before - but it will use less power than Total's legacy system. Pangea III has been built using IBM's POWER9 AI-optimised, high-performance architecture.
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