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Waymo Claims Uber Hid Self-Driving Tech From Court

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Waymo LLC, the self-driving car unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc., accused Uber Technologies Inc. of intentionally hiding a key project from a federal court that Waymo says shows the ride-hailing company copied its design plans for a laser sensor used in autonomous vehicles. The court document on Friday, filed to support Waymo's previous request to halt Uber's development of laser sensors, includes a new accusation that Uber concealed a second program to design so-called lidar during the court proceedings.


Baidu to Open Source Its Self-Driving Technology

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SHANGHAI--Baidu Inc. will share software technology it is developing for self-driving cars in a bid to catch up with competitors including General Motors Co. and Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc. Open sourcing Baidu's capabilities in functions such as route planning, vehicle control and operating systems will help Baidu and the autonomous-vehicle industry develop more rapidly, Baidu group President Qi Lu said...


Aerial Technology Gives Cities New Perspectives on Old Problems

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In dozens of urban centers across the globe, city planners are putting eyes in the sky to help them make more-informed decisions about improving city life. Using advanced technology in digital aerial photography, laser imaging and analytics, cities are tackling a wide variety of problems. Singapore has created a 3-D cityscape to help make decisions about where to place solar panels and plant rooftop gardens, among other things. New York City firefighters are using drones to get better overhead views during fires. In Philadelphia, lasers beamed from airplanes are used to detect dangerous roof damage in dilapidated properties.





Uber Calls Waymo's Claims 'Demonstrably False' in Self-Driving Car Case

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The ride-hailing company says its laser-sensor system is different than Waymo's and it can't find any of the 14,000 files claimed as stolen on its computers.


Google to Allow 'Brand Safety' Monitoring by Outside Firms

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Google on Monday unveiled measures meant to help marketers track where advertisements appear across YouTube, in the wake of controversy over the company's placement of ads alongside videos with objectionable content. The tech giant, a unit of Alphabet Inc., GOOGL 1.06% told marketers and advertisers that it plans to allow third-party measurement companies to monitor where ads appear on YouTube, and to report back to marketers on the "brand safety" of its videos. Google already offers similar functionality allowing marketers to track whether their ads were "viewable" or not--meaning whether they actually appeared on users' screens. According to executives at ad agencies, Google also has promised to offer video-level reporting across YouTube by the third quarter of this year. That feature would give advertisers a full list of specific videos against which their ads appeared, and how many times their ads were displayed on each, perhaps making marketers more comfortable with advertising on the service.


Uber Self-Driving Car Crash Detailed in Police Report

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A newly released Tempe, Ariz., police report sheds light on last week's crash involving Uber Technologies Inc.'s self-driving vehicle, revealing that the sport-utility vehicle was hit after entering an intersection on a yellow light. Police had already ruled that Uber's vehicle, which the company has said was in autonomous mode, wasn't to blame. Statements to police suggest turning traffic blocked both parties' views before the collision, raising new questions about what the sensors and cameras onboard the Uber vehicle...


Smart Lights Are a Bright Idea, With Alexa and Siri

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Light switches are so last century. Geoffrey A. Fowler explains the right--and wrong--ways to improve your home lighting with connected bulbs, plugs and switches.