According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR , more than 4.8 million people have fled Syria alone since the outbreak of civil war in 2011.When including displacements within countries, the number climbs to 60 million.Such numbers may appear to be a crippling crisis for many governments and NGOs - but they may be an opportunity for businesses and startups.Refugees looking for shelter away from areas of conflict often live in appalling conditions, with minimal access to food, water or healthcare.Meanwhile, others who do find a new home often lack access to information, education and entertainment, among other basic needs.With the rapid growth in exponential technologies 3D printing, AI etc , we have the tools to create sustainable solutions.
Matternet Mercedes-Benz is betting that drones are the future of packageThe company announced on Wednesday a "multi-million dollar" investment in drone startup Matternet, which has developed a completely autonomous drone — the Matternet M2 — that can travel up to 12 milesAs part of the partnership, Mercedes unveiled a concept van
Daimler AG DDAIY 1.14 % said on Wednesday it would join with U.S. startup Matternet to develop drones for its delivery vans and invest €500 million $562 million over the next five years in designing electric, networked vans.Daimler, the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars and trucks, acquired a minority stake in Menlo Park, Calif.-based Matternet as part of the partnership, a spokeswoman said.Daimler s overall investment in the initiative, called adVANce, will go to vehicle digitization, automation, robotics and mobility solutions technologies.We are looking beyond the vehicle to the whole value chain and the entire environment of our clients, said van division chief Volker Mornhinweg.The goal is to turn vans into intelligent, interconnected data centers, he said.Amazon.com Inc., AMZN -0.56 % China s JD.com Inc. JD 0.04 % and Germany s Deutsche Post DHL AG tested drone deliveries, even though regulatory hurdles have kept the technology largely grounded.
To learn more and subscribe, please click here.Mercedes-Benz showed off a self-driving concept van at CES that serves as a hub and charging station for drones, TechCrunch reports.The automaker partnered with drone manufacturer Matternet to develop the van, which it unveiled in September.While the van merely represents an idea and likely won't be deployed anytime soon, it could shed some light on the competing models of drone delivery when such services become legally and technologically feasible.Here are two such models that have emerged:Automotive-supported delivery.This involves utilizing vehicles from which drones would launch out of carrying packaged goods for delivery.This model, which is the one that Mercedes and Matternet are currently exploring with their concept van, could enable speedy deliveries as the drones wouldn't have to travel as far and because the vans could be outfitted for fast turnaround.Warehouse-based delivery.This is similar to what's being pioneered in Rwanda, where UPS and drone startup Zipline are delivering blood and other medical supplies via drones.While this model may not allow as quick of a turnaround for deliveries, drones have access to more goods and resources in a warehouse, so if a drone breaks down, for example, it may not need to go somewhere else to be fixed.The model providers seek to adopt will likely impact the type of drones that are developed.
Enterprise tech startups unveiled their products and pitched investors at Alchemist Accelerator s 14th demo day in Santa Clara, Calif. today.Alchemist founder Ravi Belani tells TechCrunch the latest class is the largest his program has ever graduated, as well.The program has gained notice, in part, because its alumni racked up lots of follow-on funding in recent years.Two of the biggest deals last year included a $28 million round for nutrition-focused health tech startup, Zipongo, and a $13 million investment in delivery drone makers Matternet.Here are the newest companies, with descriptions provided by Alchemist edited for length .Cloudastructure– Provides cloud-controlled infrastructure for enterprise, physical security using machine learning and computer vision around Access Control and Video Surveillance together, in a Cloud model.
On Saturday, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings wrote on Facebook that President Trump's actions were "hurting Netflix employees around the world, and are so un-American it pains us all."It was a strong statement, especially compared to many other tech CEOs who came out against Trump's immigration ban, but were more measured in the wording of their criticisms.Here's the rest of Hastings' statement:"Worse, these actions will make America less safe through hatred and loss of allies rather than more safe.A very sad week, and more to come with the lives of over 600,000 Dreamers here in a America under imminent threat."This isn't the first time Hastings has lambasted Trump.In June, during the campaign, Hastings said that "Trump would destroy much of what is great about America," if he were elected president.Again, strong words, strong enough to potentially provoke Trump's wrath.For the CEO of a public company, it can sometimes be hard to reconcile a moral position with a duty to shareholders, but one reason Hastings likely feels free to speak his mind about Trump is that Netflix, as a company, thinks it's immune to the Trump administration on one very important issue: net neutrality.Too big to matterNet neutrality is the idea of having a free and open internet, in which no website's data is favored over another's.Practically, this means that internet service providers ISPs can't charge a site like Netflix a fee to make sure its data runs at a speed that makes streaming video possible.Under the new Trump administration, the FCC is widely expected to roll back net neutrality laws.At one time, this would have been seen as a huge blow for Netflix, since it could open the company up to paying big fees.That's still possible, but in Netflix's last quarterly earnings letter, it told shareholders not to worry.
Mercedes-Benz is getting into package deliveries.In September, the Mercedes announced a "multimillion" investment in drone startup Matternet, the creator of an autonomous drone.The Wall Street Journal reported that the investment totals €500 million ($562 million) over the next 5 years.Mercedes unveiled a self-driving van concept to showcase its vision for a futuristic drone delivery service.The German automaker isn't the only one exploring the drone delivery van service — UPS recently unveiled a hybrid truck with a drone nest built into the roof.The nest would house a Workhorse HorseFly autonomous drone that could carry 10 pounds worth of packages.Scroll down for Mercedes' package delivery vision: View As:
The nine startups participating in Singularity University’s accelerator program presented this afternoon at Moffett Federal Airfield just outside Mountain View, CA.Singularity University, founded in 2008 by Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil, aims to make it more feasible for people to address hard science problems and those that require a global reach.Collectively, Modern Meadow, Matternet and Getaround have raised $122 million of that total figure to bring people animal free leather, automated last-mile delivery and more convenient car rental.Participating companies in the program received mentorship and support from corporations, researchers and the broader Singularity network.Going forward, Singularity wants to engage with portfolio companies across a longer span of time than the existing eight week program.Giggy explained that future programs could focus narrowly on the FDA approval process or raising a Series A.
We’ve seen a half dozen companies show off various flavors of drone delivery already, including the likes of UPS and Amazon.Sure, those are fine, and maybe someday they’ll actually be feasible to use, even if only in very specific scenarios, but Swiss Post just launched a drone-based transport program between hospitals that is not only simple and efficient, but it’s basically ready to go right now, pending approval from regulatory bodies.The system, which is getting off the ground thanks to a partnership between the Swiss Post and Matternet, will allow two hospitals in Lugano, Switzerland, to quickly and easily exchange laboratory samples for testing.The drones, which fly autonomously between the two hospitals on a carefully plotted, pre-planned route, take off and land on special pads where their cargo is loaded and unloaded.The drone completely bypasses traffic congestion and speeds along its path much faster than a vehicle could navigate through the web of city streets.Additionally, the drone eliminates a human transporter from the equation, which frees up staff for other duties.
Logistics company Matternet has announced a permanent autonomous drone network in Switzerland that will now see lab samples like blood tests and other diagnostics flown between hospital facilities, clinics, and labs.The first delivery network will be operational from next month, with several more to be introduced later in the year.Matternet says medical items can be delivered to hospitals within 30 minutes.Matternet, based in Menlo Park, California, was granted authorization to operate its drones over densely populated areas in Switzerland in March and says that approval was a world first.Today, the company unveiled a Matternet Station; a kind of white, futuristic looking postbox with a footprint measuring about two square meters, that can be installed on rooftops or on the ground to send and receive packages by drone.The drone network is part of a partnership with Swiss Post, and is significant because it’s the first operational drone network flying in dense urban areas that’s not a pilot run or in testing.
Matternet is a developer of one an autonomous drone logistics platform.This is a platform where people can use drones to deliver items over shorter distances.Matternet has unveiled a new Matternet Station platform that enables fully automated ground operations for Matternet customers.Matternet says that the new Station platform is the third and final component in its network to enable its vision of peer-to-peer distributed logistics networks.The Matternet Station allows the autonomous M2 Drone and Matternet Cloud Platform to give users an intuitive user interface for sending and receiving packages via Matternet.The Matternet Station needs about 2 square meters of space and can be installed on ground or rooftop locations.
The company has announced that it will soon be launching a drone delivery network in urban areas of Switzerland to ferry medical samples between labs and hospitals.The company has also announced the Matternet Station, which is an answer to one of the big questions facing drone delivery companies: how to handle the beginning and end of a trip.This is an approach that could work well in suburban and rural areas but won't work as well in big cities where people might not have suitable places for package drop-offs.Customers insert a package into a slot in the station, and a robot arm hands the package off to a Matternet drone for takeoff.The drone then flies to another Matternet station, which stores the package until the recipient arrives to pick it up.In a decade or two, Matternet stations could be as plentiful as mailboxes are today, and you'll be able to walk to the nearest one, drop your package off, and have it reach another Matternet station near your recipient in another part of your metropolitan area within half an hour.
And while companies like Amazon are working to make that happen, complicated logistics and thorny regulations mean it's likely to be years before you start hearing the whir of rotors on your front porch.The latest of these comes from Silicon Valley startup Matternet, which has been testing an autonomous drone network over Switzerland, shuttling blood and other medical samples between hospitals and testing facilities.Instead of operating from large centralized drone airports, every hospital can install its own base to keep drones running, without onsite technicians to recharge or reload them.Right now, Raptopoulos says, hospitals move those supplies using third party couriers that tend to be expensive and unreliable, or even use taxis.To make that possible, the California company developed a drone base station that automates ground operations, to make life as easy as possible for operators.To send a package, you just pop whatever needs carrying into a bright red, shoebox sized container (the only splash of color in this otherwise white, ‘living in the future’ base station).
The fact that this drone delivery system has passed the trial stage and features drones flying over urban areas is another step forward for companies keen to use the technology for deliveries.At last, a full-fledged drone delivery operation that has passed the trial stage and gained permission to deliver items in densely populated urban areas.OK, this particular service isn’t aimed at internet shoppers, but its imminent launch at least shows that the platform is edging toward wider use and acceptance in a range of applications.Silicon Valley, California-based startup Matternet has been developing its drone delivery system in Switzerland in partnership with Swiss Post, and will launch an autonomous drone delivery network there next month.Instead of flying pizza to hungry residents, or bringing books and other items to online shoppers, Matternet has focused its efforts on medicine, designing a system that will help carry vital supplies such as blood and pathology samples between labs and hospitals.It’s notable for two reasons.
Big Delay for the iPhone X: Are you one of those folks clamoring for the brand new, top of the line, iPhone X?Well, you may have to wait quite a bit.It appears that Apple has yet to begin production and delivery time could be a long way out.Fall TV Buying Guide Preview: We may very well be in the golden-era of OLED televisions and Caleb will let you know what to expect for the Fall and what some of the best deals are out there.Have questions about 4K, or OLED actually are?Medical drone deliveries: Swiss company Swiss Post and Silicon Valley based Matternet have teamed up to launch an autonomous drone delivery service in Switzerland.
When a hospital needs to get off a test from a lab or a bullet injury needs blood can the speed be decisive.Therefore, based Switzerland up a transport system of drones that could be used by hospitals and laboratories, writes Fast Company.At the end of the year to labs and hospitals around the Switzerland to have access to the drones.the Drones to be used is made of Matternet and include a cloud-based system for the platforms that send and receive the drones, and another system that completely automated loading, start and land the drones.It means that they can be used even if there is no staff in destinations who are trained to handle them.When a lab technicians take a sample that must be sent promptly so used an iphone app to submit a request in the system.
Drone delivery may be closer than you think: Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz Vans teamed up with e-commerce startup siroop, and drone logistics provider Matternet to kick off a pilot in Zurich of its van-based drone delivery concept.The partners demonstrated a delivery live to an audience of media today, showing a coffee delivery from a small Swiss merchant using siroop’s platform.The system works pretty much like how you’d expect any third-party ordering platform to operate, with the merchant employee entering the order details and passing that on to Matternet.That means the drone knows the location of the pick-up and the drop-off, and then a Matternet employee loads up the drone (though this will be automated by robotics in future, Matternet says).The drone reads the destination information using a QR code on the package, so it knows where to go.Then it’ll fly the goods to the receiver directly, with a top speed of up to 70 km/h (around 43 mph) for up to 20 km (or over 12 miles).
Citizens of Switzerland may soon be receiving packages through the combined efforts of autonomous delivery drones and manned delivery vans.In March, logistics company Matternet, in partnership with automotive corporation Daimler, received government approval to start testing their "Vans and Drones" delivery service in heavily populated portions of Switzerland.According to Matternet, It's something no other company has yet received approval for.Yesterday marked the beginning of the service's first three-week trial.Taking place in the Swiss capital of Bern, the project's first delivery consisted of a small box of coffee ordered from e-commerce company Siroop (one of Matternet's other partners).The system functions by deploying package-laden drones into the city, which use GPS signals to autonomously locate -- and land on the roof of -- specified delivery vans.
The delivery drones are coming, and they're bearing coffee.If you happened to look at the sky over Zurich, Switzerland on Wednesday, you might have seen a drone fly over the city and deliver a hot cup of java onto the roof of a parked Mercedes-Benz van.As TechCrunch reports, the occasion marks the first successful delivery for Matternet, a logistics company focused on drones.For the next three weeks Mattenet will be shuttling coffee by local e-commerce company Siroop over Switzerland’s largest city.It’s not exactly a door-to-door type thing, which means humans aren’t quite out of the equation yet.The drones fly autonomously for the most part, but the specially made vans guide them in through GPS for greater precision on the last stretches of the journey.
I don't know about you, but I've always dreamt of having my coffee delivered to me from the sky and at 40mph.Mercedes-Benz has just made that dream a reality for a few lucky people in Zurich.Teaming up with e-commerce startup Siroop and drone logistics provider Matternet, the car manufacturer hopes to use the drone technology to speed up delivery times.Here's how it works: Customers in need of coffee beans, for example, place an order with Siroop, an online shopping platform, which stocks drone-ready items from retailer Black & Blaze Coffee Roasting Co.The coffee drones then fly to one of four predetermined locations in Zurich's city centre (about 6 miles away), where they land on the rooftops of Mercedes-Benz Vito vans, which then drive the order the final stretch to the customer."We have the great opportunity here to conduct the most extensive testing in an urban environment to date.
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