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Amazon Debuts “Distance Assistant”

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Amazon has launched a “Distance Assistant” in a handful of warehouses. It is an augmented reality system designed to help employees maintain the proper social distance, or about six feet. The program monitors a hallway, displaying green and red circles around personnel as they walk. Those maintaining the proper social distance are circled in green; those who are not are circled in red. The resulting footage is displayed on a screen as a reminder to employees.

It’s all part of Amazon’s attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus and lay to rest the doubts about its response to the pandemic.

But various attorneys general, senators and other lawmakers have demanded more information about working conditions, infection rates and the firings of multiple whistleblowers.

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