Google Minivan In 'Autonomous Mode' Involved In Crash In Arizona (Update: Waymo Says Van Was Actually In 'Manual Mode')

A self-driving minivan belonging to Google’s self-driving car unit, Waymo, was involved in a crash in Chandler, Arizona on Friday. The aftermath looks brutal. (Update: In a statement to the press, Waymo says the self-driving Pacifica was actually in “manual mode” just before the crash. This conflicts with the police…

Google Didn't Actually Pay City To Use Emergency Vehicles In Driverless Car Test (Updated)

Waymo, Google’s driverless car developing unit, conducted an “emergency vehicle testing day” in the city of Chandler, Arizona last month to help driverless cars better understand the sights and sounds of police cars and fire trucks. Now, documents and interviews with the city and Waymo reveal Waymo did not pay…

Uber Now Says Its Former Engineer Actually Did Steal All Those Self-Driving Tech Files From Google

A flurry of legal filings went public on Friday in the battle between Uber and Waymo, Google’s self-driving car operation that says Uber schemed with a former engineer to steal trade secrets and thousands of proprietary tech files to bolster its own autonomous vehicle project. But this one is rich: Uber now says…