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Judge rules Anthony Levandowski can be called to testify in Uber/Waymo trial

In the latest hearing to define the scope of the upcoming trial between self-driving technology rivals Waymo and Uber, District Judge William Alsup said Anthony Levandowski, the star engineer at the center of the affair, could be called to testify in court. But he also ruled that Uber and Waymo would be limited in the questions they would be able to ask him, knowing that he will likely continue to plead the Fifth. Levandowski is a former Google engineer who left the company to found his own autonomous trucking company,…

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Waymos self-driving minivans get some emergency vehicle training time

Waymos self-driving Pacifica minivans recently got a dedicated testing day with the Chandler, Ariz. Fire & Police Department, wherein the autonomous vehicles spent time in focused demo runs where firetrucks, police cars, motorcycles, ambulances and more navigated streets in and around the Waymo vehicles. This test was the first emergency vehicle testing day Waymo has run with its new vehicles (theyre exposed to them in the course of the ordinary vehicle road trials, of course, but this is the first dedicated day around this testing). The goal was to collect…

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Transports coming upheaval

Cyrus Radfar is a founding engineer of AddThis, which was acquired by Oracle. More posts by this contributor: Is Whole Foods a healthy option for Amazon? Tyrant in the code If you were given a penny for every minute people spent commuting in an average year, youd have a stack that was 1,433,400 miles high. Thats enough to stretch to the moon and back three times.In terms of air-travel, US-based businesses spend more on it than any other employee expense. This works out at over $21 billion a year for Fortune 500…

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Crunch Report | The World Is Melting

Alphabets Waymo is also exploring self-driving trucking Venture investors blast US decision to withdraw from Paris Climate Accord Credits Written by: Tito Hamze, John MannesHosted by: Tito hamzeFilmed by:Joe ZolnoskiEdited by: Chris Gates Notes: I dont know what to wear on Crunch Report (Its a hard decision and I suck at dressing myself). If you are a startup andwant to me to wear something mail me an XL T-shirt and Ill wear it in an episode. Im not going to mention the company on the shirt in the episode but…

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Uber threatened to fire engineer at center of Waymo trade secret lawsuit

Uber has issued a sternly worded letter toAnthony Levandowski, the engineer at the center of a lawsuit alleging theft of trade secrets from Google parent Alphabets self-driving technology unit Waymo. The gist? Comply with the courts ordersor risk being terminated. Levandowski isthe former technologylead forGoogles autonomous vehicle unit and co-founder of self-driving truck startup Otto, which filed in February and accuses Uber of misappropriating itstrade secrets and infringing on patents related to its self-driving vehicle program. The suitis criminal case being opened up as well. But in the meantime, Waymo…

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Crunch Report | Waymo v. Uber is going to trial

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Uber must turn over to Waymo information about its acquisition of Otto, court rules

Anthony Levandowski, the engineer at the center of the broadly invoked his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination in the case, refusing to answer questions about whether or not he downloaded confidential files from Google before quitting his job at the company to join Ubers self-driving car team. However, an appeals court has denied his request to extend his Fifth Amendment rights so broadly that Uber could redact documents on Levandowskis behalf. Googles self-driving unit, Waymo, is suing Uber, claiming that it

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Waymo accuses Uber of hiding a secret LiDAR device

In preparation for a preliminary injunction hearing next month, Waymo today filed new claims in its lawsuit against Uber, alleging that its competitor withheld information about technology Uber is using in its development of self-driving cars. Waymo is in the midst of a code-named Fuji, isnt ready and therefore isnt being used in its self-driving cars, which rely instead on commercial systems furnished by Velodyne. Waymo now says that Uber worked on a second system that more closely copies Waymos designs (Waymos LiDAR relies on a single-lens system, while the…

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