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Japanese Company Launches Anti Groping Stamp

A stamp-maker in Japan has developed an 'anti-groping' stamp to discourage rush-hour harassment.

A new device aimed at dealing with sexual harassment on crowded trains and public transport has sold out just half an hour after it went on sale in Japan.

The “anti-groping” stamps, manufactured by stamp-maker Shachihata Inc., allow victims of harassment to mark their assailants with invisible ink, and also provide a deterrent to would-be attackers.
Stamps were limited to 500 , which retailed at 2,500 yen (about $24), and sold out within 30 minutes after going on sale as told to CNN..
The stamp marks an assailant with a palm shape in invisible ink.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Police said 1,750 cases of groping were reported in 2017. These cases are often treated lightly, as a nuisance. But finally there’s a shift around this issue.
The Police App

 Tokyo police smartphone app scares off molesters has become a smash hit in Japan, where women have long run the gauntlet of groping on packed rush-hour trains.

Victims of groping can activate the Digi Police app, which either blasts out a voice shouting “stop it” at top volume, or produces a full-screen SOS message — which victims can show other passengers — reading: “There is a molester. Please help.”

MTA Says If you Drop your Apple ipods In The Subway Leave em

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New York’s MTA is thinking about a public service announcement that would ask subway riders not to remove Apple AirPods while getting on or off the subway, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal quoted MTA maintenance supervisor Steven Dluginski, who said the MTA uses a “picker-upper thing” to rescue lost AirPods. But, given the summer heat and increased sweat, Dluginski said there has been an increase in the number of AirPods that have fallen on the tracks.

this summer was the “worst” for AirPod rescues and that on just a single summer Thursday at noon, Dluginski’s team had to retrieve six of them. It’s risky for employees who have to try to pick them up and can cause train delays.

In July, a rider named Ashley Mayer went viral on Twitter after she retrieved a lost AirPod from the tracks using duct tape at the end of a pole.

Best Thing Is To leave Them On

 

British Airways Offering VR Headsets

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British Airways is offering VR headsets to first class passengers on select flights between London Heathrow and New York JFK through the end of 2019. The SkyLights headset will feature 2D, 3D and 360-degree movies, documentaries, TV shows, and guided meditations. The guided meditations are specifically designed for passengers with a fear of flying, and all experiences work in any position, even when laying flat.

Now Driverless Scooters

 

Segway-Ninebot, certainly seems to think driverless scooters are worth pursuing. The Chinese scooter powerhouse debut an upcoming model called the KickScooter T60, a three-wheeled electric scooter with some limited self-driving capabilities that would be better described as teleoperation than true autonomy. Trials of the T60 will start next month, according to Segway, with deployment to shared scooter fleets scheduled to start in 2020. 

Free Autonomous Shuttle Service For People Working @ The Brooklyn Navy Yard

 

 

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Optimus Ride, a leading self-driving vehicle technology company, has announced the launch of New York state’s first self-driving vehicle program, located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard (Yard), a 300-acre industrial park with more than 400 manufacturing businesses and 10,000 employees onsite. There are six autonomous vehicles that will transport passengers between the NYC Ferry stop at Dock 72 and the Yards’ Cumberland Gate at Flushing Avenue, a vital connection point in a truly multi-modal commute for thousands of passengers and a first-of-its-kind commercial autonomous driving system.

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More Additions To Google maps

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Google maps feature can now predict how crowded your train will be and bud delays.

Reports of crowdedness from Google Maps users from October 2018 to June 2019 during peak commuting hours (6am – 10am), was analyzed  and identified which lines had the highest number of crowdedness reports. Here’s what they found:

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  •  Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo dominate the rankings–each city has 3 lines in the top 10.
  • New York’s L train–which, until recently, was on the verge of closing for repair– is the only U.S. transit line to make it into the top 10.

More cities 

 

Traffic delays for buses

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Google Maps can now tell you about your bus travel times based on live traffic. This uses the power of Google’s live traffic data and public bus schedules to calculate delays and provide accurate travel times. This is the first product of its kind — launching first in India; Will soon expand to other cities.

Google maps will also let you know when your train will be arriving.

Uber’s Apologizes For Customer Support Tweet Responding Using The N-Word

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Uber apologized Monday after its automated Twitter account responded to a customer with the N-word. The Twitter user had adopted the racial slur as a username, which some believe might have been a deliberate move to trick the automated system.

The customer, whose Twitter handle was @realtheeCheney, messaged Uber about an unpleasant experience, tweeting “I had an awful driver today. I want my money back!!! Please respond so we can work this out.” Uber’s support account responded in a tweet with “We’re so sorry about that, (N-word)! Please send us a DM with your phone number with additional details of your concern so we can connect.”

With, this being the internet, a troll was involved in this sordid mess. Apparently responding to a customer complaint about a bad driver, the company replied that it was sorry, and then called the alleged customer a vile racist slur.

Bad.

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