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Autonomous Cars Will Need “Autonomous Maintenance” Solutions

Competition has begun heating up as to who will be the first one to operate a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles, as demonstrated again by recent announcements from General Motors (GM) and Uber.  However, a lot of work is still needed to allow such vehicles to roam freely throughout our city centers, neighborhoods and freeways, […]

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Uber looked into partnering with automaker for self-driving project

Uber’s self-driving project could have been a collaborative effort between the ride-hailing giant and a major automaker, according to a report by The Information. In the summer, Uber rejected an acquisition offer for the self-driving unit by an unnamed automaker. That led executives to discuss the possibility of further collaboration with automakers, to offset some […]

What are the pros and cons of being a self-driving car engineer?

“Self-driving car engineer” is one of the latest buzzwords in the market. Many engineers are leaving their current job as they want to contribute to the autonomous car space or secure their future by working on cutting-edge technology. Autonomous cars popularity has also reflected on the learning platforms where content creators are eagerly sharing their […]

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Lyft launches autonomous division to build own self-driving tech

After working with partners for over a year, ride-sharing app Lyft has announced it will create its own autonomous division, which will focus on all the self-driving parts apart from car manufacturing. The company will double the size of its workforce to build the hardware, software, and services. See Also: General Motors plans to test […]

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India to block any self-driving vehicles that enter the country

India doesn’t want anything to do with self-driving vehicles. The highway and transport minister, Nitin Gadkari, told reporters that he wouldn’t let driverless cars take away jobs. “We won’t allow driverless cars in India. I am very clear on this. We won’t allow any technology that takes away jobs. In a country where you have […]

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Uber to merge Russian operations with Yandex

Uber has announced it will scale back operations in Russia, creating a new transport company with local search giant Yandex. Yandex.Taxi and Uber driver-side apps will be merged into one service, but both apps will remain available to customers in Russia. The new company will also take over operations in Azerbaijan, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. See […]

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Waymo narrows case against Uber as court date nears

Waymo has dropped three of the four patent claims against Uber, as it tries to narrow the case against Uber before the October court date. The lawsuit centers on Anthony Levandowski, an ex-Google exec who allegedly stole 14,000 confidential documents when he left the company to start Otto, which was then sold to Uber. Levandowski […]

Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi head sees self-driving dominance in 5 years

Autonomous cars will dominate the streets by 2022, according to Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance Chairman Carlos Ghosn. The firm, which has an established autonomous car program, wants to give drivers control of their cars; their autonomous cars are not driverless cars — instead, drivers can decide when they want to drive and when they want the car […]

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Waymo working on competitor to Uber’s self-driving trucks

Waymo, the self-driving division of Google, has confirmed that alongside an expansion to its autonomous car efforts, it is looking to develop self-driving trucks. “We’re taking our eight years of experience in building self-driving hardware and software and conducting a technical exploration into how our technology can integrate into a truck,” a Waymo spokesperson said […]

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Uber fires head of self-driving division during Google’s lawsuit

Uber fired the head of its self-driving unit, Anthony Levandowski on Thursday. He has been accused of stealing trade secrets from Google’s self-driving division, Waymo, in 2014 when he left the company. Levandowski contract with Uber was terminated after he failed to supply the court with information requested, according to The New York Times. Uber […]

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Uber lawsuit goes to trial, after judge rules in Waymo’s favor

Waymo, Google’s self-driving division, has been granted permission to take Uber to trial in a trade secrets lawsuit. Judge William Alsup ruled that Uber could not settle the lawsuit through private arbitration, which would have avoided the lawsuit details becoming public. Anthony Levandowski, an ex-Google engineer in the self-driving division, has been accused of stealing […]

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Apple, Google call on California to change self-driving tests

Apple, Tesla, Google and Uber have all asked for specific changes to California’s self-driving test policy. The letters come a few weeks before the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reviews new regulation proposals. The latest company to receive a self-driving permit, Apple, has called on the DMV to redefine “disengagement” and ensure that reports […]

Adobe sees VR and wearables as next great travel disruptors

A recent report from Adobe Digital Insights claims that augmented and virtual reality, along with wearable technology, will be the newest travel industry disruptors. Mentions of wearable gadgets for traveling went up by 44% after the Ocean Medallion was introduced by Princess Cruises back in January.  The Ocean Medallion is a small device that can […]

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Google claims Otto founder and Uber colluded far before acquisition

Google is hoping to strengthen its lawsuit against Uber with a detailed timeline of the friendship between Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick and ex-Googler, now head of Uber’s self-driving division, Anthony Levandowski. Levandowski is at the center of the lawsuit, as Google alleges he stole trade secrets from the company and sold them to Uber, through […]

Google asks judge to halt Uber’s self-driving program

Google’s self-driving unit Waymo has filed a preliminary injunction against Uber, a few weeks after filing a lawsuit accusing the ride-sharing company of stealing trade secrets related to self-driving technology. The preliminary injunction asks for all of Uber’s self-driving cars to be taken off the road, effectively halting the company’s self-driving program. Uber has over […]

Why major American corporations have struggled in China: Uber

This article is the second part of our eight-part series about the importance of cross-cultural design, the first installment of which was published on February 16, 2017. Uber’s failure in China, which ultimately led to its sale to its competitor, Didi Chuxing, was one of the most covered American business venture failures in China. Uber […]

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Ford spends billions to meet ambitious self-driving goal

Ford has announced it will spend $1 billion to acquire Argo AI, a Pittsburgh robotics startup, in the hopes the expertise will advance its self-driving program. Argo AI was created a few months ago by Bryan Salesky and Peter Rander, two experts in the field of artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation. Salesky previously worked for […]