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Google Maps Features

Google Maps just got another great feature, but only in one state

June 4th, 2021

One of the great things about Google Maps is that Google’s popular navigation app works similarly across devices. Load the web version of Google Maps or the Android or iPhone apps, and you get essentially the same features. That ensures a smooth, seamless navigation experience across devices. And while some features might land on Android …

Waymo Arizona

Arizonans are slashing tires, throwing rocks, and pointing guns at Waymo cars

December 13th, 2018

The presence of Waymo self-driving cars in Arizona has certainly kicked up a hornet’s nest, it seems. People are bullying, harassing and even outright attacking the cars and drivers to such a degree that police have been called almost two dozen times over everything from tires being slashed to drivers feeling threatened. The Arizona Republic …

Waymo One Self-driving Taxi

Waymo’s self-driving taxi service is now a reality

December 5th, 2018

We always expected Google to turn its self-driving car technology developed under Waymo into a self-driving taxi service of sorts, and Google finally delivered the service we’ve been waiting for. However, Waymo launched Waymo One without making a big deal over the event. Furthermore, the driverless taxi service is very limited, servicing interested users in …

Waymo accident

Waymo CEO: About that accident last month – it was the human’s fault

November 6th, 2018

Waymo CEO John Krafcik has posted something of an apology on Medium about an accident last month in Mountain View involving a passenger car and a vehicle from Waymo, which just got permission to start testing self-driving cars in California. The accident occurred when a passenger car started drifting into the lane occupied by the …

Waymo driverless car updates

Report: Waymo’s driverless cars aren’t as smart as everyone thinks

August 28th, 2018

Waymo, Google’s vaunted driverless car spinoff, is widely regarded to be at the forefront of driverless car development. While Uber was busy killing a pedestrian with its dubiously-safe testbed this year, Waymo was driving real people around in fully driverless cars in a suburb of Arizona. At Google’s keynote I/O conference in May, the company …

Waymo driverless cars test progress 2018

Completely driverless cars will soon be on California streets if Waymo has its way

April 13th, 2018

Waymo, the self-driving car company that was spun off from Google, has applied for a permit to test completely driverless vehicles on public roads in California. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the news Friday afternoon, and Waymo confirmed to the publication that it submitted its application to the California DMV late Thursday. Although autonomous vehicles …

Waymo self-driving car jaguar iPace 2018

Waymo’s self-driving cars just got classy

March 27th, 2018

So far, Google’s self-driving car division Waymo has been testing its technology on Chrysler Pacifica minivans. It’s a painfully practical testbed, but not one that will help the general public get excited about self-driving cars. To fix that, Waymo announced today that it’s partnering with Jaguar Land Rover to build an autonomous version of the …

Uber Waymo lawsuit settlement details

Uber has settled its Waymo lawsuit in the middle of the jury trial

February 9th, 2018

Uber has settled its lawsuit with Waymo over driverless car secrets, Bloomberg News reports. The two companies were in the midst of a jury trial in court, which had been hearing evidence all week. In the case, Uber was accused of stealing Waymo trade secrets relating to driverless car hardware, via its acquisition of Otto, …

Uber Waymo trial: Levandowski

Uber throws former self-driving car guru Andrew Levandowski to the wolves

February 5th, 2018

The courtroom trial between Uber and Waymo over stolen self-driving car secrets starts today, and no-one is more important than Andrew Levandowski. Once an engineer at Google’s self-driving car endavour, Levandowski left Waymo to pursue his own self-driving truck startup, Otto. That company was acquired just months after Levandowski left Google by Uber, and Waymo …