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Waymo One driverless taxi service launched

The Waymo One self-driving taxi service has been given a soft launch in and around Phoenix, Arizona. The service is currently limited to people on the company's Early Rider program. Waymo says it will "gradually roll out [the service] so even more people can ride with us", although it hasn't provided a timeline...

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Mazda has demand for 'about 3000' CarPlay retrofits so far
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Mazda has demand for 'about 3000' CarPlay retrofits so far

Remember all that talk about whether Mazda was charging too much for its Apple CarPlay and Android Auto retrofit? It looks like the price is right, because the company has around 3000 people requesting the upgrade. That's according to Alastair Doak, marketing director at Mazda Australia, who today told CarAdvice the company has already re-ordered parts from Japan twice, suggesting demand has exceeded expectations...


Mazda: Apple CarPlay/Android Auto retrofit to cost $495 - UPDATE
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Mazda: Apple CarPlay/Android Auto retrofit to cost $495 - UPDATE

UPDATE: Mazda has today issued a press release that confirms this story, including the price of $494.98, for the retrofit installation of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into all models equipped with the MZD Connect infotainment system. The upgrade is available now, and all new MZD Connect-equipped models entering Australia will have the two platforms installed as standard...


Google Maps adds EV charging stations, live ETA sharing on iOS
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Google Maps adds EV charging stations, live ETA sharing on iOS

Google Maps users are now able to search for EV (electric vehicle) charging stations, as part of the popular app’s latest update. Along with the locations of charging stations, users are able to see the type and number of charging ports available at the location, as well as charging speeds. Users are also able to post reviews, pictures and questions about the stations...


Apple CarPlay: Google Maps, Waze now supported
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Apple CarPlay: Google Maps, Waze now supported

Among all the shiny things included in Apple's latest iPhone software update is an exciting development for CarPlay users – finally, you can use Google Maps through your car's touchscreen. Huzzah! UPDATE: Waze is coming, but it's not available right now. Apologies for the error...


Time Machine Tuesday: 26 June 2018
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Time Machine Tuesday: 26 June 2018

People often say “don’t forget where you came from”. Although we’re focused on every new car, every last detail here at CarAdvice, we have an extensive back-catalogue of news stories, lifestyle yarns and reviews. Here’s a look at what happened on the week of June 26 in years past...


Apple CarPlay to support Google Maps navigation
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Apple CarPlay to support Google Maps navigation

With the launch of iOS 12, the operating system behind the iPhone later this year, Apple users will soon be able to use Google Maps and other third-party navigation apps via the infotainment system of compatible cars. The announcement was made as part of today's keynote speech at Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Diego, California...


Waymo not at fault in Arizona accident
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Waymo not at fault in Arizona accident

Waymo, self-driving research arm for Google, has been involved in the second major self-driving accident to hit Arizona in a matter of months – but the computer wasn't at fault. According to local police, the self-driving Chrysler was operating in autonomous mode when the accident occurred, while Waymo claims the car was under human control...


Jaguar I-Pace joins Waymo driverless fleet
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Jaguar I-Pace joins Waymo driverless fleet

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Google's Waymo autonomous driving division have announced a long-term strategic partnership this week at the New York motor show. The two companies will work together to design and engineer a driverless version of the Jaguar I-Pace, with 20,000 units forecast to join Waymo's self-driving fleet in its first two years of production...


Waymo takes 'Early Riders' for a spin - VIDEO
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Waymo takes 'Early Riders' for a spin - VIDEO

Google's Waymo autonomous driving subsidiary has shown off its new self-driving vehicles by taking members of the public out for a spin. Dubbed 'Early Rider Moments', the short clip shows the reactions of people participating in Waymo's autonomous driving trials...


Volkswagen to use Google quantum computing technology for research
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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...


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...


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...


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...