In Seattle, Lyft is testing the introduction of a "Green Mode" that lets users of the Lyft app choose electric and hybrid vehicles. This initiative aims to contribute to reducing the emissions of the ride-hailing fleet and harnessing people's interest in sustainability. To offer the company's drivers a financial incentive, Lyft is planning to incorporate thousands of electric vehicles into its rental program "Express Drive". In addition, Lyft announced that it will take part in other projects based on renewable energies in an effort to reduce CO2.
Researchers from the University of Maryland have made an interactive map available online that shows the foreseeable consequences of climate change for 540 American cities. The map was presented together with a study that predicts how the US climate will change over the next 60 years. Users can click on their home town and another city is then shown that currently has the same climate as the one predicted for the original location. The interactive map thus enables users to get information on climate change that is personally relevant to them.
The Californian start-up doc.ai has developed an AI app that enables users to centrally manage their health data and make it available to medical research. The data is generated by fitness trackers and other services, and combined with patient information to analyse the state of users' health. In turn, users can share the data with research institutes in order to receive predictions and rewards. At the moment, doc.ai is working on a blockchain pilot project with the insurance company Anthem to forecast the development of allergies.
Amazon has launched a streaming channel called "Amazon Live" where products available on Amazon are presented at the same time in several streams. Similarly to teleshopping channels, moderators and their guests present products and a carousel below allows shoppers to browse product details and make purchases. Viewers can also browse for older live streams and access them. The app "Amazon Live Creator" enables participating brands to promote their goods live on Amazon and in the Amazon app, and communicate with customers via a chat.
The luxury retailer Barneys has announced plans to open a cannabis shop at its Beverly Hills flagship store. The new 30 square metres shop is called "The High End" and will sell top-quality cosmetics, food and vape pens from Beboe. Customers can also order THC products from Beboe at the store. In addition, Barneys is working together with the companies Devambez and Lorenzi Milano to produce accessories for cannabis consumers. "The High End" will soon expand to other Barneys stores in New York, San Francisco and Las Vegas.