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Waymo Leads Self-Driving Car Race

In the race to start the world’s first driving business without human drivers, everyone is chasing Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo. The Google sibling has cleared the way to beat its nearest rivals, General Motors Co. and a couple of other players, …

Uber Crash Spotlights Self-Driving Wild West Hub

The technology behind autonomous vehicles has originated from coders in Silicon Valley, engineers in Detroit and academic researchers in Pittsburgh. Much of it eventually lands on the streets of Arizona, a state that’s done more than any other to welcome …

Uber to Pay $245M to Settle Waymo’s Allegations of Trade Secrets Theft

Uber is paying $245 million to Google’s self-driving car spinoff to end a legal brawl that aired out allegations of a sinister scheme that tore apart the once-friendly companies. The surprise settlement announced Friday came as lawyers for Uber and …

Waymo Robot Cars Need Little Human Help as GM Makes Big Leap

Self-driving cars developed by Waymo need less human backup than rivals – though General Motors Co.’s vehicles are improving fast. The Alphabet Inc. unit’s cars drove in autonomous mode for more than 352,000 miles on California public roads last year, …

GM Drops Steering Wheel, Gives Robot Driver Control

Next year, General Motors Co. will no longer need an engineer in the front seat babysitting the robot brain that controls its self-driving Chevrolet Bolt. The steering wheel and pedals will be gone, giving total control to the machine. When …

Business News: American Family, Trov/Waymo Partnership, ClaimVantage

American Family Invests in Advanced Analytics and AI Through Acquisition of Networked Insights With the purchase of Chicago-based data and analytics software company, Networked Insights, American Family Insurance will accelerate its digital transformation, including its use of data, advanced analytics …

GM’s Self-Driving Cars to Be Ready for Ride-Sharing in 2019

General Motors Co. plans to have its self-driving cars ready for a ride-share service within two years as the automaker looks beyond traditional car ownership for new tech-driven sources of revenue. After spending more than a year quietly putting the …

Breakthrough Test Means Waymo’s Autonomous Cars Can Ditch Backup Drivers

For almost a decade, self-driving cars have graced public roads – but always with a person behind the wheel. Now Waymo is yanking the driver. The autonomous car unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc. said on Tuesday it will soon …

Google, AutoNation Partner on Self-Driving Car Program

Google is partnering with AutoNation, the country’s largest auto dealership chain, in its push to produce self-driving cars for wide use. AutoNation said Thursday that its dealerships will provide maintenance and repairs for Waymo’s self-driving fleet of Chrysler Pacifica vehicles. …

Waymo Progresses to Totally Driverless Cars, Trucks

Google’s self-driving car spin-off is accelerating efforts to convince the public that its technology is almost ready to safely transport people without any human assistance at all. Waymo, hatched from a Google project started eight years ago, showed off its …