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Former Head of Google’s Self-Driving Car Project Pleads Guilty to Stealing Trade Secrets

Former Head of Google’s Self-Driving Car Project Pleads Guilty to Stealing Trade Secrets

In one of the biggest cases involving the theft of intellectual property in Silicon Valley in recent memory, Anthony Levandowski, the former head engineer of Google’s self-driving car project, has agreed to plead guilty for stealing trade secrets from the technology giant and using them to launch his own self-driving truck startup Ottomotto.

Eric Walz2020-03-20 10:00 PT

Waymo, Others Stop Testing Self-Driving Cars on California Roads Due to the Coronavirus

Waymo, Others Stop Testing Self-Driving Cars on California Roads Due to the Coronavirus

After Alphabet subsidiary Waymo announced it was cancelling its autonomous vehicles testing using drivers on Tuesday, other notable Bay Area companies, including Uber, Cruise and Pony.ai have followed suit and suspended their operations that normally rely on safety drivers behind the wheel to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

FutureCar Staff 2020-03-18 04:00 PT

Waymo Raises $2.25 billion in its First-Ever External Investment Round

Waymo Raises $2.25 billion in its First-Ever External Investment Round

Waymo, the self-driving division of Parent Alphabet, announced on Monday it raised $2.25 billion in its first ever external funding round. Waymo spun out of Google’s early self-driving car project, which was one of the first efforts to develop self-driving cars over a decade ago.

Eric Walz2020-03-02 15:30 PT

Waymo Commits to Using Safety Drivers in Autonomous Vehicles Long Term

Waymo Commits to Using Safety Drivers in Autonomous Vehicles Long Term

Human operators will be in Waymo’s self-driving cars for years to come, as the company recently signed a multiyear contract with Transdev North America for transportation workers.

Vineeth Joel Patel2020-01-20 08:00 PT

Waymo’s Autonomous Fleet Surpasses the 20 Million Mile Mark

Waymo’s Autonomous Fleet Surpasses the 20 Million Mile Mark

Google’s autonomous car company took 10 years to hit the first 10 million miles, but just an additional year to hit the other 10 million, revealing just how quickly the company is racking up miles.

Vineeth Joel Patel2020-01-11 06:30 PT

Waymo Puts out 14 Minute Video for First Responder Precautions

Waymo Puts out 14 Minute Video for First Responder Precautions

To try to educate first responders on its autonomous vehicles, Waymo put out a 14-minute video on YouTube to try to train emergency responders on how to interact with a self-driving vehicle in case of an accident.

Vineeth Joel Patel2019-11-29 09:00 PT

Waymo Exits Austin, Looks to Focus on Programs in Detroit and Phoenix

Waymo Exits Austin, Looks to Focus on Programs in Detroit and Phoenix

Waymo is saying goodbye to Austin, Texas, as the ride-hailing company is putting its autonomous vehicles out of the city.

Vineeth Joel Patel2019-11-19 05:30 PT

Waymo Already Looking to Expand “Rider Only” Autonomous Taxi Service

Waymo Already Looking to Expand “Rider Only” Autonomous Taxi Service

Riders in Phoenix, Arizona may be picked up in an autonomous Waymo robo-taxi soon, as the company recently started offering “rider-only” trips in the city at the end of October.

Vineeth Joel Patel2019-11-10 06:00 PT

Waymo’s Detroit Plant Helping With Autonomous Car Production

Waymo’s Detroit Plant Helping With Autonomous Car Production

Detroit may be home to the three largest American automakers, but Waymo has plans to make the city a hub for the production of autonomous cars.

Vineeth Joel Patel2019-11-03 06:00 PT

Waymo is Offering Robotaxi Pickups in Arizona with No Safety Driver Behind the Wheel

Waymo is Offering Robotaxi Pickups in Arizona with No Safety Driver Behind the Wheel

After announcing earlier this month that its would remove some safety drivers from its vehicles, Waymo CEO John Krafcik confirmed the company is now offering limited “rider-only” trips in Phoenix, Arizona without a safety driver behind the wheel.

Eric Walz2019-10-28 11:45 PT

Waymo Brings Autonomous Cars to Los Angeles to Map the City

Waymo Brings Autonomous Cars to Los Angeles to Map the City

Waymo has hopes of lettings its autonomous vans give consumers ride around Los Angeles one day, but before that, it has to have accurate maps of the city.

Vineeth Joel Patel2019-10-12 06:05 PT

Waymo, AAA Partner to Educate Children on Autonomous Cars

Waymo, AAA Partner to Educate Children on Autonomous Cars

Autonomous vehicles may be directly aimed at adults, but what about future generations that will grow up sharing the road with driverless cars? Waymo and AAA are partnering together to educate kids about self-driving cars.

Vineeth Joel Patel2019-10-06 16:00 PT

Waymo CEO Says it Might Deploy its Self-Driving Technology in the Trucking Industry

Waymo CEO Says it Might Deploy its Self-Driving Technology in the Trucking Industry

Speaking at Frankfurt motor show on Thursday, Waymo CEO John Krafcik said the company is exploring ways to deploy its self-driving technology in the trucking industry. Waymo is working with industry partners to seize both a commercial opportunity while addressing the shortage of truck drivers.

Eric Walz2019-09-12 11:00 PT

Waymo Urges U.S. to 'Promptly' Remove Regulatory Barriers to Self-Driving Cars

Waymo Urges U.S. to 'Promptly' Remove Regulatory Barriers to Self-Driving Cars

On Thursday, Waymo urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to “promptly” remove regulatory barriers for cars without steering wheels and brake pedals. General Motors is also seeking permission to sell car without human controls.

Eric Walz2019-08-29 19:00 PT

Waymo is Sharing its Massive Self-Driving Dataset With Researchers

Waymo is Sharing its Massive Self-Driving Dataset With Researchers

Waymo, which spun out of Google’s self-driving car project in 2016, announced that its releasing the ‘Waymo Open Dataset’ for researchers and developers working on autonomous driving and other related mobility projects. Waymo says its dataset is the the largest, richest, and most diverse self-driving dataset ever released for research.

Eric Walz2019-08-21 13:30 PT

Waymo is Headed to Florida to See How its Self-Driving Vehicles Perform in the Rain

Waymo is Headed to Florida to See How its Self-Driving Vehicles Perform in the Rain

​The sunny and tropical weather that Florida is famous for also brings with it heavy rain and thunderstorms, especially in the summer. For Alphabet subsidiary Waymo, Florida in the summer is the perfect place to test how its self-driving vehicles perform in the rain.

Eric Walz2019-08-20 11:55 PT

Teaching Autonomous Cars to Drive in Parking Lots Is a Tricky Test for Waymo

Teaching Autonomous Cars to Drive in Parking Lots Is a Tricky Test for Waymo

Parking lots are some of the most complex areas and are proving to be incredibly difficult for self-driving vehicles to master. To tackle the issue, Waymo is testing its autonomous cars’ ability to handle parking lots on 91 acres at a former Air Force base.

Vineeth Joel Patel2019-08-18 06:30 PT

Waymo is Offering Free WiFi in its Robo-Taxis to Lure in Riders

Waymo is Offering Free WiFi in its Robo-Taxis to Lure in Riders

Waymo is testing complimentary Wi-Fi in its autonomous taxis in the Phoenix area where it is currently testing its Waymo One service.

Eric Walz2019-07-08 13:53 PT

Waymo Looks to Expand Globally With Renault-Nissan Partnership

Waymo Looks to Expand Globally With Renault-Nissan Partnership

Waymo may be a leader in the U.S. for its autonomous program, but the subsidiary of Alphabet is looking for global dominance with a new partnership with Renault and Nissan.

Vineeth Joel Patel2019-06-22 07:00 PT

Waymo’s Self-Driving Jaguar I-Pace Will Finally Hit Public Roads

Waymo’s Self-Driving Jaguar I-Pace Will Finally Hit Public Roads

After a year since announcing the partnership between the two, Waymo’s smart Jaguars will hit public roads close to Waymo’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Vineeth Joel Patel2019-06-20 08:00 PT

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