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Volkswagen to use Google quantum computing technology for research

Volkswagen and Google have agreed to work together on "practically oriented research" related to quantum computing. The German automaker will use Google's quantum computing technology in three fields of research: traffic optimisation, machine learning, and material simulation, specifically for high-performance electric car batteries...

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Napping driver leads Google to end level-three Autonomous development
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Napping driver leads Google to end level-three Autonomous development

Waymo, autonomous vehicle technology division at Google, has admitted it stopped developing self-driving technology requiring human intervention a few years years ago. John Krafcik, Waymo's CEO, told Reuters and other outlets that five years ago, the division was developing assisted driving technology as a quick route to market...


Waymo's driverless cars make thousands of decisions every second to keep you alive
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Waymo's driverless cars make thousands of decisions every second to keep you alive

Google’s self-driving project, Waymo, has shared a safety report with the US Transport Department, shining a light on how it operates its autonomous test fleet. The detailed report looks at how the systems in Waymo cars operate, the type of data they record, what happens when something goes wrong and how the car deals with an accident...


Toyota cosy on top of brand value list, Ferrari enters Top 100
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Toyota cosy on top of brand value list, Ferrari enters Top 100

Toyota has come out on top of all other automotive marques in the 2017 Interbrand Best Global Brands report, with luxury marques Mercedes-Benz and BMW rounding up the top three car manufacturers. While the Top 100 list is dominated by technology giants Apple, Google and Microsoft, Japan's Toyota managed seventh in the overall rankings...


Uber fires head of self-driving car development in midst of legal battle with Google
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Uber fires head of self-driving car development in midst of legal battle with Google

Uber has fired Anthony Levandowski, the engineer who formerly headed up the company's self-driving car development team. Overnight, Uber confirmed to The New York Times it had fired its star engineer. Levandowski is at the centre of a court case launched earlier this year by Waymo, Google's autonomous vehicle arm, against Uber...


Google's Waymo is speeding away in autonomous vehicle progress
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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. CNBC reports that Waymo, owned by Google's parent Alphabet, is charging ahead of companies like Ford and Tesla in its driverless vehicle development...


No shit: Google's Waymo uses clever rotating blades to wipe bird poop from its dome
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No shit: Google's Waymo uses clever rotating blades to wipe bird poop from its dome

"Oh yeah, and how will your fancy self-driving car even drive itself if it gets mud on the camera and can't see?" I'm so glad you asked. And, look, I admit I'd been wondering how the likes of Google and the rest of the self-driving squad would deal with the not-so-small matter of ensuring their clever cars can actually see where they're going...


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...


Most searched car brands of 2016
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Most searched car brands of 2016

Google has revealed its most searched automotive brands of 2016 - and the most popular car make may surprise you. Honda topped the 2016 most searched brands list, followed by German luxury brand Mercedes-Benz and electric car powerhouse Tesla. Teenage daydreamers looked up Lamborghini, while Swedish premium maker Volvo's new design language has clearly had an effect on potential customers, with it ranking fifth...


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...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for October 14, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for October 14, 2016

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 presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...