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Uber engaged in spying, hacking, and bribery, says ex-employee

Uber engaged in spying, hacking, and bribery, says ex-employee

By now it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that Uber relies on numerous shady practices, but as part of the ongoing lawsuit between the ride-hailing company and self-driving start-up Waymo over stolen technology, new evidence has been released that shows the lengths Uber has gone to in order to succeed. A 37-page letter written by a former employee has been published, and it includes claims that the company regularly conducted corporate espionage, illicit hacking, unlawful surveillance, and even bribery.

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Apple still has its eyes on the self-driving car road

Apple still has its eyes on the self-driving car road

Just a few months ago, Apple was believed to have given up hopes, albeit temporarily, of making its own autonomous vehicle. Of course, the company has neither confirmed nor denied it was even working on one, but it seems it never really took that off the table in the first place. At a machine learning conference called NIPS, Apple director of AI research Ruslan Salakhutdinov revealed some of the projects Apple has going internally. Curiously, almost all of them can be connected to systems needed for a self-driving car.

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Tesla AI chip “best in the world” Elon Musk teases

Tesla AI chip “best in the world” Elon Musk teases

Tesla is working on a homegrown artificial intelligence platform that outspoken CEO Elon Musk promises could be "the best in the world" as it looks to commercialize fully autonomous driving. The automaker currently offers one of the most advanced driver-assistance systems on the market, which it has dubbed Autopilot. However, Musk has been clear that the goal is even further removing the human driver from the equation.

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Rinspeed Snap autonomous EV to grace CES 2018

Rinspeed Snap autonomous EV to grace CES 2018

At CES 2018 Rinspeed will be showing off a new autonomous EV called the Snap that it believes will help solve the transportation problems in urban areas in the future. The vehicle gets its name from the fact that the durable passenger safety cell pod section of the vehicle is removable from the high-wear chassis of the vehicle.

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Ford reveals its strategy to put self-driving cars on roads

Ford reveals its strategy to put self-driving cars on roads

With the debate over self-driving cars seemingly less frantic, car makers are more openly laying out their plans for the car of the future. The latest to join that chorus is Ford, whose executive vice president Jim Farley has gone on the Web to reveal how the company is designing its AV, or autonomous vehicle. Unlike its competitors, it won’t simply be retrofitting an existing model but will build an all-new self-driving designed around the lessons it learned from its high-profile customers.

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Waymo autonomous vehicle fleet surpasses 4 million miles driven

Waymo autonomous vehicle fleet surpasses 4 million miles driven

Waymo is one of the biggest companies in the autonomous vehicle realm and has a large fleet of self-driving vehicles. Waymo has announced that its autonomous fleet of vehicles has now surpassed 4 million miles driven. It's had to wrap your brain around numbers that large, Waymo says that it could have taken the average American driver 300 years to drive that many miles.

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Uber’s massive Volvo order is a big self-driving step

Uber’s massive Volvo order is a big self-driving step

Uber's aspirations for a self-driving fleet of cars are no secret, and today the company took a big step toward realizing that dream. Uber has struck a new deal with Volvo that will see the latter produce tens of thousands of SUVs that Uber will then outfit with its autonomous driving systems. We'll see all of this happen within the new few years, too.

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Self-driving shuttle crashes in Vegas on first day, but a human is to blame

Self-driving shuttle crashes in Vegas on first day, but a human is to blame

Automotive accidents happen every day, and humans are the cause of the vast majority of them (as opposed to road conditions, mechanical failure, etc). Self-driving vehicles aim to curb these human-related errors by automating the entire process, putting machines in control of what is currently performed by humans. One such autonomous vehicle, a shuttle in Las Vegas, was recently involved in a wreck.

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Renault Callie autonomous car can avoid obstacles as well as pro test drivers

Renault Callie autonomous car can avoid obstacles as well as pro test drivers

Renault is showing off a fancy autonomous car control system that promises to be able to handle challenging driving situations better than existing systems. Renault says that its autonomous system can avoid road obstacles as well as a professional test driver. The automaker calls this an industry first.

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Waymo driverless taxis in pipeline as safety driver ditched

Waymo driverless taxis in pipeline as safety driver ditched

Waymo is beginning completely driver-free testing of its autonomous cars, removing the safety human ahead of a new Waymo driverless service launching. The company announced the move today, after more than eight years of trials on public roads. Until now, those trials have always seen a backup driver ready to take over at the wheel, should something go awry.

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Sony SC-1 autonomous shuttle bus wants to transport and entertain

Sony SC-1 autonomous shuttle bus wants to transport and entertain

This boxy little vehicle looks like it is right out of a sci-fi movie. It's a new concept from Sony called the SC-1 and the idea behind the vehicle is to keep passengers entertained while it drives them to their destination. It has high-resolution sensors all around that promise to exceed human vision capability.

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Waymo teams with AutoNation for self-driving car repair and maintenance

Waymo teams with AutoNation for self-driving car repair and maintenance

Waymo has partnered up with AutoNation, an automative retailer, to provide repairs and maintenance for the company's fleet of self-driving cars. We've heard rumbles about such a deal before, but now it is official. The deal will involve AutoNation USA stores, franchised stores, and other locations providing both long-term maintenance for Waymo's fleet and any repairs they need as troubles arise.

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