Travis Kalanick’s “brother from another mother,” Anthony Levandowski, has officially stepped down from leading Uber’s self-driving car division. Levandowski is a key player in a lawsuit filed by his former employer, Google, that claims he stole tech that Uber is incorporating into its cars. This isn’t a minor legal…
Today Google founder Larry Page showed off Kitty Hawk, a new startup company that bills itself as making a much-anticipated “flying car,” and... it’s not really a flying car. It does look fun, though?
If you’ve ever had the very specific fantasy of playing Ms. Pacman on your neighborhood streets, there’s good news. The Google Maps phone app will let you transform anywhere into a playable Ms. Pacman stage.
ONE DAY THEY’RE GETTING BETTER AT SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATING THE ROADS OF CALIFORNIA, THE NEXT THEY ARE CONSUMING US WHOLE
Tall TV man Conan O’Brien last night dished about the self-driving revolution that’s ostensibly before us, with a particular focus on Google’s self-driving project, Waymo. Google has assured the public that “all the kinks” of the autonomous Chrysler Pacificas have been worked out, O’Brien says. Or have they?
Waymo, the recently-unveiled name for Google’s self-driving program, has reportedly planned to launch a ride-hailing service with Fiat Chrysler as early as this year, and a new patent that could connect driverless cars to people who would like to use one suggests it’s serious about developing an autonomous…
Waymo, the new identity of Google’s self-driving car program, now says that it has cut the costs of LIDAR by 90 percent. This is a critical sensor array in making self-driving cars feasible and affordable.
“Hello? Hold on one second ...” “Uh, hi, yeah, one second ...” “Sorry, I have to take this ...” “You need a ri—sorry I’ll be right back.” Earlier this month, this was the life of Matthais Leul, who is a limo driver in California. He is not Lyft HQ, though Google seems to suggest otherwise.
As if we haven’t heard enough already about Waymo this month, Honda Motor Co. announced today that it has entered into discussions with the less-boring sounding rename of Google’s self-driving project, a move that could bring the company’s self-driving technology to the automaker’s vehicles.
Silicon Valley made its break into the automotive world with the Tesla Roadster, an electrified Lotus Elise, a futuristic sports car that communicated a vision for not just a better future, but a sexier one. Now Silicon Valley really seems to love, uh, minivans.
Going to the Moon is officially hip again, thanks in no small part to Google, which is offering $20 million to the first private company that can land on our nearest neighbor, roll around a bit, and beam images back to Earth. The latest contender for that sweet sweet X-Prize money is a Japanese company, which has…
If autonomous driving is going to succeed, those vehicles will need primo data to know how safely move from A to B. According to National Transportation Safety Board, there’s plenty of work to be done, and tech companies are reportedly slow-walking their response.
In 2009, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman spoke to a reporter about the excessive expectations that some people draw from movies. He highlighted how some hope for a life that mirrors Hollywood, and are eventually let down by reality. In the car world, autonomy is pegged as the ideal future, but will it happen as soon as…
In May, Fiat Chrysler partnered with Google’s self-driving team (now called Waymo) to codevelop self-driving vehicle technology. Almost immediately, the two started tearing into a Pacifica Hybrid minivan, making modifications to allow the car to accommodate Google’s long list of sensors and computers. Now, after seven…
Silicon Valley startups are magical and made of rainbows and are instrumental in changing the world. But they all have to start somewhere, usually with a name that is catchy and grabby for millennials. What is the name of your startup?
Hot on the heels of a report that Google is abandoning the idea of a standalone self-driving car in order to partner with existing automakers and focus on ride-sharing, we finally know what the tech giant wants to do: it’s spinning off that unit into a separate company called Waymo. Waymo! Here’s what Waymo’s gonna do.
Android: Google finally released a standalone Android Auto app, so you don’t need an expensive head unit to use it. Now, you can use Ok, Google to start voice commands while you’re using it, whether you have the app or the head unit.
Humans do not treat the Earth kindly, and now we have even more evidence. Google just updated the Google Earth Engine to include four years of additional imagery, petabytes of new data, and generally a much clearer view of any location on Earth from 1984 to 2016. The best part: You can watch any area on Earth in a…