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‘The Human Brain is Just Not Meant to Process This Much Extreme Change’

Welcome to Sick Days, a series documenting how jobs are changing during the coronavirus pandemic, as told by workers themselves. This week, we hear from an Amazon worker in one of the company’s many delivery stations, an out-of-work Waymo operator, a psychotherapist who has moved to telemedicine, and more. Read More >>

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Former Google Engineer Anthony Levandowski Escapes 32 of 33 Charges in Waymo Theft Plea Deal

Anthony Levandowski, the ex-Google autonomous vehicle engineer slapped with 33 charges of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets last year, has struck a deal with Uncle Sam to plead guilty and escape with just one guilty plea, per the Wall Street Journal. Read More >>

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Self-Driving Car Guru Ordered to Pay Google £137 Million Over Messy Contract Dispute

A former employee of Google and Uber credited as being one of the top engineers in the self-driving vehicle space, Anthony Levandowski, has reportedly filed for bankruptcy after he was ordered to cough up $179 million (£137 million) to settle with Google over an apparent contract breach. Read More >>

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Google’s Disgraced Self-Driving Car Wizard Charged With Theft of Trade Secrets

One-time autonomous vehicle wunderkind Anthony Levandowski – the central figure in Waymo’s contentious lawsuit against Uber – has been charged with 33 counts of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets, the New York Times reports, bringing the high-profile corporate espionage case back into the news. Read More >>

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Will Self-Driving Cars Turn People Into Even Bigger Arseholes?

People like to mess with Uber self-driving cars, according to an executive leading the autonomous programme. Read More >>

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Uber Employee Warned Self-Driving Cars ‘Are Routinely in Accidents’ Days Before Fatal Crash: Report

On March 13, 2018, an Uber manager reportedly sent an email to company executives, alerting them to the safety concerns of the self-driving car software, the high rate of self-driving car accidents, and the “dangerous behaviour” of the backup drivers, according to a new report from the Information. Five days later, an Uber self-driving test car, occupied by a backup driver who may have been watching The Voice, struck and killed a cyclist in Tempe, Arizona. Read More >>

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Waymo’s Autonomous Taxis Now Take Paying Riders, But You Won’t Be One of Them

It’s simultaneously an exciting and terrifying time to be alive. The driverless car revolution is upon us, and on Wednesday, Waymo announced that it has launched the world’s first commercial autonomous taxi service. Unfortunately, only a select group of people will be able to take it for a spin. Read More >>

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Waymo’s Automous Cars Are Coming to US Roads—Without Human Safety Operators

Drivers in the US state of California might want to watch out—Alphabet-owned autonomous vehicle firm Waymo won the right from the California DMV yesterday to deploy its cars to the cities of Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Palo Alto, without the characteristic human safety operators that have been a hallmark of AV testing. Read More >>

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Waymo Has Plans to Bring its Self Driving Taxis to Europe

At the end of last year Waymo, the self-driving car company owned by Google parent Alphabet, announced plans to launch a self-driving taxi service in San Francisco and Phoenix. Those plans haven't fully come to fruition yet, but the company is already setting its sights on a new target: Europe. Read More >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>