After nearly a decade with the company, the chief technical officer of Google’s self-driving car project left the company—along with two other veterans of the car division. The decisions to leave come under a new leader on the project, who reportedly didn’t mesh well with some longtime employees.
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Raul Murillo Diaz has been arrested for arson and is being investigated for two other incidents involving firearms and a torched Google car in a string of attacks against a Google building in Mountain View, California. The man was allegedly upset that Google was “watching him.”
A professor Audi dubbed an “innovation expert” may not have the highest opinion of America’s big players in autonomous car tech, but he’s right about one thing: the Google car just ain’t a looker. And now, through the miracle of German humor, it has a nickname it won’t be losing anytime soon.
Google just released a monthly update on its self-driving car program discussing how its cars will communicate with human drivers in other cars to make sure they don’t kill themselves. The strategy: teach the autonomous cars how to honk at us flesh-bound mortals.
Google announced a huge wave of updates with practical new features and plans for its Android Auto car interface system, including the ultimate dystopian future-reality fear of your phone completely encompassing your car.
Most wouldn’t argue that getting paid to drive cars is a dream job, but Google is putting a new spin on that concept in its car division. The company put out a job listing looking to hire people to sit behind the wheel of its self-driving vehicles and, well, not drive—unless absolutely necessary.
We learned this morning that Google plans to continue to develop its autonomous vehicle technologies with Fiat Chrysler, but only because initial talks with General Motors fell through—for the exact same reason BMW and Daimler backed out of a deal to help Apple with their its vehicle development. So what’s going on?
Fiat Chrysler is allegedly in the midst of talks with Alphabet Inc., parent company to Google, about some sort of “technical partnership,” The Wall Street Journal reports. This seems like a rather odd pairing, but maybe it makes more sense than we think.
Google’s X skunkworks division has posted three dozen jobs lately seeking people with experience in the fields of industrial and manufacturing engineering. At first glance, that might indicate the tech giant is finally building its own cars in-house, but it’s not that simple.
According to IEEE Spectrum, documents filed to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission indicate that new efforts toward Google’s prototype autonomous cars include the testing of several wireless charging systems for the vehicles in California. The systems come from two companies that specialize in creating charging…
Ford just announced that Toyota will be the first non-Ford-related car company to use Ford’s proprietary software platform to develop entertainment, navigation, and other related systems for their cars. You know, what they annoyingly call “infotainment.” Ford sees this as a big victory, but I don’t really understand…
According to three different sources speaking to YahooAutos, Ford will pair up with Google to create a joint-venture for the development and manufacturing of autonomous vehicles.
If you thought of Google’s adorable panda-like driverless car as a glorified science experiment until now, get ready to change your mind. According to reports within the company, Google is set to make its driverless car program a standalone “Alphabet” business in 2016—the biggest sign yet that driverless cars are…