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Waymo demands court slams brakes on Uber autonomous cars

Waymo demands court slams brakes on Uber autonomous cars

Waymo has asked a court to block Uber from running its self-driving cars, after accusing the ride-sharing company of stealing key sensor tech from the Alphabet-owned firm. The former Google autonomous car division filed against Uber back in February, alleging that Otto, the autonomous tech firm set up by ex-Google engineer Anthony Levandowski and acquired by Uber in 2016 for $680m, copied proprietary information about numerous aspects of the team's hardware and software. Among that treasure-trove, details on the bespoke LIDAR laser ranging system that Waymo developed in-house.

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Uber gets San Francisco autonomous car permit but loses AI execs

Uber gets San Francisco autonomous car permit but loses AI execs

Uber, pressured into applying for a self-driving car testing license by San Francisco, has been granted approval for a small-scale roll out by city regulators. The ride-sharing company had flouted local rules on autonomous vehicles, sending out a fleet of customized Volvo SUVs back in December 2016 for real-world testing of its work-in-progress technology. However, the Department of Motor Vehicles disagreed with Uber's justification for why it didn't require a license.

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Volkswagen unveils Sedric, its fully autonomous concept car

Volkswagen unveils Sedric, its fully autonomous concept car

Volkswagen Group has unveiled its first concept car today, and boy is it a doozy. Named Sedric (for self-driving car), this new concept is meant to be an SAE Level 5 autonomous vehicle. That means it's envisioned as capable of operating any driving mode in any environmental condition, allowing passengers to sit back and enjoy the ride.

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Toyota’s new autonomous test platform gets smarter over time

Toyota’s new autonomous test platform gets smarter over time

Toyota Research Institute's autonomous driving tests seem to be moving right along, with the auto maker today introducing its 2.0 generation autonomous test vehicle. The plug-and-play test platform has been built on the back of the Lexus LS600hL, and is designed to explore two important facets of autonomous driving.

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Peugeot Instinct Concept self-driving car uses IoT to learn your likes

Peugeot Instinct Concept self-driving car uses IoT to learn your likes

You're nobody in the automotive world if you don't have a fancy autonomous car concept that promises to work with the meat inside rather than just replace them, and now Peugeot's time has come. The French automaker has used Mobile World Congress 2017 this week to unveil the Peugeot Instinct Concept, hooking up with Samsung for some Internet of Things magic. Unlike most self-driving cars, which prioritize getting you from A to B as quickly as possible, the Peugeot believes there'll be times you want to take the scenic route.

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Uber denies Waymo self-driving tech theft

Uber denies Waymo self-driving tech theft

Uber has denied stealing autonomous car technology from Alphabet's Waymo, after the Google spin-off accused the ride-sharing firm of copying its sensor technology. The allegations were made earlier this week, with Waymo saying that it was alerted to the issue inadvertently when a supplier sent over schematics of one of Uber's LIDAR designs. That design - for the sensor rig which scans the world around a self-driving car, mapping it in real-time - was strikingly similar to technology Waymo says it had developed itself.

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This self-driving truck startup wants drivers to keep their jobs

This self-driving truck startup wants drivers to keep their jobs

A new self-driving truck startup, Embark, has revealed its first autonomous vehicle, and is set to begin testing in Nevada. The company has eschewed the typical self-driving fare of passenger vehicles, despite many rivals focusing their development attention there, and instead predicts that long-distance haulage will be the place AI drivers make the biggest splash. Most importantly, perhaps, it's not threatening to make all truck drivers redundant as a result.

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Alphabet’s Waymo sues Uber, Otto for stealing trade secrets, IP

Alphabet’s Waymo sues Uber, Otto for stealing trade secrets, IP

The tech world might be huge but, if you are able to climb the corporate ladder, there’s always a chance you’ll get around. That, however, always opens occasions for confidential information to also get around. Just recently game publisher Bethesda Softworks won a lawsuit against Facebook and Oculus Rift for patent infringement in the vein. Similarly, Waymo, formerly Google’s self-driving car project, is suing Uber and its newly acquired subsidiary Otto, for patent infringement willfully done by a former Waymo employee.

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First self-driving Roborace test race ends in a crash

First self-driving Roborace test race ends in a crash

This weekend, at the Formula E racing series Buenos Aires ePrix event, the organizers behind Roborace held their first on-track test between two specially-designed electric self-driving cars. While not quite as exciting as a race between human drivers, the cars, known as DevBots, still managed to reach speeds as high as 115mph. But as is often the case during tests like this, an accident did occur when one of the cars crashed while navigating a turn.

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Chevrolet plans “thousands” of autonomous Bolt EV from 2018 say insiders

Chevrolet plans “thousands” of autonomous Bolt EV from 2018 say insiders

Chevrolet is readying a fleet of "thousands" of self-driving cars, the majority of which will be used by Lyft as autonomous taxi alternatives, insiders have claimed. General Motors had previously invested half a billion dollars into the ride-sharing firm, with the intention of co-developing self-driving vehicles that could be added to its fleet. In the meantime, GM also launched its own car-sharing scheme, Maven.

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Fix self-driving car rules or face needless deaths, GM warns government

Fix self-driving car rules or face needless deaths, GM warns government

GM and Toyota will pressure lawmakers to loosen rules on self-driving cars, arguing that restrictive current regulations are leading to thousands of preventable deaths. Representatives from the two automakers will appear in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday this week, and according to prepared remarks will criticize existing laws on autonomous vehicles and the testing of such vehicles. Among their complaints are restrictions that demand traditional controls must be available.

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Ford steers $1bn into Argo AI self-driving car brain startup

Ford steers $1bn into Argo AI self-driving car brain startup

Ford will pump $1bn into a self-driving car artificial intelligence startup, Argo AI, with former Google and Uber experts at the helm. The investment will be doled out over the next five years, the automaker says, as Argo AI cooks up a smart and adaptable computer that can take over driving responsibilities from humans. The hope is that the resulting technology will be in charge of Ford's self-driving vehicle due to hit dealerships in 2021, as well as under the hood of other manufacturers' cars.

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