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Real robotaxi service gets a step closer in San Francisco

Enlarge / One of Waymo’s sensor-studded Jaguar I-Paces observes a pedestrian crossing the road in front of it. Waymo The day when robotaxis roam the streets of San Francisco looking for fare-paying customers is getting closer. This week, Reuters reported that both Waymo and Cruise have applied to California’s Department of Motor Vehicles for permits …

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Who will win the self-driving race? Here are eight possibilities

Enlarge Emanuel M Schwermer The self-driving technology industry is in a strange state right now. A number of companies have been pouring millions of dollars into self-driving technology for years, and many of them have prototype self-driving vehicles that seem to work. Yet I know of only one company—Waymo—that has launched a fully driverless commercial …

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Waymo CEO John Krafcik steps down

Enlarge / Waymo CEO John Krafcik in 2017. Misha Friedman/Bloomberg via Getty Images John Krafcik, the former auto industry exec who took over Google’s self-driving car project in 2015, is stepping down as CEO of Waymo. Waymo, which spun off as a separate Alphabet subsidiary in 2016, accomplished a lot during Krafcik’s 5.5-year tenure. Still, …

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Waymo CEO dismisses Tesla self-driving plan: “This is not how it works”

Enlarge / Waymo CEO John Krafcik speaks in 2018. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Many Tesla fans view the electric carmaker as a world leader in self-driving technology. CEO Elon Musk himself has repeatedly claimed that the company is less than two years away from perfecting fully self-driving technology. But in an interview with Germany’s Manager magazine, …

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Cruise says it’s started driverless testing—I’m skeptical

Enlarge Cruise Cruise, the self-driving company that counts Honda and GM as major shareholders, has begun testing self-driving Chevy Bolts with no one in the driver’s seat, the company announced on Wednesday. A safety operator in the passenger seat has the ability to stop the car in an emergency but not “traditional driver controls,” according …

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An Alphabet company is designing a road for autonomous cars in Michigan

Cavnue The state of Michigan wants to build the autonomous roadway of the future. Normally that in itself would be interesting enough, but there’s also the company it’s partnering with to make the project a reality. The state will work with a firm called Cavnue. Cavnue’s parent company is Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners (SIP), which itself …

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Ex-Waymo engineer Levandowski sentenced to 18 months in prison

Justin Sullivan via Getty Images US District Judge William Alsup has sentenced Anthony Levandowski, the former lead Waymo engineer at the heart of a trade secret legal battle between the Alphabet subsidiary and Uber, to 18 months in prison. Prosecutors sought a 27-month sentence, while Levandowski requested a one-year home confinement, telling the court that …

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This self-driving startup built a “car without wheels” for remote driving

Enlarge Voyage The ideal self-driving car would drive itself all the time, in all situations. But achieving that goal in practice is difficult—so difficult, in fact, that most self-driving companies have provisions for human backup to help cars get out of tricky or confusing situations. But companies are often secretive about exactly how these systems …

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