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Waymo Must Show “Actual Use” In Trial Against Uber

U.S. District Judge William Alsup in the Northern District of California recently issued revised jury instructions in advance of the February trial between Waymo and Uber regarding trade secret misappropriation—specifically, the use of Waymo’s self-driving car technology. The proposed jury instructions require Waymo to prove actual use of the trade secrets, as opposed to merely proving...

Waymo Driverless Ride-Hailing Service Will Insure Passengers Through Insurance Tech Start-Up

Waymo LLC recently announced that it will use Trov Inc., a five-year old insurance start-up, to insure riders using its driverless ride-hailing service. Waymo, which is the autonomous car unit of Alphabet Inc. (Google’s parent), is hoping to beat others in the auto and ride-hailing industry to introduce its fleet of driverless vehicles; Waymo CEO stated in November 2017 that they were...

New Investments in Trucking Logistics

A trucking logistics company, called Convoy, recently raised a new round of funding, and its investors include Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos. Convoy’s software links up truckers with nearby shipping jobs, in what has been billed as “Uber for trucking.” (Uber itself now has a similar service, called Uber Freight.) The company bills itself as helping the trucking market cut costs and...

After Crash, Uber Suspends Autonomous Vehicle Pilot Program

Uber has suspended its pilot program for autonomous vehicles after a crash in Tempe, Arizona. At the time of the crash, the car was in self-driving mode, though there was a human driver behind the wheel. The SUV was hit when another vehicle failed to yield, leaving the SUV on its side. Pending an investigation into the crash, Uber’s self-driving program has been suspended in...

Pittsburgh To Be Testing Ground for Uber’s Driverless Cars

As part of what has been called “green light governing,” a hands-off approach to regulating businesses that gives companies plenty of free rein to experiment, Pittsburgh has become a key testing ground for driverless cars. Uber is a key example: Uber is anticipated to roll out a fleet of driverless cars in Pittsburgh any day now. Any Uber customer in Pittsburgh will be able...

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