Tech in Brief: Deliveroo App Postpones Israel Launch

NYPD tells Waze to remove sobriety checks ■ India’s Lohia acquires Israel’s Light & Strong

A Deliveroo delivery driver looks at an app on his smartphone for delivery details and route map information outside a Deliveroo Editions field kitchen, in Hove, U.K., on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017.
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Deliveroo puts brakes on Israeli entry

Food delivery company Deliveroo has halted its immediate plans to enter the Israeli market, sources told TheMarker. The launch, which had been planned for a few weeks from now, is being delayed and no new date has been set. It may be pushed back until mid-2019. The British company offers delivery service to restaurants. Customers order via the company’s website or app, while the company handles deliveries via the sharing economy. Deliveroo began plans for an Israeli launch in December, recruiting Israelis to a local launch team, hiring workers including a business development chief and renting office space in Tel Aviv. Yet over the past few weeks, it changed direction and shut down its budding Israeli operations. The company, which has operations in 13 countries, underwent some upheaval recently, with several senior executives leaving and losses hitting $240 million in 2017. (Sagi Cohen)

NYPD tells Waze to remove sobriety checks

The New York Police Department has demanded that Waze remove drunk-driving checkpoints from its popular navigation app. The police say that by posting the information, Google is creating a public danger and potentially breaking the law by helping drivers avoid checkpoints, Forbes reported. NYPD sent a cease-and-desist letter to Waze last week, requesting the removal of the app’s police-tracking feature. Users who post the location of police checkpoints could be engaging in criminal behavior, as this could be an intentional attempt to impede law enforcement, according to a copy published by Forbes. Google responded to the press stating that it believes that offering drivers information on speed traps enables them to make safer decisions on the road. (TheMarker)

India’s Lohia acquires Israel’s Light & Strong

Indian conglomerate Lohia Group said Tuesday it acquired Israel’s Light & Strong, a maker of carbon fiber and glass fiber composite components for the aerospace and defense sector. Financial details were not disclosed. The acquisition will allow Lohia, which is headquartered in Kanpur, India, to combine its engineering experience with new technologies to deliver high-quality products to its customers, Lohia said. With the support of its operations in India, Lohia will seek to make Israel a key export hub to American and European markets. “We believe this marks the beginning of our growth in this sector on a global scale,” Lohia director Anurag Lohia said. (Reuters)