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Tue Jan 19, 2021 3:32 pm

Microsoft invests in Cruise in new $2 billion round
https://techcrunch.com/2021/01/19/micro ... ion-round/
Cruise has raised $2 billion in a new equity round that has pushed its valuation up to $30 billion and delivered Microsoft as an investor and partner.

GM, Honda and other institutional investors have also put more capital into Cruise as the autonomous vehicle company inches closer to commercializing its technology.

While Microsoft’s capital is important, the partnership might provide equal and longer-term value for Cruise, at least in the two companies’ views. Under the long-term strategic partnership, Cruise will use Azure, Microsoft’s cloud and edge computing platform, for its yet-to-be launched autonomous vehicle ride-hailing service.

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Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:57 am

GRA wrote:
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:15 pm
CNN:
Former Uber self-driving car exec sentenced to 18 months in prison

https://amp-cnn-com.cdn.ampproject.org/ ... index.html

Anthony Levandowski, a former Uber executive who oversaw its self-driving vehicle efforts, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Tuesday for stealing an internal tracking document from Google related to its self-driving car program.

"This is the biggest trade secret crime I have ever seen. This was not small. This was massive in scale," said US District Judge William Alsup in sentencing Levandowski on one count of trade secret theft, according to a Department of Justice press release.

As part of the sentencing, Levandowski is fined $95,000 and ordered to pay $756,499.22 in restitution to Google's self-driving car unit, Waymo. Due to the risks of the coronavirus pandemic, it is unclear when Levandowski will serve his time, according to the release. Federal prosecutors dismissed the remaining 32 counts against Levandowski as part of the plea deal. . . .
Trump pardons Anthony Levandowski, the engineer sentenced to prison for stealing trade secrets from Google
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/20/anthony ... oogle.html

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Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:56 pm

Glad he can insure that it's still good to be rich. Good riddance Presidente McChump

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Wed Jan 20, 2021 1:02 pm

It also helped that his supporters were rich, I guess. From the CNBC piece:
The White House listed tech billionaire Peter Thiel and Oculus founder Palmer Luckey as supporters of Levandowski’s pardon. Thiel was a major supporter and advisor for the 2016 campaign, but did not back Trump’s reelection effort. Luckey hosted a fundraiser for Trump just weeks before the 2020 election.

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Tue Feb 09, 2021 1:45 pm

2020 Disengagement Reports from California
https://thelastdriverlicenseholder.com/ ... alifornia/

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Tue Feb 09, 2021 2:34 pm

cwerdna wrote:
Tue Feb 09, 2021 1:45 pm
2020 Disengagement Reports from California
https://thelastdriverlicenseholder.com/ ... alifornia/
I would have thought the miles driven would have been higher for CA.

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Tue Feb 09, 2021 3:01 pm

Good catch. https://thelastdriverlicenseholder.com/ ... port-2019/ is for 2019. I'm pretty sure there were setbacks due to COVID and CA lockdowns/stay home/shelter in place orders hampering everyone's ability to test in 2020.

Examples:
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-heal ... SKBN2143MO
https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/17/2118 ... s-covid-19
https://www.theverge.com/2020/6/10/2128 ... home-order

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Thu Feb 18, 2021 2:27 am

Waymo's set to test its self-driving taxis in San Francisco
But only with employee volunteers to start.
https://www.engadget.com/waymos-set-to- ... 06282.html

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Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:40 pm

ABG:
NTSB cites Tesla to make the case for stricter autonomous driving regulation

The agency says the automaker has been testing unfinished driver-assist tech on public roads
https://www.autoblog.com/2021/03/14/nts ... la-letter/

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling on its sister agency to implement stricter regulation related to automated vehicle technology. In a letter it sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at the start of February (via CNBC), the NTSB says the regulator “must act” to “develop a strong safety foundation.” What’s notable about the document is that NTSB chair Robert Sumwalt frequently cites Tesla in a negative light to support his department’s suggestions. The automaker is referenced 16 times across the letter’s 15 pages.

For instance, in one section, Sumwalt writes of NHTSA’s “continued failure” to implement regulations that would prevent driver-assist systems like Autopilot from operating beyond their intended use. “Because NHTSA has put in place no requirements, manufacturers can operate and test vehicles virtually anywhere, even if the location exceeds the AV control system’s limitations,” Sumwalt writes. “For example, Tesla recently released a beta version of its Level 2 Autopilot system, described as having full self-driving capability. By releasing the system, Tesla is testing on public roads a highly automated AV technology but with limited oversight or reporting requirements.”

[This is not the first time the NTSB has criticized both Tesla and its sister agency. When it held a hearing last year on the deadly 2018 crash that killed Apple developer Walter Haung, Sumwalt expressed frustration with both the NHTSA and Tesla. “Government regulators have provided scant oversight,” he said of the former while blasting the automaker for not responding to its recommendations. But there’s little the agency can do beyond issuing recommendations. As part of its role in investigating traffic accidents, it does not have the authority to regulate or even enforce any of the safety measures it suggests. That responsibility falls to the NHTSA. Under the Trump administration, the agency has mostly let state regulators decide how to approach the question of automated vehicle technologies.quote]


Direct link to where the NTSB letter can be downloaded: https://www.regulations.gov/comment/NHT ... -0106-0617
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Mon Mar 15, 2021 11:50 pm

It's scary how clueless these boards can be when it comes to technology sometimes.

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