Honda Dream Drive brings in-vehicle payments to drivers

Honda Dream Drive - In-Vehicle Commerce and Entertainment

Honda’s in-dash system prototype uses mobile technology and voice control. Honda Dream Drive is the first integrated driver and passenger in-vehicle infotainment, commerce, service and rewards dashboard in the automotive industry. The fully integrated car experience is a collaboration between Honda and Visa. Drivers will be able to order a range of goods and services via the in-dash system. The Honda Dream Drive system, an AI (artificial intelligence) based technology, was first shown as a concept during CES 2017, under a collaboration with ConnectedTravel. Since then, the Japanese auto manufacturer…

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GPS technology deployed in Thailand to keep CSD Police in line

CSD Police - Guard

The tech tracks the movements of on-duty CSD police to prevent them from skipping their duties. The Crime Suppression Division (CSD) in Thailand has cracked down on on-duty CSD officers by tracking their whereabouts in real-time using GPS technology. The technology has been implemented to keep on-duty officers honest, ensuring that they are actually completing their rounds when on patrol. Some officers have been finding their way out of patrols by scanning QR codes at home. There are certain areas in Thailand that require an increased level of policing. In…

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Walgreens customer experience to receive boost from Zebra mobile computers

Zebra mobile computers - Walgreens

One of the US’ largest drugstore chains is transforming its customers’ shopping experience. Walgreens has partnered with Zebra Technologies to bring Zebra mobile computers to its workers and customers to both enhance customer experience and improve worker productivity. The goal is to bridge the gap between the digital and physical store experience. Store associates equipped with the latest technology improve the overall shopping experience. Zebra’s 11th annual Global Shopper Study revealed that 55% of surveyed shoppers and 74% of retail store associates believe that store associates who are equipped with…

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Study finds over half of consumers use retail mobile apps when shopping in-store

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Consumers are using their mobile devices to enhance their in-store shopping experiences. A new study from Yes Marketing has found that 57% of consumers surveyed used retail mobile apps while shopping in-store. Consumers used the retailer’s app to locate items that were on sale, to redeem coupons, etc. The results of the study suggest that retailers need to focus on delivering a multichannel experience to consumers. According to Yes Marketing, the discovery made in its “Surviving the Retail Apocalypse” report indicates that the industry has reached a tipping point in…

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Self-service QR code payments launched in Sydney for Chinese residents and visitors

Self-service QR Code Payments - Syndey Australia

The Inspiry Smart Box is now available in Sydney. Chinese mobile payment solution Inspiry has launched a self-service QR code payments terminal in Sydney, Australia. Called the Inspiry Smart Box, the terminal has been installed in many of the city’s shopping malls, restaurants, supermarkets, jewelry shops and cafes. Users of the self-service payment terminals simply need to scan a QR code to make a transaction. Using the self-service QR code payments system is quick, easy and convenient for consumers. To make a transaction via the Inspiry Smart Box, consumers simply…

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Nearly one million people in India are testing WhatsApp payments

WhatsApp Payments Service - WhatsApp App

India is WhatsApp’s biggest market. With 210 million monthly WhatsApp users, India is clearly WhatsApp’s biggest market. Still, in spite of the Facebook messaging app’s so far successful test of WhatsApp payments service in the country, the digital payments system has yet to become a nationwide service. WhatsApp began testing its payments service back in February of last year. Since WhatsApp payments began testing in February 2018, the service has processed about a million transactions per month. This is according to people close to the National Payments Corporation of India…

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Lodhi Garden QR codes to provide visitors’ information about its historic trees

Lodhi Garden QR Codes - Lodhi Garden

The famous city park in New Delhi invites smartphone users the chance to conveniently learn about its history. Starting January 1, Lodhi Garden QR codes will be available to scan by any smartphone user who comes across these unique 2D black and white barcodes when they visit one of India’s most iconic city parks. Visitors can learn unique details about the old trees found within the park. Lodhi Garden, also known as Lodi Garden, is a famous city park located in New Delhi, situated between Khan Market and Safdarjung’s Tomb…

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Military mobile app design challenge may help to prepare for future challenges

Military mobile app - Space Shuttle

A video game could be an important part of future space training in the U.S. military. MGMWERX, an Air Force innovation hub located in Montgomery, has issued a military mobile app challenge. This goal is to come up with a mobile game designed to teach important concepts to prepare for future space challenges. The challenge is a part of the Air Force’s Blue Horizons initiative. The best ideas collected from the challenge will be put together at a design session in January. MGMWERX, which opened in Montgomery back in August…

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Can Kimbal Musk’s QR code food tracing restore trust in American food?

Lettuce - qr code food tracing

All Square Roots packaging now features quick response codes to provide the whole story. Square Roots announced the addition of a QR code food tracing barcode to all its packaging. The goal is to help Americans to see the whole story of their food so they can come to trust it again after several health scares. The Romaine lettuce recall has placed the spotlight on some serious problems in the US food supply. Among the biggest challenges to the Romaine lettuce recall was in trying to figure out exactly where…

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Angry Birds VR game to launch early next year

Angry Birds VR Game - Angry Birds toy

Rovio’s massively successful Angry Birds franchise will soon include a virtual reality gaming experience. Rovio Entertainment and Resolution Games have announced Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs will be launched on all major VR (virtual reality) platforms in early 2019. This isn’t the first interactive gaming experience Resolution Games has developed for Rovio’s Angry Birds franchise. Back in October of this year, Rovio and Resolution Games collaborated to release Angry Birds FPS: First Person Slingshot, an augmented reality (AR) game designed for the AR headest Magic Leap One. The game…

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Smart license app for divers to be launched in Thailand

Smart license app - Cars in Thailand

The new app will mean drivers will no longer need to carry a hardcopy of their license. The smart license app to be launched by the Department of Land Transport (DLT), will provide drivers in Thailand with the convenience of no longer having to carry a physical copy of their driver’s license. The digital version of the ID will be available to holders of personal, public and special driving licenses. The app will also feature a QR Code for police convenience. The smart license app is free and drivers who…

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