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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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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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Waze carpool service eyes bigger US, Latin America expansion

Waze carpool service eyes bigger US, Latin America expansion

It’s no secret that Waze has a ride-sharing service but it is also no secret that it isn’t aiming to compete with the likes of Uber and Lyft. At least not yet. Those two giants, however, should probably be a bit more wary regardless, especially in light of recent news. Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, Waze head Noam Bardin revealed plans to expand to more US cities beyond San Francisco, even reaching as far as Latin America. This could pretty much set the stage for a sudden change of direction should Waze decide to fully commercialize its Carpool service.

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Uber preps first diversity report following harassment allegations

Uber preps first diversity report following harassment allegations

Diversity reports have become popular among tech companies in the face of growing public criticism over low-diversity workforces and potential discrimination. Some companies have been issuing such reports for years now while others are just getting started, and one such notable company is Uber. The ridesharing company is said to be preparing its first ever diversity report following allegations that its didn’t adequately handle alleged sexual harassment within the company.

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Uber expands mapping cars to improve its road data

Uber expands mapping cars to improve its road data

Uber has been working on increasing its mapping data, something that’ll ultimately improve its service for riders. Part of that effort has involved deploying its own mapping cars -- that is, vehicles featuring Uber’s mapping devices for collecting important navigation and transportation data. Rather than using dedicated mapping cars, though, Uber has put this technology into some of its existing ‘driver-partner’ vehicles so that ordinary Uber rides gather important travel info.

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Uber Elevate just poached NASA’s flying car expert

Uber Elevate just poached NASA’s flying car expert

Uber has poached a flying car specialist from NASA, as it schemes new ways of transportation under its Uber Elevate brand. Mark Moore had been employed at NASA for three decades, most recently leading the space agency's work on electric flying vehicles for on-demand mobility. There, he authored a paper on "Personal Air Vehicles" that could take off and land vertically like helicopters in dense urban environments, but be piloted by computers.

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Uber adds autonomous Mercedes to roadmap amid #DeleteUber boycott

Uber adds autonomous Mercedes to roadmap amid #DeleteUber boycott

Uber's upcoming fleet of self-driving cars will including autonomous Mercedes-Benz, the two companies have announced today. The deal, between ride-sharing firm Uber and Mercedes parent Daimler, is the first example of Uber's autonomous platform opening up to a third-party car manufacturer. Under the terms, users will be able to use Uber's app to summon a self-driving Mercedes.

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Uber rides can now be ordered within Google Maps

Uber rides can now be ordered within Google Maps

Uber just got much more convenient, assuming you’re a Google Maps user, thanks to a new integration with Google’s navigation app. Rather than opening the Uber app and copying an address into the destination field, Google users can now find their location using Google Maps, then choose the small ride-hailing icon as the transportation method, enabling travelers to order an Uber car directly within the app.

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How to link Uber to your phone’s calendar app

How to link Uber to your phone’s calendar app

Uber wants to make it a bit easier to get to your appointments and other scheduled events, and so it has introduced a new way to link your phone's calendar to the Uber app itself. By doing so, you'll see a small calendar icon with an event and time upon opening the Uber app, assuming you have something planned and scheduled. Tap it and you'll have the event's address and details plugged directly in the trip page, but only after you link the two together.

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Uber Movement gives cities a peek into company’s trip data

Uber Movement gives cities a peek into company’s trip data

It’s something urban planners have been dying to have and users will (or should) be dying to protect. Uber is a treasure trove of data about the comings and goings of people because of how it so conveniently integrates GPS locations, trip data, and such. It is, naturally, ripe for the picking for city planners and administrators who want raw and relevant data on how to improve their infrastructure as well as traffic management. To that end, Uber is announcing Movement, a website that gives everyone, from those urban planners to you and me, a look at that very data.

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Carpooling can cut traffic congestion by 75%, MIT study

Carpooling can cut traffic congestion by 75%, MIT study

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft have been in the news a lot lately, but mostly because of their run ins with authorities and regulators. Few have probably given deep thought, not to mention devout an entire scientific paper, on their impact at large, for good or for ill. But that is exactly what researchers at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) accomplished under the charge of Professor Daniela Rus. They developed an algorithm that showed that carpooling service can potentially reduce road congestion up to three times and, in the long run, even save our environment.

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Uber is moving its self-driving cars from California to Arizona

Uber is moving its self-driving cars from California to Arizona

Following a spat with the California DMV, Uber has announced that its self-driving cars are inbound for Arizona, where the company will resume its self-driving pilot with “the support of Governor Ducey.” The vehicles left for Arizona this morning via a truck, though it isn’t clear where exactly in Arizona they will be deployed, nor when the pilot project will resume. The move follows California's DMV revoking the cars' registration.

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