[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 03/12
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Privateaser raises 10 million euros to help companies organize their professional events. More than 3,800 companies, including Accenture, BNP Paribas and SNCF, have used the platform to organize events.
Why this is important: Initially positioned in the B2C segment, the company opened up its offer to businesses. This funding should allow Privateaser to accelerate its development to strengthen its offer to companies so that they can more easily manage and operate their events and the expenses resulting from them. Within 5 years, Privateaser has set itself the objective of being operational in the largest cities in Europe and of generating 500 million euros in business volume with its partners.
After India, Ola arrives in Australia to compete with Uber. For now, Perth and Sydney are the first cities served by the Indian giant.
Why this is important: In Australia, Ola will once again have to face Uber, a pioneer in the Australian VTC market. Today, the American firm is operational in around twenty cities in Australia and New Zealand. The Indian company will also have to face the Estonian Taxify, mainly present in Europe and Africa, which made its debut in Australia in Sydney at the end of 2017. Since its appearance on Australian roads, Ola claims more than 7,000 drivers registered under its banner. Currently, Ola is the Indian market leader, but Uber maintains constant pressure to hunt on the land of its local rival.
Google launches its API to better manage medical data. This API also enables data analysis in the cloud via AI and machine learning.
Why this is important: The sharing of data and the poor flow of information is a key issue for health workers and patients themselves. The stakes are financial, in order for example to avoid duplication of procedures, but also purely medical: faster access to information also makes it possible to intervene more quickly. It is on this observation that Google has built this API.
Spotahome offers Erasmusu to expand its rental housing stock around the world. By the end of March, Spotahome will be offering rental homes in 34 cities and 16 countries across Europe and the Middle East.
Why this is important: Until now, the Madrid-based company claimed 45,000 listed properties viewed by more than 600,000 users per month on the platform. Now, thanks to the acquisition of Erasmusu, Spotahome is preparing to considerably enrich its offer. And for good reason, in 2015 Erasmusu added the possibility of renting a property via its platform for its more than 6 million students per year who access the network. Thus, Spotahome now has a stock of 115,000 apartments, rooms and student residences in more than 450 cities in 65 countries around the world.
Do the French really talk to their voice assistants? A YouGov study offers some answers on the reality of the uses of voice control in France.
Why this is important: According to YouGov, more than seven in ten French people (73%) now know the concept of voice assistant and 35% of them really know what it is. Integrated in more and more high-tech products, a major part of the French population (56%) thus declares to have a device equipped with a voice assistant. Millennials are the most connected with 74% of potential users, compared to just 45% of those 55 and over.