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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.

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
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Alphabet Launches the First Taxi Service With No Human Drivers

Waymo CEO John Krafcik Waymo CEO John Krafcik at Web Summit 2017 in Lisbon. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Web Summit via Sportsfile.

For almost a decade, self-driving cars have graced public roads — but always with a person behind the wheel. Now Waymo is yanking the driver.

November 7, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Alphabet's Self-Driving Unit Finds Another Maintenance Partner

Paul Sancya/AP

AutoNation Inc., the largest car-dealer group in the U.S., reached an agreement to maintain and help manage fleets for Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Alphabet Inc.

Jamie Butters | Bloomberg News
November 2, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Waymo Offers Peek at its Secluded Test Bed For Self-Driving Cars

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A bicyclist pedaled alongside the road and a pedestrian wandered into the crosswalk, as a self-driving minivan headed through a maze of roads in a desolate landscape. As the vehicle turned right, its steering wheel rotated above the empty driver’s seat.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
November 1, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Waymo 'Really Close' to Putting Customers in Self-Driving Cars

Paul Sancya/AP

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo unit demonstrated a self-driving minivan with no one behind the wheel, declaring the vehicle as ready for public use.

October 31, 2017

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