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Waymo seeks no-driver autonomous car testing permit in California

Waymo seeks no-driver autonomous car testing permit in California

Alphabet's self-driving division Waymo has applied to test driverless autonomous cars on California roads, the company has confirmed. The application was submitted earlier this week with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Assuming sources expanding on the matter are correct, Waymo plans to start its testing in Mountain View and expand into the Bay Area later on.

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Alphabet X exploring AI and drones to improve farming

Alphabet X exploring AI and drones to improve farming

Alphabet's "moonshot factory" X is tackling the world's food problems. X head Astro Teller recently revealed details about the effort at MIT Technology Review's EmTech Digital event, where he explained that machine learning is being explored as a potential boon to farming, essentially bringing an AI twist to agriculture. The project is still in its early stages, though.

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Waymo Jaguar I-Pace delivering 20k self-driving vehicles in the next 2 years

Waymo Jaguar I-Pace delivering 20k self-driving vehicles in the next 2 years

Waymo just re-introduced the Jaguar I-Pace SUV, what they call the world's first premium electric self-driving car. Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover are in the mix together on this, bringing this vehicle to the self-driving world of cars - for testing - later this year. With this partnership, in the first 2-years of production, the company will be able to create 20k more vehicles for their self-driving fleet.

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Waymo’s early riders are falling asleep in its driverless cars

Waymo’s early riders are falling asleep in its driverless cars

Waymo has shared video of the first experiences of early riders in its self-driving cars, and anybody hoping for horror or white-knuckle excitement will probably find the whole thing fairly anticlimactic. The Alphabet-owned company, spun out of Google's driverless car research, began trials in Arizona last year, but it's only recently that the state has allowed Waymo to do away with the safety driver altogether.

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You can ride a Waymo driverless car in this 360-degree video

You can ride a Waymo driverless car in this 360-degree video

Strap on your VR headsets and prepare to let Waymo take the wheel. Few of us will get to hitch a ride in Waymo's self-driving minivans - at least, not for some time yet - but you can get a taste of how it feels to be chauffeured by a robot with a new Waymo 360-degree experience.

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Uber traded a tech audit to lower its Waymo settlement

Uber traded a tech audit to lower its Waymo settlement

Uber has conceded to allowing an independent audit on its autonomous car technology, it's reported, as part of its lawsuit settlement with Waymo. The two companies reached an agreement to end the lawsuit today, having spent already several days in court. Uber will avoid a jury verdict as a result, but there were apparently fierce wranglings over just what the ride-sharing firm was willing to allow.

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Uber v. Waymo driverless car case ends in settlement

Uber v. Waymo driverless car case ends in settlement

Uber v. Waymo has been settled, with Uber ending its autonomous car rival's lawsuit by coughing up an equity stake as mea culpa. The case had already begun to be heard in court this week, with Alphabet-owned Waymo alleging that Uber had misappropriated driverless car tech secrets when it brought a former Google engineer onboard to lead its autonomous vehicle team.

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Waymo v. Uber trial opens and the sparks are already flying

Waymo v. Uber trial opens and the sparks are already flying

"Uber is cheating" is the simple reason Waymo has spent the past twelve months suing its autonomous car rival, Waymo lawyer Charles Verhoevan told the court as the much-anticipated case ends day one in California. Alphabet-owned Waymo, the self-driving car company spun out of Google's X moonshot division, filed suit against ride-sharing firm Uber in February 2017. Today, its legal team had its first moment in the courtroom.

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Alphabet’s X just birthed Chronicle, and it wants to fix cybersecurity

Alphabet’s X just birthed Chronicle, and it wants to fix cybersecurity

Alphabet has announced the launch of a new independent security business called Chronicle. The business arose in Alphabet's "moonshot factory" X, the same one responsible for Project Loon and its Internet balloons. Chronicle is composed of two parts, ultimately helping companies deal with cyberattacks before they become an issue. The business is said to be "inspired by Google's own security techniques."

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Google could turn the next Pixel’s touchscreen into a speaker

Google could turn the next Pixel’s touchscreen into a speaker

Google has snapped up the tech to make full-screen smartphones without an iPhone X style notch, using the touchscreen itself as a speaker. As phone manufacturers hunt ways to make even greater percentages of the front of their devices display, the trend has forced some creative thinking around how to accommodate the other components that would traditionally be found in the bezels.

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Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt just stepped down

Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt just stepped down

Eric Schmidt just stepped down as executive chairman of Alphabet after 17 years of service to the company. These 17 years of service were to Google, which was what Alphabet is now. Schmidt will continue to roll with the company in a different role: Technical Advisor. "Larry, Sergey, Sundar and I all believe that the time is right in Alphabet’s evolution for this transition," said Schmidt. "The Alphabet structure is working well, and Google and the Other Bets are thriving."

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YouTube Remix on-demand music Spotify rival leaks

YouTube Remix on-demand music Spotify rival leaks

YouTube is preparing to make yet another attempt at getting music fans to pay for streaming, with a new service in the works to try to coax better revenues from the video site. The company has made several attempts over the past 5-6 years to better monetize its content, most recently focusing on videos - including music, but not limited to that - which it offers ad-free to subscribers of YouTube Red.

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