A Bloody Good Drone
Matternet, a logistics company based in California, is launching the world’s first permanent, urban drone delivery network next month. Drones will fly over densely populated areas in Switzerland, delivering medical samples like blood tests between facilities and labs. These urgent items can be delivered within 30 minutes. Matternet hopes to tackle new markets in Germany and the UK, and new avenues, such as grocery stores and gas stations. We could drone on and on about all the potential in this new industry. (Source: The Verge)
Save Time, Live Better
Walmart’s Online Grocery Pickup service will soon accept food stamps and other forms of government assistance. Participating in the pickup service saves time, which is especially valuable for customers struggling to make ends meet. Amazon launched a similar program this past summer, offering Prime at a reduced cost to low income shoppers. Although Amazon focuses on delivery and Walmart focuses on pickup, both believe that modern e-commerce services should be accessible by everyone, not just the well-off. Well done! (Source: TechCrunch)
Lyfting Up the Next Generation
Udacity, the online education platform, is rolling out a four-month “Intro to Self-Driving Cars” nanodegree program. Lyft is awarding full scholarships to 400 students from communities that are “underrepresented in technology in the US” to promote diversity within its applicant pool. The scholarship also offers top graduates continued education and career opportunities at Lyft. 18-year-old US residents with programming experience can apply for the scholarship here through October 1st. (Source: Mashable)
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