Amazon Drone Delivery Begins in U.K. | Crunch Report | Summary and Q&A

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TL;DR

Uber faces permitting issues for self-driving vehicles in San Francisco, Amazon starts drone delivery trial in the UK, and Uber's Travis Kalanick and Tesla's Elon Musk join advisory roles in Trump's administration.

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Questions & Answers

Q: Why does Uber believe it doesn't need a permit for self-driving vehicles in San Francisco?

Uber believes that since there is a driver present in the cars, there is no need for a permit. However, the California DMV insists that a permit is required for testing self-driving technology.

Q: How long did it take for Amazon Prime Air to deliver its first package by drone?

It only took 13 minutes for the first Amazon Prime Air package to be delivered by drone.

Q: What concerns are there about making Amazon Alexa accessible in hotel guest rooms?

Some fear that hackers or guests with too much cybersecurity knowledge could tamper with the device and listen in on other guests, raising privacy concerns.

Q: Why were Uber's Travis Kalanick and Tesla's Elon Musk chosen for advisory roles in Trump's administration?

The reason for their selection is unclear, but some speculate that Musk's close relationship with Trump's advisor Peter Thiel may have played a role.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Uber launched self-driving vehicles in San Francisco, but the California Department of Motor Vehicles requires a permit, which Uber claims it doesn't need as there is a driver present in the cars.

  • Amazon announces a small private drone delivery trial in the UK, starting with two shoppers and planning to expand to hundreds of shoppers in the future.

  • Wynn Las Vegas hotel plans to make Amazon Alexa accessible in guest rooms, raising concerns about privacy and hacking.

  • Uber's Travis Kalanick and Tesla's Elon Musk are chosen for advisory roles in Trump's forthcoming administration, along with other business leaders.

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