北欧で見た「鍵なしクルマ」の潜在力

自動車が生活のプラットフォームになる


中国企業による買収から5年。北欧の老舗自動車メーカーであるボルボ・カーが絶好調だ。独自の戦略を進める同社は、2017年にクルマの鍵を全廃すると発表。話題をさらった。同社の本社があるスウェーデンで見た、「鍵なしクルマ」の潜在力とは。

スウェーデン第二の都市、イエーテボリ。乗用車大手ボルボ・カーの本社があるこの街で、面白い体験をした。ボルボの担当者がスマホを使ってEC(電子商取引)サイトから日用品を購入。そのままボルボ車に乗ってしばらく待っていると、配達員が我々の乗るクルマのトランクを勝手に開け、注文した荷物をそこに置いて何も言わずに立ち去ったのだ。

これはボルボが今年5月に始めた配送サービス「イン・カー・デリバリー」。スウェーデンのベンチャー企業や北欧最大の物流会社ポストノードなどと共同開発し、注文した商品を対象区域ならどこでもクルマのトランクに届けるサービスだ。世界で初めてボルボがサービスを始めた。

もちろん、運転者が乗っていなくても配達員は勝手にトランクを開ける。物流会社にとっては再配達の手間が減り、注文した消費者にとってもすぐに受け取れるメリットがある。今年10月時点でボルボのユーザー1万人が同サービスに登録している。

他の自動車メーカーがサービス化にこぎつけられていない理由は簡単。鍵を持たない配達員がトランクを開けられないからだ。

Fight, 京!

Rank, Site, Computer, Cores, HPL Rmax (Pflop/s), TOP500 Rank, HPCG (Pflop/s), Fraction of Peak. 1, RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science Japan, K computer – SPARC64 VIIIfx 2.0GHz, Tofu interconnect. Fujitsu, 705024, 10.510, 7, 0.6027, 5.3%. 2, NSCC / Guangzhou

SHA-1 deprecation countdown By Microsoft Edge Team




The SHA-1 hash algorithm is no longer secure. Weaknesses in SHA-1 could allow an attacker to spoof content, execute phishing attacks, or perform man-in-the-middle attacks when browsing the web. Microsoft, in collaboration with other members of the industry, is working to phase out SHA-1. We have outlined our timeline for SHA-1 deprecation in earlier posts, most recently in April. This post is to clarify some of our most commonly asked questions, and to help you test ahead of time.

 

Firefox Focus: new app offers very private browsing

Mozilla is back with a second try at mobile browsing with a new browser, which hopes to be the go-to for iPhone users.

Mozilla’s Firefox browser didn’t quite make the leap from desktop to mobile, particularly on iOS, but it’s back for a second try with Firefox Focus, a new browser which hopes to be iPhone users’ go-to tool for private web surfing.

It’s an innovative approach from an organisation that has often struggled against the forces of inertia. Rather than try to beat the might of Apple’s ability to dictate the default browser on iOS, as well as the company’s requirement that any other browser still use Safari’s rendering engine as its core technology, Mozilla has taken a different tack: create the category of “second browser”, and own that.

Firefox Focus is as stripped-down as a browser can be. The app boots straight in to a search bar, which searches Yahoo in the US (likely due to the $375m Yahoo pays Firefox annually to be the default search engine on the main version of the browser) and Google in the UK for anything you ask. You can’t change the search engine yet, but Firefox says that’s coming.

CRISPR gene-editing tested in a person for the first time




The move by Chinese scientists could spark a biomedical duel between China and the United States.

A Chinese group has become the first to inject a person with cells that contain genes edited using the revolutionary CRISPR–Cas9 technique.

On 28 October, a team led by oncologist Lu You at Sichuan University in Chengdu delivered the modified cells into a patient with aggressive lung cancer as part of a clinical trial at the West China Hospital, also in Chengdu.

Earlier clinical trials using cells edited with a different technique have excited clinicians. The introduction of CRISPR, which is simpler and more efficient than other techniques, will probably accelerate the race to get gene-edited cells into the clinic across the world, says Carl June, who specializes in immunotherapy at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and led one of the earlier studies.