Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Ford Looks to Enhance Autonomous Delivery Capabilities
News Release
Company Blog Post

The automobile manufacturer announced that it’s teaming up with Agility Robotics to enhance autonomous deliveries with a robot that delivers goods from a self-driving vehicle, to a user’s front door.

The robotics firm designed a two-legged robot that has human walking capabilities and is designed to lift packages that weigh up to 40 pounds.

The collaboration looks to discover the best options for self-driving vehicles when its comes to delivering goods directly to a customer.

Zendesk Acquires a Messaging Platform
Press Release
eMarketer Study

The software company announced that it has acquired Smooch Technologies Holdings, a customer service platform that connects businesses with its clients.

The acquisition provides Zendesk with the ability to offer its users omnichannel experiences that allow for business to customer conversations on messaging channels such as, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, and Viber.

According to a report by eMarketer, more than 75% of smartphone users use messaging apps.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Wealthsimple Announces New Funding
Company Announcement

The online investment manager announced that it has closed a new $100 million round of funding.

The investment comes from Allianz’s digital investment arm, and also has participation from the Power Financial group.

The new funds will go towards helping expand the team, enhancing and investing in its platform, and growing its clientbase.