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The Waymo/Google vs. Uber/Otto battle is getting uglier (and way more complicated)
The Waymo/Google vs. Uber/Otto battle is getting uglier (and way more complicated)

Not so long ago, someone might've looked at that headline and thought we'd lost our minds, or at least fallen asleep on the keyboard. These days, though, we're all too familiar with what each of those words means and what's at stake as two of the biggest players in the field of self-driving cars go...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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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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Uber's self-driving cars are on the road in Pittsburgh: how are they doing?

Back in August, the 800-pound ride-sharing gorilla known as Uber launched a fleet of self-driving vehicles in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Earlier this week, Quartz published an alleged expose about the pilot project, implying that it was off to a rocky start, but frankly, that doesn't seem to be 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»

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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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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»

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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»

Google's Self-Driving Prius
Google's autonomous car goes to Washington--and so do GM and Lyft

In the summer of 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published some intriguing classifications for autonomous vehicles, suggesting that the agency was prepared for self-driving cars to arrive in the very near future. That fall, however, NHTSA and its reps said that such talk...Read More»

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For the first time, Google admits its autonomous car is at fault in fender-bender

Valentine's Day 2016 was important to many folks. Couples pledged their undying love, companies like Hallmark and Godiva lolled on piles of holiday dough, and in Mountain View, California, one of Google's autonomous cars hit a bus. That third item might not seem like a big deal: Google's...Read More»

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Google's Autonomous Car Software Determined To Be A 'Driver' In Big Win For Self-Driving Vehicles

There are plenty of obstacles impeding Planet Earth's transition to autonomous cars, but one of the biggest involves resolving the many legal questions associated with self-driving vehicles. In a huge win for fans of autonomous cars, though, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has...Read More»

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Rumor: Google & Ford Create New Company To Build Autonomous Cars

Someday, people will look back on 2015 and say, "That's when autonomous cars were born" -- not because self-driving vehicles began appearing on roads (though at least one did), but because we began to understand the changes those cars would bring to the century-old auto industry. One of the biggest...Read More»

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