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Fresh evidence prompts judge to delay autonomous tech trial between Google, Uber

The trial for a high-profile lawsuit between two of Silicon Valley’s biggest players, Uber and Alphabet (Google’s parent company) involving trade secrets and patents behind autonomous vehicle technology has been delayed until February. The Department of Justice has also announced it is pursuing a criminal investigation against Uber over the accusations made against the company.

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Worship the robots: What a man at the center of Google’s self-driving tech lawsuit against Uber wants you to do

Self-driving truck startup Otto's cofounder Anthony Levandowski has established a "Way of the Future" church to develop an AI Godhead. Before we jump to the pews in science-fiction-turned-reality joy, let's keep the source in mind.

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Uber’s self-driving truck venture shaken up as legal woes mount

With legal trouble swirling around Uber's autonomous truck venture, the company has fired Anthony Levandowski, the founder of the autonomous truck company Otto and a star engineer with Uber and, formerly, Google. The company also quietly announced last month it dropped the name Otto, as it was facing a lawsuit by a Canadian-based robotics company of the same name.

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Tech giants Google, Uber battling in court over autonomous truck secrets

Google and its subsidiary Waymo claim Uber and Otto Trucking stole thousands of documents and company trade secrets. Uber denies the claims. A judge Monday issued an injunction against Uber and Otto.

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Senators ask GAO to assess autonomous trucks’ potential to displace workers

In the wake of the FMCSA's Monday listening session on regulating the highly automated driving environment expected in the future, Senators Susan Collins and Jack Reed request GAO study the issue of job displacement -- more commentary from the session explored here.

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New autonomous trucking tech startup looking at taking drivers out of trucks

San Francisco-based Starsky Robotics' system uses software, front- and side-facing radar and camera systems for autonomous highway driving like other autonomous companies, such as Otto and Embark, but it also puts drivers in an office where they can remotely control the truck from a terminal to its delivery destination.

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If Trump really wants to save U.S. jobs …

"If he (Trump) cares about the working man, he’ll stop this talk about driverless trucks.” --Trucker Jerry Jackson in Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial about autonomous vehicle tech threats.

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Abracadabra autonomous!

“They’re not opponents of tech, but it might be a failure of imagination" --Venture capitalist on disconnect between truckers' expectations of self-driving tech and those of the folks in Silicon Valley. Wendy: "Let's slow the row on the imagination-bashing a little and get real."

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Autonomous truck startup Otto set to haul second load, this time in traffic

Unlike last month’s Budweiser delivery, which was done during pre-dawn hours to avoid traffic and pedestrians in the Denver, Colo.-area, this week’s run truck will include driving through traffic.

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‘Legitimate freight options’ — old ways in new times

There's many ways to skin the cat on freight -- in response to a reader question about legitimate freight options, an update on newer load boards/marketplaces and mobile-optimized brokerages and a revisit to tried-and-true methods, doing the hard work, etc. ...

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