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As Covid-19 sweeps the Seattle area, with more than 20 deaths so far in one of the worst outbreaks in the United States, the University of Washington this week shuttered its classrooms in a bid to contain the spread of the disease.
Constant temperature checks, a "no mask, no service" ethos, and high-tech people-tracking: welcome to the new normal in China, where reminders of the country's national mobilisation against the coronavirus lurk around every corner.
Driverless public transport has great potential to bring change in hard-to-access areas, a Berlin-based mobility specialist said on Wednesday, as Germany launched its first driverless electrical bus line to operate in traffic.
Greater data collection has helped prevent the virus from spreading in China because it enables precise reporting of hotspots. The rush to scoop up even more data to fight the outbreak has led to privacy breaches, especially for residents in the epicentre of Wuhan.
Apple has enhanced its maps app to offer more detailed information on trains and buses in France, Germany and Spain.
Visits to medical-related mini-programs on Chinese super app WeChat rose 347% over the past 20 days, compared to data recorded in December. The impact of the countrywide lockdown on the economy has the potential to cut China’s gross domestic product growth in the first quarter from 6% to 4.5%.
The ride-hailing giant plans to invest about US$14.3mil in the nationwide programme.
The popularity of real-world gaming events organised by the makers of such augmented-reality hits as Pokemon Go shows there is a growing trend of gaming enthusiasts willing to travel to participate in them.
Tech firms help Chinese authorities launch real-name registration on public transport for coronavirus tracking
New systems by tech firms Meituan and Dida require commuters to provide personal information before taking public transport in some Chinese cities. The initiative is meant to help authorities track those who might have been in contact with individuals infected with the novel coronavirus.
Didi Chuxing, operator of China’s largest ride-hailing platform, recently had one driver diagnosed with the coronavirus.