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Uber Self Driving Taxis
The dream of Mr. Travis Kalanick, who is the Uber’s co-founder and the chief executive officer, is to introduce the self-driving car in the uber history. To fulfill his wish, he went to Pittsburgh to hire the most talented people and experts in the automobile industry. This city has the most popular and well known, Carnegie Mellon University for Robotics. This university has produced the most talented and successful scientists in the automobile and robotics field. Mr. Sebastian Thrun, who was the founder of Google’s self driving cars, did his research at the Carnegie Mellon University for seven years. The former director of Google’s self driving car project was also the alumni of CMU.

Mr. John Bares, recently joined uber in 2015. Previously, he was running the CMU’s national robotics engineering center for the period of thirteen years. Later, he started his own Carnegie Robotics, which supplies the parts for the making of robots, which were intended to help in farming, mining and military. At last, he joined Uber in 2015. In the early 2016, he hired many talented engineers, experts and even some mechanics, to help them in developing the autonomous cars. The ultimate aim behind these steps is to develop the autonomous cars as soon as possible.

Some of the experts in the industry said that, this is some kind of attitude, to encourage risks, and it may lead to any kind of results, they can be positive or negative. And some feel that the concept of autonomous taxi is possible only after some years. For these suggestions of the experts, Travis told that, the autonomous taxies were planned for the commercial aspect.
In later of this month, uber is going to reach the milestone, which none of the leading industries have not attempted so far. Google is the topmost in this field, and it has been running its test drive for the past seven years. Tesla Motors provide Uber an autopilot, which helps the autonomous vehicle, to drive safely on the highways. Ford has announced its autonomous taxi project. Except the Ford none of the companies has attempted to do so.

At the beginning, the self-driving taxies will be supervised by the person in the driver seat, if any goes wrong, then that person will control it. The driverless car is equipped with Volvo XC90 engines. They also have many sensors, cameras, lasers, radars and Global Positioning System. Uber and Volvo have signed an agreement to spend $300 million for improving the self-driving car technology. They have ensured that the complete driverless taxi will hit the roads by 2021. Uber has signed the agreement with the other automobile companies also; this agreement was signed to hire more engineers for this project. Uber has also signed an agreement to own Otto, a trucking automobile company, which has only 91 employees. Uber spent $680 million; the Otto employees will receive 20% of the profit. And it also plans to hire people from the leading companies such as, Google, Tesla and Apple. Uber is going to earn from the trucking company also.

The 91 employee company Otto, has developed a kit for the big-rig trucks, which helps the trucks to steer themselves in the highways, without the help of a driver. They have tested and implemented this concept in San Francisco, and this attempt was successful in San Francisco. Uber has planned to implement this concept in San Francisco and also in the US. This type of raid is going to offer services only in the cities within the US and San Francisco.

Uber has got a special power from the Otto’s kit, which helps uber to cope up with the Google’s competition. Google aims to produce the self -driving car of its own. The founders of the Otto were the former key members of the Google’s self-driving car project. They came out of Google because they wanted to produce the self-driving cars soon.


Anthony Levandowski, the co-founder of Otto, was the engineer at the Google’s self driving cars; he started the company along with Mr.Lior Ron, who was the head of Google maps for the five years, Claire Delaunay, who was the Google’s robotics lead and Don Brunette who was the engineer at Google. Google was unhappy because many people have left the company, and started the new one called Otto.

Many people feel that they have an alternative for the ordinary taxi driving mechanism, and some fear whether this will work well or not. The co-founder of Uber feels happy because people consider this as the alternative, if there is no positive feedback from them, they will have no business. Uber doesn’t aim to produce new self-driving vehicles from its own, like Google and Tesla. It aims to modify the existing vehicles with the help of some kits, and change them as the self-driving cars. Otto’s kit will help Uber in this concept as well as in the project. The company develops its own lasers and sensors, which are used in the other self-driving car companies. None of the companies are developing software, which will help to drive a car safely in the absence of the driver. Uber is working on it, says the co-founder of Uber.

The accident happened because of the tractor driver and the self-driving car’s computer did not see each other. Travis promises that such a case will not happen in Uber. Google has faced many accidents since its beginning, but they did not harm anyone. People have been requesting a car through the Uber app, the normal cars will be paired up with the self-driving cars, and the raid is offered for the free of cost at the beginning. The cost of the self-driving car is cheaper than the normal cars. In July, Tesla’s self-driving car and a tractor hit each other and met with an accident. Uber tries to avoid such accidents also. But sometimes anything may go wrong. Uber frequently checks the reality, and tries to avoid it in their self-driving taxi.
In the beginning Uber’s self-driving cars are sent along with the drivers. If anything went wrong, then they can control it, this is done to ensure safety. Everything that happens will be recorded in the cameras and it will be notified in the computer, this computer takes the full control over it. If the computer finds any obstacles, it will be notified to the driver’s laptop. And every car will have a tablet, to inform the riders, what is happening inside the car, in which route they are going and many more details regarding their journey.

In a test drive, when it was going through the Allegheny River, the car lost its self driving functionality. At that time, the driver who was in the car for support controlled the car and prevented it from the danger. The bridges were very hard and that was the cause for the incident. There are many bridges in Pittsburgh. During the test drive the self-driving cars went through the roads, hard surfaces, mountain areas and bridges. Not only the hardy surface, but there are some other factors for the self-driving car to lose its control.

According to Mr.Travin, every employee should have the great and powerful mind, to be the top of the industry as like Google.

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Innovation: An Enabler of Sustainability #SAP, #Globe share How #Technology Helps Ensure Sustainable Future   



Nowadays, more and more consumers and businesses take on sustainability as a strategic imperative to unlock competitive and growth opportunities. In a recent report, PricewaterhouseCoopers noted that 43 percent of CEOs in the Philippines included climate change and environmental damage in their strategic risk management activities.

But what does innovation have to do with sustainability? How does it help enable companies to become more sustainable?

In the recently held Globe Innovtalks, in collaboration with SAP SE (NYSE: SAP), Simone Pigason, Head of Digital, Resilient, and Sustainable Supply Chain of SAP Southeast Asia, and Ivan Curada, Cloud Engineer at Globe’s Information Systems Group (ISG), shared how innovations can help Philippine businesses pursue sustainability in today’s world.

Innovation in Supply Chains

Nowadays, most greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions originate from businesses’ supply chains. A 2020 study by non-profit charity CDP revealed that emissions from the supply chain are about 11.4 times greater than those from operations, making up at least 92 percent of the whole GHG emitted by a business.


Simone Pigason noted that digitalizing supply chains help organizations reduce their carbon emissions to become more sustainable. What’s more, this enables supply chains to be agile, productive, and connected, thus resilient to future disruptions.

“The global health crisis has shown businesses the importance of having resilient supply chains. And as various disruptions still happen globally, resilient supply chains are a must to provide consumers consistently with the goods and services they need,” said Pigason.

Pigason added that SAP has two sustainability enablers that allow businesses to track their sustainability efforts.

First, the Sustainability Control Tower automates the report of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) impacts and GHG emissions of businesses. Operating in a single dashboard, it also keeps track of emission levels from various areas. Through the Sustainability Control Tower, businesses can see what parts of the Philippines have the most carbon emissions.

Secondly, the Plastics Warrior is a gamification process by SAP, which motivates consumers to recycle more. Aside from notifying supermarket shoppers about their plastic use, it utilizes advanced analytics to learn about a retail company’s plastic waste. With the help of Plastics Warrior, businesses can enable Filipino citizens to recycle more.

Innovation: An Enabler of Sustainability #SAP, #Globe share How #Technology Helps Ensure Sustainable Future    

Innovation in the Workplace    


According to Curada, Globe generates at least 4,000 memos each month, with an average of five pages. If these are printed on paper, it consumes around 20,000 sheets or 40 reams per month. Recent research by Benoit Cushman-Roisin and Bruna Tanaka Cremonini revealed that 16.67 reams of paper are produced from a single tree, which takes years to grow.

To minimize paper consumption and enable faster approval processes, Curada explained how Globe digitalized its memos through its own system called This system drastically cut paper use in the company.

“This serverless application digitalizes our memo approval processes to allow us to save at least two trees every month. It also offers templates to make memo creation as easy as possible while using an open-source library, so you are not paying for any license to make this application possible,” added Curada.

Pigason could not agree more about utilizing technology in innovating the workplace.

“To become more sustainable, organizations must be able to digitalize their traditional processes. All these solutions and applications prove how technologies can help build a sustainable future in today’s world,” she said.

Visit the SAP News Center. Follow SAP on Twitter at @SAPNews.

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#MerryGCash: Up to P300,000 now up for grabs in the last draw of GCash’s Lucky Load promo #GCash



Get ready to greet the new year with a bang as GCash is giving buy load users a chance to win up to P300,000 in the last draw of its Lucky Load promo, which gives customers a chance to win a portion of a weekly pot prize by purchasing load and playing their earned tickets.


In the past weeks from November 21, 2022, thirteen buy load users have already won thousands of pesos, making their Christmas holidays a merrier experience, indeed!


GCash customers just need to keep on using the Buy Load feature until December 28, 2022, so that they get one ticket entry for every P50.  Participants should bear in mind that the number of tickets will be rounded down. For example, if the load amount is P70 or P99, this will only earn you one ticket entry. So, why not spend some more and save that load for when you need it?



Once a GCash user gets the ticket, they can select 6 icons from a roster of 30 icons. After picking the six icons, the user can submit the ticket entry. To win, a player must have six matched icons, in no particular order, to the winning draw.

GCash Lucky Load Promo

For the past weeks, the prize of P150,000 has been divided equally among all users with the corresponding number of matched icons. And since there were no winners during the 4th weekly draw, the prize was added to the pot of the final draw.


If there’s still no winners during the last draw, the remaining pot prize will be raffled off to 500 lucky winners on December 29, 2022. Winners will be posted on the GCash official Facebook page on or before January 10, 2023



Thanks to GCash, anyone can get a chance to enjoy even better holidays with more money to spend on shopping, travel, or some self-care, that’s why it’s important to buy more load to earn more tickets and have more chances to win up to P300,000.


The GCash app is available for free on the Google Play Store, App Store, and HuaweiApp Gallery. For more information, visit

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Vertiv Offers Scalable Busbar Power Distribution System for Data Centers and Other Dynamic Environments #Vertiv



Vertiv Powerbar iMPB enables uninterrupted additions, upgrades and service without using floorspace

a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, continues the expansion of its power distribution portfolio with the availability of Vertiv Powerbar iMPB, a modular busbar system designed to enable seamless, on-demand power upgrades in dynamic data center environments. Available in both copper and aluminum conductor offerings, the Vertiv Powerbar iMPB family features capacities from 160 amps to 1,000 amps and delivers reliable overhead power distribution, with the inherent benefit of also maximizing cooling airflow. The system is ideal for use in almost any size or style of data center, as well as laboratories, distribution warehouses, adaptable manufacturing plants and other dynamic environments. The Vertiv Powerbar iMPB is available in North America, Latin America, Asia – including Australia and New Zealand, India, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


The busway system allows businesses to cost-effectively optimize and adapt power distribution infrastructure over time, maximizing availability through continuous power delivery to critical loads. User-friendly tap-off boxes with breaker protection can be placed anywhere along the busway and isolate active IT loads and nearby branch breakers to ensure continuous power delivery. The adaptive busbar comes with a simple sandwich-style joint pack construction that makes installation secure and easy, with no special tooling required. The Vertiv Powerbar iMPB includes a variety of capacity and connection configurations to allow for adjustments and upgrades with minimal outside support and no loss of power to critical loads. 

Vertiv Offers Scalable Busbar Power Distribution System for Data Centers and Other Dynamic Environments #Vertiv

“As more and more devices are added and higher rack densities become commonplace, space is at a premium in today’s data centers,” said Phil O’Doherty, managing director, E&I at Vertiv. “The power infrastructure must keep pace, which means being scalable and quick to deploy. The Vertiv Powerbar iMPB delivers on all fronts with a modular, easy-to-install system that is compact and flexible enough to meet constantly changing demands.”



The VertivPowerbar iMPB is UL 857 and IEC 61439-2 compliant, and the lightweight aluminum busway track chassis has an IP2X/3X safety rating with integrated finger-safe capabilities and ground-first/break-last design to ensure maximum safety while servicing. With both copper and recyclable aluminum conductor options, the busbar can be configured to meet the conductivity and safety requirements of any installation.

“Today’s dynamic IT environments require enterprises to be more flexible and scalable in managing IT equipment. The Vertiv Powerbar iMPB solves our customers’ power distribution and uptime needs without the need for complex cabling. Not only does it provide savings in the long term, but also simplifies data center design and deployment, and eases cooling airflow,” said Arunangshu Chattopadhyay, director, AC Power and power distribution, at Vertiv Asia.

The Vertiv Powerbar iMPB, a mature offering from Vertiv’s E&I brand, will supersede the previous Vertiv™ Liebert® MBX busway product that was available in North America and EMEA, and is compatible with the previous offering. The Vertiv Powerbar iMPB solution complements the Vertiv™ E&I switchgear range to provide a complete power distribution solution.


For more information about the Vertiv Powerbar iMPB and other data center power solutions, visit

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