Who Won and Who Got Totally Screwed in Waymo v. Uber

Halfway through a contentious trial, Waymo settled its high-profile lawsuit against Uber in a deal that gives Google’s parent company Alphabet $245 million (£177 million) in Uber equity—a slightly larger stake than Google already has—and allows Waymo to keep tabs on Uber’s self-driving car programme. Read More >>

Waymo, Uber Settle Lawsuit Over Automated Vehicle Trade Secrets

Waymo attorney Charles Verhoeven on Friday announced it had settled its lawsuit against Uber over its alleged use of stolen trade secrets, bringing a sudden end to a year-long legal battle. Read More >>

Waymo Attorney Says Uber’s Travis Kalanick Cheated to Win Self-Driving Car War

In his opening statement, Waymo attorney Charles Verhoeven pointed out multiple references in messages and public statements by former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to what he viewed as an all-out war to dominate the self-driving car market. Read More >>

Waymo Teams Up With Insurance Startup to Cover Riders in Its Self-Driving Cars

Whether you like it or not, self-driving cars are coming, and depending on where you live, they might already be here. Google’s parent company Alphabet has had fully autonomous cars on the road for over a month, while Uber has its own self-driving fleet cruising the streets of Pittsburgh in the US, with a deal to buy as many as 24,000 SUVs from Volvo that it plans to turn into autonomous vehicles. However, just because the tech is there, that doesn’t mean the infrastructure supporting self-driving cars has all been figured out, which is why Alphabet is partnering with the insurance startup Trov to cover passengers riding in its autonomous Waymo cars. Read More >>

Former Employee Accuses Uber of Hacking and Surveillance

In a damning letter released today, a former Uber employee, Richard Jacobs, claims that the company engaged in several illegal practises, including hacking, trade secret theft, and surveillance—all in an effort to emerge at the top of the competitive ride-hailing market. Read More >>

Uber’s Massive Scraping Program Collected Data About Competitors Around The World

For years, Uber systemically scraped data from competing ride-hailing companies all over the world, harvesting information about their technology, drivers, and executives. Uber gathered information from these firms using automated collection systems that ran constantly, amassing millions of records, and sometimes conducted physical surveillance to complement its data collection. Read More >>

Uber Says Whistleblower Was Extorting the Company

The drama surrounding an explosive letter written by former Uber employee Richard Jacobs keeps heating up, with Uber executives testifying in court to try to undermine it. Read More >>

Waymo Trade Secret Trial Delayed After Uber Accused of Sneakily Withholding Evidence

US District Judge William Alsup, who is presiding over Waymo’s trade secret theft lawsuit against Uber, announced today that the trial, which was set to begin next week, will be delayed as the court tries to determine whether Uber withheld crucial evidence. Read More >>

Does Uber’s Fired Self-Driving Car Guru Really Believe This Shit?

Anthony Levandowski is the artificial intelligence whiz at the heart of the nasty legal dispute between Waymo and Uber. Following his unceremonious firing from Uber, he’s been keeping himself busy by founding a church based on the idea of worshipping a future AI deity. As he shares more details about his philosophy, we have to ask: Is this guy for real? Read More >>

Waymo Announces ‘Fully Self-Driving Cars are Here,’ Taxi Service Coming

We are in the midst of a pretty historic moment. Leaping ahead of the competition, Waymo has announced that its self-driving cars will no longer use a human safety driver while they are tested on the road. But the even bigger news is that the company is gearing up to launch the first commercial driverless taxi service. Yup, the time has come. Read More >>

Waymo’s Case Against Uber Just Took a Few Blows

Waymo, the self-driving car unit owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, is now about a month away from its trade secret trial against Uber, and things are starting to get a little heated. Waymo planned to argue that Uber stole nine of its trade secrets and used them in its own self-driving cars in order to cut corners and catch up to the rest of the industry. But the judge in the case just threw out one of Waymo’s secrets, along with the expert witness Waymo planned to rely on for evaluating how much Uber should owe in damages. Read More >>

I Went for a Ride in a Waymo Self-Driving Car, Which Was Surprisingly Chill

Waymo, the self-driving car group born out of Google’s secretive moonshot unit and recently spun out as its own company, has made a bunch of self-driving cars—around 500 of its current Chrysler iteration, with another 500 in the works, not to mention probably lots more than that in the future. Yesterday, Waymo let a gaggle of reporters ride around in said Chryslers at its test facility without putting anyone behind the wheel, giving us a first look at what our driverless future will look like. Read More >>

Waymo Is Trying to Force Uber to Hand Over Its Self-Driving Car Source Code

Uber and Waymo have been locked in a legal fight for months over the companies’ self-driving car technology—and now Waymo is asking a judge to compel Uber to hand over the source code that pilots Uber’s fleet of autonomous vehicles. Read More >>

Self-Driving Cars Are Super Duper Safe, Self-Driving Car Companies Say

Self-driving test vehicles are already on the roads in several American states, including California, Arizona, and Massachusetts, but the futuristic world of robot cars on every street hasn’t materialised quite yet. People are still freaked out by the idea of getting in a car that doesn’t have anyone behind the wheel—and so companies in the autonomous vehicle business are launching their own charm offensives to convince consumers (and members of government) that their cars will make the world a safer place. Read More >>

Uber’s Due Diligence Report on Ex-Waymo Employee Is Finally Public

Waymo’s trade secret lawsuit against Uber has so many twists and turns, it’s hard to keep up with it all. But there’s one key document that both sides of the case have been fighting over for a long time—the due diligence report Uber commissioned when it was considering the acquisition of Anthony Levandowski’s self-driving lorry startup, Otto. Read More >>