Carolyn Said

Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Uber Resumes Testing Self-Driving Cars in San Francisco

Autonomous Uber vehicle An autonomous Volvo under development by Uber on display in Pittsburgh in March 2019. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

Uber has resumed testing of robot cars in San Francisco, two years after one caused a fatal accident in Arizona.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
March 11, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Competition Heats Up for Lidar Sensors in Autonomous Sector

Velodyne lidar system Velodyne Lidar Inc. systems. (Michael Short/ Bloomberg)

As the race to create robot cars intensifies, a secondary race is underway: a high-stakes competition to develop the sensors that serve as the cars’ “eyes.” Lidar, a light-sensing form of radar, provides vision for the vast majority of autonomous vehicles being developed, but now there are dozens of companies with different twists on it.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
July 13, 2018
Government, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Uber Crash Sparks Talk of Tighter Rules for Self-Driving Vehicles

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U.S. lawmakers have applied a light touch in regulating robot cars. At the national level, the Trump administration has proclaimed that driverless-car guidelines should be “entirely voluntary” for automakers, and bills pending in Congress would clear the way to putting tens of thousands of autonomous cars on the road — orders of magnitude more than the few hundred in the country today — before federal safety regulations are set.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
April 2, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

San Francisco Mayor Says Driverless Cars Are ‘Future of the Streets’

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Days after a fatal self-driving-car collision in Arizona, six makers of driverless vehicles came to San Francisco on March 22 to demonstrate their technology — and emphasize its safety features — to city leaders and public-safety officers.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
March 23, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Video From Self-Driving Uber Car Captures First Fatal Collision

Dashcam video from inside Uber A still photo from a dashcam video taken inside a self-driving Uber vehicle shows pedestrian appearing suddenly in a dark roadway moments before the collision. (Tempe, Ariz., police department via AP)

Police in Tempe, Ariz., on March 21 released dashcam videos of the fatal accident March 18 in which an Uber car operating in autonomous mode struck and killed a pedestrian, showing the car did not slow down or alter its course to avoid her.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
March 21, 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, TCA

Uber’s Kalanick: We Didn’t Hire Waymo Engineer to Steal Self-Driving Secrets

Travis Kalanick, co-founder and former CEO of Uber Technologies Inc., arrives at the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco, Feb. 6, 2018. (Michael Short/Bloomberg News)

Travis Kalanick got some vindication in court on Feb. 7. Under friendly cross-examination by a lawyer for Uber — the ride-hailing company he co-founded and led until it ousted him last June — Kalanick got a chance to present himself as an earnest guy who loved his work, cared about the future and didn’t take illicit shortcuts as he competed aggressively in the race for self-driving cars.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
February 8, 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, TCA

Waymo, Uber Trade Barbs in Court Over Trade-Secret Theft Suit

Photos by Seth Wenig, Eric Risberg/AP

Waymo and Uber lawyers squared off in a federal court on Feb. 5 on the first day of a bombshell trade-secret theft case.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
February 6, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Americans Warming to Self-Driving Vehicles, Survey Finds

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U.S. drivers are still cautious — but they’re getting used to the idea of self-driving cars.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
January 24, 2018

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