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Google Assistant turns smartphones into infotainment systems
Google Assistant turns smartphones into infotainment systems

Drivers won't have to upgrade to a new car with a big screen and the latest hardware to use certain functions similar to Google's Android Auto. The tech giant on Tuesday said at its developer conference that its revamped Google Assistant feature set to roll out over the next few months will include...Read More»

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Google redesigns Android Auto with cleaner look

Google will usher in a sleeker look for Android Auto this summer, the technology company announced on Monday. Android Auto's first major overhaul turns the interface into a sexier system with a cleaner menu and more controls placed in user-friendly portions of the screen. Google said the most...Read More»

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Google Maps adds speed limit info to Android Auto

Google Maps has finally begun to roll out speed limit information for drivers using the application across the U.S. The additional feature is an unusual example of Google playing catch up since rival apps have shown drivers local speed limits for years. Engadget reported last Friday that speed...Read More»

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Google's Waymo to launch driverless taxi service in two months

Waymo, Google and parent company Alphabet's self-driving car subsidiary, plans to launch its first self-driving taxi service in the next two months. The company's chief executive officer, John Krafcik, told an audience at the Wall Street Journal's D.Live conference on Tuesday that the service will...Read More»

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Google’s Waymo gets approval to test self-driving cars on California roads

California granted Waymo a-driving car division a permit to test its driverless cars on public roads without a driver present, according to a post by the Google subsidiary Tuesday on Medium. Waymo is the first company to receive a permit of this kind from the California Department of Motor...Read More»

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Google Maps update adds 'commute' functionality and music controls to app

For those with a commute that can vary wildly in terms of traffic, Google’s got a new solution in its immensely popular Maps app. The company announced Monday that it would be rolling out an update this week featuring a “Commute” tab that allows users to check what type of traffic...Read More»

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Toyota reportedly will add Android Auto to its cars

Good news, Android fans. A Bloomberg report Monday said that Toyota and Google have reached an agreement that will see Android Auto compatibility appear in the automaker's cars in the future. The report cited, but did not name, a Toyota representative who said the automaker could announce Android...Read More»

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Google's self-driving car tech could become available in FCA vehicles

Self-driving car technology developed by Google's Waymo division could become available in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles vehicles, the two partners said Thursday as they announced plans to grow their relationship. FCA said in a statement that it and Waymo are "beginning discussions about the use of...Read More»

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Self-driving car using Google-owned Waymo tech involved in crash

A car that veered into oncoming traffic struck a self-driving minivan operated by Google's Waymo division in suburban Phoenix last week. The crash was the second in a six-week span involving autonomous test vehicles in Arizona. Unlike the fatal crash in March involving a Volvo XC90 using Uber's...Read More»

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California DMV reveals more hurdles ahead for self-driving cars

The California Department of Motor Vehicles explained on Monday one of the reasons why self-driving cars aren't buzzing around the Golden State's roads: human drivers still have to take over too often. In response to a request from the DMV, eight companies intent on putting driverless cars on...Read More»

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Google's Waymo approved to begin self-driving ride-share across Arizona

Waymo's driverless ride-sharing service has won a race against Uber in Arizona—and the company did it without a driver at the wheel. Waymo, Google’s self-driving car division, secured approval from the state of Arizona last month to operate as a Transportation Networking Company (TNC)...Read More»

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Pickups versus sedans: Google’s Street View can predict political leanings

A team at Stanford is using Google Street View images to successfully predict election results. Aside from the sheer vastness of information publicly available on Google, the big takeaway is that a preponderance of sedans indicates that a given area is likely to vote democratic, while pickup trucks...Read More»

Who leads the autonomous car patent race? (chart by Statista)
New study of self-driving cars puts Google at the back of the pack

Every few months, we learn a bit more about the state of self-driving cars and who's winning the race to bring them to market. Depending on the criteria being used, the rankings can shift pretty dramatically, as we can see in a new report from Germany's Cologne Institute for Economic Research. That...Read More»

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Fiat Chrysler may have found a buyer in China, but who?

For nearly three years (and maybe longer), Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has been looking for a pal, a partner to help him improve the FCA lineup and lay a strong foundation for the company's future. After being rebuffed and left-swiped by a handful of potential soulmates, he may have finally...Read More»

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Waymo drops 3 out of 4 patent claims against Uber

If you read that headline and thought that Uber might be off the hook for making use of information stolen from Waymo/Google, think again. It's true that the autonomous car start-up has dropped 75 percent of its patent claims in the increasingly messy court battle. The suit has centered on...Read More»

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Is this the 'smoking gun'? Uber promised former Waymo engineer legal aid

It's hard to believe, but Uber's no good, very bad week, just got less good and even worse. Following the resignation of the company's embattled CEO, Travis Kalanick, a document has emerged that suggests Uber knew about a massive theft of trade secrets from Waymo, which was carried out by one of...Read More»

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Uber fires former Waymo engineer, but can it stay in the self-driving car race?

It's been nearly three weeks since the messy legal battle between ride-sharing giant Uber and self-driving car company Waymo made headlines, but rest assured, all is not quiet on the West Coast front. Yesterday, Uber finally fired the engineer at the center of the contentious court case, Anthony...Read More»

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Waymo's new plan to undo Uber? Building self-driving cars for Lyft

In case you hadn't noticed, the relationship between Uber and Google spin-off, Waymo, has been tense the past few months. In February, Waymo filed suit against Uber, claiming that the ride-sharing giant has been using Waymo's proprietary technology to build self-driving cars. Worse, the engineer...Read More»

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The Uber vs. Waymo case is about to play out in public

Grab the popcorn and set your phone to vibrate: the messy lawsuit between Waymo (aka Google's self-driving car project) and Uber (aka the ride-sharing company that needs another bad headline like Mark Zuckerberg needs another million dollars) is going to play out in public. If you're already...Read More»

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