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Google's Waymo is speeding away in autonomous vehicle progress

Waymo, the self-driving division of global technology giant Google, appears to be leaving other companies in the dust when it comes to autonomous vehicle development - according to new reports out of the US...

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Google's Android to underpin Volvo, Audi infotainment tech
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Google's Android to underpin Volvo, Audi infotainment tech

Forget Android Auto as you know it right now. Google's next leap into automotive infotainment will be right there in the dash before you've even connected your phone. The tech giant has today announced its platform will form the basis of next-generation infotainment for Volvo and Audi...


Google's Waymo teams up with Lyft on self-driving cars - report
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Google's Waymo teams up with Lyft on self-driving cars - report

Waymo, Google's self-driving vehicle division, and Lyft, the ride-sharing app, have agreed to work together on autonomous cars. Both companies have confirmed the deal to The New York Times, although details about the scope of the agreement have not yet been revealed...


Google begins public 'early rider' trial of autonomous cars, orders 500 more vehicles
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Google begins public 'early rider' trial of autonomous cars, orders 500 more vehicles

Waymo, Google's self-driving car division, has started an early rider program for its autonomous vehicle fleet, and has significantly increased its order for autonomous Chrysler Pacific plug-in hybrid people movers. The early rider program is currently only open to residents living in and around Phoenix, Arizona...


Google's Waymo sues Uber for stealing its self-driving car technology
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Google's Waymo sues Uber for stealing its self-driving car technology

Google's Waymo self-driving car division has launched legal action against Uber and its Otto subsidiary, claiming that employees at the ride-sharing company have stolen designs, patent details and other information from the search giant. In a detailed post on Medium about the matter, the allegations by Waymo centre around Anthony Levandowski, who in February 2016 co-founded Otto, an autonomous vehicle technology company that was later bought out by Uber...


Google's autonomous cars getting safer
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Google's autonomous cars getting safer

Google's self-driving offshoot Waymo is a step closer to making fully-autonomous vehicles a mainstream reality, according to a new government report released this week. California's Department of Motor Vehicles has released its annual autonomous vehicles disengagement report, which details the number of times human drivers were forced to take control back from driverless vehicles during testing on public roads...


Android takes over infotainment systems at CES
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Android takes over infotainment systems at CES

Better known for its use in smartphones and tablets, Google's Android operating system could soon power entire infotainment systems. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, technology companies Panasonic, Qualcomm and Google have taken the concept of Android Auto one step further, presenting a standalone infotainment system running Android 7...


Ford, Toyota team up on alternative to Android Auto, Apple CarPlay
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Ford, Toyota team up on alternative to Android Auto, Apple CarPlay

Ford and Toyota have created the SmartDeviceLink Consortium to develop and promote an in-car smartphone application connectivity standard that will, the car makers' hope, rival the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay app mirroring technologies...


Honda and Google's Waymo in discussions for self-driving tech
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Honda and Google's Waymo in discussions for self-driving tech

Honda has confirmed it is in discussions with Google parent Alphabet Inc for self-driving technology developed by its recently re-branded Waymo company. The news that Google's autonomous vehicle team would be spun off into the new Waymo brand came earlier this month, just one week before the company revealed a self-driving Chrysler Pacifica developed in partnership with the American/Italian car maker...


Self-driving Chrysler Pacifica revealed by Google's Waymo and FCA
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Self-driving Chrysler Pacifica revealed by Google's Waymo and FCA

The autonomous Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid developed by Waymo, Google's self-driving car division, and Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has been revealed. These first images of the new autonomous Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, released overnight, come just over seven months after Google and FCA announced that they would team up to develop a fleet of 100 self-driving vehicles for the search giant's on-going research and development...


Google's self-driving car project is now Waymo, may become autonomous ride-sharing service
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Google's self-driving car project is now Waymo, may become autonomous ride-sharing service

Overnight, Google spun off its self-driving car project into a new business division named Waymo, signalling the fact that the tech giant will begin trying to turn its research into a sustainable business. Waymo is said to be contraction of the phrase "way forward in mobility", and is the latest phase in company's autonomous vehicle research, which began back in 2009...


Android Auto skips the in-car display with new update
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Android Auto skips the in-car display with new update

If you've been agonising over your car's lack of compatibility with Android Auto or Apple Carplay, maybe you've gone so far as to consider a new car, or - where possible - replacing your car's existing infotainment system with a compatible aftermarket option. For Android users, there's now another option: stick your phone in a cradle and fire up the full Android Auto experience right there on the device itself...


Hyundai adds Android Auto to i30, Elantra, Veloster, Tucson, Santa Fe
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Hyundai adds Android Auto to i30, Elantra, Veloster, Tucson, Santa Fe

Hyundai has added Android Auto compatibility to the majority of its line-up this week, joining Apple CarPlay as part of a quick software update. Like its fruit-branded counterpart, Android Auto allows drivers to get directions, make phone calls, send and receive messages, set reminders, play or stream multimedia, and more, without needing to touch their phone...


Hyundai and Google in collaboration talks - report
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Hyundai and Google in collaboration talks - report

Hyundai Motor's president, Jeong Jin Haeng, has confirmed that the Korean automaker and Google are currently in collaboration discussions, but refused to elaborate further. In an interview with Bloomberg, which took place after a meeting between the ministry of trade and local car makers, Jeong said that Hyundai and the tech giant had common areas that could result in cooperation...


Italdesign looking for US clients outside Volkswagen Group - report
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Italdesign looking for US clients outside Volkswagen Group - report

The boss of Italdesign, the legendary design house now owned by the Volkswagen group, has gone on record saying he would like to expand the company’s clientele beyond the European giant’s umbrella. More, he would like to extend the studio's expertise beyond the traditional automotive industry client base, eyeing the likes of Google and Apple in particular...


Google self-driving cars taught to honk
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Google self-driving cars taught to honk

Google's self driving cars have now been given the ability to use their horns in - what the search giant believes is - the most useful and courteous way possible. In its latest monthly update about its autonomous car project, Google has laid out how it taught its autonomous cars appropriate honking behaviour...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 27
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 27

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson will deliver a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Google overhauls Maserati's infotainment with Android interface
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Google overhauls Maserati's infotainment with Android interface

Technology giant Google has taken a leap beyond its Android Auto smartphone integration system, with the unveiling of a complete in-car infotainment system running its Android operating platform. At its latest I/O developers conference, Google presented a Maserati Ghibli running a next-generation version of the Android platform...


Google patents sticky bonnet that protects pedestrians
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Google patents sticky bonnet that protects pedestrians

Google has been awarded a US patent on a sticky bonnet that aims to protect pedestrians from injuries caused by a secondary impact. According to the patent filing, "injury to the pedestrian is often caused not only by the initial impact of the vehicle and the pedestrian, but also by the ensuing, secondary impact between the pedestrian and the road surface or other object"...


Android Auto will soon skip the need for an in-car display
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Android Auto will soon skip the need for an in-car display

During the annual Google I/O developers conference, the search giant announced that Android Auto will gain some new features, including the ability to operate without a compatible infotainment head unit. Until now, Android Auto boasted a similar feature set to Apple CarPlay, with both technologies allowing their respective smartphone operating systems to present a mirrored but significantly simplified interface on a vehicle's compatible display...