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Staff leave Google's self-driving car team after reaping massive bonuses

02/13/2017, 03:02 pm

Potentially giving Apple some breathing space with its own project, people have been leaving Google's self-driving car division -- now a separate company known as Waymo -- because they were actually paid too much money, a report said on Monday.

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Alphabet's Waymo sharpens self-driving car tech, expands testing lead over rivals like Apple

02/01/2017, 03:02 pm

Even as Apple tests remain shrouded in secrecy, prototype self-driving cars by Waymo -- formerly under Google -- are dramatically improving their skills, data from the California Department of Motor Vehicles revealed on Wednesday.

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Ex-Apple director Lattner striving to make cars an 'appliance' at Tesla

01/23/2017, 04:01 pm

Now heading up Autopilot development at Tesla, former Apple director Chris Lattner says that he's hoping to "accelerate the path to cars being appliances that solve people's problems," rather than machines that require constant maintenance.

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Apple SVP Lisa Jackson named as member of new US DOT automated vehicle committee

01/12/2017, 10:01 am

In an effort to unify and regulate the introduction of automated vehicles to U.S. highways, the Department of Transportation has established a new advisory committee to steer the future of the department, including Apple Vice President Lisa Jackson.

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Tesla hires architect of Apple's Swift as VP of Autopilot Software

01/10/2017, 05:01 pm

Shortly after it was revealed that Swift creator Chris Lattner is planning to leave Apple later in January, Tesla on Tuesday announced it has hired the expert away from Cupertino to serve as Vice President of Autopilot Software.

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Apple hires former Porsche race car director for alleged 'Project Titan' role

12/19/2016, 10:12 am

Porsche's race program lead, Alexander Hitzinger, was allegedly brought on to Apple's "Project Titan" car program in the spring of 2016, a new report reveals.

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Alphabet joins Apple in scaling back self-driving car plans, could launch ridehailing service by end of 2017 [u]

12/13/2016, 09:12 am

In a decision drawing parallels with Apple, Alphabet is reportedly ratcheting down its goals for self-driving cars, scrapping plans to build a vehicle without pedals or a steering wheel -- at least for the foreseeable future. [Updated with Alphabet's Waymo spinoff announcement]

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Apple files patent for autonomous vehicle collision avoidance system

12/08/2016, 07:12 am

In one of the first pieces of documentation proving Apple's investigation into autonomous vehicles, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published a patent application describing a basic collision avoidance system that could one day serve as the underpinnings of a self-driving car telemetry solution.

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Apple expresses interest in autonomous vehicle testing in letter to NHTSA

12/03/2016, 01:12 am

In perhaps the most public admission of its automotive ambitions, Apple in a statement issued to the NHTSA in November proposed a policy update that would grant industry newcomers the same opportunities as established manufacturers when it comes to testing on public roads.

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McLaren CEO admits to talks with Apple, but no bid was made

11/19/2016, 03:11 pm

Officials from Apple met with premium automaker McLaren, but the discussions never went as far as a bid, the CEO of the sports car company has revealed in a new interview.

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Apple testing AR-based car navigation and self-driving software with virtual reality rigs - report

10/25/2016, 03:10 pm

A fresh report about Apple's automotive ambitions claims that the company is continuing its shift away from building a whole car, and is instead developing software for self-driving vehicles, with recent hires being funneled into the effort.

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'Apple Car' project to choose new direction in late 2017 - report

10/17/2016, 09:10 am

Apple's "Project Titan" has indeed scaled back to focus on self-driving technology -- specifically giving it the opportunity to either partner with existing automaker or return to developing its own car later on, a report said on Monday.

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California approves limited testing of self-driving cars without steering wheels or backup drivers

09/30/2016, 02:09 pm

Califonia Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill allowing self-driving vehicles to be tested in the state without manual controls or human backup drivers, in a move that could aid Apple's own efforts in the field.

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Apple allegedly in talks to buy self-balancing motorcycle outfit Lit Motors

09/21/2016, 04:09 pm

Amid quashed rumors about a McLaren deal, Apple is also reportedly considering a takeover of Lit Motors, a startup with a self-balancing, all-electric motorcycle.

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McLaren Automotive denies reports of Apple buyout talks

09/21/2016, 01:09 pm

After rumors swirled of a potential Apple buy of boutique sports car vendor McLaren Automotive, the car manufacturer has denied that it is having investment talks with Apple at this time.

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Apple reportedly in discussions to buy sports car manufacturer McLaren

09/21/2016, 11:09 am

Reports are circulating that Apple is in the midst of conversations to buy some aspects of the McLaren Technology Group, specifically, the division that is known for hand-crafted luxury high-performance sports cars to supplement the Apple Car project.

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'About a dozen' Magna engineers working on Apple's electric car, 'Project Titan' - report

09/15/2016, 09:09 am

Despite "Project Titan" shifting gears under new head Bob Mansfield, contract manufacturer Magna Steyr still reportedly has roughly a dozen engineers working on a car at Apple facilities in Sunnyvale, Calif.

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Apple fires dozens of Project Titan employees as autonomous car initiative shifts to underlying tech

09/09/2016, 08:09 pm

Apple is reportedly rethinking plans to enter the self-driving car business, and in so doing has shut down portions of the widely rumored development project, laying off dozens of employees.

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Uber to begin real-world use of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh this month

08/18/2016, 12:08 pm

Marking a small but significant step towards bringing self-driving technology to the public, Uber will later this month begin offering some Pittsburgh customers rides in specially-modified Volvo XC90s, a report revealed on Thursday.

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Apple computer navigation engineer departs for mysterious automaker Faraday Future

08/15/2016, 01:08 pm

Computer vision and vehicle navigation specialist Bart Nabbe has left Apple's "Special Projects" division, and is now working at electric car company Faraday Future.

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