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Waymo seeking $2.6 billion from Uber for one trade secret

Daily Mail

Waymo accused Uber and Otto, acquired by the ride services company in August, with stealing confidential information on Waymo's Lidar sensor technology to speed its own efforts As we get fully self-driving cars ready for the road, we'll need more types of vehicles to refine and test our advanced driving software,' Waymo CEO Jon Krafcik wrote. 'Before starting production in October, we'd put these early vehicles through their paces at our own test track in California, and FCA's Chelsea Proving Grounds in Chelsea, MI and their Arizona Proving Grounds in Yucca, AZ. To underscore his point, Krafcik revealed the project had hit a key milestone in the journey to having fully autonomous cars cruising around public roads. It marked the first time one of the project's cars had given a passenger a ride without a human on hand to take control of a self-driving car if something went wrong.

Tesla teams up with AMD to develop its own AI car chip

Daily Mail

Electric carmaker Tesla Inc is working with Advanced Micro Devices Inc to develop its own artificial intelligence chip for self-driving cars, CNBC reported on Wednesday, citing a source familiar with the matter. AMD spin-off GlobalFoundries Inc Chief Executive Sanjay Jha said his company is working directly with Tesla, according to the CNBC report. Electric carmaker Tesla Inc is working with AMD to develop its own artificial intelligence chip for self-driving cars, CNBC reported on Wednesday, citing a source familiar with the matter. Tesla, AMD, and GlobalFoundries did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Waymo wants $2.6 billion from Uber for a single trade secret


During a hearing today wherein Alphabet's self-driving unit Waymo asked a judge to delay its upcoming trial against Uber in order to review new evidence, Reuters reports that one of Uber's attorneys said Waymo is seeking $2.6 billion for the alleged theft of one of the trade secrets listed in its complaint. That's a heck of a lot of money, especially considering that single trade secret -- and it's not clear which one it is -- is one of nine total. Waymo claims that over 14,000 proprietary design files were downloaded by Levandowski six weeks before he left Google -- information that Uber then used in the development of its LiDAR circuit board. The trial is currently scheduled to begin on October 10th, though Waymo's attorneys have requested it be pushed to December 5th.

20 percent off a smart car charger and other good deals happening today

Popular Science

For the first time, the Anker Roav SmartCharge Car Kit is on sale for 20 percent off. If you put the code ANKERFMA at checkout, you can save $6. Beyond charging your devices, it uses Bluetooth and FM radio to connect to your car's stereo, so you can play music and answer phone calls. It's got two USB quick-charging ports, and let's you use the Roav app to find your car in case you've forgotten where you parked it.

Fear of the self-driving car: Is it warranted?


Intel's research found that drivers are unclear about when a machine will talk and when it will listen; which gauges will be used and what they mean; and, perhaps most importantly, how much the driver has to pay attention in self-driving car mode. One of the major benefits, according to the Intel study, is that a computer making judgments about traffic and road conditions won't second-guess a decision. So how will drivers learn to trust autonomous cars? "Trust in autonomous vehicles will reach the first major milestone when the key car manufacturers complete testing on public roads under various environment conditions and will be able to share some positive results in terms of safe driving benchmarks," Ponomarev says.

The top 20 industrial IoT applications


The term "industrial Internet of Things" has a more muted-sounding promise of driving operational efficiencies through automation, connectivity and analytics. The company has integrated sensors to tools and machines on the shop floor and given workers wearable technology -- including industrial smart glasses -- designed to reduce errors and bolster safety in the workplace. Gehring uses the same cloud-based real-time tracking to reduce downtime and optimize its own manufacturing productivity through monitoring its connected manufacturing systems, visualizing and analyzing data from its machine tools in the cloud. While it offers an IoT platform known as Lumada, Hitachi also makes a plethora of products leveraging connected technology, including trains, which the company is beginning to sell as a service.

AI to Help Power Grids Resist Disruptions

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

The U.S. Department of Energy will explore whether artificial intelligence could help electric grids handle power fluctuations, avoid failures, resist damage, and recover faster from major storms, cyberattacks, solar flares and other disruptions. GRIP is the first project to use artificial intelligence (AI) to help power grids deal with disturbances, says Sila Kiliccote, GRIP's principal investigator and director of the Grid Integration, Systems and Mobility lab at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, Calif. GRIP will develop algorithms to learn how power grids work by analyzing smart meter data, utility-scale SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) data, electric vehicle charging data, and even satellite and street-view imagery. Some of the first places the project will test its data analytics platform are Southern California Edison, a leader in smart metering, and Packetized Energy, which helps grids manage distributed energy resources.

Top trends in insurtech: AI, robotics and blockchain, says Aon


Insurtechs with expertise in robotics, artificial intelligence, IoT, blockchain and advanced analytics are encouraging insurance companies to rethink product development through collaboration. The report, "Global insurance market opportunities: Reimagining risk management," argues insurtech startups will likely play the role of enabler for insurance innovation rather than disrupt long-standing business models. "The insurance industry has been relatively slow to embrace digital technology compared with other industries. That reticence has opened a window of opportunity for entrepreneurs to deploy digital technology to improve the customer experience through a host of startup companies," Aon says.

Google X's Sebastian Thrun: Flying car ready in February

Daily Mail

In April, Kitty Hawk revealed a prototype of its flying vehicle – an electrical aircraft that resembles a flying jet ski. According to Sebastian Thrun, a working version of Kitty Hawk's flying car will be ready by February 2018 And according to Thrun, a working version of the product will be ready by February 2018. Steve Jurvetson, one of the original investors in SpaceX, is also optimistic about flying cars, adding: 'They're kind of like autonomous cars, you get a peek of the future. And Steve Jurvetson, one of the original investors in SpaceX, is also optimistic about flying cars, adding: 'They're kind of like autonomous cars, you get a peek of the future.

A Shape-Shifting Car? Patent Filings Point to Auto Industry's Future

Wall Street Journal

In 2016, 10 of the world's largest car makers submitted 9,700 patent applications, up 110% from 2012, according to consulting firm Oliver Wyman. Toyota, long the industry leader in patent filings, innovated several hybrid-vehicle technologies that rivals eventually needed when looking to compete in combo gas-electric cars. Unlike Silicon Valley companies, traditional vehicle makers face huge overhead and capital requirements for their factories and product lines. General Motors Co., for instance, has bought or invested in Silicon Valley firms working on autonomous technology but narrowed its own patent filings to about 1,000 in the U.S. last year, down 3.4% from 2012.