2 Birds in 1 Beep: Getting Help and Getting to Know Your Locale

The BeepBeep Nation app not only provides a platform for people to get the help they need and others to help out, it ultimately aims to create a culture of kindness and make the world a better place. It does this not only by motivating people to participate in a helping economy, it also fosters the potential of fulfilling face-to-face social interactions to turn into something more, like friendship.

But what else can it do? Perhaps another “little” thing it provides that can ultimately change the world is urge you to get to know your locale better or to explore a new place on a whole new level. There are always unfamiliar but fascinating things to discover about one community, whether it’s your own or another one that you’re just visiting for a while.

BeepBeep Nation connects you to everyone within a 1-5 mile radius who happens to have the app on their phones. If you’re beeping for some kind of help near your own home, chances are you’ll get a helper who lives in the vicinity. Maybe it’s someone from the home owners association of the village. Maybe it’s the mom of Kaylee, your daughter’s schoolmate, whom you never really talked to before. Maybe it’s the owner of that tea shop a few blocks down where your mother-in-law likes to get her chamomile.

Let’s say one weekend, you have your hands full because of spring-cleaning, and so you need a little assistance in picking up an item from the grocery. The BeepBeep Nation app will connect you to someone who can provide that help, and chances are, it might be someone from around the area. Grab that chance to talk to your helper. You never know, you might just make a friend you have been previously missing out on. There are always new ways to know your locale better through the people in it, no matter how small the place is. Bonding better with the people in the community will help you feel more in touch with your surroundings.

Now let’s say work has been extra tedious this week, and you and your co-workers just want to chill out for finally surviving it. You’re looking for an interesting place to have a few cocktails, and the usual just doesn’t seem to cut it this time. Use the BeepBeep Nation app in getting the freshest, most accurate recommendations. You might discover a new hole-in-the-wall that’s perfect for your bunch of peers. You might discover a new brunch place for a weekend with your mom. You might even fall in love with places in the community you’ve never paid attention to before.

Then again, BeepBeep Nation is not only good for getting help within your own community. You can also use it to explore a new place. Let’s say you have a business conference coming up cross-country, and it will last two days. After which, you have an extra day for sightseeing, but you don’t have the time to make an itinerary as you are busy preparing for the conference itself. BeepBeep Nation can help you specify your current location and beep for relevant requests, such as having a tour guide to take you around. Get a travel experience like no other by strolling around like a local citizen. You might just make the most of an unfamiliar city, and gain new contacts in a locality besides your own.

Soon to launch worldwide, the BeepBeep Nation app can truly help you hit two birds in one beep. You can know your locale better or explore a new community, all while getting the help you need. To participate, check out the EMINENT (EMN) token, fuel for BeepBeep Nation. Pre-sale is live now, and it has a current bonus offering of 10% extra tokens. Changing the world for the better has never been this fun.

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Toyota To Introduce Autonomous Service Vehicle

As self-driving delivery vans hit the streets of England, Toyota is brewing up its own unique prototype. With no itinerary, the popular automaker has all the time in the world to be ambitious. (Maybe even a little over-the-top!) Over the weekend, the vehicle manufacturer announced the “e-Palette”, an autonomous vehicle that does… well, whatever you want it to do.

[Toyota] describes them as “fully-automated, next generation battery electric vehicle[s] designed to be scalable and customizable for a range of Mobility as a Service businesses.”

Essentially, the buggy is a self-driving cargo van that grows (or shrinks) depending on what it’s carrying. There’s no word on a launch date, or whether Toyota will actually build its formidable e-Palette. Still, makers are fixated on the idea — to suit millennials in particular.

“Just think how good e-Palette would be at Burning man,” quipped Akio Toyoda, Toyota Motor Company’s bespectacled president.

Whatever Toyota has up its sleeve next, it’s good to know that future technologies will match its ambition.

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Uber Delivers Life-Saving Medication To Rwandans

In September of 2017, tech company Zipline began testing drone deliveries for blood transfusions. Now, its collaboration with ride service Uber has become a reality. Since its launch, “Uber for blood” has delivered 5,500 units of blood to rural Rwanda, saving hundreds of lives.

“The work in Rwanda has shown the world what’s possible when you make a national commitment to expand healthcare access with drones and help save lives.” [said Zipline co-founder Keller Rinaudo.]

What initially took some 4 hours of delivery time from major cities now takes only 30 minutes. Simultaneously, hospitals are able to store less blood, lessening waste from spoilt containers. Considering Zipline’s success, the company hopes to begin delivering various other supplies such as sutures and tubes.

“We know who needs medicine, when and where. And now, we can get them that medicine as quickly as possible.” [said Rinaudo.]

With the exponential rise of traffic jams and continued accessibility of drones, Zipline and Uber may have just hit the jackpot.

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U.K. Launches Self-Driving Grocery Delivery Van

Seeing a steady increase in our busybody tendencies, everything is now available in the palms of our hands. You want it? An online app has got it. You may even be able to throw it onto the back of your electric cargo bike. But with no time on your hands, perhaps you’d prefer a delivery. Lucky for our fellow Brits, U.K. supermarket Ocado recently launched a self-driving grocery delivery van for all essential needs.

Orders are loaded into the CargoPod at a nearby depot. There are eight containers on the back which can hold up to 128KG of groceries and allow the vehicle to stop at multiple destinations during the same trip. Once the goods are onboard, a driver manually steers the van to a starting location, where it’s then flipped into autonomous mode.

If you were concerned about a loaded van running completely on autopilot, you can now rest easy. Manufacturers of self-driving vehicles do, in fact, take precaution. Strategically places cameras make the van autonomous. Even more impressive, the van doesn’t require GPS.

The CargoPod is powered by Selenium, an autonomous operating system developed by Oxbotica. It handles minute-to-minute visualization and decision-making: where the vehicle is, what’s nearby and what it should do next.

The vehicle is still on a trial mode, but if it passes a battery of tests, should be permanently hitting the road in no time.

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Zipline Delivers Blood Transfusions By Drone

Months ago, we considered whether drones could be life-savers. Now that they’re restoring forests and transporting defibrillators, it seems the answer is yes. California-based company Zipline is pushing the limits even further, delivering blood transfusions via drone to remote areas across the nation. Recently, it tested the effects of long-haul flights on blood cartridges.

[The] team used a hybrid drone that combined a helicopter’s ability to launch and land vertically with a glider’s longer flight range. The researchers attached a custom-built, foam-cushioned cooler to the drone’s fuselage. Powered by the vehicle’s onboard battery, the cooler kept the samples at about 75 degrees Fahrenheit — 15 degrees cooler than outside air.

After 3 hours of testing, researchers deemed the blood healthy and relatively unaffected. Zipline has since delivered blood to areas in Rwanda and is now targeting Tanzania. They are also taking extreme safety measures to minimize drone accidents.

Drones for medical transport should be regulated: pilots should have licenses, and specific drone routes should be designated to prevent crashes.

Admittedly, drones have a lot of work to do. Still, they are promising an optimistic outlook of the future. Especially now, we could use the good news.

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Pizza Hut Delivers Free Meals To Harvey Victims

As world hunger continues to plague millions, the food industry is playing a more active role in giving back. Soup kitchens are becoming abundant, and now fast food chains are doing their part. Pizza Hut employees from Sugar Land are delivering free meals to Hurricane Harvey victims — by kayak.

“They waded in the water, as far as they could, to get to all these people and they’re just so happy to see them. So happy to see Pizza Hut,” [chain owner] Habib laughed. “One woman was like, ‘You’ve got a customer for life.’ That made me smile.”

The last time pizza made me this happy was… well, when I last ordered a pizza. In just a few days, the Sugar Land branch delivered 120 pizzas.

“We are so proud of our team for seeing a need, stepping up and helping the community in a time of devastation,”

Habib herself braved deep waters despite being 6 months pregnant. To top it all off, the pizzas remained “steaming” in their heat-locking boxes. Now that’s five-star customer service.

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