Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber Demotes Man at Center of Waymo Self-Driving Car Lawsuit

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Anthony Levandowski, who is at the center of Alphabet Inc.’s trade secrets lawsuit against Uber Technologies Inc., stepped down from his post overseeing self-driving car technology

Eric Newcomer | Bloomberg News
May 1, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Tech Startups Beat Uber to Freight Market, Connect Drivers With Loads Via Mobile Apps


Uber entered the freight world last year, launching speculation and arguments on whether the tech company could strike a second time and do to shipping what it did to passenger transportation — and if so, which segment of freight would have to endure the type of disruption experienced by the taxi industry.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
April 10, 2017
Business, Autonomous, Technology

Uber Tells Court That Otto's Self-Driving Sensors Aren't Stolen From Google

Levandowski by John Sommers II for TT

Uber Technologies Inc. has an alibi for Alphabet Inc.’s allegations of trade-secrets theft — the ride-hailing company’s driverless car technology is completely different from its rival’s designs.

Joel Rosenblatt and Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News
April 7, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber Crash Shows Human Traits in Self-Driving Software

A recent crash involving an Uber Technologies Inc. driverless car suggests autonomous software sometimes takes the same risks as the humans it may one day replace.

Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News
March 30, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Online Freight Firm Freightos Raises $25 Million in Funding

Amir Cohen/Reuters

Freightos, an online marketplace for international shipping, said on March 29 that it raised $25 million in funding led by GE Ventures, bringing the company's total funding to date to $50 million.

Tova Cohen | Reuters
March 29, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Is Uber's Self-Driving Program Veering Off Track?

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A self-driving car flipped on its side seems guaranteed to make humans think twice about riding with a robot.

Marco della Cava | USA Today
March 28, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber to Suspend Autonomous Tests After Arizona Accident

Uber Technologies Inc. is suspending its self-driving car program after one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a high-impact crash in Tempe, Arizona, the latest incident for a company reeling from multiple crises.

Mark Bergen and Eric Newcomer | Bloomberg News
March 27, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Waymo Alleges Former Self-Driving Engineer Plotted to Sell Trade Secrets to Uber

Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo alleged a former top self-driving car engineer plotted to sell trade secrets and talent to Uber Technologies Inc., according to an updated lawsuit filed March 10 against the ride-sharing company.

Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News
March 10, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Traditional Trucking Meets the 'Sharing Economy' With Miami Tech Startup Cargo42


Startup Spotlight: Through a simple-to-use app, Cargo42 provides companies an option to ship locally for a lower rate with trucks that have empty space in them. At the same time, trucking companies enjoy an additional revenue stream and maximize the trucks’ productivity.

Nancy Dahlberg | Miami Herald
March 6, 2017
Business, Autonomous, Technology

Otto Accused of Stealing Google's Self-Driving Secrets

Levandowski by John Sommers II for TT

It took Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo seven years to design and build a laser-scanning system to guide its self-driving cars. Uber Technologies Inc. allegedly did it in nine months. Waymo claims in a lawsuit filed Feb. 23 that was possible because an ex-employee, Anthony Levandowski, co-founder of Uber-owned Otto, stole the designs and technology and started a new company.

Mark Bergen and Kartikay Mehrotra | Bloomberg News
February 24, 2017