Welcome to this week’s 920 Tech Weekly Roundup! Let’s see what’s been in the news this week..
Boarding passes may soon be a thing of the past when hopping on a plane and could be replaced by your face or fingers. Delta announced a new biometric identification program to replace the current plane ticket. The first phase of the implementation will be using fingerprints to enter member lounges. An upcoming second phase would allow Delta frequent flyer passengers to use their fingerprints to board a plane. In order to protect the passengers privacy, the passenger may remove their fingerprint and subscription at any time. However a national security counselor from the Electronic Privacy Information Center said people should definitely consider some things before signing up to the new program.
Another industry to tackle the driverless vehicle era is truck driving. This shift to driverless trucks could leave over two million truck drivers unemployed by 2030. Driverless trucks appeal to companies as it enables cost savings, less exhaust emissions and will make roads safer. The International Transport Forum stated that “preparing now for the potential negative social impact of job losses will mitigate the risks in case a rapid transition occurs”. One of the biggest pushes for driverless trucks is the potential for a large decrease in costs. Currently labour in Europe accounts for up to 40 per cent of freight operations costs.
Details around the new iPhone and it’s features are starting to emerge, especially the cost. The new model will start from US$1000 which is a large increase from the iPhone 7 which is currently costing US$650. It is expected to be the most expensive iPhone yet with features including a 5.8-inch OLED display and 3-D sensing augmented reality technology. The new iPhone is expected to be released later on in the year – so start saving now!
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