Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Volkswagen Announces an Electric Car Sharing Service
Company Press Release

The company announced that it will offer “zero-emission” car sharing services in 2019.

The on-demand electric car fleet will be called We.

The company plans to introduce the service in Germany in 2019 with international expansion to major cities in Europe, Asia, and North America scheduled for 2020.

Baidu, a Chinese Search Engine Giant, Expands into Autonomous Vehicles
Company Press Release
Stockholm Autonomous Bus

The company announced that it has begun production of a self-driving bus. Once completed, the vehicles will be operating in cities including Beijing, and Shenzhen.

The company also stated that it has plans to expand the bus to overseas markets, with Japan as its first destination.

Baidu stated that the production volume of the 14-seater buses has reached 100 units at its manufacturing facility.

Earlier this year, Stockholm introduced 12-seater autonomous buses powered by Ericsson. Baidu joins other companies such as Uber, Waymo, and Tesla, who are investing in autonomous vehicle technology.

Uganda Introduces a Social Media Tax

Reuters reported on Wednesday that Uganda rolled out a new tax for social media access on sites such as Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter.

In May, the country’s parliament passed new tax laws introducing a levy of 5 cents per day to access select online services.

The country’s President, Yoweri Museveni, stated that the social media platforms encouraged the spread of lies in society.

The tax has been in effect since July 1st.

Google’s Cloud Chief Operating Officer Leaves the Company After 7 Months on the Job
Business Insider

According to TechCrunch, Diane Bryant has left the company.

Reasons for her departure were not specified, however, there are speculations surrounding a possible move to Intel, as it’s currently in search of a new CEO.

Business Insider reported that Bryant spent 32 years at Intel prior to working at Google.

Amazon is Reportedly Opening a Second Self-Checkout Store
Amazon Go Stores

According to GeekWire, Amazon is expanding its Amazon Go retail store in Seattle.

Permit filings with the city of Seattle show that the store will be approximately 3,000 square feet. Amazon Go stores are powered by computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning technology allowing customers to walk into the store, pick items, and walk out.

Recode also reported in February that the company plans to open up to six Amazon Go locations before the end of the year.