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Apple & other companies want Calif. DMV to change autonomous vehicle rules

Sun, 04/30/2017 - 04:55

Dozens of tech companies, including Apple, Google’s Waymo and Tesla, have expressed their desire to see some changes in the California Department of Motor Vehicles’ self-driving car policies.

Apple, Waymo, Tesla and other companies like Uber, Lyft, Toyota and Ford recently submitted comments to the California DMV, which were then shared online. The suggestions range from deciding when a driver should take control of the self-driving vehicle to recommending paying passengers to be allowed to ride in autonomous vehicles.

Waymo, the self-driving car subsidiary of Google, said, “We’re encouraged by the DMV efforts to develop regulations for autonomous vehicles that would help California remain a leader in the development of self-driving cars. Waymo looks forward to deploying this life-saving technology in the state.”

Apple’s director of product integrity Steve Kenner said in a statement that the Cupertino-based tech giant wanted the DMV to make changes to three of its policies that relate to disengagement reporting, definitions and testing of vehicles without safety drivers.

The California DMV told reports that it is reviewing the public comments on the proposed self-driving vehicle regulations. In case it decides to make changes to the existing regulations, it will hold a fifteen-day public comment period to allow individuals and companies to weigh in.

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Uber self-driving car chief stepping away from leadership role

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 04:04

Anthony Levandowski, the controversial chief of Uber’s self-driving car project, is reportedly stepping away from the leadership role due to a lawsuit filed by Google’s autonomous car unit Waymo.

Levandowski announced that he was stepping away from the leadership role and would no longer be working on projects related to LiDAR technology and will instead concentrate on security and safety.

Announcing his decision, he added, “Making this organizational change means I will have absolutely no oversight over or input into our LiDAR work. Going forward, please make sure not to include me in meetings or email threads related to LiDAR, or ask me for advice on the topic.”

Waymo’s lawsuit alleges that Levandowski, who played a key role in Waymo’s success in developing the autonomous car technology, stole thousands of technical files from its servers and left the company.

Levandowski later founded his own autonomous truck business called Otto, which was later acquired by ride-hailing firm Uber. The Google subsidiary alleges that Uber’s autonomous cars are based on its stolen technology.

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