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The ‘Godfather’ of Autonomous Driving: We Gotta Wreck the Sky

Have you ever gazed up at the sweeping blue sky and thought, God, it’s boring up there? It seems like Sebastian Thrun—who launched Google’s self-driving car programme and is the CEO of the flying car startup Kitty Hawk—sure has. On Tuesday, he shared his vision of a sky clogged with tons and tons of glorious soaring metal at TechCrunch Disrupt. Read More >>

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A Running List of Uber’s (Predictably Lukewarm) Apologies 

On Monday, Uber apologised after Uber Bangalore sent out a “totally inappropriate” promotional message for “Wife Appreciation Day,” offering users a discount on UberEATS in order to “let your wife take a day off from the kitchen.” Read More >>

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Roads Department Gamifies Throwing Rubbish Out of the Car

Lazy people who throw rubbish out of car windows are in for a treat should they drive around certain spots in the north of England, as the roads department is testing a thrilling new type of bin. It's like a big old ship's funnel, into which drivers-by are encouraged to casually throw their rubbish. Read More >>

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Waymo Scores Key Legal Win, Will Get to See Super Secret File Made About Some of Its Former Employees

Waymo, the self-driving car company spun out of Google, just scored a major win in its ongoing legal battle against Uber. Waymo is suing the ride-hailing company, claiming that a former Waymo employee stole trade secrets about its autonomous vehicle technology and took them to Uber, where Uber then incorporated them into its own cars. Read More >>

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We Took This Little Autonomous Bus Around The Olympic Park

London is currently crawling with autonomous vehicle trials. In Greenwich, Oxbotica recently trialled autonomous shuttle buses. In Lewisham and Southwark, Starship Technologies is seeing if robots could one day deliver our takeaways. In Woolwich, Ocado is testing autonomous delivery vans. In Newham, Nissan recently trialled fully autonomous electric cars. And now, in the Olympic Park in Stratford, a company called Keolis is trying out a little autonomous shuttle bus made by a company called Navya. Read More >>

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China Wants to Ban Sales and Production of Fossil Fuel-Powered Cars

China announced plans to end sales of all fossil fuel-powered cars. Bloomberg reported over the weekend that Xin Guobin, vice-minister of the Industry and Information Technology Ministry, is finalising a timetable for ending production and sales of gas-powered cars while stepping up incentives for hybrid and electric cars, though no exact deadline has been announced. China has long pushed for electric cars (called ‘New Energy Vehicles’ in the country) introducing tax breaks for new buyers and planning 100,000 new charging stations in 2017 alone. Read More >>

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Virgin Trains Ad Mines Live Traffic Data to Shame Car Drivers

A new interactive billboard advert for Virgin Trains is doing something rather clever with data and APIs, using live road traffic reports to gauge problems on the road and tell suffering drivers, live, how much quicker it all would've been had they got the train. Plus it might've been one with a phone charger and there could've been a buffet trolley with crisps. Read More >>

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5 Things We Learnt About ProPilot Park From Backseat Driving the New Nissan Leaf

Last week, Giz UK went to Tokyo for the launch of the brand new Nissan Leaf. It's an interesting time for electric vehicles, with Tesla heating up the market and all the big manufacturers eyeing a piece of the pie. Read More >>

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Buckle Up, It Looks Like Washington Is Paving the Way for a Self-Driving Car Boom

Tech and auto companies developing self-driving cars will have their eyes on Washington this month, as the White House and Congress are working on action that could steer the industry for years. Read More >>

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The FBI Is Investigating the Uber Program That Allegedly Spied on Lyft Drivers

Less than a week into the new job and Uber’s new CEO faces yet another federal investigation into the company. Sounds like hell. It is. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched a probe into secret software Uber used between 2014 and 2016 that was internally referred to as “Hell,” the Wall Street Journal reported. The programme could reportedly track Lyft drivers and was allegedly used to lure drivers away from its rival and back to working for Uber. Read More >>

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Heathrow’s Extra Runway Needs Another Public Consultation

A third runway for Heathrow still isn't a done deal, you know, and the prospect of new delays to the start of the project have been raised by news that another consultation over the plan is to be launched. Read More >>

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London Underground Wifi Tracking: Here’s Everything We Learned From TfL’s Official Report

Earlier this year, Gizmodo UK scored ourselves a scoop, as we exclusively revealed some of the findings from last year’s wifi tracking trial, in which Transport for London analysed wifi data picked up from our phones as we travel on the London Underground - and was able to track our movements across the tube network. Read More >>

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Google Engineer Dismissed the Importance of Stolen Self-Driving Car Documents

Google’s self-driving car company Waymo sued Uber in February, claiming that Anthony Levandowski, a former Waymo engineer, stole 14,000 documents detailing Waymo’s lidar systems before accepting a job with Uber’s self-driving car programme. Read More >>

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TfL is Investigating London’s Latest Uber Rival

There are probably a few dozen methods of transport you can choose from in London, and a number of them are different apps you can use to find someone you can pay to drive you around. Stuff like Uber, Kabbee, Hailo, MyTaxi, and so on. As of a few days ago there's a new one on the scene called Taxify, and it's already potentially finding itself in hot water with Transport for London. Read More >>

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Scotland Wants to End Petrol and Diesel Car Sales 2032

If there's one thing that unites the rest of Europe, it's a mutual dislike for England and the English - particularly those countries that are currently stuck with us like Scotland. While the Westminster announced plans to end sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040, Scotland thinks it can manage that feat eight years earlier. Read More >>