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by Winfred Whittington (2019-08-02)


67370121_371390260232175_751849441269045The contest, Rethink Supply Chains, aims to send a message that efforts to make supply chains transparent and slave-free create market opportunities, said Catherine Chen, director of investments at Humanity United, a non-profit participant in the project.

Seo unveiled two upgraded self-driving vehicles that can navigate narrow streets and identify road signs and traffic lights. One of them will be tested in traffic after it is certified by the government.

7 million people around the world are estimated to be trapped in forced labor in the private economy, generating $150 billion in annual profits, according to the International Labour Organisation.

At the opening of the centre on Wednesday, GrabTaxi said the bulk of the investment will go into attracting global talent to the company and into a mobile application that assigns available cabs nearby to commuters using mapping and location-sharing technology.

Mobile taxi-booking application GrabTaxi, or MyTeksi as it is known in its native Malaysia, will invest $100 million over a few years in its first research and development (R&D) centre in Singapore to sharpen its offerings, the Business Times reported on Thursday, citing the company.

Visit website picks brains of technologists to fight forced labor Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's rights, trafficking, corruption and climate change. (Reporting by Sebastien Malo, Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst. The winner of the $250,000 prize offered by the Partnership for Freedom, a venture including Humanity United and the U. government, will be announced in April.

The other three finalists were an online registry for reporting conditions of fishing crews at sea, a system to utilize internet reporting to uncover labor exploitation and a mobile platform to look at remittances to combat human trafficking.

NEW YORK, Feb 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A cell phone tool to survey working conditions of Ghanaian fishermen and a mobile system to collect forced labor data are among the finalists in a global competition to harness technology to identify enslaved workers in supply chains, organizers said on Monday.

(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) Seoul National University professor Seo Seung-woo said that a self-driving car developed by his team will start roaming Seoul streets early next year thanks to a revised law that took effect Tuesday. The driverless car called Snuber, front, is test driven during a demonstration at the Seoul National University's campus in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov.

The vehicle drove more than 10,000 kilometers without incident in the past two years but could not leave the campus because of regulations. His team has been testing automated driving inside the university's campus with a Hyundai Genesis sedan outfitted with sensors and cameras.

A man looks inside the driverless car called Snuber during a driving demonstration at the Seoul National University's campus in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) Seoul National University professor Seo Seung-woo said that a self-driving car developed by his team will start roaming Seoul streets early next year thanks to a revised law that took effect Tuesday.

The new law allows automated cars to travel public roads around the country. Eight self-driving cars, smartphones including those of Seo's team, are registered with the country's transport ministry and have been test driving in limited conditions.

Seoul National University professor Seo Seung-woo said that a self-driving car developed by his team will start roaming Seoul streets early next year thanks to a revised law that took effect Tuesday. The driverless car called Snuber is test driven during a demonstration at the Seoul National University's campus in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

South Korea has been slow to introduce driverless cars in public roads while other countries have been testing automated driving for public transport, such as taxis and public buses, in real traffic conditions.

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