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Waymo accepts $245 million and Uber’s ‘regret’ to settle self-driving car dispute

SAN FRANCISCO: Uber will pay $245 million worth of its own shares to Alphabet’s Waymo self-driving vehicle unit to settle a legal dispute over trade secrets, allowing Uber’s chief executive to move past one of the company’s most bruising public controversies. The settlement announcement on Friday brought an abrupt halt to the captivating case just before the fifth day of testimony was to begin at a jury trial in federal court in San Francisco. In a lawsuit filed last year, Waymo said that one of its former engineers…

Google ditched autopilot driving feature after test user napped behind wheel

ATWATER, USA: Alphabet’s self-driving car unit stopped developing features that required drivers to take control in dangerous situations, its chief executive said on Monday, as autopilot reliance left users prone to distractions and ill-prepared to manoeuvre. The decision followed experiments of the technology in Silicon Valley that showed test users napping, putting on makeup and fiddling with their phones as the vehicles travelled up to 56 mph. John Krafcik, the head of Waymo, which was formed in 2009 as a project…

Waymo seeks delay in self-driving trade secret trial against Uber

SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet’s Waymo self-driving car unit said critical new evidence it recently obtained in a trade secret lawsuit against Uber means a US judge should postpone a trial of the case set to begin next month. Waymo claimed in a lawsuit earlier this year that former engineer Anthony Levandowski downloaded more than 14,000 confidential files before leaving to set up a self-driving truck company, which Uber acquired soon after. Uber has denied using any of Waymo’s trade secrets. Jury selection in San Francisco…

Alphabet accuses Uber of stealing self-driving car technology

SAN FRANCISCO: The race to develop self-driving vehicles took a new turn on Thursday when Google's parent company Alphabet filed a lawsuit against Uber, accusing it of stealing technology. Alphabet contends that a manager at its autonomous car subsidiary Waymo took technical data with him when he left to launch a competing venture that went on to become Otto, Uber's self-driving vehicle unit, in a reported $680 million deal. "Otto and Uber have taken Waymo's intellectual property so that they could avoid incurring the…

Google self-driving car unit spins off as Waymo

WASHINGTON: Google's self-driving car unit is being spun off and rebranded as Waymo as it aims "to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around." The company announced on Tuesday that Waymo would become an independent operating unit within Google's parent holding company Alphabet as it seeks to move forward on autonomous driving technology. "We believe that this technology can begin to reshape some of the ten trillion miles that motor vehicles travel around the world every year, with safer, more efficient…