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Daimler, Waymo Partner to Develop Autonomous Trucks

October 27, 2020

Via: Transport Topics

Daimler Trucks and Waymo have joined forces in the quest to make fully self-driving Class 8 trucks a reality. The world’s largest truck maker and the autonomous driving pioneer on Oct. 27 announced an agreement to produce highly automated commercial […]


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The state of self-driving regulation

January 7, 2020

Via: Politico

A PIONEERING SELF-DRIVING CAR LAWYER ON THE STATE OF REGULATION: Estrada has been on the cutting edge of transportation tech for years. He helped write the first-in-the-nation autonomous vehicle legislation in Nevada in 2011, while working for Google’s secretive X […]


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Waymo’s So-Called Robo-Taxi Launch Reveals a Brutal Truth

December 5, 2018

Via: Wired

Waymo, the frontrunner in the self-driving car industry, today announces the moment everyone has been waiting for: It is officially “launching” a robo-taxi service in Chandler, Arizona, wherein riders will use an app to hail the vehicles to take them […]


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We’ve Been Talking About Self-Driving Car Safety All Wrong

October 29, 2018

Via: Wired

Until a self-driving Uber killed 49-year-old pedestrian Elaine Herzberg im March, autonomous vehicle tech felt like a pure success story. A hot, new space where engineers could shake the world with software, saving lives and banking piles of cash. But […]


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Self-Driving Cars Should Look Down, Not Just Ahead

August 20, 2018

Via: Wired

SELF-DRIVING CARS ARE like snowbird retirees. Given the freedom to live, or operate, anywhere in the country, they turn their backs on wintry states and flock to the sun. There’s a reason Waymo, Uber, and even grocery story giant, Kroger, […]


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Apple Passes Waymo, Tesla for Self-Driving Car Permits in California

May 17, 2018

Via: Transport Topics

Just last year, Apple was in the backseat of an increasingly crowded competition for self-driving cars with Google-owned Waymo, Tesla and Uber vying for an edge. Apple had just three permits from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to operate […]


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Waymo Filings Give New Details on Its Driverless Taxis

May 14, 2018

Via: IEEE Spectrum

Waymo CEO John Krafcik announced last week that the company would be launching a driverless taxi service in Phoenix later this year. An application Waymo filed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for driverless testing, obtained by IEEE […]


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Waymo’s Self-Driving Car Service Is Just About Here

March 13, 2018

Via: Wired

NEARLY A DECADE after beginning life as Google’s self-driving car project—and helping make the idea of driverless cars real—Waymo is now the smallest of steps from launching a commercial service: It has members of the public riding in its retrofitted […]


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Tesla Troubles, Flying Cars, and More Car News This Week

February 16, 2018

Via: Wired

AH, LIFE IN a capitalist democracy. We vote with our ballots and send people to Washington, entrusting them to make the sort of decisions of which we would approve. And we vote with our wallets, hoping the executives in charge […]


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Exposing the Power Vampires in Self-Driving Cars

February 15, 2018

Via: IEEE Spectrum

By driving smarter, autonomous cars have the potential to move people around and between cities with far greater efficiency. Estimates of their energy dividends, however, have largely ignored autonomous driving’s energy inputs, such as the electricity consumed by brawny on-board […]


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Uber and Waymo Settle Autonomous Driving Tech Lawsuit for $245 Million

February 9, 2018

Via: Wired

IN A YEAR-LONG litigation process that featured alleged theft, mysterious deleted text messages, and the odd reference to Burning Man, Friday’s twist was perhaps the most unexpected of all: On the fifth day in court, Waymo accepted a settlement in […]


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Waymo, Uber Trade Barbs in Court Over Trade-Secret Theft Suit

February 6, 2018

Via: Transport Topics

Waymo and Uber lawyers squared off in a federal court on Feb. 5 on the first day of a bombshell trade-secret theft case. The suit by Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet, alleges that Uber stole technology crucial […]


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Self-Driving Cars Have a Secret Weapon: Remote Control

February 1, 2018

Via: Wired

“Usually we don’t do this during rush hour,” says Ben Shukman. He’s driving a Lincoln MKZ sedan, trying to exit a gas station driveway and cross four lanes of traffic so he can make a left at the light 20 […]


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Waymo Buys ‘Thousands’ More Chrysler Vans for Driverless Service

January 30, 2018

Via: Transport Topics

At some point this year, Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo plans to roll out a ride-hailing service using driverless cars. It just bought more vehicles to make that happen. The car unit of Google’s parent has finalized a deal to purchase “thousands” […]


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The tricks and travails of Uber’s self-driving car spies

January 25, 2018

Via: Wired

OVER THE PAST few years, Uber has schemed to boost its self-driving efforts by spying on rivals, poaching staff, and acquiring their software, according to newly released court documents. Though competitor intelligence work is standard among large companies, the details […]


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Waymo to Begin Testing Driverless Cars in Atlanta

January 23, 2018

Via: Transport Topics

Waymo, the driverless car division owned by Google’s parent company, announced Jan. 22 that it will bring its test program to metro Atlanta. The Alphabet-owned business began mapping roads in the city last week, but had not yet released details […]


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2017: The Year In Robocars

January 10, 2018

Via: IEEE Spectrum

This is the year when promises of self-driving prowess began to come due, and when companies began to scramble to meet them, or seem to. In November, Waymo’s pilot ride-hailing service in Arizona put the safety driver in the back […]


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After peak hype, self-driving cars enter the trough of disillusionment

December 29, 2017

Via: Wired

OH, THE UNTAINTED optimism of 2014. In the spring of that year, the good Swedes at Volvo introduced Drive Me, a program to get regular Josefs, Frejas, Joeys, and Fayes into autonomous vehicles. By 2017, Volvo executives promised, the company […]


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Uber may be aflame, but its self-driving cars are getting good

December 28, 2017

Via: Wired

A WORLD DOMINATED by self-driving cars is no longer just possible, it’s inevitable. And the proof is everywhere. In Arizona, where Waymo (formerly known as Google’s self-driving car project) is testing minivans sans humans inside. In Boston, where Lyft and […]


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Waymo Trial: How the Jacobs Letter Could Make Uber’s Other Problems Worse

December 20, 2017

Via: Wired

LAST FRIDAY, THE Northern District Court of California finally posted a long-awaited document, a letter written by the lawyer of an ex-Uber security employee. It was a doozy, a 37-page compendium of alleged criminal and unsavory activity witnessed by that […]