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A Google self-driving car reportedly caused a crash in 2011 after a former engineer changed its code to drive where it wasn’t supposed to

“If it is your job to advance technology, safety cannot be your No. 1 concern,” former Google self-driving head engineer Anthony Levandowski said in an interview.
A Waymo Jaguar.

Waymo just crossed 10 million self-driving miles — but the company has a secret weapon that gives it even more of an edge

Waymo self-driving cars have driven more than 10 million miles. The company intends to begin a commercial rollout in Phoenix at the end of the year. To support miles driven in the real world, Waymo has amassed nearly 7 billion self-driving miles in simulation.

Waymo, Cruise, Mobileye, and Tesla are all tackling self-driving cars in different ways — here’s the breakdown

Waymo, Cruise, Intel/Mobileye, and Tesla are the major contestants in the self-driving car race. Each has developed a different business model. Waymo and GM are using laser-radar technology, while Mobileye and Tesla are relying on cameras and sensors.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Tesla may be making a perilous mistake trying to make Autopilot into a full self-driving system

Tesla has remained committed to a vision of is Autopilot system as a fully self-driving technology. But nothing about Autopilot suggests that it will be able to move into the new business of autonomous mobility, which is being pioneered by GM's Cruise division and by Alphabet's Waymo.

Amazon needs to take on Waymo to keep its crown as the king of retail, Morgan Stanley says

Waymo, Google’s secretive self-driving car project, could offer retailers an inexpensive way to compete with Amazon's Prime Now, Morgan Stanley cautioned. But if Amazon can build a differentiated autonomous offering, it can have a gross profit that's 5-15% higher, according to the firm.

Waymo could be worth as much $175 billion — here’s a brief history of the Google Car project

Waymo, formerly the Google Car project, is almost ten years old. After more than 8 million self-driving miles, Waymo is preparing to commercialize in 2018 and 2019. Morgan Stanley has pegged Waymo's value at $175 billion.
One of Waymo's self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans navigates autonomously around its testing facility at the decommissioned Castle Air Force base in Merced County, California, on Monday, October 30, 2017.

Alphabet could surge 20% — and it’s all thanks to Waymo, Morgan Stanley says

Of course, there’s still plenty standing between Waymo and fare collection. Human drivers are regularly taking over for the computer, The Information reported this week, and the beta program has received numerous complaints from those in its suburban Phoenix test zone.

‘Cocaine Cowboys:’ Some Google employees allegedly threw a party in 2015 with ‘controlled substances’ after a successful self-...

After a report was published in The Information that outlined some of Waymo's struggles to get its self-driving car program up to speed, Information reporter Amir Efrati tweeted that some Waymo employees threw a drug-fueled party to celebrate a successful demo of a self driving car with a blind passenger.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is under fire from some of his fans for donations he made to a Republican political committee.

A Tesla whistleblower says the electric car maker’s security team is staffed with former members of a notorious group from Uber that allegedly s...

"Several" members of a security team at Uber that allegedly was filled with ex-CIA case officers and spied on rivals are now working for Tesla, a new Tesla whistleblower alleges. At Tesla, the team has spied on employees and helped hush up a drug trafficking investigation, the whistelblower says.
Neuroscience led James Stout to computer science, which led to Google and Waymo.

A Waymo engineer told us why a virtual-world simulation is crucial to the future of self-driving cars

James Stout was convinced that he'd become a neuroscientist, but a shift to computer science led him to Google and later Waymo, where he works on the company's virtual-realty testing simulation, Carcraft.