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Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacifica begins testing in San Francisco

 Waymo is bringing its self-driving cars back to San Francisco streets for testing. TechCrunch has obtained pictures of the Waymo Chrysler Pacifica autonomous test vehicle on SF city roads, and Waymo confirmed that it is indeed bringing test vehicles back to one of the first spots where it ever tested AVs in the first place.
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A look back at Uber’s hellish year

 We endured plenty of the drama Uber packed in for every five-hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes of 2017 — and what a year! From protests to a major sexual harassment probe, the ousting of co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick, the crowning of new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, the promising hints of that long-awaited IPO and an on-going lawsuit with Google over self-driving cars.… Read More

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Hoo-boy! This damning Uber letter is a wild ride

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The disasters that former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick left in his wake at his popular ride-hailing app company was one of this year’s biggest tech industry stories. Now, as we wrap up the year, Uber (through a court case) has gifted us a letter detailing many of the company’s alleged wrongdoings and spy tactics. 

The so-called Jacobs letter was written by an attorney representing Richard Jacobs, a former Uber security analyst. It alleges shady and potential illegal operations, including how Uber employees monitored the competition and acquired trade secrets. 

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Waymo to start testing its self-driving cars in Michigan

 Waymo’s next stop for its self-driving Chrysler Pacifica test vehicles is Michigan. The company that sprung from Google’s self-driving car project will be deploying its autonomous cars just in time for Michigan’s winter, too, which will mean that they should encounter a range of major challenges, including snow, sleet and frozen roads. This isn’t the first time Waymo… Read More

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Alphabet is reportedly mulling a $1B investment in Lyft

 It’s about as good a timing as any for Lyft to capitalize on the tidal wave of negative publicity that Uber is facing right now, and it looks like it might end up with a significant investment from Alphabet in the middle of that train wreck, according to a report by Axios.  That’s not to say that this is directly related to Uber, which has a new CEO and is trying to move on… Read More

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These are the autonomous trucks that Google’s Waymo is testing

 Alphabet/Google’s self-driving car division Waymo disclosed earlier this month that it is working on (semi-)autonomous trucks, and now we have our first look at the vehicles in question. Jalopnik published a number of photos of a Waymo branded truck kitted out with a radar, lidar and ultrasonic radars. Waymo is, of course, not alone in exploring autonomous trucking. The company took Uber… Read More

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Lyft and Waymo to team up on self-driving cars amid Uber controversy

 Lyft and Waymo are working together on self-driving car technology, with a new deal first reported by the New York Times on Sunday. The deal has been confirmed by both parties, and will see Google’s former self-driving car unit work together with the ride-hailing company on efforts to introduce self-driving to the general population via fleet services. Waymo just launched a… Read More

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Apple’s self-driving car reportedly spotted on the streets in California

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Apple’s self-driving car looks to have finally hit the streets.

Evidence that the company is finally kicking its long-rumored auto project into full gear has mounted over the last month. With state clearance in hand and a clear directive, the only piece left out of the puzzle is the car itself — and thanks to an anonymous source, who claims to have seen the car drive out of an Apple facility and sent pics and even a GIF to Bloomberg, we now have it.     

The images of the new ride shows a self-driving Lexus RX450h SUV outfitted with an array of sensors, cameras and other autonomy-granting goodies like we’ve seen on other demo vehicles from competitors. The report notes the car appears to use LiDAR sensors made by Velodyne, which have been used by other companies in the self-driving space, along with other components that were likely purchased from other third-party sources.   Read more…

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The Detroit automaker who killed Tesla in new self-driving car rankings

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Who’s winning the race to bring self-driving cars to the masses? 

Sorry Elon, a new report doesn’t even have Tesla in its top 10 — instead, auto industry stalwart Ford finished first. 

Navigant Research ranked 18 players in the self-driving game, ranked on a set of 10 criteria determined by the firm. It’s an inexact science, especially with intangible concepts like “vision” and “staying power” included for consideration.

Ford came away with the top spot because of its superior ability to execute on a “fully realized strategy,” i.e., controlling the means to actually manufacture cars, according to a blog post that followed the report. That reasoning extended to the other companies leading the ranking, as traditional automakers GM, the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Daimler, and Volkswagen Group rounded out the top five spots.  Read more…

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Intel throws down $15.3 billion to become a player in the self-driving car game

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Money keeps pouring in from companies trying to perfect the self-driving car.

Like, a ton of money. 

The latest eye-popping transaction: Intel announced Monday that it was buying Israeli company Mobileye for $15.3 billion

Mobileye’s systems, which are used by 27 carmakers, depend on specialized cameras to sense a car’s surroundings on the road. It’s the tech behind the emergency braking and lane assistance systems that are becoming more common in new vehicles.      

The acquisition shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, since the two companies have been working together with BMW since last year to create a fully autonomous car by 2021. The first test vehicles for that project, iNext, are slated to hit the streets as part of a pilot program in the second half of this year.      Read more…

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U.S. Department of Transportation announces a new committee focused on automation

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 15: Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO of General Motors, speaks during a General Motors press conference at the Renaissance Center on December 15, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. General Motors announced it will soon begin autonomous vehicle testing on Michigan's public roads and start manufacturing the next generation of autonomous vehicles at the Orion assembly plant, Michigan in 2017. (Photo by Rachel Woolf/Getty Images) The U.S. regulatory agency overseeing transportation of all kinds at the federal level has announced a new official federal committee on automation, be it autonomous driving, drones or other self-guided modes of getting around. The new federal committee is designed to help the Department of Transportation (DOT) learn from industry experts regarding how it should be shaping policy and research… Read More