Yandex deploys autonomous delivery robots in Moscow’s Skolkovo district

  • “Yandex today announced the first commercial launch of Yandex.Rover, the autonomous delivery robot it revealed late last year, in the city of Skolkovo, Russia. Starting this week, city employees at administrative offices can use the robot for deliveries of documents and small packages.
  • The Mayo Clinic branch in Florida recently began using Navya shuttles to transport COVID-19 tests from a testing site to a processing laboratory on the hospital’s campus.
  • In China, startup Neolix says its vans have delivered medical supplies and supplemented labor shortages in areas hit hardest by COVID-19”

https://www.google.com/amp/s/venturebeat.com/2020/04/29/yandex-deploys-autonomous-delivery-robots-in-moscows-skolkovo-district/amp/

‘A burger, a coffee, whatever’: Food-delivery robots may soon roll up to Purdue’s campus

  • “A board in West Lafayette, Indiana, has unanimously approved a pilot program bringing robotic delivery services to Purdue University
  • ‘That could be a burger, a coffee, whatever the case may be,’ Wynkoop said. ‘We’ve spoken with other university’s dining programs and public safety offices and they have had no problems. This is just another option of a service.'”

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usatoday.com/amp/2078984001


Purdue ranks fourth best in the nation for Best Value institutions in the United States, based on a survey released Wednesday (Sept. 5) by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education.

https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2018/Q3/purdue-ranks-no.-4-best-value-school-in-nation-in-wsjtimes-higher-ed-ranking.html

Robo advice will be ubiquitous

“Consumers are being inundated with product and service pitches from established financial companies and startups, and choosing the best ones is becoming ever more difficult.

Increasingly, advice is seen as the feature that can set one offering apart from another. However, tailoring every offering on an individual level poses major challenges. As a result, banks and fintechs see a solution in robo advice, which sprouted in wealth management and has since spread to insurance and now banking.

For instance, Bank of America, which rolled out a self-directed investment platform called Merrill Edge Guided Investing a year ago, has added automated research to the software. It has also expanded the network of human financial advisers who support clients of its Merrill Edge program, a mashup of robo-advisory and human help. On the robo side, Stock Story provides data and digests of investment analyst reports to help clients research individual companies.

U.S. Bancorp’s investment arm partnered in July with FutureAdvisor, an investment advisory firm owned by BlackRock, to develop a robo advice product called Automated Investor. Citizens Bank, meanwhile, is in an active development relationship with the fintech SigFig to develop new automated advice tools for banks.

Personal finance management apps provide data for consumers to ingest. But successfully adding automated advice capabilities through a combination of AI-powered tools and data analysis, with some human support, too, could offer an edge among rivals. Which customer would turn down a helpful suggestion on how to curb spending or save up for a short-term goal?

Expect to see greater collaboration between banks and firms that provide automated advisory services, and the addition of some level of advice support to nearly every bank offering from savings accounts to lending.”

https://www.americanbanker.com/list/10-ways-technology-will-change-banking-in-2019