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Who's winning the self-driving car race? It's not the company you think
Who's winning the self-driving car race? It's not the company you think

When you think of self-driving cars, you probably think of Tesla and its well-known Autopilot software. Or perhaps you think of Uber and its recent troubles with autonomous tech. Or you might just think of Waymo (formerly, Google's autonomous car program), which has been working the longest and...Read More»

Self-driving Uber prototype involved in a crash in Tempe, Arizona
Uber's self-driving car program at risk from lawsuits, possibly flawed software

There are plenty of metaphorical dumpster fires raging in America today, but few are as fascinating to watch as the one consuming Uber. The ride-sharing company and its proto-bro CEO, Travis Kalanick, have been in the news for months, and rarely have the headlines been flattering. (If you need to...Read More»

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No driver's license? No problem under California's proposed self-driving car laws

Back in 2014, Google unveiled its first self-driving car, and boy, did it turn heads. The company's autonomous technology wasn't the only thing that got people's attention, it was also the car's design--specifically, its lack of a steering wheel or pedals for acceleration and braking. Google's...Read More»

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Waymo sues Uber, claiming former employee stole top-secret technology

We live in confusing times. Presenters dole out movie awards to films that didn't win. The last Republican president has been criticizing the current one. And two self-driving car start-ups are embroiled in a court battle over allegations of corporate espionage. Oh, and to make that last item even...Read More»

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Google's Waymo is leading the self-driving car race

Google's self-driving car project--now known as Waymo--has put plenty of miles on the odometer. In fact, since 2009, the company's autonomous fleet has traveled 2.3 million miles without assistance from their human companions. All that work is paying big dividends, according to new data from the...Read More»

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Waymo & FCA are building 100 self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans

For years, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has been searching for a partner--a company to help FCA develop and build tomorrow's cars. He first tried hooking up with General Motors and Ford, both of which shot him down. Then in April, he hit up Google. By early May, it was clear that...Read More»

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Google's self-driving car program is now Waymo: what does that mean, exactly?

Almost exactly one year ago, we reported that Google's parent company, Alphabet, planned to spin off Google's self-driving car program in 2016. With about two weeks to go on the calendar, Alphabet has finally announced that it's doing just that. The new company is called Waymo, which could mean...Read More»

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Apple finally, kinda-sorta says that it wants to build self-driving cars

The will it/won't it debate around Apple's not-so-secret desire to build self-driving cars has taken an interesting turn. In a recent letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the company gave its biggest hint yet that autonomous vehicles are on its radar. The five-page letter...Read More»

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Android Auto now works in any car--and it's free

So far, automakers have done a pretty terrible job of designing infotainment systems. Those systems are so bad, they're causing quality scores to plummet and inspiring unpleasant lawsuits. And yet, automakers stubbornly keep churning out wonky in-dash tech. Toyota went so far as to say that it...Read More»

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Apple eats a big slice of humble pie, nixes plans to build cars (for now)

For a year and a half, everyone has been talking about Apple's self-driving electric car--everyone but Apple, that is. The company hasn't even confirmed what is, by all accounts, one of the tech world's worst-kept secrets: the existence of Project Titan, the Apple division tasked with building the...Read More»

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Would you buy a car made by Google? Our poll results

A week ago, we reported on a new survey from TECHnalysis Research. It revealed that a majority of Americans would consider purchasing vehicles made by Google or Apple, if those vehicles were ever to hit the market. A few days later, we asked our Twitter followers to share their feelings about a...Read More»

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Is Apple canning the electric car it never publicly discussed?

Project Titan may be the worst-kept secret in the automotive world. It is, of course, the hush-hush division of Apple tasked with building an autonomous, electric car. Or at least it was. A new series of layoffs suggest that the company may be having second thoughts, and it may instead follow the...Read More»

Apple car conceived by children's book author Richard Scarry
Would you buy a car made by Apple? Our poll results

Yesterday, we told you about a new survey gauging the public's interest in cars that might be made by tech firms like Apple and Google. The results were a little surprising, so we decided to do some further research. The initial survey was carried out by TECHnalysis, and it revealed that consumers...Read More»

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Survey: A majority of Americans would be interested in cars from Google & Apple

Automakers, pay attention: a new survey suggests that more than half of U.S. consumers would be interested in cars developed by tech giants Google and Apple. The survey was conducted by TECHnalysis Research, which polled 1,000 Americans who (a) currently own a vehicle and (b) plan to purchase...Read More»

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Ford offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto in all 2017 models

Good news, Apple and Android fans: every 2017 Ford model in the U.S. will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That's because Ford is rolling out its latest telematics platform, SYNC 3, to the full 2017 model-year lineup. As the automaker revealed back in January, SYNC 3 is what makes CarPlay...Read More»

Google previews Android-based infotainment system
Google's plan for tomorrow's dashboards (smartphone not included)

This week, Google held its annual I/O conference for developers. At least one of the company's announcements could have automakers shaking in their boots or jumping for joy, depending on their point of view. The announcement came by way of a beautifully tricked-out dashboard on a Maserati Ghibli...Read More»

2017 Chrysler Pacifica
Rumor: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica to feature Google's autonomous tech, details may come today

Last week, we reported on rumors that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Google were preparing to announce a strategic partnership. Rather than carrying out a merger, as FCA had wanted to do with General Motors (and Ford, and Volkswagen), we suspected that FCA might want to install some of Google's...Read More»

Sergio Marchionne
Rumor: FCA puts the moves on Google

Industries are built on strategic partnerships. The right collaboration can do wonders for a bottom line. The wrong collaboration? Well, remember AOL Time Warner? Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has been searching for the perfect partner for more than a year. He's been shot down by...Read More»

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Will Apple ever sell cars? One analyst says no

Apple and Google are both interested in autonomous cars, but they're approaching them in very different ways. According to one analyst, Apple's plan is entirely unfeasible. Two companies, two paths Since 2009, Google has been working on autonomous cars right out in the open, for all the world to...Read More»

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