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The U.S. Has Issued Its 10 Millionth Patent And It's Car-Related The U.S. Has Issued Its 10 Millionth Patent And It's Car-Related

I’m not sure if you’ve been keeping count at home, but the United States issued its ten millionth patent this morning. Tellingly, that patent was for a laser-based object detection and raging system that could be used in the development of self-driving vehicles. Also, the illustrations include a little picture of a…

GM's Gearing Up To Dominate The Self-Driving Car Industry GM's Gearing Up To Dominate The Self-Driving Car Industry

It’s not unusual nowadays to hear about auto companies involved in the development of self-driving cars acquiring a smaller subsidiary that makes autonomous tech components or the like. But General Motors announcement Monday that it has acquired LIDAR technology company Strobe is significant. It puts the company one…

Uber’s Alleged Plot To Take Google’s Tech Probably Began Sooner Than Anyone Thought Uber’s Alleged Plot To Take Google’s Tech Probably Began Sooner Than Anyone Thought

A week before ex-Google engineer Anthony Levandowski allegedly stole self-driving car trade secrets from the tech giant, the ride-hailing company Uber had drafted a term sheet to acquire what appears to have been his future autonomous vehicle project, Otto, according to court records filed Friday.

Here's Another Reason Why Self-Driving Tech Is Still So Expensive

Our self-driving car future may be farther away than the hype suggests. Besides Tesla, self-driving car developers depend on an expensive piece of technology called LIDAR, a laser-based radar that allows an autonomous vehicle to see the road. There are cheaper options, but the MIT Technology Review explains that these…

Google Has A Wiper For Its LiDAR To Handle Bird Shit And Rain And Look At It Go

LiDAR—a laser-based radar that essentially allows an autonomous car to “see”—is crucial for making self-driving vehicles work. But just like your windshield, a LiDAR dome is going to run into Mother Nature. Waymo, the self-driving car project of Google, has a solution: tiny wipers for the LiDAR dome. Brilliant!

Judge Spares Uber's Self-Driving Car Program, For Now Judge Spares Uber's Self-Driving Car Program, For Now

A federal judge has ordered Uber to remove a key engineer at the center of its high-stakes litigation with Google’s self-driving car project from participating in the development of a key piece of autonomous driving technology. But the judge, William Alsup, allowed Uber’s self-driving research to continue while the…

Google Finally Comes Out And Alleges The Self-Driving Tech Theft Case Was Orchestrated by Uber Google Finally Comes Out And Alleges The Self-Driving Tech Theft Case Was Orchestrated by Uber

A long-awaited hearing in the court battle between Uber and Waymo over allegedly stolen self-driving tech began today with a bang: Attorneys for Waymo, the name for Google’s self-driving car project, alleged that its former employee, Anthony Levandowski, launched autonomous truck start-up Otto as a ruse to help Uber…

The Engineer In The Google Vs. Uber 'Stolen Tech' Case Might Be An Evil Genius The Engineer In The Google Vs. Uber 'Stolen Tech' Case Might Be An Evil Genius

Anthony Levandowski is the key player in the unfolding legal fight between his former employer, Google’s self-driving car unit Waymo, and Uber, where he now runs the startup’s self-driving program. To put it lightly, the case has shown the dude has some seriously deep—but, crucially, alleged—conflicts of interest. The…

Google's Autonomous Tech Lawsuit Looks Really Bad For Uber Google's Autonomous Tech Lawsuit Looks Really Bad For Uber

Uber’s year hasn’t gone well. But it could get much worse, if it ends up on the losing side of a case filed by Google’s self-driving car project, Waymo. And the case, which alleges Uber’s autonomous driving system designs were created as the result of brazen theft by a former Waymo employee, doesn’t look good for…

A Hyper-Detailed 3D Map of NYC, Made by Laser Airplanes A Hyper-Detailed 3D Map of NYC, Made by Laser Airplanes

New York is fairly forward-thinking when it comes to energy innovation, but it's pretty terrible when it comes to solar. City College of New York wants to change that, so they created an interactive solar map of the city using laser airplanes.

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