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Uber investor pumps $500 million into Lyft
Uber investor pumps $500 million into Lyft

First, it was Uber’s misfortunes helping to accelerate arch-rival Lyft’s growth. Now it’s Uber’s fortunes. Mutual fund Fidelity will take part in Lyft’s newest round of financing, in which the company is expected to raise $1.5 billion overall. All total, the latest...Read More»

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Waymo’s self-driving fleet crosses 4-million mile barrier

As Google spinoff Waymo continues its march toward fully self-driving cars, it has reached a significant milepost: four million self-driven miles. On public roads. While that number is impressive—it would take one person three centuries of driving over 13,000 miles annually to match—the...Read More»

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California to allow human-less self-driving car testing

Following a year of self-driving cars legally testing on public roads, California is ready to take things a step further by relaxing the rules surrounding testing. Soon, companies will be able to test their autonomous car prototypes on public roads without a driver, even as backup. That’s...Read More»

Proposal for dedicated self-driving car test site in South Korea
South Korea builds its own experimental town for self-driving cars

Just weeks before South Korea hosts the world’s first motor show centered on self-driving cars, has opened its own city, developed purely for testing driverless vehicles. The ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced the partial opening of what is being dubbed...Read More»

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Google's Waymo takes cabbie out of its self-driving taxis

Google-owned Waymo is taking the driver out of self-driving cars with a new ride-hailing service that just launched in suburban Phoenix. About 100 Chrysler Pacificas equipped with Waymo's self-driving technology are now being tested in Chandler, Arizona, company CEO John Krafcik said Tuesday...Read More»

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Self-service? Waymo’s self-driving cars head to AutoNation for fleet maintenance

Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans may soon drive themselves to AutoNation when they need servicing. The largest auto dealer in the U.S. inked a multi-year service deal with Google's spinoff to maintain its self-driving test fleet, in a move that represents a potential...Read More»

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Waymo is teaching its self-driving cars how to handle Michigan's snow

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas...in Michigan, at least. That’s part of the reason is why Waymo is set to begin testing its self-driving vehicles in the in the Detroit area. Waymo’s CEO, John Krafcik, announced the news in a blog post on Thursday. In it, he said that...Read More»

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Report: Waymo could launch self-driving ride-share service as early as this fall

Reports based on information obtained from people briefed on Waymo’s plans suggest the Google spinoff could be planning to launch a rideshare service composed of self-driving cars as early as this fall. Citing sources Silicon Beat and The Information claim that the service would involve...Read More»

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Intel, Waymo team up to design self-driving car computers

Google spinoff-slash-self-driving technology firm Waymo is partnering with Intel to develop new computing platforms. The companies announced the partnership this week, and revealed that Intel technologies have featured in Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans and their predecessors...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»

Waymo trains self-driving cars to identify emergency vehicles
Waymo uses its own fake city to push the limits of self-driving car technology

Waymo, the self-driving car technology company that spun off from Google, developed its own artificial city for its fleet of test vehicles. Waymo and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles cooperate on their development of self-driving vehicles, and FCA recently announced a further collaboration with BMW and...Read More»

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Waymo patent would make cars safer by making them softer

Pedestrians are in trouble. Between 2015 and 2016, the U.S. saw an 11 percent uptick in pedestrian deaths, and there's no sign that the trend is changing course. What's an automaker to do? If you're Ford, you design cars to do a better job of detecting pedestrians. If you're Waymo (which isn't...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»

Waymo trains self-driving cars to identify emergency vehicles
Waymo's next trick for self-driving cars? Identifying emergency vehicles

Waymo may be winning the race to build fully autonomous cars (at least by some estimates), but it still has a long way to go before those vehicles can roll themselves into showrooms. Among the more challenging tricks that self-driving cars have to master next is recognizing emergency vehicles and...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»

From the INRIX Connected & Autonomous Vehicle Consumer Survey
Study: People don't trust self-driving cars from Uber or Lyft

Last September, we reported on a study showing that consumers would be interested in vehicles made by tech firms like Apple and Google. The gist was that decades-old car companies like Ford, General Motors, and Toyota could soon face stiff competition from auto industry newbies. Now, there's...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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