Bay City News Service Published 11:34 pm, Saturday, February 3, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) A three-week trial against Uber Technologies Inc. for alleged theft of trade secrets for driverless cars begins in federal court in San Francisco on Monday. Waymo LLC, a former subsidiary of Google, is seeking up to $1.8 billion in damages, according to a court filing, for alleged "unjust enrichment" by San Francisco-based Uber, the world's largest ride-booking company. Mountain View-based Waymo alleges that a former Google engineer who was hired and later fired by Uber stole secrets related to laser sensors that enable self-driving cars to identify their surroundings. LATEST SFGATE VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing Security camera catches family dog start house fire by turning on stove Southwick Fire Department SFPD+releases+video+of+officer+being+struck+by+car San Francisco Chronicle California Secretary of State Alex Padilla with John Diaz San Francisco … [Read more...] about Trial Begins Monday On Waymo Claim That Uber Stole Driverless Car Trade Secrets
When the 110th Chicago Auto Show opens Feb. 10, enthusiasts will flock to McCormick Place to kick the tires, drool over the latest models and picture themselves behind the wheel of a new car.With the rise of driverless cars and ride-sharing threatening to turn everyone into a passenger, the traditional auto show may someday seem as antiquated as a horse and buggy convention.But David Sloan, general manager of the Chicago Auto Show, doesn’t believe that day is imminent.“We’re in a healthy spot right now,” Sloan said. “The question is how we will adapt to the coming changes.”A decade removed from a recession that nearly sank the American auto industry, annual sales are flirting with all-time highs, driven by crossover vehicles and awakening demand from millennials. But the road ahead seems uncertain as automakers scramble to develop electric and autonomous vehicles, tooling up for a seismic shift in how consumers drive and buy cars.“You … [Read more...] about Will driverless cars mean the end of the road for the Chicago Auto Show?
There have been significant advancements in driverless car technology over the past few years, and those changes are moving us toward an autonomous vehicle market that's expected to be worth $127 billion by 2027. And with even more advanced systems in the works, 2018 could be an important year for investors who are considering the automakers and tech companies most involved. Among those making big strides in the autonomous vehicle segment right now are Aptiv (NYSE: APTV), Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL), and Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), and investors would be wise to keep a close eye on their R&D. Here's why. Image source: Waymo. The closest thing to a driverless car pure play Aptiv makes hardware and software that automakers can use to add advanced driving technologies into their vehicles. The company was recently spun out from Delphi Automotive so it could focus on driverless car technologies, while the parent returned its concentration to legacy products for … [Read more...] about 3 Driverless Car Stocks to Watch in 2018
Waymo, the driverless car division owned by Google's parent company, announced Monday that it will bring its test program to metro Atlanta. The Alphabet-owned business began mapping roads in the city last week, but had not yet released details about the testing. Waymo uses self-driving cars, which in Atlanta are white Chrysler Pacifica vans, that operate by using 3D maps of the roads, curbs, signs and other features. The company is testing autonomous vehicles in 24 cities and plans to deploy its cars for ride-hailing in Arizona later this year. It has not yet said when Atlantans can expect to catch a ride in a driverless car. Hello ATL! Metro Atlanta is the next stop for Waymo's test program. Now that we have the world's first fully self-driving vehicles on public roads in AZ, we're looking to take our tech to more cities. pic.twitter.com/YFLvxkVMMd— Waymo (@Waymo) January 22, 2018 Unlike other self-driving cars on the market, Waymo does not require any … [Read more...] about Company to begin testing driverless cars in metro Atlanta
Last week in this space we discussed the looming possibility of a total hands-free requirement for Georgia drivers using mobile devices behind the wheel. Brand new testing in metro Atlanta frees those same hands from the steering wheel and takes a driver’s feet off of the pedals, sources told WSB and the AJC exclusively. Waymo, Google parent company Alphabet’s autonomous vehicle division, has just begun on Thursday mapping metro Atlanta roads with the approval of the governor’s office. “With our talented workforce and legacy of innovation, Georgia is at the forefront of the most dynamic, cutting edge industries like autonomous vehicles,” Gov. Nathan Deal said. “We are thrilled to welcome Waymo to our state because fully self-driving vehicle technology holds tremendous potential to improve road safety, and we are proud Georgia is paving the way for the future of transportation.” Waymo uses semi-autonomous cars - that is cars that can drive … [Read more...] about Gridlock Guy: Driverless cars may improve road safety