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Waymo testing self-driving semi trucks

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo is currently testing self-driving trucks, putting the company’s autonomous hardware and software to the test in a Class-8 semi on a private track in California. Road tests are expected to follow later this year in Arizona, although a spokesperson declined to comment on the specific location or timing of the trials. The… Read More

The self-driving technology that will decide the race for autonomous cars

Alex Lidow, CEO of Efficient Power Conversion (EPC), assesses where the driverless vehicle sector is headed and the technologies which will help it realise its potential… Autonomous vehicles have evolved much faster than any of us expected, fueled by the development of systems like LiDAR, but also deep learning tools that have digested the inputs… Read More

Waymo accuses Uber of stealing driverless car tech

Google’s driverless car unit Waymo is suing Uber, accusing the ride-hailing giant of stealing trade secrets to further its own autonomous driving efforts. The lawsuit follows Uber’s $680 million (£542 million) acquisition of self-driving truck startup Otto in 2016. Otto was co-founded by former Google employee Anthony Levandowski, who now works at Uber. Waymo is… Read More

Uber hires NASA engineer to help develop unmanned flying taxis

Uber has hired former NASA engineer Mark Moore to join its team of flying car developers at Uber Elevate. Moore, who worked at NASA as an advanced aircraft engineer, penned a 2010 paper titled NASA Puffin Electric Tailsitter VTOL Concept, which sparked current interest around helicopter-style vehicles. The engineer is to assume the position of… Read More

Switzerland joins UK in declaring Uber drivers employees, not contractors

Uber drivers in Switzerland are employees and the U.S. ride-hailing firm is responsible for paying social security contributions, says a new ruling by a Swiss insurance agency. The Swiss insurance agency Suva, which provides obligatory on-the-job accident insurance, is the latest body to join those declaring Uber drivers as staff. The group made the decision… Read More