Waymo alleges that Anthony Levandowski, a former Google employee, downloaded some 14,000 files from Waymo servers. He then resigned from Google and used the stolen information to launch a self-driving truck startup named Otto, according to court documents. Uber acquired Otto, and put Levandowski in charge of the rideshare company's autonomous-vehicle research division. The suit, filed on Thursday in California's Northern District, claims that Uber violated Waymo's trade secrets and infringed on their patents. Waymo made almost all of the details of the suit public in a post on Medium. "Misappropriating this technology is akin to stealing a secret recipe from a beverage company," they wrote. © AP Photo / Eric Risberg'Slightly Horrifying': Uber Launches Investigation Into Sexual Harassment Claims "Otto and Uber have taken Waymo's intellectual property so that they could avoid incurring the risk, time, and … [Read more...] about Clash of the Titans: Google’s Self-Driving Car Company Sues Uber for Theft
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Every tech giant and automobile company wants to be the ones to first sink their teeth into the enormous profit promised by mass-market autonomous cars, and Uber is no different. Following a successful pilot of their self-driving cabs in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Uber tried to follow up with a larger-scale pilot program in San Francisco. California law states that any autonomous vehicle must get a special permit from the California DMV before operating on public roads in the state. Uber did not apply for this permit, citing a loophole that it believed it could use to circumvent state regulations. California defines an autonomous vehicle as being able to drive "without the active physical control or monitoring of a natural person." Uber’s pilot program includes a human driver and an engineer to be in the car and take over in the case of high-risk traffic situations, … [Read more...] about Uber’s Self-Driving Car Program Flees from California to Arizona
BMW calls it “Lucy.” It’s 710 horsepower, 848 lb-ft, triple-electric-motor, one-off sedan that the automaker says can do 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds. Lucy’s being used to develop future electric vehicles, and after getting a ride in this modified 5 Series, I can tell you that the thing is an absolute monster. (Full Disclosure: BMW flew me business class to Munich, and put me up in a fine hotel just to show me cool car things.) Advertisement On Monday, BMW took a few journalists to the BMW and Mini Driving Academy in Maisach near Munich, Germany. There, the self-proclaimed purveyor of ultimate driving machines gave us a chance to ride in a G30 BMW 5 Series which had its floor modified to fit a 45 kWh battery, and its internal combustion engine replaced by three electric motors—one in front and two out back. Here’s a look at the development vehicle’s basic layout: BMW said in a press release that modifying a standard 5 Series to create … [Read more...] about I Rode in BMW’s Absurd 710 HP Electric 5 Series Development Car; Here’s How It Works
For a lesson in how politics should be done, don’t look at Westminster, as politicians um and ah and slump into their umpteenth mutinous Brexit stalemate. Instead, head 30 miles north to Luton airport, where a bunch of minicab drivers are getting on with the real business of politics: battling to improve their and others’ lives. And in a few weeks they will make history, for the right reasons. The fight of these 60-odd drivers for Addison Lee looks nothing like the zombie politics of parliament. These aren’t English public schoolboys waging decades-old grudge matches, but working-class cabbies, almost all of Asian origin. They don’t lunch with top journalists but worry about how they’re going to afford the family’s groceries. And their politicking is done not inside a Gothic debating chamber but over post-shift Happy Meals. Yet theirs is truly a tale of Brexit Britain, in its combination of broken institutions, the wreckage of austerity and working … [Read more...] about Luton’s cabbies are giving Brexit Britain a lesson in political courage
Game DetailsDeveloper: Avalanche Studios Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Platform: PS4 (reviewed), Windows, Xbox One Rating: M for Mature Release Date: September 1, 2015 Price: $59.99 Links: Official Web site | Steam Yellow-white salt wastes stretch a thousand miles in every direction. The only signs of civilization among the dunes are pockmarks of ramshackle scarecrows with oil fire apexes and the trailing dust plumes of rust-razor buggies. One such vehicle stands apart, piloted by a legend of the desert. He tears through a rival rider's lifeline in the parched pavement. It's nothing personal, but he needs 600 scrap to afford the harpoon launcher that will let him pass into the scorched ebon around Gastown, where his true prize awaits. As the legend scavenges through the auto's wreckage, he finds what he's looking for. Ten long minutes of hard-fought vehicular combat have led to this. He crouches down, collects his prize, and... "1 Scrap." It's a moment he — … [Read more...] about Whatever you’re looking for in a Mad Max game,
"You're gonna have a great time in Salem," the Boston rental car employee says as she hands me the keys to a weak-engined Chevy. "It's fun around Halloween, but do me a favor." She drops her voice to a whisper. "Don't go alone anywhere with someone you don't know." When I ask her why, she blushes and responds sheepishly. "You know... witches. And the occult." Advertisement The rental car employee's fear has its root in the year 1692, when four young girls from Salem Village, Massachusetts, began throwing violent, inexplicable fits. They claimed that they were being tortured—stabbed with pins and painfully gripped—by local men and women who had secretly made pacts with the devil and become witches. To this day, the true cause behind the girls' behavior remains a mystery. More certain, however, is the destruction that came in their wake. Between February 1692 and May 1693, the Salem Witch Trials claimed the lives of 24 innocent people. Nineteen were hanged, one … [Read more...] about Searching For the Dead in Witch City: A Weekend in Salem, Mass.