Anthony Levandowski pleads guilty to stealing Google trade secrets

Anthony Levandowski

Engineer Anthony Levandowski, noted for advancing self-driving car technology in the previous decade, agreed to plead guilty last week on Thursday to taking sensitive documents from his former employer Google before he joined rival Uber Technologies Inc. Federal prosecutors agreed to recommend a prison term of at least 30 months as part of plea agreement […]

Self-driving car unit Waymo seeks outside investors

Alphabet's Waymo self-driving car

Alphabet Inc’s self-driving car unit, Waymo, has been seeking financing from outside investors including European automakers Volkswagen, The Information reported on Monday, menitoning a person with direct knowledge of the matter. Aside from Volkswagen, other potential investors could consist automakers that now make cars for Waymo – Fiat Chrysler and Jaguar. Alphabet could not be […]

Waymo brings self-driving taxi service in Arizona for paying consumers

Alphabet's Waymo self-driving car

Alphabet’s Waymo on Wednesday unveiled a major development in its expensive, decade-long quest for autonomous transportation: self-driving taxis that generate fares. With little fanfare, the company has started charging passengers to use its driverless vehicles in a approximately 100-mile (160 km) zone in four Phoenix suburbs – Chandler, Tempe, Mesa and Gilbert – where tested […]

Google stopped developing autopilot feature after test user napped

Waymo self driving car tests

Alphabet Inc’s self-driving vehicle system stopped developing functions that needed motorists to take control in unsafe scenarios, its chief executive said Monday, as auto-pilot dependence left users vulnerable to interruptions and ill-prepared to maneuver. The decision came after experiments of the technology in Silicon Valley that revealed test users taking a nap, putting on makeup […]

At least 4 U.S. state laws could prevent Uber, Google from operating self-driving vehicles

Uber test self driving

A series of bills presented in a minimum of 4 U.S. states– Georgia, Maryland, Illinois and Tennessee– would limit the introduction of autonomous vehicle technology on public roads to automakers– that is, companies that make automobiles. As composed, the bills– modeled after the SAVE Act, Michigan’s pioneering self-driving automobile policies– would just allow a network […]

Google takes legal action against Uber, alleges of stealing 14,000 self-driving secrets

Uber test self driving

Waymo, a part of Alphabet, owner of Google, submitted a lawsuit Thursday against Uber, alleging that the company stole a few of its autonomous-car secrets. Waymo was started as Alphabet/Google’s self-driving car project years earlier, and was spun off into its own business. In the lawsuit, Waymo declares a former worker may have stolen exclusive […]