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U.S. Supermarket Delivers Using Unmanned Vehicle

Kroger said the service would be available in Scottsdale at its unit Fry's Food Stores

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A woman walks in front of an unmanned delivery vehicle known as the R1 in this handout photo provided by Kroger. VOA

U.S. supermarket chain Kroger Co said on Tuesday it has started using unmanned autonomous vehicles to deliver groceries Scottsdale, Arizona in partnership with Silicon Valley startup Nuro.

The delivery service follows a pilot program started by the companies in Scottsdale in August and involved Nuro’s R1, a custom unmanned vehicle.

The R1 uses public roads and has no driver and is used to only transport goods.

Kroger’s deal with Nuro underscores the stiff competition in the U.S. grocery delivery market with supermarket chains angling for a bigger share of consumer spending.

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A man unloads goods from an unmanned vehicle known as the R1 in this handout photo provided by Kroger.VOA

Peers Walmart Inc and Amazon.com Inc have also invested heavily in their delivery operations by expanding their offerings and shortening delivery times.

Walmart, Ford Motor Co and delivery service Postmates Inc said last month they would collaborate to deliver groceries and other goods to Walmart customers and that could someday use autonomous vehicles.

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Kroger said the service would be available in Scottsdale at its unit Fry’s Food Stores for $5.95 with no minimum order requirement for same-day or next-day deliveries. (VOA)

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Xiaomi Show Off its First 64MP Smartphone Imaging Technology

Powered by Samsung's GW1 64MP sensor, the 64MP smartphone technology will first come with a Redmi smartphone in India in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2019

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The technology was showcased in the presence of Bin Lin, President and Co-founder of Xiaomi and Jesuk Lee, Vice President, Head of Sensor Design for Samsung Electronics. Wikimedia Commons

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi on Wednesday showed off its first 64MP smartphone imaging technology at a global event here, thus making it the first handset player to exhibit the technology.

The technology was showcased in the presence of Bin Lin, President and Co-founder of Xiaomi and Jesuk Lee, Vice President, Head of Sensor Design for Samsung Electronics.

Powered by Samsung’s GW1 64MP sensor, the 64MP smartphone technology will first come with a Redmi smartphone in India in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2019.

“The GW1 features smart ISO supported by Dual Conversion Gain (DCG) technology which intelligently adjusts the ISO sensitivity based on ambient light intensity.

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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi on Wednesday showed off its first 64MP smartphone imaging technology at a global event here, thus making it the first handset player to exhibit the technology. Wikimedia Commons

“It uses low ISO in high-brightness environments, and high ISO in dark-light environments to achieve the best signal-to-noise ratio for the entire scene,” the company said in a statement.

According to the company, the GW1 sensor uses ISOCELL Plus technology to create a pixel-to-pixel barrier to reduce light interference between pixels and consequently improve colour reproduction.

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The GW1 outputs 64MP photos with a resolution of 9248×6936 pixels and comes with support for real-time hardware-supported high dynamic range (HDR) of up to 100-decibels (dB) that provides richer hues. (IANS)