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5 Things You Missed This Week: the start of a self-driving car IP war, 1-step brain hacking, and more

5 Things You Missed This Week: the start of a self-driving car IP war, 1-step brain hacking, and more

Highlights from the week of 20 February 2017 Photo: Waymo 1. Is Waymo’s $ 500-million fight with Uber the first shot in a self-driving car intellectual property war? Photo: Eic Risberg/AP Photo Knowing only Waymo’s side of the story, Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski looks like he’s been caught using his former employer’s trade secrets to(…)

Waymo’s Fight With Uber Might Be the First Shot in a Self-driving Car IP War

Waymo’s Fight With Uber Might Be the First Shot in a Self-driving Car IP War

Weaponizing Waymo’s intellectual property could hurt self-driving startups much more than Uber Photo: Waymo Waymo filed a lawsuit yesterday accusing Uber of stealing the secret designs of circuit boards and laser ranging lidars used in its self-driving cars. Like all legal complaints, it ends with a long wish list of “reliefs” it wants the federal court in(…)

Self-Driving Cars Have a Bicycle Problem

Self-Driving Cars Have a Bicycle Problem

Bikes are hard to spot and hard to predict Photo: iStockphoto Photo: iStockphoto Robotic cars are great at monitoring other cars, and they’re getting better at noticing pedestrians, squirrels, and birds. The main challenge, though, is posed by the lightest, quietest, swerviest vehicles on the road. “Bicycles are probably the most difficult detection problem that(…)

Industry Schools Government about the Future of Self-Driving Cars

Industry Schools Government about the Future of Self-Driving Cars

A house subcommittee hearing could shape the direction of the automotive autonomy in the United States Illustration: IEEE Spectrum Earlier this week, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection held a hearing on Self-Driving Cars: Road to Deployment. I know, it sounds super boring, and most of it was: if you’ve been following(…)