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In a Far Eastern version of the Waymo-Uber court battle, Chinese tech giant Baidu has sued a former executive for allegedly stealing trade secrets about self-driving technology, and leveraging them to launch a rival venture. According to Technode, Beijing-based Baidu— a major AI player many compare to Google’s parent company Alphabet—decided to launch the RMB 50 […]

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China is making it  harder for foreign companies to test driverless vehicles on the country’s roads, as authorities fear that self-driving cars could be collecting information and images for espionage. While on-road testing is not yet allowed in China, new regulation expected to come out early next year is expected to include such restrictions. The Financial […]

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Russia’s Internet giant (aka “Russia’s Google”) Yandex has trialled its driverless Toyota Prius taxis in a snow-covered Russian road last weekend, notching up about 300 kilometres overall during the test. The trial, which involved two cars, was interesting in that it allowed to demo how self-driving vehicles would fare in a scenario other than sunny California’s highways. […]

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Uber has signed a contract with US space agency Nasa to design software for self-driving flying taxi. The cab-hailing service’s chief product officer Jeff Holden revealed the news  at the Lisbon’s Web Summit; he also announced that the company will start testing so-called “UberAir” flying cabs around Los Angeles in 2020. (It is understood that the […]

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Apple is reportedly working on a self-driving shuttle bus to run between its Cupertino headquarters and the nearby town of Palo Alto. According to the New York Times, the iPhone maker is going to test its autonomous driving software on a vehicle manufactured by a commercial carmaker; the bus’s official moniker will reportedly be PAIL […]

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A consortium of automotive giants working on connected and autonomous cars has been given the go-ahead to start testing its vehicles on Britain’s roads. Autodrive—a £20 million R&D initiative sprung from the joint efforts of the UK government and industry giants including Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, and Tata Motors— demoed its connected car technology on a private track […]

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has detailed the company’s plans to enter the self-driving car sector, Bloomberg revealed. The rumour has been circulating for a while that the iPhone maker’s next big project would involved driverless vehicles, but the company’s management had so far been peculiarly cagey about the feat. Late last year, it emerged that when Apple kicked-started the […]

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After spearheading research on autonomous cars, Alphabet has now started looking into self-driving trucks. According to BuzzFeed News, Alphabet recent spin-off Waymo is in the process of testing driverless heavy vehicles for freight transportation. “Self-driving technology can transport people and things much more safely than we do today and reduce the thousands of trucking-related deaths […]

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European consumers are not into self-driving cars as much as carmakers and Silicon Valley giants would like them to be, but the UK’s enthusiasm  offers a glimpse of hope. According to City A.M., a global survey of 22,000 people by consultancy Deloitte revealed the continent’s sentiment regarding autonomous vehicle—finding that consumers in France, Belgium, Germany and Italy have […]

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