Waymo stops selling lidar sensors to other companies

Alphabet subsidiary Waymo will no longer sell lidar sensors to other companies. Waymo started this two years ago to increase the scale and ultimately reduce the cost of lidar sensors. A Waymo spokesperson emphasizes to Reuters that the company will continue to produce lidar sensors itself. The spokesperson also says the company wants to focus … Read more

Waymo CEO resigns to become advisor

John Krafcik, CEO of Alphabet subsidiary Waymo, steps back and resigns. That is confirmed on the official blog of the company. Krafcik remains an advisor and transfers his daily tasks to the CTO and COO of the company. The former CEO of Hyundai Motor America took over in 2015 at the helm of Alphabet subsidiary … Read more

Trump pardons stealing ex-Google employee

President Trump has given back his freedom to a former Google employee. Anthony Levandowski had been in prison since August last year. The Brussels-born 40-year-old tech was sentenced to 18 months in prison for industrial espionage. According to the judge, he stole trade secrets from his former employer Google. He took them to Uber to … Read more

Reuters: Apple wants to bring self-driving cars to market by 2024

Apple would like to market its own self-driving, electric car in 2024, Reuters news agency claims. The car should scan the environment with lidar scanners, while the car should have a lithium iron phosphate battery. Apple initially only wanted to focus on the software, but two Reuters sources now say the electronics manufacturer wants to … Read more

Volkswagen CEO expects autonomous driving cars between 2025 and 2030

Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess expects that sometime between 2025 and 2030 the fully autonomous driving cars will be so advanced that they will go on sale. According to him, Tesla is a ‘neural network that is constantly learning to drive. VW Car2XIn his expectation for the market introduction of fully autonomous vehicles, Diess points to … Read more

Daimler and Waymo are going to make self-driving trucks together

Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, among others, is going to work with Waymo on an autonomous truck. It is a Freightliner Cascadia with extra sensors that the company wants to sell to customers in ‘the coming years’. According to Daimler, this is a truck that can drive itself based on the SAE L4 standard. … Read more

Amazon subsidiary Zoox has given the green light to test self-driving cars on US roads

Zoox, the company that makes self-driving cars owned by Amazon for three months, has permission to test self-driving cars on specific roads in California. It can do that without a person having to sit in the car. Zoox has permission to unleash two self-driving cars on specific streets around Zoox headquarters. That lies between San … Read more

Alphabet subsidiary to work on road for autonomous cars in Michigan

The state of Michigan has hired a spin-off from Alphabet to work on a 40-mile road dedicated to autonomous cars. That road should connect downtown Detroit with Ann Arbor. The Cavnue company, which is a subsidiary of Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, will work with the state of Michigan on the road for self-driving cars. Sidewalk Infrastructure … Read more

Former Waymo employee who stole Google trade secrets gets 18 months in prison

Anthony Levandowski, the founder of Waymo, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison by an American judge. Levandowski is accused of stealing self-driving car trade secrets. He stole it from Google. Later his company came into the hands of Uber. The former Google technician himself had asked for a fine, house arrest for 12 … Read more

Waymo and Fiat Chrysler are collaborating on self-driving vans

Waymo and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are jointly developing self-driving commercial vans. The companies call it the next step in their partnership, which previously led to the Waymo One service with Chrysler Pacifica self-driving taxis. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles says the collaboration on this new project will initially come down to integrating the Waymo Driver, the company’s … Read more