Thursday, December 6th, 2018

The NYPD Launches a Drone Program
News Release

The New York Police Department announced that it’s rolling out a new Unmanned Aircraft System Program that is planned to be used for search and rescue missions, inaccessible crime scenes, hostage situations, or hazardous material incidents.

The drones will be operated by licensed NYPD officers of its Technical Assistance Response Unit, a group that specializes in “investigative equipment and tactical support to all bureaus within the NYPD”.

According to an NYPD press release, “there are more than 900 state and local police, fire and emergency units with UAVs” across the United States.

Pizza Hut Looks to Acquire an Online Ordering Provider
Company Blog Post

The restaurant chain announced that it’s “U.S. business has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire QuikOrder, a leading online ordering software and service provider for the restaurant industry”.

The deal will help Pizza Hut “improve its ability to deliver an easy and personalized online ordering experience and accelerate digital innovation across its base of more than 6,000 restaurants in the U.S”.

According to the company, the acquisition makes it one of the largest to date, however, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Waymo Introduces its Commercial Self-Driving Service
Company Blog Post
Company Blog Post: Driving Experience

The self-driving tech subsidiary of Alphabet, Inc. announced that it’s launching Waymo One,  its self-driving taxi service.

The new service will initially be made available to the company’s early customers and will be accessible “across several cities in the Metro Phoenix area, including Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, and Gilbert”.

The company stated that initial runs will have a Waymo-trained driver present to supervise trips.