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Waymo Self-Driving Engineer Says Humans Aren’t Meant To Drive 8
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Google, Reports, Tech, Waymo on 12 8th, 2017


A self-driving car engineer from Waymo says humans aren’t designed to drive cars in a strange tweet that has left many pundits scratching their heads.

Yesterday, Vahid Kazemi tweeted of his experience almost running over five people in two days while driving a rental car without autonomous features.

“Have been driving in LA with a rental car that doesn’t have the autonomous features that my own car has. Almost crashed ten times and ran over five people in two days! Humans aren’t designed to drive cars!” he said.

The tweet has since been deleted with Kazemi claiming that it was a joke.

Nonetheless, it’s hard to ignore his ignorance. Sure, humans aren’t designed to drive cars but that doesn’t mean we can’t. In fact, many human drivers are better than any of the autonomous systems on offer. The point that many technology companies are designing their self-driving vehicles to mimic the way humans drive tells you that we can’t be all that horrible at controlling an automobile.

In Kazemi’s defence, there are millions of dangerous drivers out there that shouldn’t be on the roads but clearly he understands the error of his tweeting ways.

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Uber-Waymo Trial Delayed As Judge Discovers Uber Withheld Evidence 3
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Google, Reports, Tech, Uber, Waymo on 12 3rd, 2017


A U.S. judge has delayed the impending trial between Uber and Waymo after discovering that the ride-hailing company withheld evidence in a lawsuit filed by Waymo.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Alsup was provided with a 37-page letter fromr former Uber security analyst Richard Jacobs’ lawyer. Uber should have provided Waymo with a copy of this letter as both sides prepared their respective cases and, well, it didn’t.

In turn, Judge Alsup agreed to Waymo’s request for the trial to be delayed from its scheduled start next week, Reuters reports.

Speaking in the court, Judge Alsup hit out at Uber’s decision to withhold evidence: “I can’t trust anything you say because it’s been proven wrong so many times. You’re just making the impression that this is a total cover-up.”

In the letter, it is alleged that there was an organization within Uber dubbed ‘marketplace analytics’ whose sole purpose was “acquiring trade secrets, code base and competitive intelligence.”

In his testimony, Richard Jacobs said the operation within Uber aimed to gather data about competitors and erase any possible paper trail.

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Waymo Now Testing Fully Autonomous Vehicles Without Safety Drivers 8
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Autonomous, Google, video, Waymo on 11 8th, 2017


Autonomous driving technology has come a long way in the past few years and Waymo has announced its self-driving vehicles are now being tested on public roads without anyone in the driver’s seat.

This is a big leap forward as most autonomous vehicles require a safety driver who can take control if something goes wrong. Waymo used to use safety drivers but the company says that after more than eight years of development, they are no longer needed.

The company will operate a “subset” of its fleet in the Phoenix metro region in fully autonomous mode. Over time, the company intends to expand its coverage area to a region that’s “larger than the size of Greater London.”

In order to go fully driverless, Waymo vehicles have driven more than 3.5 million miles autonomously since 2009 and the company has subjected its cars to more than 20,000 individual scenarios on its test track. Besides the real world experience, Waymo has been running simulations where its software drives more than 10 million miles every day.

Should something go wrong with one of its driverless vehicles, Waymo says there shouldn’t be any problems as they are equipped with backup steering, braking, computer, and power systems. The systems are designed to bring the vehicle to a safe stop in the event of an emergency.

Waymo will be inviting members of its early rider program to use the fully autonomous vehicles over the course of the next few months.

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Waymo Ditched Semi-Autonomous Path As Employees Napped Behind The Wheel 7
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Google, Reports, Tech, Waymo on 11 7th, 2017


Waymo head John Krafcik has revealed that the autonomous driving division of Google once intended on bringing partial self-driving technologies to the roads like many car manufacturers but decided against it over safety concerns.

Speaking to Reuters last week, Krafcik said Waymo was developing autopilot features for highway-driving but discovered its engineers were losing focus, and even falling asleep, while behind the wheel. As a result, Google is now pursuing level 5 autonomy where a human driver isn’t required in any scenario.

According to Krafcik, semi-autonomous technologies are dangerous because human drivers lose contextual awareness as their mind drifts from driving. Consequently, if the car encounters a situation which only a human can respond to, they’re often not ready to take control.

Throughout 2013, tests from Waymo showed users napping, playing with their phones and putting on makeup at up to 56 mph. Just days after footage from these tests was viewed by company executives, a decision was made to solely pursue technology that requires no human intervention.

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Waymo To Test Autonomous Prototypes In Michigan’s Snowy Conditions 29
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Reports, Tech, Waymo on 10 29th, 2017


Waymo is preparing to step up testing of its autonomous technologies by rolling out prototypes onto the snowing streets of Michigan.
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Waymo To Test Autonomous Prototypes In Michigan’s Snowy Conditions 29
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Reports, Tech, Waymo on 10 29th, 2017


Waymo is preparing to step up testing of its autonomous technologies by rolling out prototypes onto the snowing streets of Michigan.
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Waymo Starts Promotional Push For The Benefits Of Autonomy 12
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Reports, Tech, Waymo on 10 12th, 2017


Waymo, Alphabet’s autonomous vehicle arm, has started a promotional push for autonomous technologies in an effort to educate the public about the tech’s myriad of benefits.
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Waymo Ride-Hailing Service Reportedly Launching This Fall 5
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Autonomous, Google, Reports, Waymo on 10 5th, 2017


The legal battle between Uber and Waymo is heating up and it looks like the competition won't be limited to the courtroom.
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Judge Delays Waymo Vs Uber Trial Until December 4
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Google, Reports, Tech, Uber, Waymo on 10 4th, 2017


A judge in the U.S. has approved Waymo’s request for its impending trial against Uber to be postponed until December 4.
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Waymo Wants Uber To Pay $2.6 Billion In Damages Over Stolen Trade Secret 21
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Reports, Tech, Uber, Waymo on 09 21st, 2017


Waymo’s parent company, Alphabet, is asking for Uber to $2.6 billion in damages for stealing one of its trade secrets.
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Intel And Google Have Been Collaborating On Autonomous Systems For 8 Years 19
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Google, Intel, Reports, Waymo on 09 19th, 2017


It is no secret that automakers and technology companies are combining their know-how to rapidly develop autonomous driving systems. However, we’ve only just discovered how long Intel and Google have been working together on autonomous technology.
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Waymo Secures Patent That Softens Car Before Pedestrian Impact 16
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Google, Tech, Waymo on 08 16th, 2017


Waymo has just been awarded a patent that could help save lives in the event of a collision with a pedestrian.
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Waymo Drops Three Of Its Patent Claims Against Uber 12
Jul
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Google, Reports, Tech, Uber, Waymo on 07 12th, 2017


Waymo has dropped three of its four patent-infringement claims in its ongoing lawsuit with Uber.
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Waymo’s Minivans Can Now Hear Emergency Vehicles Twice As Far As Before 11
Jul
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Autonomous, Google, Police, Waymo on 07 11th, 2017


The new Audi A8 comes with one of the most advanced semi-autonomous driving systems on the market but it's still a ways off from true Level 5 automation.
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Waymo Reveals It’s Working On Self-Driving Trucks 4
Jun
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Google, Reports, Trucks, Uber, Waymo on 06 4th, 2017


Waymo has confirmed that it is developing autonomous driving technologies for trucks, opening it up to an entirely new industry.
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