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  • John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo, the Google affiliate working on self-driving vehicle technology, will give the keynote speech at the 2018 National Automobile Dealers Association convention in March in Las Vegas, the association said Thursday. Krafcik is scheduled to speak on March 24, the third day of the event. Other headlining speakers at the event include Nick Saban, head football coach of the University of Alabama, outgoing NADA Chairman Mark Scarpelli, incoming NADA Chairman Wes Lutz and Robert O'Neill, the team leader at the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. "In addition to the keynote speakers, the NADA show offers one of the best educational training and networking opportunities in the industry for both dealers and their managers -- from participating in the workshop sessions covering all dealership departments [and] attending the dealer-franchise meetings to shopping for the latest products and services from hundreds of exhibitors," said Richard Stephens, NADA show ..

    Waymo’s Krafcik, coach Saban to keynote 2018 NADA

    John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo, the Google affiliate working on self-driving vehicle technology, will give the keynote speech at the 2018 National Automobile Dealers Association convention in March in Las Vegas, the association said Thursday. Krafcik is scheduled to speak on March 24, the third day of the event. Other headlining speakers at the event include Nick Saban, head football coach of the University of Alabama, outgoing NADA Chairman Mark Scarpelli, incoming NADA Chairman Wes Lutz and Robert O'Neill, the team leader at the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. "In addition to the keynote speakers, the NADA show offers one of the best educational training and networking opportunities in the industry for both dealers and their managers -- from participating in the workshop sessions covering all dealership departments [and] attending the dealer-franchise meetings to shopping for the latest products and services from hundreds of exhibitors," said Richard Stephens, NADA show ..
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  • SAN FRANCISCO -- Intel Corp. on Monday announced a collaboration with Google's self-driving affiliate Waymo, saying it had worked with the company during the design of its compute platform to allow autonomous cars to process information in real time. The world's largest computer chipmaker said its Intel-based technologies for sensor processing, general compute and connectivity were used in the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans that Waymo has been using since 2015 to test its self-driving system. "As Waymo's self-driving technology becomes smarter and more capable, its high-performance hardware and software will require even more powerful and efficient compute," said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich in a statement announcing the ongoing collaboration. Intel, which announced the $15 billion acquisition of autonomous vision company Mobileye in March, is pushing to expand its real estate in autonomous vehicles, a fast-growing industry. A collaboration with Waymo, considered by ma..

    Intel collaborates with Waymo on self-driving compute design

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Intel Corp. on Monday announced a collaboration with Google's self-driving affiliate Waymo, saying it had worked with the company during the design of its compute platform to allow autonomous cars to process information in real time. The world's largest computer chipmaker said its Intel-based technologies for sensor processing, general compute and connectivity were used in the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans that Waymo has been using since 2015 to test its self-driving system. "As Waymo's self-driving technology becomes smarter and more capable, its high-performance hardware and software will require even more powerful and efficient compute," said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich in a statement announcing the ongoing collaboration. Intel, which announced the $15 billion acquisition of autonomous vision company Mobileye in March, is pushing to expand its real estate in autonomous vehicles, a fast-growing industry. A collaboration with Waymo, considered by ma..
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  • Waymo wants a federal judge to postpone the trial for its lawsuit against Uber over the alleged theft of self-driving car trade secrets. The former Google self-driving car project wants more time to examine a crucial document Uber was just ordered to hand over.After ruling requiring Uber to release the due diligence report it compiled before acquiring autonomous-driving startup, Waymo asked U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup to postpone the trial, according to TechCrunch. The trial is currently scheduled to begin October 11.Otto was the startup created by former Waymo engineer Anthony Levandowski. Waymo accuses Levandowski of stealing confidential files, and alleges that the information in those files made its way to Uber after the ride-sharing company bought Otto.The due diligence report could shed some light on whether Uber knew about the stolen files before it bought Otto, and whether Uber actually used or planned to use stolen Waymo trade secrets. Whether the information in..

    Waymo Wants to Push Back the Trial in its Lawsuit Against Uber

    Waymo wants a federal judge to postpone the trial for its lawsuit against Uber over the alleged theft of self-driving car trade secrets. The former Google self-driving car project wants more time to examine a crucial document Uber was just ordered to hand over.After ruling requiring Uber to release the due diligence report it compiled before acquiring autonomous-driving startup, Waymo asked U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup to postpone the trial, according to TechCrunch. The trial is currently scheduled to begin October 11.Otto was the startup created by former Waymo engineer Anthony Levandowski. Waymo accuses Levandowski of stealing confidential files, and alleges that the information in those files made its way to Uber after the ride-sharing company bought Otto.The due diligence report could shed some light on whether Uber knew about the stolen files before it bought Otto, and whether Uber actually used or planned to use stolen Waymo trade secrets. Whether the information in..
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  • Uber won't be allowed to present a key argument in its legal battle against Waymo to a jury, the judge presiding over the case has ruled. Waymo is suing Uber, claiming the ride-sharing company used information in 14,000 files stolen by former employee Anthony Levandowski to further its own autonomous-car efforts. Uber wanted to present the argument that Levandowski stole the files to secure his bonus payment from Waymo, the former Google self-driving car project, according to Recode. That theory implies Levandowski held the files to ensure he was paid, casting the alleged theft as a dispute between Levandowski and Waymo and leaving Uber out of it.But U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup ruled that Uber can't present that theory to a jury. That's because the theory is based largely on a conversation between Levandowski with both former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Uber assistant general counsel Angela Padilla. Her presence means the conversation was privileged, the j..

    Judge Says Uber Can’t Present Key Argument in Waymo Lawsuit to Jury

    Uber won't be allowed to present a key argument in its legal battle against Waymo to a jury, the judge presiding over the case has ruled. Waymo is suing Uber, claiming the ride-sharing company used information in 14,000 files stolen by former employee Anthony Levandowski to further its own autonomous-car efforts. Uber wanted to present the argument that Levandowski stole the files to secure his bonus payment from Waymo, the former Google self-driving car project, according to Recode. That theory implies Levandowski held the files to ensure he was paid, casting the alleged theft as a dispute between Levandowski and Waymo and leaving Uber out of it.But U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup ruled that Uber can't present that theory to a jury. That's because the theory is based largely on a conversation between Levandowski with both former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Uber assistant general counsel Angela Padilla. Her presence means the conversation was privileged, the j..
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  • London's transportation agency will not renew Uber's operator license, meaning the ride-sharing company will not be able to operate in the British capital after next week, reports Reuters. Transport for London (TfL) made the decision after calls from politicians to ban Uber from the city. Uber's license expires at the end of the month, and without it, the company will have no legal way to operate in London. TfL said Uber was "not fit and proper" to hold an operator license, specifically citing what the agency viewed as lax policies for reporting crimes and conducting background checks of drivers. TfL also cited "Greyball," the software that Uber has been accused of using to evade government regulators in the U.S."Uber's approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications," a TfL statement said. London Mayor Sadiq Khan supported the decision, saying that ..

    London Pulls Uber’s License to Operate in the City

    London's transportation agency will not renew Uber's operator license, meaning the ride-sharing company will not be able to operate in the British capital after next week, reports Reuters. Transport for London (TfL) made the decision after calls from politicians to ban Uber from the city. Uber's license expires at the end of the month, and without it, the company will have no legal way to operate in London. TfL said Uber was "not fit and proper" to hold an operator license, specifically citing what the agency viewed as lax policies for reporting crimes and conducting background checks of drivers. TfL also cited "Greyball," the software that Uber has been accused of using to evade government regulators in the U.S."Uber's approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications," a TfL statement said. London Mayor Sadiq Khan supported the decision, saying that ..
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  • DETROIT/WASHINGTON -- The technology that gives cars superpowers to see around corners and through walls won’t be on the first self-driving rides hitting the road in the next few years. Vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems, known as V2V, are regarded as essential for fully automated travel, which could dramatically reduce traffic fatalities from around 40,000 in the U.S. last year. The tech enables cars to send signals back and forth to one another, improving their ability to foresee potential collisions and avert them. Despite its promise, the tech is going nowhere fast. A push by regulators during the Obama administration to speed V2V to market has stalled under the Trump administration. Without rules requiring it, automakers including Ford Motor Co. are holding off on deploying $350-per-vehicle systems that aren’t effective unless most cars have it. “Unless it gets mandated, nobody is going to put it on their cars,” said Glen De Vos, chief technology officer at Delphi Automo..

    Best self-driving tech going nowhere as rules stall under Trump

    DETROIT/WASHINGTON -- The technology that gives cars superpowers to see around corners and through walls won’t be on the first self-driving rides hitting the road in the next few years. Vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems, known as V2V, are regarded as essential for fully automated travel, which could dramatically reduce traffic fatalities from around 40,000 in the U.S. last year. The tech enables cars to send signals back and forth to one another, improving their ability to foresee potential collisions and avert them. Despite its promise, the tech is going nowhere fast. A push by regulators during the Obama administration to speed V2V to market has stalled under the Trump administration. Without rules requiring it, automakers including Ford Motor Co. are holding off on deploying $350-per-vehicle systems that aren’t effective unless most cars have it. “Unless it gets mandated, nobody is going to put it on their cars,” said Glen De Vos, chief technology officer at Delphi Automo..
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  • Related Stories Daimler drives its electric truck business into the U.S. Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk said the electric carmaker is tentatively scheduled to unveil its planned semi-truck in late October, about a month later than the billionaire had earlier estimated. "Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride tentatively scheduled for Oct 26th in Hawthorne," Musk said in a tweet on Wednesday. The entrepreneur has tantalized the trucking industry with the prospect of a battery-powered heavy-duty vehicle that can compete with conventional diesels, which can travel up to 1,000 miles on a single tank of fuel. Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride tentatively scheduled for Oct 26th in Hawthorne. Worth seeing this beast in person. It's unreal.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 13, 2017 Tesla's plans for new electric vehicles including a commercial truck called the Tesla Semi were announced ..

    Musk now targets October to unveil Tesla semi truck

    Related Stories Daimler drives its electric truck business into the U.S. Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk said the electric carmaker is tentatively scheduled to unveil its planned semi-truck in late October, about a month later than the billionaire had earlier estimated. "Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride tentatively scheduled for Oct 26th in Hawthorne," Musk said in a tweet on Wednesday. The entrepreneur has tantalized the trucking industry with the prospect of a battery-powered heavy-duty vehicle that can compete with conventional diesels, which can travel up to 1,000 miles on a single tank of fuel. Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride tentatively scheduled for Oct 26th in Hawthorne. Worth seeing this beast in person. It's unreal.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 13, 2017 Tesla's plans for new electric vehicles including a commercial truck called the Tesla Semi were announced ..
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  • Samsung Electronics Co. received a permit to test self-driving vehicles in California, marking the entry of the world's largest smart phone maker four months after iPhone maker and arch rival Apple Inc. received a permit. Its parent company in May secured permission from South Korean authorities to test a self-driving car fitted with its own sensors and software systems. At that time, South Korean officials said the company planned to use the car to develop a self-driving car algorithm that could drive in adverse weather. In a statement to Reuters, Samsung did not say precisely what it planned to test in the United States but said it secured the permit "in pursuit of a smarter, safer transportation future." The company, part of a massive conglomerate that makes everything from washing machines to heavy machinery, said it has "no plans to enter the car-manufacturing business." With the foray into the U.S. self-driving car landscape, Samsung will jostle with friends and foes. Be..

    Samsung cleared to test autonomous vehicles in Calif.

    Samsung Electronics Co. received a permit to test self-driving vehicles in California, marking the entry of the world's largest smart phone maker four months after iPhone maker and arch rival Apple Inc. received a permit. Its parent company in May secured permission from South Korean authorities to test a self-driving car fitted with its own sensors and software systems. At that time, South Korean officials said the company planned to use the car to develop a self-driving car algorithm that could drive in adverse weather. In a statement to Reuters, Samsung did not say precisely what it planned to test in the United States but said it secured the permit "in pursuit of a smarter, safer transportation future." The company, part of a massive conglomerate that makes everything from washing machines to heavy machinery, said it has "no plans to enter the car-manufacturing business." With the foray into the U.S. self-driving car landscape, Samsung will jostle with friends and foes. Be..
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  • Uber faces a preliminary U.S. Justice Department investigation into possible violations of bribery laws. The company confirmed the probe on Tuesday, the same day that former Expedia boss Dara Khosrowshahi was confirmed as the company's new CEO, according to Reuters.An Uber spokesperson confirmed a "preliminary investigation" to Reuters following a Wall Street Journal report that the Justice Department was looking into whether Uber managers violated U.S. laws against bribing foreign officials, specifically the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.It is unclear what specific case or cases investigators might be focusing on. Reports in June indicated Eric Alexander, then Uber's Asia Pacific president, obtained confidential medical records of an Indian woman who was raped by an Uber driver in 2014. Some employees have accused Alexander of using bribes to obtain the records, according to Reuters.Obtaining a person's confidential medical records is illegal in the U.S., and may hav..

    Uber Faces Bribery Probe the Same Day New CEO Accepts Job

    Uber faces a preliminary U.S. Justice Department investigation into possible violations of bribery laws. The company confirmed the probe on Tuesday, the same day that former Expedia boss Dara Khosrowshahi was confirmed as the company's new CEO, according to Reuters.An Uber spokesperson confirmed a "preliminary investigation" to Reuters following a Wall Street Journal report that the Justice Department was looking into whether Uber managers violated U.S. laws against bribing foreign officials, specifically the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.It is unclear what specific case or cases investigators might be focusing on. Reports in June indicated Eric Alexander, then Uber's Asia Pacific president, obtained confidential medical records of an Indian woman who was raped by an Uber driver in 2014. Some employees have accused Alexander of using bribes to obtain the records, according to Reuters.Obtaining a person's confidential medical records is illegal in the U.S., and may hav..
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  • SAN FRANCISCO -- Uber Technologies Inc. will appoint Expedia Inc.'s Dara Khosrowshahi to run the global ride-hailing leviathan, two people familiar with the matter said. He'll succeed co-founder Travis Kalanick, who led the firm to $20 billion in annual bookings before scandals forced him out. In hiring Expedia's CEO, Uber will land a seasoned deal-maker and an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, who's accustomed to sparring with one of his new company's biggest rivals, Alphabet Inc. While a spokeswoman for Uber directors confirmed that they've chosen a CEO, she declined to name the person, saying the board would inform employees first. Expedia didn't immediately respond to requests for comment. Khosrowshahi will face a number of hurdles as Uber -- which has raised more than $15 billion from private investors -- navigates its way toward a still-unscheduled initial public offering. The new top executive must grapple with the company's p..

    Uber picks outspoken Expedia CEO to replace Kalanick

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Uber Technologies Inc. will appoint Expedia Inc.'s Dara Khosrowshahi to run the global ride-hailing leviathan, two people familiar with the matter said. He'll succeed co-founder Travis Kalanick, who led the firm to $20 billion in annual bookings before scandals forced him out. In hiring Expedia's CEO, Uber will land a seasoned deal-maker and an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, who's accustomed to sparring with one of his new company's biggest rivals, Alphabet Inc. While a spokeswoman for Uber directors confirmed that they've chosen a CEO, she declined to name the person, saying the board would inform employees first. Expedia didn't immediately respond to requests for comment. Khosrowshahi will face a number of hurdles as Uber -- which has raised more than $15 billion from private investors -- navigates its way toward a still-unscheduled initial public offering. The new top executive must grapple with the company's p..
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