Waymo and Intel are officially teaming up to build self-driving cars


The two companies, which are among the leaders in the race to develop driverless car technology, officially announced their partnership in a blog post penned by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. There were no financial terms revealed, and other details about the partnership were not disclosed, but we did gain some new insights about Waymo's driverless vehicle platform. We now know that Waymo was using Intel's tech well before the partnership was made official earlier today. Intel played a big part in developing Waymo's in-house self-driving hardware platform, which is used in its fleet of Chrysler Pacifica minivans.

Self-driving Lyft cars will pick up passengers in the Bay Area with new partnership


SEE ALSO: Ford and Domino's team up for self-driving pizza deliveries Lyft hopes to collect data to improve the passenger experience in self-driving cars, while The deal is similar to Lyft's partnership with nuTonomy to bring self-driving cabs to Boston, which was announced earlier this year. This will be the first public partnership for, The startup is known for its emphasis on familiarizing the public with self-driving tech, which will continue to be a focus during the Lyft trial, She said the company has been testing its tech on public roads in California since last year, but this will be the first time the public will have a chance to ride in its cars. Notably, Lyft's pilot program with nuTonomy in Boston hasn't launched, even though it was announced back in June. These two programs and the regions in which they'll operate are very different, however, so there might be a chance that the Bay Area's driverless Lyfts could hit the roads before Boston's.

Intel's self-driving supergroup brings Fiat Chrysler into the fold


Intel's self-driving supergroup has added another member to the team: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). The partnership, which already includes BMW, Intel and Mobileye, has ambitious plans to get autonomous vehicles on the road by 2021, and FCA's inclusion is likely to make that goal more achievable. Scalability remains an issue for autonomous vehicles -- that is, making the technology work with different makes and models. FCA owns a number of very different brands, including Chrysler, Fiat and Jeep, so the partnership can now work towards autonomy across the board, from Jeeps used off-road to Fiats designed for zooming around cities.

Fiat Chrysler joins BMW, Intel self-driving car alliance


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is joining a partnership that includes German automaker BMW and U.S. tech giant Intel to develop self-driving car technology. "In order to advance autonomous driving technology, it is vital to form partnerships among automakers, technology providers and suppliers," Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said in a statement. BMW, Intel and self-driving car tech firm Mobileye formed the partnership in 2016, saying they'd welcome others to join to help accelerate and spread the technology. In April, Fiat Chrysler announced that Waymo had ordered an additional 500 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids that it will modify for its self-driving fleet.

Toyota, Mazda to form capital alliance to jointly develop electric vehicles

The Japan Times

NAGOYA – Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. are set to form a capital alliance to boost joint development of electric vehicles, sources close to the matter said Friday. Toyota and Mazda decided to deepen their partnership to survive the intensifying competition for developing the self-driving technology and environment-friendly vehicles, the sources said. Toyota is aiming to fully enter the EV market by 2020 and Mazda aims to start selling EVs in the United States in 2019. The influence of technology firms in the industry has also grown with Google Inc. entering the race to develop automated car technology while U.S. electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors Inc. is showing rapid growth.

Google teaches self-driving cars to see emergency vehicles

Daily Mail

Over the course of a days and night the vehicles -- equipped with a powerful suite of sensors -- observed police cars, motorcycles, ambulances, firetrucks, and even a few undercover vehicles as they trailed, passed and led the self-driving cars. Waymo's vehicles -- equipped with a powerful suite of sensors -- observed police cars, motorcycles, ambulances, firetrucks, and even a few undercover vehicles as part of the Arizona test. The partnership aims to support Waymo's ever-growing fleet of autonomous vehicles and its early rider program, which has a public trial in Phoenix Under the multiyear deal, Waymo's cars will receive automotive services such as cleanings, oil changes and tire rotations and will also be allowed to part the autonomous vehicles at Avis locations. Under the multiyear deal, Waymo's cars will receive automotive services such as cleanings, oil changes and tire rotations and will also be allowed to part the autonomous vehicles at Avis locations Avis also owns Zipcar, which is an on-demand car rental service, making it very appealing to Waymo, said Krafick.

Lyft Shifts Gears With New Driverless-Car Division

Wall Street Journal

The new division marks a shift for Lyft, which had favored partnerships with self-driving vehicle developers including Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo, NuTonomy Inc., General Motors Co. GM -0.93% and Tata Motors Ltd.'s Jaguar Land Rover. Later this year, NuTonomy and GM plan to test their cars on Lyft's network. "This isn't about bringing one car or two cars or a hundred cars onto the streets of San Francisco--this is about bringing hundreds of thousands of cars" to Lyft's network," Mr. Kapoor said. Uber, which denies the allegations, has sought to be a leader in self-driving cars, rolling out tests in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Tempe, Ariz. Lyft is opening a new office in Palo Alto, Calif., in a building once used by video-calling company Skype, and hopes that base will help it attract engineering talent, said Director of Product Taggart Matthiesen.

The big problem with artificial intelligence


Hyundai, 2020: According to Forbes, the South Korean motor company is "slated to release highly autonomous vehicles by 2020...and fully autonomous vehicles by 2030," meaning level four and five automation. Dailmer, 2020-2021: The German manufacturer entered into a partnership with engineering company Bosch, and plans to bring both level four and level five autonomy vehicles "to urban roads by the beginning of the next decade." BMW, 2021: Joining with Intel and Mobileye, BMW plans to bring "solutions for highly and fully automated driving into series production" by 2021, meaning level four and five automation. Ford, 2021: Ford Motor CEO Mark Fields told CNBC in January that he hopes to have a level four vehicle by 2021.

Car rental companies are nervous about driverless cars, so they're doing something about it


Two high-profile moves reported this week link driverless cars with Big Car Rental: Google's Waymo entered partnership with Avis to storing and maintaining autonomous vehicles, while Apple's self-driving Lexuses have been linked to Hertz in news that, notably, hasn't been officially confirmed by either company. Avis will service Waymo's fleet as part of the new partnership. Avis will instead provide fleet management, servicing, and maintenance support for Waymo's 600-strong fleet of autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans as part of its public pilot program in Phoenix. Apple reps declined to comment about any potential agreements between the two companies, and Hertz reps had no comment when asked for clarification via email.

It takes a smart city to make cars truly autonomous


Helping to navigate Nevada's foray into vehicle-to-infrastructure communications is the Nevada Center for Advanced Mobility, which facilitates partnerships between the state and private and academic entities. An example of that is the recent partnership between the state and Nexar, which builds systems for automobiles to communicate with one another. Approximately 18 months ago the Center for Advanced Mobility pivoted from working on autonomous vehicles to focusing on the actual infrastructure that self-driving cars will need to get around while automakers figure out the in-car solution. On a 35-mile stretch of US 33 in Ohio, the state in partnership with Honda, the Transportation Research Center at East Liberty and the Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research will build a "smart road" by laying down highway sensors, expanding fiber optic networks and outfitting government and research vehicles with data-collecting hardware.