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Uber’s self-driving car unit valued at $7.3bn as it gears up for IPO

Uber’s self-driving car unit has been valued at $7.3bn (£5.6bn), after receiving $1bn of investment by a consortium including Toyota and Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.


December 31, 2021 0

‘I’m so done with driving’: is the robot car revolution finally near?

In the manicured grounds of a public library in Chandler, Arizona, Liisa Walimaa is waiting for a robot to take her to Macy’s.


December 27, 2021 0

Self-driving car drove me from California to New York, claims ex-Uber engineer

Anthony Levandowski, the controversial engineer at the heart of a lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, claims to have built an automated car that drove from San Francisco to New York without any human intervention.


December 22, 2021 0

Uber and Arrival team up to produce electric taxis

The electric vehicle maker Arrival aims to start producing cars by 2023 with design help from Uber, in the latest step by the UK-headquartered startup’s ambitious plans to take on the automotive industry. The car, developed specifically for use by ride-hailing drivers, will be Arrival’s first, adding to buses that are due to be on…
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December 15, 2021 0

Engineer who stole trade secrets from Google among those pardoned by Trump

Sign up for the Guardian’s First Thing newsletter In his final hours of office, Donald Trump pardoned a former Google engineer who was convicted of stealing trade secrets from the company before taking up a new role with competitor Uber. Anthony Levandowski, 40, had been sentenced in August 2020 to 18 months in prison after…
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December 8, 2021 0

‘Peak hype’: why the driverless car revolution has stalled

By 2021, according to various Silicon Valley luminaries, bandwagoning politicians and leading cab firms in recent years, self-driving cars would have long been crossing the US, started filing along Britain’s motorways and be all set to provide robotaxis in London. 1 January has not, however, brought a driverless revolution. Indeed in the last weeks of…
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December 8, 2021 0

Safety driver charged in 2018 incident where self-driving Uber car killed a woman

Prosecutors in Arizona have charged the safety driver behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber test car that struck and killed a woman in 2018 with negligent homicide. Court records show that Rafaela Vasquez, 46, on Tuesday pleaded not guilty in the death of Elaine Herzberg. Vasquez is the only person facing criminal consequences in…
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December 3, 2021 0

Are flying taxis ready for lift-off?

It’s right up there with meal pills, jetpacks, robot butlers and colonies on Mars. Since at least 1962, when the TV cartoon characters George, Jane, Elroy and Judy Jetson first took to the skies, flying cars have been a staple of speculative visions of the future. Designs for dozens of small, affordable, personal flying machines…
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November 19, 2021 0