Waymo
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Waymo Gets the OK for a Commercial Driverless Ride-Hailing Service

A Waymo, customized Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, used for Google's autonomous vehicle program near the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. (Getty Images)

Waymo, a unit of Alphabet Inc., got a permit in late January from the Arizona Department of Transportation to operate as a Transportation Network Company, according to Ryan Harding, a spokesman at the state agency.

Alistair Barr | Bloomberg News
February 16, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Google Lobbying Shifts to Transport

A Waymo, customized Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, used for Google's autonomous vehicle program near the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. (Getty Images)

Google’s gravest threat is probably a regulatory crackdown on its lucrative search engine, and there’s a resurgent drumbeat about its size and power in Washington. If the company’s worried, that’s not showing up in its lobbying activity.

Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News
February 14, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

With Waymo Settlement, Uber CEO Clears the Way for Company’s Future

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It’s a paradox: How can paying a quarter of a billion dollars to a rival and issuing an apology be considered a win?

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
February 13, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Uber Settles Waymo Driverless Car Suit, Said to Pay $245 Million

Photos by Seth Wenig, Eric Risberg/AP

Uber Technologies Inc. settled the high-stakes trade-secret theft lawsuit brought by Waymo, resolving a conflict that already cost the ride-hailing giant its top driverless car engineer and threatened to further embarrass the company.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
February 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Uber’s Kalanick Stays Calm on the Stand During Waymo Trade-Secrets Trial

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick (left) and Anthony Levandowski (right) co-founder of Otto, pose for a photo in the lobby of Uber headquarters, Aug. 18, 2016, in San Francisco. (Tony Avelar/ AP Photo);

Subdued. Calm. Compliant. Agreeable. Those adjectives aren’t typically associated with Travis Kalanick, Uber’s combative co-founder. But during 50 minutes on the witness stand in the Waymo vs. Uber trial on Feb. 6, a suit-and-tie-clad Kalanick kept his cool, meekly agreeing with most questions posed to him by Charles Verhoeven, Waymo’s lead attorney.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
February 7, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Waymo Buys ‘Thousands’ More Chrysler Vans for Driverless Service

Paul Sancya/AP

At some point this year, Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo plans to roll out a ride-hailing service using driverless cars. It just bought more vehicles to make that happen.

Mark Bergen and Jamie Butters | Bloomberg News
January 30, 2018
Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Interstates Serve Important Role in Autonomous Truck Testing, Experts Say

WASHINGTON— Long-distance stretches of interstate will serve as an important proving grounds as autonomous truck technology develops, industry experts said at the Transportation Research Board's annual meeting Jan. 8.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Uber’s Well-Paid ‘Whistle Blower’ Slammed by In-House Lawyer

Carlos Jasso/Reuters

An Uber Technologies Inc. security manager who was paid $4.5 million over his termination was derided by one of the company’s top internal lawyers as a thief and “extortionist” who made “fantastical” allegations of unethical conduct inside the company.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
November 30, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber-Waymo Trial Delayed Again Following Allegations of Rogue Conduct at Uber

Seth Wenig, Eric Risner/AP

An Uber Technologies Inc. whistleblower made explosive allegations that a company team stole trade secrets to gain an edge over rivals, prompting a judge to further delay the ride-hailing company’s trial with Waymo.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
November 28, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Waymo, Uber Squabble Over Ground Rules as Autonomous Vehicle Trade-Secrets Theft Trial Looms

Photos by Seth Wenig, Eric Risberg/AP

What is a trade secret? That seemingly simple question dominated discussions Nov. 14 during a federal court hearing on Waymo vs. Uber, one of the last pretrial sessions before the case, which could shape the future of autonomous vehicles, heads to a jury on Dec 4.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
November 15, 2017

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