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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.


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Daily Mail

The chipmaker admitted it had worked with the company during the design of its compute platform to allow autonomous cars to process information in real time. The announcement marked the first time Waymo, formerly Google's autonomous program, has acknowledged a collaboration with a supplier. Intel began supplying chips for then-Google's autonomous program beginning in 2009, but that relationship grew into a deeper collaboration when Google began working with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCHA.MI) to develop and install the company's autonomous driving technology into the automaker's minivans. Intel began supplying chips for then-Google's autonomous program beginning in 2009.


Elon Musk: Tesla electric lorry to be unveiled in late October

The Guardian

The commercial trucking industry appears interested in Musk's proposed battery-powered heavy-duty vehicle, which can compete with conventional diesels and travel up to 1,000 miles on a single tank of fuel. Tesla's plans for new electric vehicles, including a commercial truck called the Tesla Semi, were announced last year, and in April Musk said the release of the semi-truck was set for September. In August, leaked correspondence with vehicle regulators revealed Tesla's plan to test long-haul, electric lorries that move in so-called platoons, or road-trains, that automatically follow a lead vehicle driven by a human. The Department for Transport announced last month that platoons of self-driving lorries will be trialled on England's motorways.


Trump camp updates U.S. self-driving car guidelines as more hit the road, paring safety assessment points

The Japan Times

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN – The Trump administration on Tuesday unveiled updated safety guidelines for self-driving cars aimed at clearing barriers for automakers and tech companies wanting to get test vehicles on the road. The guidelines also make clear that the federal government -- not states -- determines whether autonomous vehicles are safe. There is nothing to prohibit California, for instance, from requiring human backup drivers on highly automated vehicles, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would discourage that. California, which is the only state that requires automakers to publicly report crashes of autonomous test vehicles, said Tuesday it was reviewing the new guidelines.


California bans drones from delivering marijuana

Daily Mail

It says transportation must be via commercial vehicles and trailers and bans aircraft, watercraft, rail, drones, human powered vehicles, and unmanned vehicles. They'll also have to retain distribution records and enter transport and shipment information into a California'track-and-trace' database. 'Transportation may not be done by aircraft, watercraft, rail, drones, human powered vehicles, or unmanned vehicles.' The strict regulations put a major dent in the plans of startups like Trees Delivery, Eaze, and MDelivers, which planned or envisioned using drones to make marijuana deliveries in the future.


Drones won't be delivering weed in California any time soon

Engadget

In the near future, your pizza, Big Mac, and groceries could all be delivered autonomously. The California Bureau of Cannabis Control recently declared that weed deliveries cannot be made by autonomous vehicles -- that includes UAVs and unmanned self-driving cars. "Transportation may not be done by aircraft, watercraft, rail, drones, human-powered vehicles, or unmanned vehicles," according to the bureau's business licensing regulations. As Ars Technica points out, the likes of MDelivers, Eaze, Trees Delivery have all promised to autonomously deliver your pot.


Samsung secures self-driving car permit in California

Daily Mail

The South Korean electronics maker has recently been approved to test it deep-learning based autonomous vehicles on public roads in Korea. Samsung received approved to test it deep-learning based autonomous vehicles on public roads. For the small companies and students, the race course offered a large, safe testing environment. For the small companies and students, the race course offered a large, safe testing environment.


Apple's 'Star Wars' self driving car spotted

Daily Mail

The roofracks contains dozens of sensors, but primarily uses Lidar to'see' their surroundings, and Apple is now using Lexus SUV's, rather than the minivans that have previously been spotted In lidar -- or light detection and ranging -- scanning, one or more lasers sends out short pulses, which bounce back when they hit an obstacle, whether clouds, leaves or rocks. Apple joins a growing list of traditional car-makers, technology companies, and small start ups to test drive cars in California. Five people familiar with Project Titan spoke anonymously about the debates within the company's senior staff, including Project Titan's original head Steve Zadesky and design guru Jony Ive. Apple joins a growing list of traditional car-makers, technology companies, and small start ups to test drive cars in California.


Apple cuts back its ambitions for a self-driving car

Daily Mail

Chief Executive Tim Cook has suggested that Apple wants to move beyond integration of Apple smartphones into vehicle infotainment systems. Apple joins a growing list of traditional car-makers, technology companies, and small start ups to test drive cars in California. Five people familiar with Project Titan spoke anonymously about the debates within the company's senior staff, including Project Titan's original head Steve Zadesky and design guru Jony Ive. Apple joins a growing list of traditional car-makers, technology companies, and small start ups to test drive cars in California.


Apple could take on Uber with self driving car

Daily Mail

Disagreements among Apple's top brass have led to a dramatic scaling back of the firm's plans for a self-driving car, industry insiders have claimed. Apple joins a growing list of traditional car-makers, technology companies, and small start ups to test drive cars in California. Five people familiar with Project Titan spoke anonymously about the debates within the company's senior staff, including Project Titan's original head Steve Zadesky and design guru Jony Ive. Apple joins a growing list of traditional car-makers, technology companies, and small start ups to test drive cars in California.